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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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A Winning Overview

At the end of a good overview, the agent or editor should have a description of your book, an understanding of its scope, the features that make it different from other books, and the reasons why you are the best person to write it. Congratulations! You’ve hooked your reader. In the next five chapters, we’ll show you how to reel him in.

The Least You Need to Know

• Think of your overview as a three- to five-page summary of the book told in a provocative way.
• The elements of a good overview include a brief description of your book, your credentials and platform, your audience, and your competition.
• Tell your story with enthusiasm.
• A successful overview is focused and to the point, and reels in the agent or editor with ...

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