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

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Playing to Your Strengths

Let’s look at some examples of strong ways to position yourself in a specific topic area. You can see how they would help an agent, editor, or publisher visualize you as the author of a successful book on the subject.

Business

Being able to show a strong work history and background is crucial to getting your book published. For example, you hold a senior position in a Fortune 500 company, head your own consulting company, have an MBA from a preeminent university, are a celebrated scholar in economics with an endowed chair, or have won a prestigious award in your field. Linking this to publications increases the strength of the proposal, so be sure to include details if you’ve published articles for your distinct ...

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