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

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Why Research Your Market?

As agents, of course we’re knowledgeable about our markets. Keeping up with the latest market research, book-buying trends, and insider publishing moves is part of our work. So why do we want you to research the market before you send us a proposal? Here’s an example. Suppose you’re a passionate self-taught backyard gardener who’s fallen in love with the idea of making compost and all the great things compost can do for your garden. So you send us a book proposal on backyard composting, announcing that you’re the first person ever to think of writing a book on this exciting subject! (We know this sounds wildly exaggerated, but we and every other agent and editor we know have received scores of proposals exactly like ...

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