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

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Pre-Query “Musts” for Fiction

A good query letter presents all of the key points in a compelling way. The query letter itself may be short, but the work that goes into it is considerably longer and involved. Let’s get started with the basic element of all query letters, proposals, and books: the writing style.
Good writing is the linchpin of the publishing business. Strong writing is particularly essential in fiction. In Chapters 7 and 17, you’ll read more about writing fiction and some of the steps you can take to improve your writing. What’s important to keep in mind now is that writing is a skill that can constantly be improved, so you should write, rewrite, and write again. Don’t rush the process. Don’t submit your work before the writing ...

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