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

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Creating the Expanded Table of Contents

If you’re not sure how to start, try identifying 5 to 10 key points in each chapter of your book, then create a bullet for each key point. Then turn each bullet into a narrative of one to two paragraphs that presents your material in an orderly and progressive way. The Expanded TOC shows not just that you know what you’re talking about, but that you know how to explain it to readers who are interested but probably don’t know what you’re talking about. Your Expanded TOC will give acquiring editors and their publishing houses a good idea of your skill in conceiving the book as a whole piece, breaking down into parts (the individual chapters), and handling the material appropriately for the audience. The ...

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