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

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The Writing Sample Is Key

Agents and editors are always optimistic, looking for the “next big thing” every time they start reading a proposal. An editor we know once said that if she could picture the finished book while reading a proposal, she knew it would be a good addition to her list. But this optimism has to be supported by the writing sample—usually one to three chapters and any critical representative elements—or even the best proposal will end up in the reject pile.
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In our experience, editors find the writing sample a key component of a proposal. And most writers we know are so passionate about their topics that ...

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