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

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Putting Together Your Nonfiction Writing Sample

If you follow the guidelines in this section, you’ll have an easier time selecting or creating a strong writing sample. Once you have a great writing sample to attach to your proposal, make sure your sample really is representative of the book—that you can deliver an entire manuscript that’s up to the standards of your sample. Otherwise, you’re in for trouble down the road. Typically, though, creating great sample text will excite and inspire you to live up to your own high standards when it’s time to write the rest of the book.
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