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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 Nonfiction

In nonfiction, the rules are a bit different. Sometimes writing talent has less to do with getting a book published than originality of concept, the author’s experience, and marketability. In nonfiction, content is the prevailing component.
Of course, the writing is also important in nonfiction, but there is an added opportunity of bringing in someone to help improve your writing style in nonfiction. Publishing houses and agents are adept at finding a ghostwriter, professional editor, “book doctor,” or collaborator to write or polish books for an expert author whose writing style is weak (we’ll discuss this in Chapter 9). But briefly, a collaborator or co-author is sometimes hired to work with an expert for ...

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