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

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Getting Specific

Here are some book-idea examples of how to make your writing sample selection work for you:
Clutter: You’ve developed a three-part system that will kick-start any decluttering effort. Make the chapter that presents an overview of your system your sample in the book proposal.
Beekeeping: You’re a beekeeper and your book is the first that covers raising organic hives. Use the chapter that showcases your organic methods as your writing sample.
Winemaking: Your writing sample could follow a year in a vineyard, or showcase the trends with grapes that brought you the awards from a sommelier institute.
Travel: Your book on the best small B&Bs in Europe could include breakaway Eastern European countries. Select the chapter that ...

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