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

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A Closer Look at Writing Samples

Presenting examples of good and bad writing is difficult because the terms “good” and “bad” are arbitrary. One person may love your writing sample, but another may hate it. But every good writing sample has two major elements: logic and readability. The sample should showcase your talent and your idea in the best possible light, and that means making it easy for a reader to navigate your text and a pleasure for him to read it.
For our example, we have two authors’ hypothetical writing samples. They’re both hoping to write books about attracting butterflies to your backyard.
The following sample is enthusiastic but rambling and uninformed. There is no logic to its narrative, which is all over the place, and ...

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