- Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Alpha; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615640452
- ISBN-13: 978-1615640454
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Book Proposals & Query Letters Paperback – February 1, 2011
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This book provides insight into the nuts and bolts concepts so important to creating and shopping your work, but its most valuable features may be the "Agent's Advice" nuggets sprinkled throughout the pages. They alone make the book a must-have tool for any writer, new or established. It's like having open communication with the agent. Questions are answered before you can even think to ask them. To a writer, that's pretty valuable.
Marilyn Allen and Coleen O'Shea have written a concise and incredibly helpful guide for anyone who hopes to get his or her book published. They guide you through each step of the process of writing book proposals and query letters, giving you lots of examples of both what to do and what not to do. Being literary agents with a long history in publishing, the authors have lifetimes of experience and wisdom to pass on to you.
As with most books in the "Complete Idiot's" series, there is a treasure trove on information and helpful advice in these pages on every aspect of writing a proposal or query letter. You will learn how to research your proposal and make it as powerful as possible, to craft a query letter designed to get the full attention of an agent or editor. You'll also learn about how best to market both your book idea and yourself as its author, to create a platform that will help boost your chances of landing a book contract, whether your work be fiction or non-fiction.
Best yet, the authors' advice is both practical and encouraging. Clearly both Allen and O'Shea have a deep love of the publishing business and want to help others have the chance to share their literary talents with the world. If you're serious about getting your writing published, you should definitely take all the advice they offer in this book to heart.
I would highly recommend this book to any new writer who is unfamiliar with the world of publishing.