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Posted September 24, 2009
A much-needed guide for a crucial aspect authors need to know about
Writing a novel is only part of the road authors face toward publication. Marketing one's writing -- and doing it well -- is crucial. It can literally be the difference between "submission approved" and "submission rejected." Painstaking work beautifying one's article/novel/short story is all for naught if the publisher first requests only a query letter to decide whether to even look at one's work - and the author doesn't provide the same care to that all-important marketing document.
Enter Wendy Burt-Thomas. With her guide's chapters drilling down to the specific issues impacting query letters, which vary for the type of publication targeted, she provides clear advice and real examples.
Some chapters in other books offer only a brief blurb on query letters for novels. But this book provides entire chapters for novels, non-fiction books, articles, agent queries, and more, including cover letters, thank you notes, and payment follow-up. To top it off, I found her writing style easily accessible. As I turned the pages, it seemed she really wanted me to make the most of my own query. By following her help, I've already begun to receive praises on my revised query for my novel. This one's a keeper on my bookshelf.
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Great for pro and novice writers
Funny yet clear, instructive, worth twice the price. Many great examples of good and bad quesries. Stimulates the idea process.
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Posted December 5, 2009
This book is a must have for aspiring authors
Who would have thought that a book could be so helpful in the art of letter writing? This is one how-to buok that every author should invest in.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2010
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