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Hi. Sporadic poster/lurker here. Jumping the gun a little, but how does one write a query letter for an unsolicited manuscript? It is for a non-fiction book that truly does not exist in the market at all (I looked, hard, to find a book like this one and turned up nothing).<br><br>
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check out the Query Shark blog and see if maybe you can post something there - careful, you'll get bitten for sure! But only a squeaky wheel gets the oil. Start asking questions to agents, editors, publishers. Bug them until you get an answer.<br><br>
Have you started writing yet? The best thing to have done is your book. Query and then send them a few chapters when they request it.
 

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I am at the research stage. I do need some advice, but I hesitate to ask anyone because I don't want someone without a full-time job (!) to take my idea and write it before I do. I can probably finish a section and send it off by the end of the year (I am a teacher, and we have a break over the holidays) but it will take me awhile to get the whole thing done.
 

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I've written a non fiction book. It's not published yet because I haven't gotten around to it, I got so caught up in fiction stuff..which is my first love.<br><br>
Would you like to pm me your idea and maybe I could give you some feedback/ideas/starting points...I promise I won't write or steal it or even breathe a word of it to anyone else....I only write specific things and odds are your idea isn't one of them plus I'm devoted to fiction now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Jumping in here. But in my research I have done I have heard/read that it's actually better to submit a query letter and then when you have a bite, to write the book. Instead of taking the time and energy for something that may never be published. How do any of you feel about this. This is the route I was thinking about going. Only because I work well under pressure and deadline. Without that, the book just seems to be looming, with little to not time to write it. However if I had someone to tell me, write it by X date..well then, I know I could get it done.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Jumping in here. But in my research I have done I have heard/read that it's actually better to submit a query letter and then when you have a bite, to write the book. Instead of taking the time and energy for something that may never be published. How do any of you feel about this. This is the route I was thinking about going. Only because I work well under pressure and deadline. Without that, the book just seems to be looming, with little to not time to write it. However if I had someone to tell me, write it by X date..well then, I know I could get it done.<br>
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This might work for non-fiction with a very tightly structured/ready to go outline/format. I would suggest having the first 15-20 chapters completed though in case they want to see it.<br><br>
As for me, I just like to write..publishing is secondary...I have to write, it's like breathing for me...but I write fiction so it's a bit different.<br><br>
Not to say non-fiction writers can't feel the same way about writing as I do.<br><br>
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That makes sense Thank you. And you are right, that was for non fiction guidelines for a book one is wanting to get published.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Jumping in here. But in my research I have done I have heard/read that it's actually better to submit a query letter and then when you have a bite, to write the book. Instead of taking the time and energy for something that may never be published. How do any of you feel about this. This is the route I was thinking about going. Only because I work well under pressure and deadline. Without that, the book just seems to be looming, with little to not time to write it. However if I had someone to tell me, write it by X date..well then, I know I could get it done.<br>
Opinions?</div>
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I agree with this for me. I could go for years generating ideas, but I need a deadline. I work very well under pressure, too, and actually need more thinking and planning time than writing time. The idea I am working on would be non-fiction with a tight structure and organization.<br><br>
Ideas on a format for the letter or examples? I have never written one.
 

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New to this too, so I had to get myself a book on the subject. I settled on "The Idiots Guide to Getting Published". LOL They have a great section on query letter dos and don'ts and a good section on a Proposal as well. I'm going to read up more on it , but will follow the basics of that book. There are tons out there on this subject so it shouldn't be hard to find more info.
 
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