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vmaxnick
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PostSubject: Pitching an idea   Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:09 pm

Let's imagine for a moment that you've written a few books but are still Indie and totally under the radar, then you have an idea for a novel which you know is a topic which will spark interest, with what you believe is a dynamite hook, is it worth writing a query letter outlining your plans with perhaps a synopsis, or should you only ever start querying once the work is complete?
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PostSubject: Re: Pitching an idea   Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:22 pm

It is my understanding that an Author advance is made based on a proposed book.  That is something common to traditional publishing with Agents. 
When reading stories about top authors and how they dealt or deal with their Agent/Publisher, they get much guidance along the way.  I don't know how that applies to a new author. 
I think a Query about a proposed book is a normal thing.  Before spending time writing the book, perhaps time spent on developing an interest in the work would be beneficial.
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PostSubject: Re: Pitching an idea   Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:57 pm

How did you come to live in Germany Abe, ex forces?
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PostSubject: Re: Pitching an idea   Mon Mar 02, 2015 8:38 am

For fiction, agents require a full manuscript; for non-fiction, a proposal to a publisher needs to be clear, precise and explain why there is a gap for this type of book.

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