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Kathy Cano-Murillo is a well-known and prolific writer. Her Crafty Chica craft books are hugely popular, and her first novel will be published in March 2010. She shares her tips for writing a proposal for a non-fiction book, and while the amount of work needed to pull together a successful proposal might seem daunting, she offers this pep talk to hopeful writers:

I once had a proposal rejected, so I set it aside. I then pitched a different book to a different publisher, who rejected it but asked if I had any other book ideas. I whipped out that previous proposal and freshened it up. That is what became Crafty Chica’s Guide to Artful Sewing! And it is my best-selling book to date!
Keep the faith and don’t give up!