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UP FOR THE CHALLENGE?
WHAT’S A QUERY ANYWAY?
WHY USE A QUERY LETTER?
WHO WRITES QUERIES?
KNOWING WHEN YOU’RE READY
THE EVER-EVOLVING QUERY LETTER
Computers
The Web
E-mail
Increased Foreign Correspondence
KEEPING TRACK OF SUBMISSIONS
QUERY BASICS
I. THOU SHALT LOOK PROFESSIONAL
Include an SASE (If You’re Querying by Snail Mail)
Format Your Query According to Industry Standards
II. THOU SHALT PITCH A GREAT LEAD
III. THOU SHALT TAILOR YOUR QUERY TO THE MAGAZINE
IV. THOU SHALT OFFER A FRESH IDEA
V. THOU SHALT BE CREATIVE IN YOUR PRESENTATION
VI. THOU SHALT TIGHTEN YOUR QUERY ANGLE
VII. THOU SHALT SWEETEN THE POT
Photos, Graphics, Illustrations, or Renderings
Sidebars and Sidelights
The Giveaway
VIII. THOU SHALT NOT PROPOSE THE IMPOSSIBLE
Failure to Deliver
Short Turnarounds
Impossible Word Counts
IX. THOU SHALT SHOW CREDENTIALS
X. THOU SHALT HAVE FUN
ARTICLE QUERIES
COMPONENTS OF A QUERY
The Opening Hook
The Supporting Details
Your Qualifications
The Thank-You
IDENTIFYING YOUR MARKET
DECODING WRITER’S GUIDELINES
Whom to Contact
How to Contact
Web Site
Preferred Word Count
Types of Material Accepted
Percent of Freelance Material Accepted
Publication Frequency
Circulation
Founding Date
Pay Rates
Payment Terms
Number of Manuscripts Purchased Each Year
Information on Photo Submissions
If the Magazine Has Online Versions
Rights Purchased
Columns/Departments
Notes From the Editor
General Information About the Magazine
If Byline/Bio Is Given
Lead Time
If Simultaneous Submissions Are Accepted
How to Receive a Sample Copy
Kill Fee
Visits Per Month
Special Issues
Response Time
If Reprints Are Accepted
Famous People Who Have Contributed
If the Publication Pays for Writer’s Expenses
OTHER MARKET RESOURCES
KNOWING WHAT EDITORS WANT
Impress an Editor With …
Depress an Editor With …
NONFICTION BOOK QUERIES
QUERY VS. PROPOSAL
The Summary
The Thank-You and Request to Send the Proposal
BOOK PROPOSALS
Key Components of a Nonfiction Book Proposal
CHOOSING A PUBLISHER
Catch a Book Editor’s Eye With …
Ensure an Editor Will Overlook You By …
Special Nonfiction Book Considerations
NOVEL QUERIES
UNDERSTANDING THE FICTION QUERY
The Credentials Question
COMMON NOVEL QUERY MISTAKES
COMPONENTS OF A NOVEL SYNOPSIS
Romance
Speculative
Children’s
Cross-Genre
AGENT QUERIES
COMPONENTS OF AN AGENT QUERY LETTER
LANDING AGENT REPRESENTATION
Approach With Caution
Choosing Wisely
BECOMING THE MODEL CLIENT
Have a Platform
Understand the Business and Its Processes
Be Willing to Rewrite
Respect Your Agent’s Opinions
Have a Book Deal With a Publisher
Have Incredible Talent (Without the Ego)
Have Patience
Strive for More Than One Book
Be Careful With Referrals
A CLIENT ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE
Sending Unfocused Queries
Not Following Through on Deadlines
Including Irrelevant Information in Your Query
Lying/Exaggerating
Nagging
Pushing for Too Much Control
Expecting an Unrealistic Advance and Royalties
FOLLOWING UP
MAGAZINE ARTICLE QUERIES
QUERIES TO AGENTS
QUERIES TO BOOK PUBLISHERS
RESPONDING TO AN ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION
OTHER FORMS OF CORRESPONDENCE
COVER LETTERS
THANK-YOU NOTES
TURNING DOWN AN ASSIGNMENT
PULLING AN ARTICLE SUBMISSION
REQUESTING INFORMATION FROM A SOURCE
COMPLAINING TO AN EDITOR
FOLLOWING UP ON A “MAYBE”
FOLLOWING UP ON PAYMENT
SOME PARTING WORDS
RESOURCES
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Trade Magazines
Books and Reference Guides
Web sites
E-Zines
Organizations and Genre Groups
Online Writing Courses
INDEX
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The Writer's Digest Guide To Query Letters

The Writer's Digest Guide To Query Letters

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Make That Crucial, Positive First Impression Anyone who's researched the marketplace knows: The path to publication begins with your query letter. If your query is weak, unfocused, or uninspired, an editor or agent won't even bother to request your article, novel manuscript, or nonfiction book proposal. But a well-crafted, compelling query sent to the right editor or agent is an essential sales tool for fiction writers and the most effective way for nonfiction writers to pre-sell your idea. In this book, professional freelance writer and magazine editor Wendy Burt-Thomas shares practical advice on how to craft persuasive letters that connect with editors and agents and ultimately generate sales for you. You'll learn how to: Conduct targeted research to find suitable editors and agents Hook an editor with a tantalizing lead and shape a summary that compels editors to buy Select the strongest slant for your book or article Use research and interview shortcuts that keep your query prep profitable Make your query rejection-proof by weeding out subtle mistakes that can sabotage your project Communicate your author platform and sell yourself as the best writer for the subject Complete with dozens of sample queries–some that landed article assignments, agents, or book deals, and others that never stood a chance–this book offers you a comprehensive strategy for presenting your writing ideas in a way that will increase your chances of publication. Though the title may lead some to believe it's strictly to be shelved as a reference manual, The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters is a smooth read from cover to cover.
Make That Crucial, Positive First Impression Anyone who's researched the marketplace knows: The path to publication begins with your query letter. If your query is weak, unfocused, or uninspired, an editor or agent won't even bother to request your article, novel manuscript, or nonfiction book proposal. But a well-crafted, compelling query sent to the right editor or agent is an essential sales tool for fiction writers and the most effective way for nonfiction writers to pre-sell your idea. In this book, professional freelance writer and magazine editor Wendy Burt-Thomas shares practical advice on how to craft persuasive letters that connect with editors and agents and ultimately generate sales for you. You'll learn how to: Conduct targeted research to find suitable editors and agents Hook an editor with a tantalizing lead and shape a summary that compels editors to buy Select the strongest slant for your book or article Use research and interview shortcuts that keep your query prep profitable Make your query rejection-proof by weeding out subtle mistakes that can sabotage your project Communicate your author platform and sell yourself as the best writer for the subject Complete with dozens of sample queries–some that landed article assignments, agents, or book deals, and others that never stood a chance–this book offers you a comprehensive strategy for presenting your writing ideas in a way that will increase your chances of publication. Though the title may lead some to believe it's strictly to be shelved as a reference manual, The Writer's Digest Guide to Query Letters is a smooth read from cover to cover.

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