How to Write Winning Query Letters
Every writer should know how to write great query letters. After all, it's how you land assignments with magazines. Many new writers think that they need to write a complete article and submit it to magazines. However, most editors prefer to receive query letters instead of complete articles.
Query letters are the way to go. They save you from writing an article that may never sell; and they save editors from reading long articles that they don't want to buy.
So what is a query? A query (or pitch) is simply a letter that outlines your article idea and sells you as the best writer to write the story. Great queries include some research and quotes from experts (but not always). This section walks you through the whole query process from how to find article ideas that editors will love to how to follow up on your submissions.