how to pitch a query letter

The Query Shark’s Best Advice on How to Get a Literary Agent

Here’s how to write a query letter that is good enough to get a literary agent’s attention. These 15 tips for pitching your book idea or manuscript are from the agent who created a whale of a blog called Query Shark. I first met literary agent Janet Reid at the Surrey International Writers Conference, way back when we were dodging […]

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How to Write a Query Letter to a Magazine

How to Write a Query Letter and Get Your Article Published

How do you get an article published in a magazine? By learning how to write a query letter to a magazine editor, of course! That’s your first step – because without an excellent pitch, you’ll never sell your articles. Here’s what one beginning freelance magazine writer says: “I have a brilliant idea for an article, and I believe it’s perfect […]

How to Become a Freelance Writer

Writing for a living is awesome! These tips on how to become a freelance writer are inspired by reader’s questions about pitching query letters, waiting for magazine editors to respond, writing for your blog, and starting out as a writer. If you want to make money writing, read Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $100,000 a Year or […]

How to Become a Freelance Writer

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How to Pitch a Query Letter to Magazine Editors

These tips on how to pitch a query letter to magazine editors will help you structure your writing and get your articles published. Querying and pitching query letters to editors are reliable ways to get freelance writing work. I’ve been on both sides of the fence – I worked as an editor receiving queries, and I worked as a freelance […]

How to Find Article Ideas That Editors Will Pay to Publish

Finding article ideas that editors will actually pay to publish is the hardest part of freelance writing! I already knew this as a writer – but I’m seeing the problem in a whole new way as an editor. “You can’t wait for inspiration to strike,” said Jack London. “You have to go after it with a club.” It’s the same with finding […]

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How to Write Interesting Newspaper Articles

To learn how to write interesting magazine or newspaper articles, you need to study how news writers do it. These tips are inspired by a newspaper article by Vancouver Sun reporter, Peter McKnight. McKnight’s article is all about the F-word – but that’s not what makes his writing interesting! He could write about fluff, and I’d ignore a house fire […]

Freelance Writers Who Submit Multiple Query Letters Are…

Should freelance writers submit multiple query letters to magazines? I’ve been avoiding this topic on Quips and Tips for Successful Writers for months…and it’s time to ‘fess up! “Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein. This is exactly how I feel about simultaneous submissions to magazines! It’s […]

Should Writers Submit Multiple Query Letters to Magazines?

How to Improve a Query Letter – Sample Pitch to a Magazine Editor

This sample query letter includes several ways to improve it. It’s a pitch I sent to Child magazine two years ago; the editor didn’t assign the article, and here I explain why. These tips can be directly applied to your own query letters, to help you sell your freelance articles… Before the tips, here’s a quip from two experienced freelance writers: “We think writers […]