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Interview With the Author of Query Letters

In this interview, Wendy Burt-Thomas, author of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters, shares her tips for writers groups, writer’s block, and what it takes to be a successful freelancer. Her perspective will help you become a better writer – whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie…

Before her tips, here’s one of her favorite writing quips:

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.” – Peter De Vries.

I’m not surprised that a writer who is as accomplished as Burt-Thomas likes this quotation! No waiting around for the muse for her…just straight writing, fellow scribes.  Burt-Thomas’ newest book, The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters – click on the book cover for a direct connection to Amazon. Her other books are Oh Solo Mia! The Hip Chick’s Guide to Fun for One and Work It, Girl! 101 Tips for the Hip Working Chick.

And now for Burt-Thomas’ practical and inspiring writing tips…Read More »Interview With the Author of Query Letters

Query Letter Example for a Magazine Article – A Health Pitch

In this query letter example for a proposed magazine article, I pitch a health piece to the editors of MSN Health (who are fantastic to work with, by the way!).

While there’s no “winning formula” to writing excellent query letters, it’s good to see how published freelance writers pitch their article ideas. So, here’s a query letter I sent to MSN Health, which the editors accepted two days later.

How do you write a successful query letter? By getting to the point immediately.

“The most effective query letters get into the specifics from the very first line,” write the editors in Writer’s Market. “It’s important to remember that a query is a call to action, not a listing of features and benefits.”

Learn how to write query letters that sell articles by reading books like The Writers Digest Guide To Query Letters. Learn from successful writers, and create your own style.

Here’s an example of my query to the editors at MSN HealthRead More »Query Letter Example for a Magazine Article – A Health Pitch