Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Five things I learned from ‘Query Letters that Rock’…

Well, I’ve read and re-read the Renegade Writer’s ‘Query Letters that Rock’. I’ve attacked it with a highlighter and written comments on the sides. And now it sits in the place of honor next to the computer.

Why ?

Because it has all the answers to helping me write better query letters.

If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then here’s a few tips that worth considering…

Tip # 1: When choosing a subject line for your email query, keep it simple and to the point - ie ‘QUERY: Article Subject/Your Name’. This clearly shows what’s coming and who it’s from. And by adding your name, it makes it easier for the editor to find it again.

Tip # 2: Indicate a word count in your query - this indicates that you have a well thought out plan for your article.

Tip # 3: Indicate flexibility in your word count - indicates that you are willing to work with the editor.

Tip # 4: Write a query, even for a Front of the Book article.

Tip # 5: Don’t wait for a particular day of the week to send out your query. All day’s are equal. Send the query letter whenever it’s ready to go.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more tips and helpful information in this book. Check it out…

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Yvonne Russell said...

Hi Liz
Yes I agree it's an excellent book, as is The Renegade Writer. Both books have lots of practical tips.

Happy querying. :)



Hi Yvonne, both of the Renegade Writers books are always at my fingertips. They are great aa source of encouragement and as a reference on how to do things.

Now all I have to do is get back into querying. Only sent one out this month so far - will have speed up if I want to meet my quota for the inkthinker's query challenge.

Are you going to the Australian Freelance Conference in Sydney? I just found a cheap airfare to jump the pond... so am all ready to go...

Cheers, Liz

Yvonne Russell said...

Not too sure now Liz. I would love to, but will keep you posted.


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