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Queries and Submissions (Elements of Article Writing) Hardcover – 11 Jan 1996

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (11 Jan. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898796601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898796605
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,136,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read a lot of letters to write this book.
I've been reading query letters to "Writer's Digest" for more than a decade, and if I've learned nothing else, I've learned that the ability to write a winning query letter is the most important sales tool an article writer can acquire. That's not hyperbole, it's fact. If you can't write a successful query, you'll likely never get to demonstrate your article-writing skills.

In this book, I explore what goes into a query--from deciphering what sort of articles an editor wants to see, to providing specific tips on how to open and close a letter. I've used my own experience as both writer and editor, and collected samples from talented colleagues. I feel certain that once you see how query letters work and learn how to write effective letters of your own, you too will come to appreciate them as the most important sales tool you possess.

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Writing query letters was something I'd never really thought about. As Thomas Clark (editor of Writer's Digest) explains here though it's an essential part of free-lancing. Before you can write your prize-winning piece, you need to study the publication, research what they want and approach the editor with your idea. Unsolicited queries or manuscripts from 'free-lancers' with no track record stand little chance of success, but this guide will help maximise your chances.
It's small and light weight, easy enough to flick through in an evening. Packed with plenty of real life examples, which provide helpful insight. My main criticism would be it's a little out of date - it assumes typewriter rather than PC and that correspondence will be conducted by postal mail ('one day email may be a standard form for queries'!)
If you're planning to make money from free lance writing, a book like this is probably essential (unless you happen to know an editor)
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Cut Down On Your Rejection Rate 14 Jun. 2006
By W. Terry Whalin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From my years in publishing as an author, magazine editor and currently a book acquisitions editor, I know the value of a good pitch. It's everything to capture an editor's attention.

Tom Clark gives seasoned advice about how to seize the editor's attention and imagination. if you want to cut down on your rejection rate as a writer, then get this book.

As he writes in the final pages, "Successful freelancing isn't a one-shot proposition. You write, you sell, and you write again. But each article will be a different experience. The first article may be on safety in homes, and the next one is on Hawaiian rain forests, and the third is on mega-aquariums. The world truly is your oyster; you can pluck the pearl of an idea from any spot on it."

I recommend this book.
Great Resource Guide 25 July 2011
By Sue Tornai - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
QUERIES AND SUBMISSIONS by Tom Clark helps the writer get the editor's attention from approaching the query, to six steps in opening your query, to strengthening the heart of your query, to giving your query a powerful and persuasive closing. Only one thing is more important than the actual manuscript. It is the query letter that grabs the editor's attention and gives her the desire to read your story. This is a book that stays on top of my desk for reference and is a book I highly recommend.
Disapointing 4 Oct. 2014
By Gary E. Thorn - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This submission guide is written by a couple of freelance writers/editors, that does little to add to information you would get from any publications submission guidelines. I purports to give insight into what editors are really looking fore, but I found the insight to be little more than one cold figure out on their own, if they stopped and gave it a little thought. Disappointing because a good book about this would be very helpful.
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