From the Author
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.