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Renegade Writer's Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer's Guide to Selling More Work Faster (Renegade Writer's) Paperback – 27 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Street Press Inc. (27 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933338091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933338095
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,835,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This convention-defying follow-up to "The Renegade Writer" ensures that freelance journalists get the assignments they want more quickly and for better pay with the right query letter. Successful freelancers and the editors that buy their work share their advice on pitching the perfect story with real examples that earned great assignments from major magazines. Fresh, spunky, and fun to read, this handbook favors a proven renegade approach that gets freelancers more work for more money in less time and with less stress.

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Hi I find Lindas book amazing I had never heard of query letters before, I didn't realize how important they are to a writers life. Thank you Linda.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
It Rocks! 15 Dec. 2006
By Kris Bordessa - Published on
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I would very much like to have tea with the authors; unfortunately I'll have to settle for reading their book. Friendly and experienced, Diana and Linda offer excellent advice for breaking into magazines and address many writerly concerns, such as how to deal with follow ups, a lack of clips, and editors who ignore you. The second part of the book is even more enlightening - real query letters complete with comments from the editors who received them. It's like having an editorial super-decoder ring at your service.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book rocks! 8 Dec. 2006
By Sharon A. Waldrop - Published on
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The first half of this book provides valuable information about breaking into magazine markets. Although the tips are professional and ethical, Diana and Linda are quite funny while talking to us -- and that's the tone of this book. The authors are talking to their readers, not at their readers. I literally laughed out loud several times while reading. The second half of the book consists of samples of successful query letters and comments from the editors who gave the assignments to the writers. This information alone is worth the cost of the book a hundred times over.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Good reference, but not a bible. 2 July 2008
By SJS - Published on
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I have these two ladies' first book and I really enjoyed it, so I snapped this one up quickly. I wasn't an enthused about this book though. The sample letters are great, as are the comments from editors and writers alike. The problem is that it's all over the map. Granted, they want to appeal to everyone across the board, but the result here is that it just skims along the surface and doesn't really make itself invaluable.

Personally, I was hoping to help on writing queries. It gives us that in the form of an FAQ, but they're very basic questions. Helpful, but simple. As for the letters, there is only one that really applies to beginners, and the rest are by writers who have clips and other writing experience. For a beginner starting out, this creates a feeling of "how am I supposed to get published with no clips?" It would have been much more useful to multiple letters that appeal to each level of freelancer who would be reading this book, and it would have been nice to have a handful of queries written by writers just starting out.

Overall it's a cool reference, but it's not something I'd say you need on your shelf... especially if you're already comfortable writing your queries.

I highly recommend the authors' other book though: [ASIN:1933338008 The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success (The Renegade Writer's Freelance Writing series)]]
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The BEST book on query letters! 3 Oct. 2007
By Tanya Dennis - Published on
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This is the second book in The Renegade Writer's Freelance Writing series. As suggested by the title, this book takes a different approach than most writing books. Rather than spewing forth rigid instructions and how-to's, this book answers questions and offers samples. The author's are unconventional in their approach and successful. They encourage writers to THINK rather than just follow rules. If rules need to be broken in order to offer your best work, break them without hesitation.

The first section (80 pages in length) answers common questions about writing query letters. How and when do I send it? Length? Content? Clips? Follow-up? Fees? A number of terms are defined; special cases detailed. They tackle basically everything you want to know about query writing. Their answers are informative, thorough and funny.

The second section (the remainder of the book, about 120 pages) contains sample after sample of query letters that worked along with explanations of why they were successful. The authors of this book give their perspectives, but so do the authors of the sample queries and the editors who bought the stories being pitched. Samples come from nearly every type of magazine or periodical: Parenting, Oxygen, USA Weekend, Midwest Airlines, E Magazine, Fitness, Entrepenuer ... and many, many more. The article types are varied as well, from personal profiles to health articles and travel. It's a mine of valuable information.

Final Thoughts: EXCELLENT! The best book I have found on this topic. A must-have resource for freelance writers.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Courage to Write 9 Dec. 2006
By Jessica Johannesen - Published on
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As a still unpublished writer I had high hopes for this follow up to the incredibly awesome Renegade Writer. I just finished reading it through and this book does not dissapoint! Between the Q&A's and the sample query letters I feel like I learned how to take my queries to the next level. Every writer should have this on their reference shelf!
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