Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. The Query Dear Steven Salpeter, Seventeen-year-old Sloane Sullivan has survived witness protection by learning three important lessons:
Unfortunately, so have about eight gazillion other people on this planet. Therefore, you have to stand out from the crowd.
You have to sparkle. How do you do this? In fact, only bright green novices attempt to write the whole thing before selling it. What you do need, however, is the IDEA for the great story.
So, where will you find this Big Idea? This is how you will become an expert. Experts are in demand. What you have to do is sneak your stories into your areas of expertise.
You are a potential expert in those areas. Jot these things down. Now comes the fun part: The biggest mistake you can make in pitching your story is being too general. In general, you will be expected to write somewhere between and words on your topic.
Get out your trusty notebook. On the first page, write down a list of any and all topics that interest you. Need some ideas to get you started? Think through your whole day. What do you do from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall asleep?
You turn off your alarm clock. An article about alarm clocks disrupting valuable sleep stages! Or waking up to music versus waking up to that annoying beeping sound.
You brush your teeth. Maybe with your significant other. You go to work. This is the most obvious area of expertise. You just have to know you can get this information later.
Next, you come home. Do you have kids? A wealth of article ideas. Write at least one page of general topics that interest you, then weed out the most interesting ones. Narrow it down to three or four. Then write those three or four topics on top of brand new pages.
Now fill up those pages with specific article angles. Just write whatever pops into your head. If you need motivation, play it like a game of Scattergories.
Set a timer for ten minutes.This series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letter examples that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents.
In addition to posting these query letter samples, we will also get to hear thoughts from the writer's literary agent as to why the letter worked. Thanks for letting us read the query letter, and for giving me an idea on a good elevator pitch. Being able to describe my story in one to two sentences is very difficult for me.
My Reader’s Digest editor taught me more about writing magazine articles and query letters than any other editor I’ve worked with.
These writing tips are from Reader’s Digest, which is one of the most popular magazines in North America.. For a more in-depth look at freelance writing full-time, read Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article . My Reader’s Digest editor taught me more about writing magazine articles and query letters than any other editor I’ve worked with.
These writing tips are from Reader’s Digest, which is one of the most popular magazines in North America. Home» Blogging» Sample of a Successful Query Letter to Reader’s Digest Sample of a Successful Query Letter to Reader’s Digest Here’s the query letter that landed me my first article in Reader’s Digest – it’s a sample of a successful query letter that you can use to win your own writing assignments.
Are you new to freelance writing or perhaps having trouble selling your work to editors? Today’s tip of the day can help. Kelly James Enger, author of Writer For Hire, explains the importance of writing a query letter and gives an example of one.
When you think successful freelancer, what skill.