The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals

by Moira Allen

Allworth Press, August, 2001.
Trade Paperback, 274 pages.
ISBN: 1581150997

The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals by Moira Allen Most editors at top-notch magazines want to see a query before they will allow a writer submit a complete article. Because of this fact, effective queries are one of the most important skills a freelance writer can develop. A great query can open the door to good paying freelance opportunities. As the book's author, Moira Allen, says, "To compete with the thousands of 'good' writers in the marketplace, you have to be able to develop queries and proposals that are more than simply 'good'. They have to stand out in every respect: content, preparation, and presentation." Author Moira Allen has been on both sides of the fence. As a highly successful freelancer, she has submitted queries to publications. As as an editor of print magazines and websites she has received hordes of queries and article submissions. Moira Allen now writes books and continues to freelance, as well. She also runs her own Query Letter Clinic and writer's resource at Moira's latest book provides advice and instruction on the difficult task of writing queries, backed up with examples of successful queries. The book covers a number of different types of queries, including electronic queries, book proposals, newspaper queries, novel proposals and many others. Moira provides plenty of advice, examples, tips and links to additional resources to help writers learn to write queries that can help them get sales. This is an excellent book for freelance writers looking for a way to beat out the competition.

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This review was published in the September, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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