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The Renegade Writer's Query Letters That Rock: The Freelance Writer's Guide to Selling More Work Faster by [Formichelli, Linda, Burrell, Diana]
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"New and experienced freelancers will benefit both from reading the queries themselves and the feedback from the editors who bought them."  —Kelly James-Enger, author, Six-Figure Freelancing

"Using the advice Linda and Diana share in their book, I've broken into markets such as Family Circle, Oxygen, SELF, and others."  —Jennifer Lawler, magazine writer and author, Dojo Wisdom series

"This book is a must for anyone who struggles with the frustrations of pitching. Not only will you see a wide range of successful approaches, all your burning query-letter questions will get answered in just under 200 lively pages."  —Charmian Christie, Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) Guelph

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Want to sell more more magazines?

The Renegade Writer's Query Letters That Rock ensures that freelance writers 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 two dozen examples of pithes that earned great assignments from major magazines...and a FAQ that answers you most pressing pitch questions. This fun-to-read handbook favors a proven renegade approach that gets freelancers more work for more less time and with less stress.

Includes queries that sold to:

  • Smithsonian

  • American Baby

  • Writer's Digest

  • LA Times Magazine

  • more!

"After purchasing Query Letters That Rock my rejection rate is almost zero. First I know the magazine and I know the reader. If I email a query and it’s rejected, I send it out again to another market (within 24 hours). Plus, I write a thank-you email to the first magazine and send out another query. Developing a relationship with editors makes for assignments and contracts coming my way. On the average, I sell to about 300 paying markets annually. Most pay between $400 – $500, plus photos.” —Carolyn Tomlin

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Renegade Writer Press; 1 edition (June 20 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DBK468
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For a writer, this is an excellent resource. Each article concept has several parts including: the magazine, the query letter, the writer's comments on their approach and feedback from the editor. It was particularly interesting to see how different article pitches vary in their degree of research and how angles are developed.

My favorite example from the book concerns an article pitched to INC magazine about fitness company "Curvess." I hope the authors of this book will publish a sequel covering even more publications. I would love to see insight into writers who got published in Forbes, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Time and Businessweek.
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I've been a full-time freelance writer for more than 20 years, and this is one of the best "how-to" books I've come across in that time. The concept is brilliant: ask editors to share some query letters that really hit the mark for them, then ask the writers of those letters to explain the process they followed in putting them together. I've bought three copies of this book now, because every time I loan my copy to a writing friend, it doesn't come back. I'm chaining this copy to my desk.
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Thanks Diana. Great Book! As always your writing is easy to understand and a great learning experience.
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HASH(0x9ad3c5e8) out of 5 stars It Rocks! Dec 15 2006
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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.
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HASH(0x9ad00744) out of 5 stars Good reference, but not a bible. July 2 2008
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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)]]
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ad3c678) out of 5 stars This book rocks! Dec 7 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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ae1e2cc) out of 5 stars The BEST book on query letters! Oct. 3 2007
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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
HASH(0x9ad2b960) out of 5 stars Courage to Write Dec 8 2006
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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!