5 Ways to Send More Queries
The more queries you send, the higher your chances are of being published.
But how does one go about writing multiple query letters in a timely manner?
Here are 5 tips to help you write more query letters this month:
1. Send simultaneous submissions
Some editors frown on sending simultaneous submissions (sending the exact same query to different magazines at the same time), but most realize that writers wouldn’t be able to pay their rent if they had to send each query letter through a 2 to 4 week cycle just to hear that an editor isn’t even interested. After researching markets, send those queries to multiple editors, and see which one bites first. It’s standard practice nowadays. If you’re not comfortable with this option, move down to tip number 2.
2. Vary your angle to suit multiple magazines
Instead of simultaneous submissions, change the angle on the same story and sumbit each one to a different market. This is more favorable than simultaneous submissions to some, because if more than one magazine happens to accept your idea, you don’t have to slink away and say you’re already writing the story for a different publication.
3. Recycle old queries
Do you have old queries that you sent but never got accepted? Look them over with a fresh eye. Could they still be timely? Or is there a piece you could change to make it work now? Match your queries with new markets and see what you come up with.
4. Batch your work
Writing queries doens’t have to be a start to finish deal. Over the course of one week, set the first day aside to brainstorn query ideas and match them with markets. Next, spend a day researching for your query ideas. Then, spend the next two days writing up and sending your queries. Productivity specialists swear that batching work makes it go much faster.
5. Use the 24-hour rule
If you receive a rejection to a query you sent, repurpose the query for another market and send it within 24 hours. This method means that at any given time, you’ll always have a aquery out there in the world.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head').appendChild(s);