There is a skill to writing a good query letter, and if you would like to make money writing from home or by article writing it’s one you definitely need to master.
What is a query letter?
A query letter is used when you want to present an article idea to a publisher, before you actually write the article. The purpose of writing a good query letter is to get the editor so interested in your idea for the article that they commission you to write it for their magazine, or at the very least that they express an interest in the finished product.
Advantages of writing a query letter
Many editors request queries over complete articles, and why not, there are definite advantages:
An outline of an article is quicker to read than a whole article.
If they like the idea of the proposed article but it’s not quite what they are after they can make suggestions to the writer on what exactly they would like.
A writer’s ability and skill can be quickly assessed.
The advantages to the writer are that a query letter is:
Quicker to write than an article.
Requires less research than an article.
If quotes are needed, interviews don’t need to be completed at this stage.
The outline of your article can be altered easily if the editor suggests a different angle.
How to go about writing a good query letter
When it comes to writing a good query letter you need to put yourself behind the editor’s desk for a while. What drives the decisions they make? The answer, of course, is sales of their magazine.