The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals, Second Edition

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Every writer wants to publish as widely as possible, and this book gives writers the tools to achieve a competitive edge and break into a wide range of markets. The second edition has been updated throughout and expanded to cover e-mail pitches, letters of introduction, pitching to international markets, how to pitch agents at conferences, and new markets such as greeting cards. This sprightly guide enables readers to expand their markets and increase sales by learning how to make the perfect pitch to magazines, ...

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Overview

Every writer wants to publish as widely as possible, and this book gives writers the tools to achieve a competitive edge and break into a wide range of markets. The second edition has been updated throughout and expanded to cover e-mail pitches, letters of introduction, pitching to international markets, how to pitch agents at conferences, and new markets such as greeting cards. This sprightly guide enables readers to expand their markets and increase sales by learning how to make the perfect pitch to magazines, publishers, corporations, and other potential clients. This indispensable resource provides writers with successful approaches to such topics as how to craft a query letter, create a nonfiction or fiction book proposal, approach newspapers with a column or syndication idea, get corporate freelancing jobs, and win a writing grant. Interviews with experts in a variety of fields and dozens of new examples of successful pitches, queries and proposals enliven and illustrate the text. Beginning and experienced writers will find this the perfect one-of-a-kind, desktop reference for developing the market approaches they need to sell their work.

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This update of a 2001 book is a broad guide to nearly any type of formal introduction a writer may need to make on his or her own behalf. Allen (Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer), along with several other contributors, offers advice on querying and pitching for numerous markets including nonfiction, fiction, magazines, columns, international (new to this edition), and corporate. Allen also includes helpful, harder-to-find information on niche areas such as the greeting card market (new to this edition) and grants, fellowships, and awards. Since this is the kind of reference work writers may read in sections, it benefits from the thorough table of contents. Most writing guides cover the query, proposal, or pitch by genre; Allen's update consolidates this information into one manageable guide. VERDICT Writers seeking help with the art of query writing would do well to try this book before buying several market-specific ones. Those owning the first edition should purchase this new one.—Stacey Rae Brownlie, Lititz P.L., PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581157437
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,397,649
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Moira Anderson Allen has been writing professionally for more than 30 years, contributing to such publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, Byline, and Entrepreneur, among others. She is the author of seven books (including Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, Allworth Press, 2003, 2011) and more than 300 published articles. Her versatile background includes technical writing, corporate editing, corporate newsletter directing, and operating her own publishing firm. A long-time instructor of freelance and creative writing at community colleges, Allen is often a speaker at writing conferences and workshops. She lives in Columbia, Maryland.
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