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Do you send Query Letters?

There are many ways to find work as a freelance writer. One that is often times overlooked is sending query letters to print publications. Although some freelancers believe that this is a thing of the past, I can assure you that this is still a great way to grow your client base.

Simply put, a query letter is one that you send to an editor pitching a story. I use to find contact information for editors, as well as a comprehensive list of publications. As you begin to search for publications and markets you will find that there are many options out there.

Some editors prefer to receive queries via snail mail. Others allow freelancers to get in touch via email. This information is provided by – another good reason to use the service.

There is no denying that magazines and newspapers are not nearly as popular as they once were. More and more people are using the internet and staying away from print publications. That being said, magazines are still looking for freelancers. Some of them will not pay you a dime for your submissions. Others have no problem paying in upwards of $1/word. 

If you have stopped sending query letters you should have a good reason. The same holds true for those who never tried this method in the first place.

To find new clients you need to consider all your options. Sending query letters is still a great idea. Do not overlook this form of marketing your freelance writing services.

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