Say you’ve got an idea for a magazine article. You write up a query and send it in.
What happens next? Crickets.
I’ve heard this tale from hundreds of writers. They all want to know why.
Usually, the answer is that you don’t know how to analyze the magazine you’re pitching, and use what you learn to create the perfect query — the irresistible one that editor can’t resist.
Everything you need to know to write a hot query can be found by studying the articles in that magazine.
What do you need to look for? Here’s my checklist:
It may seem like a small thing, but knowing how to write a headline that’s in the style of your target magazine can help get you off on the right foot with an editor. It shows you’ve read their magazine and care about their style.
For instance, some magazines have long headlines.