Queries: A writer's slave labor

By Katharine Swan On Thursday, January 19, 2006 At 1:35 AM


I never thought preparing queries could be so time-consuming.

I prepared 49 queries tonight. It took something like five hours, even though I was working from a template. Each publication wants something different, whether it's requirements on including clips or simply differences in what they're looking for.

At any rate, it's clear I didn't get enough stamps. I'll have to remedy that in the morning... I'm working for one of my families in the afternoon, so I'll have to work on getting my queries ready to mail before and after that.

Right now, I'm so tired of query letters that I don't want to write another one for at least a week. My short stories can wait to be sent out.

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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