For those of you who know anything about the query process, this is a rare case of first-time success. My query was submitted to E Magazine in October 2011, and it was published in March 2012. About 6 weeks after submitting the email query, I followed up and got a positive response. My very first magazine query was assigned! It generally takes several rejections before a query is accepted by a publisher.
How did I do it? I only sent one query and it was specifically targeted for this market.
I studied the Writers Market 2012 – a bible-type reference for freelance writers. My query letter was based on examples from the book, and tailored specifically to fit E’s writer guidelines. I didn’t submit my idea to any other publications because I knew E was the right place to publish my research. If I had gotten rejected, I would offer the story to my second choice publication which I did not pre-determine. I had every intention of being published in E magazine. There was no doubt my query was on target.
My second query letter was submitted about two weeks ago to a local publisher, Cincy Magazine. My idea was made-to-order based on Cincy’s guidelines for writers, so I am optimistic about the assignment. Local magazines want to publish location-based stories. That’s a no brainer, right?
Only time will tell if my rookie success will last. I sure hope it does!