Life Changingly Awesome Query Letters Part 4: Maxim Magazine

To: Gene NewmanEditor-in-Chief/Programming DirectorMaxim Magazine From: Kevin “Kevlar” Alexander Re: A Chill Feature Query Dear Mr. Newman, ‘Sup, bro. First up, allow me to drop some serious props. For more than ten(ish) years now, you’ve been at the forefront of magazines deemed socially acceptable for college-age guys to leave in their dorm, fraternity, and...

Life Changingly Awesome Query Letters: Part 1: Outside Magazine

Brief Pop Culture Sidenote re: Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman: See? It was Tessa!!! When has the NY Post ever been wrong about anything? According to the results from the Bachelor, never. Lesson: Never trust women named Bevin. Always trust the tabloids. Always. Moving on…Were you worried, friends? Did you think I had gone...

Successful Query: Agent Adriann Ranta and “Sad Perfect”

This series is called “Successful Queries,” and I’m posting actual query letter examples that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting these query letter samples, we will also get to hear thoughts from the writer’s literary agent as to why the letter worked. The 76th installment in this series is with agent Adriann...

“How to Craft Query Letters, Opening Pages, Synopses, and Nonfiction That Get Noticed” — Sept. 22 Agent One-on-One Boot Camp with Kimberley Cameron Literary

When your submission materials arrive in an agent's inbox, they land among hundreds of others. At that point, one of two things will happen. Either the agent will like the submission and request more materials, or they will reply with a rejection. Authors who get rejected tend to fall in one of two categories...

MAGAZINE MARKET SPOTLIGHT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS

In the October 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest, National Geographic Kids is among one of three handpicked venues spotlighted in the Standout Markets column. In this special online exclusive, we share more Q&A with Editor Rachel Buchholz, who discusses the key to successful article pitches, and more.

Using Conferences to Your Querying Advantage

Conferences can be great places to learn, but let’s face it, when you’re unagented and have a completed manuscript, your main agenda may not be the workshops. I’ve attended several conferences, both as a pre-published writer and a published one. The truth is, my main goal has remained the same: Networking.