Karen – good luck with this, and yes, jump on it fast before the opportunity goes to someone else.
These are the questions the editor will have:
Who will read the column? Why will they want to read it? Do I have enough examples of columns to know that it’s not a fluke, that the same voice and humor can be reproduced week after week? Is the writing of good quality and consistent?
Do a very short pitch – a paragraph will be enough about the article. Give all the answers to the questions above in your query. And provide three or four full columns (around 600 words) and the topics for a few more. Also provide clips and current contracts.
Good luck, Karen. I’m rooting for you!