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Thought of the Week

As a freelancer, your first impressions comes across in your pitch/query letter. There’s no way around it, unless a magazine editor stumbles across your website and says, “Hey, I like that writer. I wonder if he’ll write for me!”

Yeah, you’re laughing.

Without a strong pitch/query letter, you land fewer gigs. An editor looks at a weak query letter as the sign of a weak writer. How can he not? It’s the first impression of a writer’s ability.

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