Read each publication’s submission guidelines VERY CAREFULLY, then write a well-researched query letter.
Below is my query that led to a sale. You may use it as a model for your winning query letters.
Dear Jean Ann Duckworth:
I benefit from reading Simple Joy and was especially happy to see an article by my on-line friend Rekha. I believe that an article about breathing would support Simple Joy’s purpose.
We all breathe, but do we breathe properly?
Once we’re aware of our breathing patterns, we can improve them instantly. Women who breathe properly report that they feel “calm, poised, energized, a general well-being, centered, alert, relaxed, open” and similar positive sensations.
Does that sound like a miracle? Because God is in every breath, the benefits of proper breathing are miraculous.
I’d like to share what I’ve learned about breathing with Simple Joy readers. This proposed 1500- to 2000-word feature article (one time rights) will:
- Explain physical and emotional hindrances to proper breathing
- Guide readers through a breath awareness questionnaire
- Review the breath’s path through the body
- Include several easy, effective breathing exercises
- List hobbies and sports that improve one’s breathing as a side benefit
- Provide surprising facts and additional resources
Earning an instructor’s diploma to teach Qi Gong (or Chi Kung, it’s Chinese for “skill with breath”), speaking to women’s groups on “Better Breathing Means Better Living,” my research on the topic and my firsthand experience in improving my breathing give me the background I need to write credibly and convincingly.
Magazines that have published my works dealing with improving the quality of one’s life include, but aren’t limited to Daily Meditations, Evolving Woman, The Phoenix, New Vegetarian and Natural Health (Australia), Woman at Work (Malaysia), and Her Business (New Zealand).
I can write the article for the general interest issues or slant it as a December (holidays) stress buster.
Blog readers, you’re welcome to use my query as a template or springboard for your unique query. All the best!
Article by Beth Fowler, author of the beloved coming-of-age novel “Ken’s War.”
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“Ken’s War is vibrant with authority … Fowler’s elegantly written novel risks exploring the full range of teenage behavior and emotion.” Nancy Springer, award- winning author of YA books.