editor relationships

How to Follow Up on Article Queries (Without Being a Stalker)


For freelancers, waiting is the hardest part.

But editors receive too many unsolicited queries to respond to each one instantly. And some won’t respond at all unless a query catches their interest immediately.

Good ideas also fall by the wayside if they hit editors’ inboxes during deadline, while they’re on vacation, or if they’re out of the office at a conference or because of an unforeseen event, like an epic storm.

Sometimes it pays to follow up on article queries — as long as you do it in a way that doesn’t make you seem like a stalker.

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5 Simple Ways to Build Great Writer-Editor Relationships

Freelance writer has happy meeting with editorAs a writer and editor for more than 25 years, I’ve learned that one of the most important relationships you can cultivate is with your editor.

With a little time and attention to detail, not only will you earn their respect, but you’ll have a resource for ongoing work — as well as a reference for landing future work from other newspaper or magazine editors.

Here are five tips that can help writers build a strong writer-editor relationship:

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How to Make Absolutely Sure Your Article Gets Killed

By Linda Formichelli I know you want your articles to get killed. After all, success has its drawbacks. Your less prosperous writer friends may come to resent your article writing success. When your bank account is full thanks to your

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One Writer’s Success: 2 Paying Gigs With Zero Writing Clips

By Craig Baker Every writer in history has stood at the starting line, pen and paper at the ready, eager for that big story that is going to launch them into freelance writing success. But if you don’t have any professional

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How I Wrote a $2,000 Freelance Article in 1 Week Flat

Most freelance writers I know have some dream magazines they’d looove to write a freelance article for. I’m no different. For years, I’ve wanted to move up from writing for Entrepreneur to writing for Forbes. When Forbes poached me to

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That’s Not What I Wrote! What to Do When You’re Hit With Heavy Editing

By Sophie Lizard You get childishly excited the day you know your writing’s being published. Your morning starts with a birthday kind of feeling – you wake up with a smile, and rush breakfast because you can’t wait to check

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