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Sample Query Letters for Writers

Sample Query Letters and Templates for Writers


Each month we break down the parts of a successful query letter which landed a sale from a magazine, journal or website. Our sample query letters will help you write your own timely, relevant and in-demand query letters. Each sample query letter provides insights into what an editor wants to see, the structure of the query letter, the choice of words that the writer used, and how the writer persuaded the editor to buy his/her article, story, news piece, blog post, or other editorial piece.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to an Inflight Magazine
This sample query letter shows how a freelance writer sold an article to an editor of an inflight magazine for $1,200. Find out how this writer wrote her query letter and the type of writing style she used.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch a Childhood Obesity Article to a Website
This sample query letter shows how a freelance writer sold an article on childhod obesity to an editor of a health-related website for $500.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to a Health/Lifestyle Website
This sample query letter shows you how a freelance writer sold her health-related article to an editor of a health website for $450. See how she persuaded the editor, her choice of words and phrasing, and the type of information that she used.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to a Parenting/Lifestyle Magazine or Website
This sample query letter shows you how a writer sold her narrative, profile piece for $575 to a major lifestyle magazine and website. See the exact query letter that sold her article, and learn a few tips on how she did it.

Sample Query Letter to an Editor of a Food/Lifestyle Magazine and Website
Learn how to write a query letter to pitch an article to a food/lifestyle magazine or website. We provide the full query letter that a writer pitched via email to the editor of a food/lifestyle magazine and sold her article for $500.

Sample Pitch Letter to an Editor of a Bridal Magazine and Website
This is a sample "pitch letter" that a freelance writer sent to a magazine editor, inquiring about upcoming writing gigs. The freelance writer pitched herself as a skilled freelance writer who is educated about the many topics that this bridal/wedding magazine publishes each month in print form as well as daily at its companion website.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to a Parenting/Pregnancy Magazine
Learn how to write a query letter to pitch an article to a parenting/pregnancy magazine or website. We provide the full query letter that a writer pitched via email to the editor of a parenting/pregnancy magazine and sold his article for $750.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to a Parenting Magazine
Learn how to write a query letter to pitch an article to a major newsstand parenting magazine. We provide the full query letter that a writer pitched via email to the editor of a parenting magazine and sold his article for $2,000.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to a Local Community Lifestyle Website
Learn how to write a query letter to pitch an article to a Local Community Lifestyle Website. We provide the full query letter that a writer pitched via email to the editor of a local community website and sold her article for $350.00.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to a Boxing magazine
Learn how to write a query letter to pitch an article to a boxing/sports magazine. We provide the full query letter that a writer pitched via mail to the editor of a boxing magazine and sold his article for $775.00.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to a Music Website
Learn how to write a query letter to pitch an article to a music website. We provide the full query letter that a writer pitched via e-mail to the editor of a music-related website and sold his article for $115.00.

Sample Query Letter to Pitch an Article to an Academic Journal
Learn how to write a query letter to pitch an article to an academic journal. We provide the full query letter that a writer pitched via e-mail to the editor of a print academic journal and sold his article for a small honorarium.

Sample Query Letter Termplates