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Friday, December 23, 2005

Making It As A Freelance Writer - Tip #4- Groundwork

As a new freelance writer, how do you get an editor to give you a try? Once you've decided which magazine or newspaper you want to write for, you'll need to do some research. Read the magazine or paper to see what kinds of articles they publish so you can suggest articles that you think might be appropriate. Look in the archives to make sure your idea hasn't been written before. Send a query to the editor (by email or snail mail depending on his or her preference) suggesting that you write the article. Do a bit of legwork (by phone) and find out the editor's name so you can address your query to the right person. I'll give more detail on the query in my next tip.

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