SAMPLE MAGAZINE QUERY LETTER
(Borrowed from The Writer’s Digest Writing Clinic)
April 23, 2002
Senior Articles Editor
New York, NY 10019
Dear Ms. Abarbanel:
More than a decade ago, the now xx-year-old Marie LaPlant made a promise to her daughter, Paula Griese. (Nice opening line! It will hold an editor’s interest.) Born without a uterus, Paula would never be able to carry a child. So Marie promised Paula that, if Paula wanted, she would carry a child for her. Last year Paula accepted her mother’s offer, and on November 14, 2001, she became the mother of twins—a boy and a girl.
According to a study conducted in xxxx by xxx, x out of every x women are born without a uterus. Of the x women born without a uterus, x of them rely on surrogacy as the only viable alternative to carrying their own child. Of those x women who choose surrogacy, x of them rely on family members to act as the surrogate, and in those cases multiple births occurred x percent of the time. (This shows that she has done her research on the subject.)
I would like to write a 1,200- to 1,700-word article tentatively titled “Marie’s Promise.” (This shows that she has read the submission guidelines and is proposing the appropriate length.) I have already conducted interviews with Marie LaPlant, Paula and Don Griese, and both parties’ doctors, so I can provide you with the article at your earliest convenience.
I am a published writer who has been writing for almost 25 years. My credits include 35 short stories published by Mcfadden Women’s Group and seven books, including Title Here published by Silhouette in xxxx. Recently, I have been doing freelance newspaper work. At your request, I am more than happy to provide clips of my work. (Good quick mention of her writing background.)
I look forward to hearing from you soon. I have enclosed a SASE for your reply.
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