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Monday, October 20, 2008
Q&A: What is a Query?
As salaamu alaykum (peace be upon you),
What does a query stand for? A magazine has responded to me and, unfortunately, I don't understand what a query really means?
Your help is appreciated.
As-salamu Alaykum, and thank you for asking this question.
When I was managing editor of Our Rising Star Magazine, we received many e-mails from people interested in writing for the magazine, but very few actual queries. Although our policy was to take every writer into consideration, the fact is that many magazines expect formal queries and might not respond to letters of introduction - so it is very important to learn the difference between the two.
In short, a query is a tightly focused letter that outlines a specific article you'd like to write for the publication. It starts with a hook (often the first paragraph of the proposed article), provides information about why the article is timely and relevant, and ends with some technical information, such as proposed word count and why you're qualified to write it.
Here are some examples:
How to Write a Query Letter
Sample Query Letters that Worked
How to Write a Winning Query Letter
How to Format the Perfect Pitch Letter
Also see: How to Write a Successful Query
Insha'Allah the above links will help demystify the query process.
Amel S. Abdullah
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