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Crafting a winning query letter is not always a simple task. To make things worse, even if your letter is perfect there is no guarantee that it will lead to a job.

Over the years, I have sent hundreds of query letters. While they are all unique, they generally follow the same layout. Even though I urge you to create your own letters, I know that a little inspiration may be all that you need. For this reason, below is a sample that I have used to successfully land several gigs. This one was sent to a sports publication that was looking for both print and online writers.


Editor’s Name
Managing Editor

Dear Editor’s Name:

I recently came across the online edition of your magazine. As a full-time freelance writer and former college basketball player, it immediately caught my eye.

As you know, the game of women’s basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Along with this has come an increase in the number of high school players who are hoping to continue their career in college.

I am writing to inquire whether Women’s Basketball Magazine would be interested in considering for publication a piece on how to obtain a college basketball scholarship.

By way of a brief biography, I received my bachelor’s degree in Journalism from La Roche College. A recent sports related project, Open your Heart with Basketball, was released by DreamTime Publishing in 2007.

Thank you for considering this idea. I am looking forward to hearing from you in the near future.


Your Name
email address
phone number

As you can see, your query letters do not have to cover an entire page or be packed full of information. Something as simple as the above can help you land more work.

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Chris is a full-time freelance writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He specializes in web content, sales copy, and many other forms of writing. Chris has two books in print, as well as hundreds of articles in local and nationwide publications.