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  • How to Successfully Query an Editor: An Editor's View

    Lauren Gravitz, MS
    Career Paths
    Science Writing
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    Of all the unsolicited queries I received during my years as an associate editor of at a major women's magazine, perhaps only 20 caught my interest. It wasn't for lack of quantity-I must have received hundreds of letters, even more emails, and numerous telephone calls. But most of the time it took barely half a minute for me to open an envelope, scan the letter, and toss it onto the quickly expanding "no" pile. That sounds brutal, I know, but most days I was lucky if I even got enough done to spare the time to look at over-the-transom queries. An editor is always behind schedule, always up to her elbows in to-do lists, and anything that doesn't have to be done immediately for the day-to-day production of a magazine is-necessarily-very low priority. So editors ...