Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Get Published

Your 30-Second Shot at Getting Published This Year

Thirty seconds. That’s the average time editors spend reading a query (i.e., article pitch).

How can an editor tell in half a minute or less if your big idea is worth publishing? Sometimes they can’t. It’s how you present your idea that makes the difference.

The more expertly “packaged” your idea is, the better your chance of stretching those first 30 seconds into 60 seconds, then 90 seconds, then several minutes or more. The longer an editor spends with your query, the greater your chance of turning that article idea into a published piece – and a paycheck.

So think about a query you’ve written recently (or want to write). What would reading it for 30 seconds project about you and your idea?

Would an editor be impressed because you nailed the voice and style of the magazine? Bored by your writing? Excited that your idea is so unique? Confused because your proposal is sparse on details?

Learn more about how to make the most of your 30-second shot at getting published this year (for the first time or more frequently) with my How to Write Winning Queries online workshop.

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