Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Judi Silva Touts Book on How to Write Query Letters That Sell

I rarely run book reviews on this blog but occasionally I receive one that will help writers with either their craft or the business of writers. I've known this reviewer and the author of this book for some time and think it's important information. Besides, Query Letters That Sell will be a fine companion to my The Frugal Editor. I hope you'll order them both on Amazon at the same time and get free (that's frugal!) shipping. And even better, Judi Silva spices up this review with lots of other resources I know you'll love.

Title: Query Letters That Sell
Author: Mridu Khullar
My Rating: 5 out of 5

Reviewed by Judi SilvaReviewed

About five years ago I came across a site called WritersCrossing and the freelance writer who ran it Mridu Khullar. At the time she had an e-book called Query Letters That Will Knock Your Socks Off which she offered to writers like me who were just starting out in magazine writing. The letters and her advice were extremely helpful, as I have since sold my articles to several different magazines thanks to her.

Others have felt the same and have sent her comments like the following:

"Once again, I am completely blown away. Talent is one thing: people are born with it. Some use it, others don't. Skill can be acquired with some determination. But the ability to apply seat of pants to seat of chair combined with both talent and skill (and a wicked sense of humor) is a rare thing. Thank you so much for your sparklin' ebook. I'm loving it to bits. Knocked off? My socks are missing! Big thank you." - Marie

If you would like to be able to write query letters that will get you the writing jobs you're looking for, then visit the author at her new site where she is offering the query letters free for the asking. You will find Khullar very thorough with a dash of spice that she adds to her writing.

Below you will find a listing of the topics which are included.

The Idea Factory
A Closer Look at Your Life
Brainstorming Techniques
On The Market Hunt
Finding Markets
Finding Magazines You've Never Heard Of
Know the Market
Deciphering the Demographics
Shmoozing for Quotes
Hunting Down the Experts
Tuning In To Public Places
Pieces of the Puzzle
Hook 'em Right
Part of the Query
Get the Oomph
Off They Go
The Other Types of Queries
Additional Tips
Smart Querying

Also check out her other articles on Query Letters you'll find at Mridu's site:

5 Questions to Ask About Every Article Idea

Query Writing Mistakes to Avoid

The Stuff E-mail Query Letters are Made Of

And sample query letters, too.


Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor blog.

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