How to Write Quality Query Letters: Offer them what they don’t have

The best way to convince a publication to purchase an article from you is to offer them something new and interesting. If you pitch them an article that sounds similar to a previous article in their publication, or something similar that ran in a rival publication, you probably aren’t going to make the sale. Most publications aren’t in the business of repeating the same material over and over again. It can be difficult to come up with truly original ideas, especially when you are dealing with a publication that caters to a narrow topic. A magazine about model trains or … Continue reading How to Write Quality Query Letters: Offer them what they don’t have

I See Dead Projects

One of the great things about blogging is that, for the most part, there is little lead time. You write something and then you publish it. If you’re lucky, you get feedback and if it is particularly good you get repeat visitors. You might write ahead, gathering several days or even weeks worth of posts in advance, but for the most part you are writing as you go. In the world of technical writing, you are often assigned to projects that last for months or even years, and in many cases the material you write today may not be read … Continue reading I See Dead Projects

The Relaxation Integration Project

On November 11th, my mind and body relaxed for the first time in a long, long time. I had forgotten what it felt like to be relaxed. I had forgotten what it was like to have the tension leave my body, not just for a moment, but for long stretches, so that tension was the exception rather than the rule. It was almost like being a different person. It is easy to mistake feeling relaxed for feeling sleepy. When the body is near the point of exhaustion, it must relax, so I associate that loose-limbed feeling with exhaustion rather than … Continue reading The Relaxation Integration Project