Querying a Batch at a Time

Earlier this week, I mentioned that I was blogging to take a break from the query I was writing.  Some of the queries I write take hours or days to pull together. When I am querying an editor I work with regularly, like Susan Tierney at Children’s Writer or Alice Pope at Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, I write what I call “batch queries.”  I’m not querying for a single article but 5 or more.  For each article I include:

  • Title
  • Hook/Why the topic is important
  • 4 – 6 things the article will cover
  • Possible sources of information/people to interview

These editors already know me and what I do.  They’ve seen my work so they know that I can write.  I just need to cover the article idea itself.

I’ve heard people argue against batch queries, saying that you are competing against yourself because the editor will choose one idea over the others, if she chooses anything at all.  That hasn’t been my experience —  my editors often ask for 2 or more of the pieces, but I’m not pitching books either.

If any of you query several pieces at a time differently than this, let me know.  I’m interested to hear how someone else does it.

–SueBE

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