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The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing by Zachary Petit

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Appendix

The Best Stuff That Wouldn’t Fit in the Book Proper

Sample Queries

As promised: more queries! If you’re seeking a triple dose of inspiration or a recap of things done right, read on.

Here’s one from writer Donald Vaughan, who shared this pitch that resulted in a commission from Cat Fancy. From the raw, striking lede to the transition into the core elements of what the article will include, Vaughan turns his personal story into a pitch that will undoubtedly benefit the publication’s readers.

Ms. Debbie Phillips-Donaldson, Editor

Cat Fancy Magazine

Dear Debbie:

We buried Mai Ling, our Himalayan, today. She had a stroke yesterday morning, and we had her put to sleep at an emergency clinic late last night.

Dr. Frank Bandel, our veterinarian, ...

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