How often should a writer be sending queries to establish a consistent flow of work? Currently I have a goal of trying to send out one query a day and at least two a week to places I've never worked with before to try and broaden my portfolio of clips. Is this enough?

What kind of return can I expect on this level of effort? What will I need to do in order to up the return on my time investment?

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I have a query day with no set goals in terms of numbers, other than to send at least one. My day is usually Monday, because that's the most work I can get out myself that day.

If you're asking how frequently you should be sending out queries, the answer is enough to get you enough work. If you're writing for a living, then -- a lot of queries, especially at the beginning when you're taking shorter and lower paying assignments. Later on in your career, when you're landing features that pay upwards of $5,000 or such, you won't need to send as many queries.

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