6

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?

4
  • 1
    can you please edit this question to line up with the guidelines presented here for StackExchange sites? Right now it seems to line up with one of the off-topic criteria that “your answer is provided along with the question, in a variant of “I’ll go first”. If you are answering your own question and expecting even more answers to come along, it’s not a real question.”
    – justkt
    Jan 19, 2011 at 16:16
  • 2
    Being that this site is not doing as well as it should in terms of daily visits / questions -- why not just edit the question and provide an answer yourself. You've got the rep for it. We need all the questions we can get.
    – Slick23
    Jan 19, 2011 at 18:22
  • @Final Draft - in this case I wanted to provide a chance for Kyle to edit the question himself, as well as point out some fairly new guidelines for good questions. I have tweaked the question myself as suggested - Kyle you can always fix it up if it is not what you meant.
    – justkt
    Jan 19, 2011 at 18:32
  • 1
    Is this about fiction or non-fiction? The answers for each will differ quite a bit. Jan 19, 2011 at 18:51

1 Answer 1

3

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.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.