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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

How Long Until You Can Follow Up on an e-Query?

Q: I e-mailed a query to a magazine editor three weeks ago and haven't heard from him. The writer's guidelines state, "Don't call us; we'll call you if we want to use your piece." How long should someone wait to hear back from an e-mail query? Is it appropriate to send the query again and indicate that this is a follow-up? —Ruth A.

A: If the writer's guidelines state, "Don't call us; we'll call you," my hunch is that the editor contacts only the authors whose pieces he plans to use. This is a bit unorthodox, as most magazines will send you (at minimum) a polite, yet standard, rejection letter if they choose not to use your work.

Brian Klems

Read more (courtesy Writer's Digest)

1 comment:

  1. Good question: I sent a story to a magazine ages ago and haven't heard anything. It's very frustrating.

    CJ xx