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How not to write a query letter: tips from my childhood

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As a freelance writer, query letters are a fact of life for me. I started very early – sending novel submissions, back-stories for my favourite games, and general ideas for ‘inventions’. They rarely received a response. One of my more memorable efforts was an elaborate description of a computer game as part of a magazine competition. The hazardously formatted attachment of my MS Paint game characters won me a very angry response. Quite aside from the fact that it was a competition for computer games designers, not writers who could describe a game. That childish email made pretty much all the mistakes possible in a query or submission. Continue reading

5 things to avoid when writing a cover letter

writing a cover letter, not impressedAs a freelance writer, letters of inquiry are a staple fact of life. The practice of writing cover letters to prospective clients, for job applications and to potential publishers has plagued me for the entirety of my professional career. The most valuable lessons I have learnt about writing cover letters have come from being on the receiving end of them, though. If you ever want to truly improve your letter-writing skills, advertise a job opportunity and take heed of the replies you receive. Here’s five of the most heinous crimes I’ve encountered in letters sent to me:

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