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Question: Article Research

Can I Ask the Editor?

Question: I have an idea for an article. My dilemma is that I am not quite sure what is the best way to go about researching the topic.  I have some idea but not sure exactly how to structure it.  Is it okay when submitting a query to ask for the editor's input on this?  Thanks, TC

Answer: Hi tc - Unless you already have a relationship with this editor, it's probably best not to ask for instructions or help in the query letter. A query letter is a sales letter, designed to convince the editor you are the best person in the world to write the article you are proposing. So get your research figured out so you can include the method, if appropriate, in the query letter.

One way to get some help with this is to ask questions about research on our forum.

Anne Wayman, Freelance Writer

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