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5 tips for following up on queries

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You’ve carefully researched the market, polished your query letter, and sent it into cyberspace. Now comes the hard part: waiting. Fortunately, many writers find that a tactful, well-timed follow-up can significantly boost their chances of landing the assignment.

Just ask Steph Auteri, a freelance writer, editor and career coach based in New Jersey, who says, “I’m pretty sure at least 70 to 80 percent of my assignments from stories I pitched were the result of following up.”

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