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Welcome to Pitches That Worked, a new feature for AG members that takes an actual query letter that landed its writer an assignment, and breaks down just what made it successful. If you've got a pitch you'd like to see featured here, email Rebecca AT mediabistro DOT com.
In our second installment, we illustrate (with numbered, hyperlinked comments) how freelancer Alan Krawitz's laser-sharp pitch led to a string of 70+ Newsday assignments over five years, even though the story he proposed in the original query shown here had already been assigned!