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By Amanda Layman Low -
August 28, 2013
Every seasoned writer has a pitch letter or two that they regretted sending off. I've probably committed every pitching no-no in the book: failing to address the correct editor, sending off a half-baked idea, even overlooking a grammatical error or two (cue my cowering in shame). The truth is your pitch letter is even more important than the first draft of your piece. Why? You only get one chance. You have to sell both your idea and your credibility as a writer in roughly 250 words. Fortunately, there are only a handful of must-haves for your pitch letter -- and if you master these elements, you're on the road to earning a readership and getting that check in the mail.
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