Sometimes when students first arrive in my 30 Days, 30 Queries course, they have some level of skepticism, not about whether the process works, but about whether it will work for THEM.
30 queries is a big ask in 30 days no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are.
Then I give them an easy assignment and they do it and feel a rush, the high of having sent a query letter that wasn’t even too difficult to send. They sent another, and another, and the momentum builds. I share my tips and strategies and they begin to realize that it doesn’t have to take days and hours of work to send out a query letter.
By this point, many of them have sent more queries in a week than they have in the last six months. And then, around day ten or so, a breakthrough happens. An editor responds. It doesn’t matter whether it’s with an acceptance or a rejection but the fact that there wasn’t simply radio silence, for most students, makes a world of difference.
Suddenly, we’re not talking to the void, we’re building relationships. And 30 queries starts to look like an achievable goal that will lead to results.
With each pitch, you get closer and closer to understanding what they’re all about. So that when, like me, you’ve been writing for newspapers and magazines for over a decade and read them as part of your monthly routine, you don’t even need to pick up a copy to know when an idea is a perfect fit for a certain publication. And so you’re able to send out four or five queries a day when you need work without even really thinking about it because this is what you do, it’s what you’re good at.
But you can’t get to that point without having done that hard work first.
In 30 Days, 30 Queries, we make that hard work fun. We simplify it. And we make sure that you have the knowledge, the support, and the resources you need to not only get started, but to keep going.
Here’s what you get as part of 30 Days, 30 Queries:
- A detailed plan of action, not only for writing one query letter, but thirty. We start at the beginning with an easy win. I show you the psychology of overcoming fear, and I help you experience your first “win” by hitting send on that first query letter.
- I explain, step by step, how to find story ideas and organize them, how to find editors and organize your market research, how to slant a story idea to make it sell, how to take one idea and come up with as many as 30 different angles from it (though, realistically you’re likely to stop somewhere between 5 and 10), how to write subject lines, and much more.
- I explain how to know what editors are looking for, how to approach them on social media, and how to build relationships. I even share several of my most successful query letters.
- Most of all, I show you how to become the person who sends 30 fantastic query letters easily, without overthinking it, not just this month, but every month (or whenever you need to).
Most writers hate querying and marketing. Not me and not my students. The 30 Days, 30 Queries Facebook group is full of writers who love sending queries and get excited about pitching. Why? Because they’ve learned a system that allows them to do so easily and quickly instead of constantly following the rules taught by other writers that defeats them even before they’ve started.
Listen, this isn’t about sending query letters. This is about getting results.
And my students have many to show. They receive assignments regularly from places such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler, Discover, The Guardian, Afar, GlobalPost, Vice.com, BBC, CNN Travel, and more.
Sure, I’m biased, but I think this is the best course to take if you’re looking to write for top publications.
Here’s what some students have said:
Though I hesitated joining the private Facebook group, I figured it might end up just wasting time, I found it to be fantastic. I learned so much from other members and was amazed at how generous they were in sharnig story ideas and names of editors. In free forums I usually see people with a “scarcity mentality,” not with this group of writers! Mridu was active in the group and gave me the perfect line to use to painlessly ask the editor about what she’s paying for the article. I’ve always been scared to do this, twice accepting assignments without knowing the pay until the story was done and they put the money in my PayPal account! I’ll be reading these lessons again and again in the coming year!
– Charlotte Edwards
I absolutely loved this course and felt like it was the best course I’ve ever taken. You were so generous with the knowledge and insight you shared. I hear that so many writers do copywriting, blogging, content writing, etc., to add to their income. I really want to focus on writing for magazines and this course has made me believe I can do that.
– Pam Windsor
Let me be straight with you: You think I have something to offer to you or you wouldn’t be here. So, you can either complain about the industry and the low rates and the money you’re not making and the credits you’re not getting and the stories you’re not selling, or you can learn to do so effectively for a sum you can make back using the first three lessons of the course.
If you want to write for publications, then this is a risk you’re refusing to take, not on me, but on yourself.
Because if you sign up for this program, you will have to do the work. You will have to accept responsibility. You will have to hit “send” one, two, three… thirty times.
You will no longer be able to claim that it’s not possible. Because you’ll be surrounded by a group of people who are proving it’s possible.
Your success will be yours. Your failure will, too.
So in the end, it comes down to this: Will you take a risk on yourself or will you continue to wonder when you’ll sell your stories, who to pitch to, how to break in, and why others can do it when you can’t?
To me, it has always been a simple decision. Either you’re going to learn and make it happen or you’re not.
If you’re ready to make it happen, you can sign up here.
I can’t wait to see you on the other side!