This was a response to a query letter I sent about a non-fiction article I had in mind.
The article wasn’t written yet, but I had the pictures from the project topic. The editor’s response is at the top and the original query is below.
I removed the identifying names because it doesn’t seem right to post that sort of thing without permission.
My hope is that the article delivered to her expectations and they accept it and the photos!
Dear <my real name>,
This sounds like a nice article. Please send it on speculation. If you haven’t yet sent it by US Postal you can copy and paste the text of the article into the body of an email and send the photos as jpeg attachments. If sending at 72 dpi please make them quite large (15-17 inches wide) so that we can shrink them down and still keep good print quality.
I enjoyed your article about ginseng.
<name of Magazine>
<magazine phone number>
At 09:13 PM 2/6/2010, you wrote:
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Dear <editor's name>, As a single mom with a rural Ozarks homestead-in-progress, and a tight budget, I've learned how to do a few things for myself using free or passed down items. A recent project utilized an old, but still completely useful tubular 12' gate. My 13-yr old son and I hung the gate on the horse stall using wood bits, an electric drill, and purchased hangers. We used the existing hinges and had to modify the top hanger because the hinge nut/bolt was uncooperative. I recorded our project with photographs. I am writing a how-to article and am interested in submitting it to <name of Magazine>. My previous writing portfolio consists of an article on ginseng digging published in the Online Journal of Sustainability <link to article>. Please let me know if you are interested in seeing the article. My expected time frame to finish it is this weekend. Since you don't accept attachments to email, I'll have to send it postal because of the pictures. Everything is available electronically, if you would be willing to accept the pictures as attachments. Alternatively, I could post them to a private page on my website where you can access them to copy if you decide to take the article (high resolution, not web quality). They won't be visible to the public and can require a password if you want to ensure they have not been seen. My contact information is below. I'm hoping to hear back from you soon.