Query for Publishing Professional Journal Article
Guidelines and Alternate Phrases
Begin with a startling statement, statistic, quote, or anecdote as a lead-in to hook your readerís interest in your article or book topic.
Give the proposed title of your article or book idea.
Overview the central idea of your article or book, your unique approach, and the intended audience.
Mention your qualifications for writing on the subject.
I have had 20 yearsí experience in designing....
As a senior executive of Exxon and with six yearsí previous experience at General Motors, I feel Iíve seen....
For the past six years, Iíve been a consultant on these issues to numerous Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Procter & Gamble, and General Electric.
I have both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Michigan.
Our company was the first to use this manufacturing system with such phenomenal success. Our productivity increased by 52 percent over a six-month period.
Estimate the length of your manuscript and the approximate completion date.
I estimate the manuscript to be about 2,000 to 2,500 words. Is that acceptable for your journal?
The manuscript can be easily divided into a three-part series of about 1,500 words each. Would that be satisfactory?
The article of 4,000 words is accompanied by two full-page graphs.
As I have outlined it, the book will be roughly 70,000 to 80,000 words. I can complete the manuscript about nine months from the time we sign a contract.
Ask for permission to send more material.
Would you be interested in seeing the complete article?
May I send a more detailed outline of the article?
Iíd like to send the complete manuscript if youíre interested.
Do you think your journal readers would be interested in such a success story?
Iíd like to give you the complete picture on this important research. May I forward the information to you?
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for any material you want returned or simply for a faster reply to your letter.
Please simply answer in the margin and use the enclosed envelope to let me know of your interest. This is a timely subject Iíd like to get before your readers immediately.
Iíve enclosed a self-addressed envelope for you to return the manuscript in case you are unable to use the article in an upcoming issue.
A stamped envelope is enclosed.