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Question on listing sources in magazine queries

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I'm interested in writing historical articles for children's magazines, which is a brand-new area for me. I understand that queries are supposed to include a list of sources to be used. Should this include an expert to be interviewed on the topic? If so, is it appropriate to contact an expert and ask their permission for an interview before querying?

Thanks for any help on this!

#1 - October 24, 2011, 12:02 PM

Yes, queries for nonfiction articles need to include a list of soruces. It may not be essential to include an expert that you would interview, but it would definitely help your chances of selling an article. I've heard that Highlights encourages authors to include interviews with experts among their sources for nonfiction articles. Interviewing an expert would provide valuable details, increased authenticity, and interesting quotes to include in your article. Yes, I'd think you would want to contact the expert in advance of sending your query, and conducting the interview before sending your query would provide more details for your query.
#2 - November 05, 2011, 01:35 PM
Ellen Ramsey
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Thanks, Ellen!
#3 - December 14, 2011, 12:49 PM


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