There’s nothing that makes an editor happier than a perfect pitch.
And so I had a happy day today because I received this pitch from Alyssa Martino:
As I believe you know, I’ve been involved in the Matador Network community since early this past fall. I have been cultivating my Matador travel blog, commenting on articles and blogs, and reading up a storm. I recently contributed an article to Matador Goods, called “If Guidebooks Could Talk,” which explored the personas of various travel guides. My personal blog is here, and as shown in my online portfolio, I have also written for Boston’s Weekly Dig, MetroWest Daily News, ourfuture.org and Poptimal.com.
I would like to contribute a short piece to Matador Change about teaching English to refugees in the U.S.. This is something I was briefly involved in in Upstate New York (Utica has a huge refugee population!) and believe that Matadorians would be very interested in. I would like to emphasize the importance and impact of teaching English to migrants as a sort of psychotherapy for those fleeing trauma and conflict, encouraging travelers/do-gooders to consider this option while putting down roots in the states.
I envision the article as having a short introduction on refugee statistics in the United States. Next, I would provide a summary of reasons why this practice is important, pulling from my own experience to highlight the positive impact and personal fulfillment of my volunteer work. Finally, I would conclude by providing some specific cities–and links to relevant centers–that have large refugee populations and could benefit from more English teachers and volunteers.
If you are interested in this concept, I can have a draft ready by the first week in February. I look forward to hearing back from you and hope we can connect further via Matador Network and our dual interests in travel and writing.
Thanks for your time and this opportunity.
**Julie — I tried to really utilize “How to Write an Attention-Getting Query,” as well as advice I once recieved in a freelance writing class. I’d really benefit and appreciate any quick feedback you have for me on this pitch itself and if it “worked.” Always looking to maximize utility of queries, and thought you would be a good person to ask – no rush and no obligation, of course!**
After tweeting about how perfect I thought this pitch was, several people asked if I’d share Alyssa’s pitch so they could learn from it. I asked Alyssa for her permission, which she gave graciously.
What did you learn from her pitch? What questions about pitching do you still have? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll respond to your ideas and questions.