I just wanted to compliment you on your book, and thank you for compiling very helpful letters from great and generous writers. I was stuck on a query letter that I was preparing for a science/nature magazine. I read some of the query examples, and was able to write a good letter that I felt confident to send out. Twelve years ago, I took a bold step. I contacted an editor and pitched a story idea. He liked the idea and told me to write it. He published it without changing a word. That was my first article and I was self-taught. I read a great book about writing feature articles and just tried it. After that I approached a neighborhood newspaper in Chicago and wrote several features for them. I am getting back in the writing groove and now, with the Internet and all the info., I feel a bit overwhelmed. But, your book really is encouraging because it’s about going for it and being bold. I am glad that this attitude and approach hasn’t changed over the years because that’s what I’m going for. I am currently unemployed, but have the desire to write full time and make money. That’s my dream. Thank you for providing such a valuable resource. Rejection doesn’t scare me. Not taking a bold step and trying scares me more!