Writing a rationale for your materials

In a previous post about writing samples for publishers I mentioned including a rationale.

I can’t say for sure that publishers welcome this. Maybe they just want to look at your sample materials and judge for themselves whether you’ve got the skills they need. A rationale might just be unnecessary/annoying fluff.

I can only share my own experience, which is this: nearly every time I’ve written a sample that included a rationale, I got the writing gig. AND the rationale was usually mentioned. At the very least, the commissioning editor acknowledged it, and at best they engaged with it to an extent that we had a worthwhile email exchange about the approach taken.

What type of stuff do I include in a rationale? Well, I’ve sharpened things up of late, and my understanding of/views on writing are always evolving. But as an example, I’ll share one of my earlier rationales with you in case it’s useful in some way.

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