Dear Miss Snark,
A question about information to include in query letters. While I don't believe you deal with my genre - romance - perhaps the question and your answer will help not only myself, but others in different genres.
In romance, it's basically a rule of thumb to include not only any past publishing credits, but any romance related groups you belong to, such as Romance Writers of America. For some reason it makes you seem more dedicated to your writing, and hence, gives a tad more weight to your query.
Now my question is -and you'll have to generalize on this - what impact would it make for a writer to include in the experience section of the query to list that h/she also performs interviews for numerous authors in the same genre? Say for online websites, online mags, etc. etc. You couldn't actually call it a publishing credit.
I'm wondering about this because I've been doing interviews for authors in my genre since long before I became published. In doing so, my pen name (which I picked early on) is becoming more and more recognized by people in my target market, author and reader alike. Would a small mention in the query letter be appropriate, or just a waste of typing space?
These are not publishing credits of course but it is enticing info and should be mentioned. Why? Cause when you get published, those authors will be approachable for blurbs and promo muscle. Big fat juicy rolodexes of contacts are nice things to have.
You don't need to mention tons of details but if you can say "I've interviewed more than two dozen of the top names in romance including Miss Dewey, Miss Cheatham and Miss Howe for the Shyster Gazette" it will certainly be useful info.