Sending letters to editors

The letters page in any publication is an excellent way of letting off steam in print. It can also be a way of earning small amounts of cash or gifts for your writing.

If you like the idea of making your voice heard, you stand a better chance of having a letter published if you follow a few simple rules:

♦ Write clearly and neatly or, if possible, type your letter.

♦ Address it to the correct person.

♦ Make it as topical as possible.

♦ Write about something relevant to the publication's readership.

♦ A brief word of praise for the publication always helps.

♦ Invite comments or advice from other readers.

♦ Never send the same letter to more than one magazine at the same time. These pages operate on the assumption that all letters are from regular readers of their publication.

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