TODAY, Saturday, January 20th, 2018, is the Winter 2018 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

The topic is posted right here.

Letters and Comments


Mrs. Hoy, I'm sure you get many notes of thanks, so here's just another. I've gotten your e-newsletter for years now. I was a writer for a trade magazine in what seems like a previous life. Writing fell off the face of MY planet for over four years and I tucked away the newsletters I received in a nice electronic folder for "someday". Finally I've picked up some of my old stories and have started seriously reviewing available markets and getting legitimate (and illegitimate) ideas down on paper. "Freelance" is a scary beast with sharp teeth to me, but it would be completely unapproachable without information from WritersWeekly. It gives me the courage I need to go slay the dragon... or at least wave my sword around and get the dragon riled up enough to hopefully provide some flaming rejection letters! Sincerely, Toby Linzmeier Writer/Farmer …

Letters To The Editor For February 22nd

This Week:

  • Cheeseball Bottom Feeders
  • Convicted Felons Need Not Apply
  • Red Flag Phrases To Avoid In Freelance Help Wanted Ads
  • Cash in on Newsletter Writing

Writing For Non-Profits For Free

Hi Angela, I really appreciated the advice that was given about writing for non-profits. Here's the way I put it to the large non-profit I did some editing for last summer, after I was asked if I could donate 30 hours of my time, because the writers I would be working with--all employed by a teaching institution--were donating theirs: "This is how I make a living. I cannot afford to take on a large project for free." I did give them a slightly reduced rate, but only because I felt comfortable doing so. I absolutely agree that non-profits need to understand writing is a professional service like any other. Having said that much, if the non-profit is local and run by volunteers, I may well donate an hour or two of time, because I do believe in giving back to the community, but in that case I'm very up-front about what I will and will not do. As far as the Red Cross director's salary--in my humble opinion, no one at all working for any non-profit deserves that kind of salary--it's not as if they're paying for their travel, etc., because those are all business expenses. A quarter of that amount, okay, which would put them on a par with university presidents, etc. But they shouldn't be profiting personally off donations made to help the unfortunate. Keep up the good work. Kathy …

When Authors are Jerks

Dear Angela- I just want to let you know that I really enjoyed your column regarding Jerks masquerading as Authors-in fact, I often enjoy your columns. Victoria Grossack --- Right (write) on Angela. Jerks waste time, money and energy and merely take advantage. I've been in business over 20 years, as an outsource to business and individuals, and we have learned to listen for the key words that announce "I am a jerk." As soon as we hear them we say "no" to whatever they want. This practice has seen us through quite well. Once in a while we make a mistake and take on a jerk. As soon as he/she/company identifies their true self, we tell them we don't want their work. I have never regretted it, nor found it hurt our business. A very successful, long-term attorney, now retired said he didn't think a business could operate that way, but after watching our company, he wishes he'd done that during his legal career. Ethel Geary …

Letters To The Editor For November 16th

This Week:

  • Writing Collaborations: Are Two Heads Better Than One?
  • When PR People Make Dumb Mistakes
  • Another Type Of Author Fraud...

Letters To The Editor For November 9th

This Week:

  • Bogus Book Orders
  • Let Sources Check Articles? Well...Maybe Sometimes!
  • Kudos to Felice Prager!
  • Is His "Legal Counsel" Really An Attorney?



Hope your return trip was safe and uneventful. You are such a hero to continue to provide WritersWeekly. I am truly amazed at your tenacious desire to help aspiring writers. There are so many other websites that simply provide a blog/forum and nothing else. However, after reading about Janet Kay & Associates, again, I must say the field of writing continues to resemble a badly managed lottery, with more scams per square inch than probably any other single category or endeavour. Yet you soldier on. I am sure there are many others in your "literary family" who use your site to pursue your goals and never think to thank you for such reliable entertainment and insignt into the world of writing and publishing. In my case, as noted before, I have abandoned all interest in becoming a published author (would rather spend my money more easily on a lottery ticket). BUT I have been presented with a wonderful education into the industry. I learned a good deal about contracts and protecting publishing rights; learned how to spot a scam more quickly and accurately, and learned to be a better literary critic (which extends into film as well). And all for the price of an email address. Keep up the good work. and thank you again for what you do. Cheers, Freddy …

Readers Respond To Janet Kay & Associates’ Ridiculous Plea Bargain

I was appalled by your article on Janet Kay & Associates and the plea agreement. Another appalling thing that I would like to bring to everyone's attention are the words "deferred adjudication" in the district attorney's e-mail. --- Like you I'm appalled at how easily this woman and her cohorts got off. But my question is who is going to be watching them to make sure they don't just set up shop and start this all over again? --- I read your recent posting on the Janet Kay fraud, and I'm not at all surprised that the victims ended up getting a raw deal. I spent 5 years years being an advocate for a group of investors who were victims of a massive investor fraud ( $8 million total) in Texas, and about the same thing happened. …

You List Mags That Really Need Writers!

In the 9/28 issue you listed a national cheerleading magazine as someone in need of articles, so as a former high school cheerleading captain I sent in a query the same day with a story idea about how cheer skills can help one off the court and in real life situations. Lo and behold, my idea was accepted yesterday and they're sending me a contract! I just got back into the writing game a month or so ago and joined your list then (I emailed you earlier about a book contract and your advice was very helpful, and I bought one of your e-books) but I wanted to let you know that your job postings are actually list magazines who really NEED and WANT writers, as opposed to stale information that anyone can find! Thanks so much for your awesome list! Take care, Nancy …

Re: Why All Books Should Be Non-Returnable

  • Former Bookstore Owner Says...
  • Another Permanent Temporary Solution...
  • Author Supports Both Systems
  • Book Signings A Problem
  • Another Opinion On The History Of Returns
  • Another Way Returns Can Victimize Publishers

Authors Who Spam

I would like to respond to your recent article titled Authors Who Spam. I work for the editorial department of a local business newspaper where I receive and distribute all general e-mails to our publication. I also write a column for a national publication on playwriting for which I sometimes review books. While inappropriate spam is annoying and our e-mail server works to block it, we do not mind mass e-mailed press releases about books or events or news stories pertinent to our geographic area. We expect it, actually. …

Letters To The Editor For August 31st

This Week:

  • Enjoyed The Newsletter Writing Class!
  • Regarding Angela's article: World's Worst Book Proposals
  • Dealing With Jerks Online
  • Regarding last week's article: Who Cares If It's Spelled Right?
  • Thanks For The Leads!
  • Angela Is In Current Issue Of Bottomline Personal

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