Letters and Comments

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

Letters To The Editor For August 10th

This Week:

  • Record Number of Letters Received About the Amazon.com Best Seller Program!
  • Victoria's Press Release Class
  • Kudos

Letters To The Editor For August 3rd

This Week:

  • No Social Security Number Until Contract Offered!
  • Amazon.com Best Seller? Ha!
  • From A Friend In Argentina

Using Headphones for Productivity

Dearest Angela, Headphones? I love it! Now maybe I can some work done around here! Sincerely, Sherry G (mother of 4, writer of not-enough) --- Angela, Enjoyed your bit about interruptions from the kids. Take it from me, it will never get better. I have a "kid" - age 42 - who lives downstairs. We both work at home, so learning not to interrupt has been an issue on both sides. I do a lot of transcription work; whenever I have my earphones on he stops dead in his tracks, but without them I am fair game. I must confess I tend to do the same to him, but I have learned to knock and, if he doesn't answer, I know he doesn't want to derail the train of thought. If I knock three times, he knows it's urgent. E.G. …


Richard and Angela, I have been fairly shouting from the rooftops to my writer-buddies that WritersWeekly.com is the best online market for authors who write about writing. I have never received such prompt feedback about my submissions, whether yea or nay...have never been paid as quickly (virtually nobody else pays on acceptance these days)...and you have always been so courteous and attentive to any concerns I've had. In short, you rock. Warm regards, Carol L. Skolnick Clear Life Solutions Author, Creative Marketing Consultant, Facilitator, The Work of Byron Katie http://hometown.aol.com/sput6 blog: http://www.soulsurgery.blogspot.com

Ads In Books

Angela, I noticed you did an article on ads in books. Ironically, I am currently holding an eBay auction for that very purpose. My auction made Adweek Magazine! You can read about it here: http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=2328. The Adweek article is here: http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/adweek/20050620/ad_bpiaw/shoptalkonechapteratatime. You can see my auction here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5592706975. Just wanted to let you know that some authors are effectively doing this! Thanks for your great article! Michael T. Owens …

Letters To The Editor For June 15th

This Week:

  • One Of Many Letters About Kathryn's Inspiring Article!
  • Kudos
  • Comment On Editor's "Someday" File

Saved from the Pay-Per-Click

Hi Angela, Thank you, thank you and (just one more) thank you. I read your article about pay-per-click websites as I started to subscribe to a couple of them. To be fair - I don't know yet how ethical they are but I've placed a piece of work with each, so patience will be a virtue in this case. I wasn't aware of their impracticality until I started to consider your points. I'll be subscribing to WritersWeekly.com shortly and hopefully find a reasonably rewarding site or two. I'm a university student at the moment, so a summer income would be welcome. Thanks again, Paul B. …

She’s Getting There!

Hi Angela, Thanks for printing my success story last week. I have also gotten two more articles published quite recently, one in American Libraries Magazine and the other in Reminisce Magazine!! This feels good - writing for a living. Well, I still have to work, too, but I feel like I am on my way. Thanks again. Regards, Carolyn Rhodes …

The Deadbeat Editor Letter Worked Again!

Angela, I used your letter! I had previously sent numerous e-mails to a publisher dragging his feet for payment that was promised in February. After I sent your letter, two hours later I had a sweet reply with a "sorry" on top! And a week later...behold, the check appeared. Thank you so much! Sincerely, Janene …


Hi Angela, I got my check in the mail today. I just had to let you know that it has to be the fastest that anyone has ever paid me for writing. Wow. You are on the ball, very impressive. Thanks! :-) Jacqueline Bodnar …

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