Letters and Comments

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 …

Thanks

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 …

On Taking Bogus Tests

Hello Angela: I hope all is well with you and yours. I read most of the newsletter every time it comes and especially enjoyed the article on the guys who have people "take tests" and finish up with a completely edited work. The article was quite timely as it came just before a request hit a Listserv, of which I am a member, from an alleged doctoral student wanting a dissertation proofed and edited, in segments, the price being negotiable. From the copy in the advertisement it was pretty easy to see what the guy was up to. A student approached me about it and I, having just read the article in WritersWeekly.com, was brimming with advice and cautions of one sort or another. As it turns out, the student never could nail the guy down on price or volume, though his advertisement had stressed that time was of the essence. His having put that in the ad had the intended effect of getting the responder to feel the sense of urgency. When I pointed out to the student that it was the doctoral candidate who had a deadline breathing down on him, and not her, she relaxed just enough to begin negotiations which led her to believe that, like the writer of the article, she would be working free. Thanks. Neil …

Letters To The Editor For March 2nd

This Week:

  • Janet Shares Hint On Providing "Samples"
  • A "Free Book" To Review Isn't Respectable Payment
  • Spewing Venom At Editors

Letters To The Editor For February 23rd

This Week:

  • Another Poetry.com Potential Victim Saved!
  • Writers Who Argue With Rejection
  • Leigh Ann says...
  • Peter says...

Deadbeat Editor Giving You The Run-Around?

I would be remiss if I didn't write and thank you for your article on January 12 with the sample letter "encouraging" deadbeat editors to pay up. When the e-zine with that letter arrived, I sat down and composed an email to a publisher along the same lines as your letter, but adding to the list of those I was notifying was the local chamber of commerce since the magazine I wrote the article (advertorial) for is interested in having area businesses contract for their services. …

More Play-Doh-ectomy Stories

Hi, Ang - Ah, Frank brings back motherhood memories... One day when my daughter was about three or four years old, I noticed her rubbing her nose rather frantically and sniffling. I got a tissue, told her to blow into it, and nothing resulted. Something told me to look into her nose, and I was greeted with what looked like a sizeable blood clot blocking one nostril. It wouldn't budge no matter how much she blew into the tissue and, in my increasing panic, I "rationalized" that I somehow just had to get air into the nostril again. I prayed the clot wasn't connected to her brain as I grabbed tweezers, made contact, and pulled out a plump purplish blob. A voice in my head told me to smell it. It was a raisin. Happy New Year to all! Best, Susan --- Hi Angela, I had to laugh when I read the letters from other readers about what they put in their ears or nose. It reminded me of the time when I was a child visiting my grandparents and I had two M & Ms left and no pockets in my clothes. Since I wanted to save the M & Ms for later, I put them in my nose. Fortunately, my grandmother was able to get them out without a trip to the ER. These days I never save chocolate for later! Mary Jo --- Your article reminded me of my youngest daughter, Maria, who, at two, kept pulling on me and trying to tell me, until I got it, that she had put a round thing up her nose, like dried bean. But she wouldn't let me make any attempt to get it out with tweezers. Finally, I called nurse who live next door. She calmly, as she spoke and diverted Maria, wrapped a blanket around her INCLUDING her flailing arms that had pushed me away, and thus imprisoned her. The nurse was able to remove it easily with the tweezers - a technique to remember with very small children. Another time she woke me up on a Saturday with this hideous blister on her hand covering her entire palm. Turns out that on our trip to see a NYC eye doctor the previous day (we'd treated her to Radio City Music Hall), she had slid her hand down the bannisters of all their huge staircases (I remember her joyfully doing that, and my husband indulging her in climbing them more than once) and had a humongous friction burn. The things you learn with kids! I too enjoy the content of WritersWeekly. Does it get me to get my book done? Not yet, but that's not your fault. That's old age, a Piscean procrastinating nature and vicissitudes of moving to Florida, hurricanes, a broken arm, buying a condo, etc., etc. I miss New Hampshire, so your stories of Bangor weather, etc. are also much enjoyed. Maggy …

Play-Doh-ectomy

Dear Angela, I have to thank you for sharing your "Play-Doh-ectomy" story. It helped me remember a couple of things I hadn't remembered while I was taking your last memoir class - the time I dissected the rattle we made in kindergarten, found that the rattle sound was made from popping corn kernels and decided to put them in my ears. I got the one in my left ear out, but not the one in my right. My parents had to rush me to the emergency room. I hated the whole experience and cried the whole time. They gave me a lollipop for being a good girl. Regards, Carma http://www.nasw.org/users/carms Hi Angela I laughed hysterically when I read your story about Frank and the silly putty. We had a similiar incident with beads. My youngest, Matthew, somehow got two colored beads stuck up his nose. I tried to have him blow them out but that didn't work. I phoned 'Grandma' to accompany us to the hospital. Matthew and I were in the bathroom (a small one at that) getting ready to head to the ER when he started to make the sneezing sound. Suddenly, he let out one huge sneeze and those beads came flying out of his nose and went ricocheting off the walls. With it being a small bathroom, those beads flew around for quite awhile. We were ducking for cover! Of course, once the crisis was over, we had a very good laugh. Kids - they should come with instruction manuals.. Also, like Diane C., I was published in Woman's World after reading their editorial request on your site. Thanks to WritersWeekly for the great lead! Best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season and continued success in the New Year. Warm regards, Christine …

Ho Ho

Happy Holidays, Angela! Another year of WritersWeekly.com is almost finished...whew! Thanks for publishing such an informative and useful ezine. I look forward to another year of your excellent publication. I hope you have a fantastic holiday this year. Peace. Michael …