Letters and Comments


Dear Angela, As one of your many readers, I want to let you know how much I enjoy and benefit from WritersWeekly.com. The information I have gleamed through your articles, market listings and general informational items has been and continues to be one of the great things about being part of the writing world. Your advocacy against writing for free has helped many of the new and young writers I know and work with gain confidence in their abilities to say, "No, my writing is worth you paying.". The book Query Letters That Work is an incredible piece of information full of samples and examples of how to write those pesky little things. I have participated in a couple of your on-line workshops and the motivation and information provided has twice set me off on a new line of profitable writing. I could go on and on, but let me just end here by saying that your website is worth passing on to every other writer with whom I come in contact. Keep up the good work. Dorry C. Pease LXR Group - designed for writing and working on written pieces, poetry, fiction or non-fiction http://groups.yahoo.com/group/league_xrevisionists/ http://www.freewebs.com/dcatherine

Letters To The Editor For December 8th

This Week:

  • Great Advice Regarding Firms That Run Endless Job Ads!
  • Blurring The Line Between Writer And Expert
  • More On Blurring The Line...

Shy Writers Unite!

Hi Angela, Boy am I glad you published that shy writer story. I was so shy I used to write with a pencil that had an eraser on both ends. I am doing the blog thing now, too. See: http://tenniesup.blogspot.com/ Best wishes! Kenny …

Another Bad Byproduct of Sp*m Filters

When this service was first implemented, I received up to 5-6 submissions per day that required that I "register." Now, I don't bother. If a writer wants to receive feedback from us on the status of his/her submission, they will need to pre-register our domain as one that they will allow mail from or they won't hear back from us. I have yet to bypass a submission we selected for publication because of this maddening practice, but I am prepared to do so if the need arises.…

WritersWeekly Reminds Me That I’m a Writer

I wanted to thank you because, although I'm not as immersed in writing as I'd like to be (had to go back to work full-time), your weekly newsletter reminds me that I am a writer and that I must keep it in order to reach my final goal - become a full-time author. …

Just Say NO!

Just wanted to congratulate you on the wonderful article you wrote for fundsforwriters.com about writers getting paid. Bravo! Besides being a NY Times best selling author, I am also a media coach and am constantly telling my clients "if it doesn't make dollars, it doesn't make sense!" …

Fledgling Editors Who Don’t Pay Writers

Thank you for your article on non-paying writing publications. As a newsletter editor myself for over four years, I've managed to find the funds to pay the writers who contribute to my publications even when it put me financially in the red back in the beginning. I am ever amazed at how little writers pay writers. I keep a list of writing newsletters and websites that accept submissions, and I feel I've hit the jackpot when a publication pays more than $20. I am dumbfounded at what some of the major newsletters pay with editors bragging about their own successes. Thanks for preaching the mantra of "do not write for free." (For your information...I pay writers $30 for 500-700 word articles.) C. Hope Clark http://www.fundsforwriters.com Editor's Note: Hope Clark isn't the only one who's noticed this trend. Read today's Feature Article, To Pay or Not to Pay...Fellow Writers. …

Letters To The Editor For September 1st

This Week:

  • Sites For Young Writers
  • A Pub For Young Writers
  • Book For Young Writers
  • Thanks For 10 Things NOT to Say Article

Sites Who Stole My Work Paid Up

I am writing to thank you for the article you have posted on Writer's Weekly titled How to Deal with Online Media Pirates by Alicia Karen Elkins. A couple of weeks ago I googled myself to see what might show up. Was I surprised when two articles were listed that I had no idea were posted. One I had submitted almost a year before and the other one I had never submitted. While both sites gave me credit for having written the articles, neither had contacted me for permission or payment. I read WritersWeekly.com every week and remembered reading this article. I promptly printed it up and started following the steps Alicia suggests for getting paid. It worked!! I received checks from both sites. I never had to get ugly or threatening, I just firmly demanded payment and it came through (after about three weeks). Thank you for keeping valuable articles like this on your site. It really helped this freelancer and probably many more. Best regards, Martha Miller …

Letters To The Editor For June 23rd

~Not All Bookstore Managers are Jerks...~ Hi Angela, et al, I just wanted to say I agree with you whole heartedly that the bookstore manager was out of line. However, I would like to say that not all bookstores and their employees would react in such a manner. I am a writer and also have worked in a very fine independent bookstore. We pour our entire souls into our shop. It is also imperative we have a very good working, friendly relationship with the authors we host for signings as well as all of our customers. We would never have treated an author or anyone with such disrespect. I hope that gentleman will be reprimanded by the bookstore owner for his very rude behavior. At our shop, we have always taken pride in ordering more than enough books well within the time frame of the signing as well as doing as much marketing as possible via media, word of mouth, flyers, etc. So I hope your briefing on your experience did not sour your reader's perspective of bookstores in general, especially independent stores, who have to work very hard to maintain their business. As a business owner yourself, I'm sure you could agree. Thanks very much for your time. Sincerely, Kristen S. Bookseller Emeritus, Bookends Bookstore, Bay St. Louis, MS. …

Letters To The Editor For June 16th

~Got a Gig From Writersweekly~ Angela, I responded to a brief freelance ad on your site last October or November. It's a long story, but I ended up with two permanent writing/editing positions and enough freelance work to put me near six figures during the year. Thanks. I still check your site, even though I can't take on any more assignments. -JB …