Letters To The Editor For January 23rd


Hello Angela,

I’m a long time fan and subscriber to your newsletter. And I proudly list my honorable mention from one of your 24 Hour Short Story Contests on my writing resume as well.

I am sending you this email this evening to thank you for the integrity you consistently bring to the world of writing-related Internet content. It was your long-standing integrity that quickly got me out of what could have been a very precarious position, that could have potentially harmed my integrity.

In early December, I accepted a position as managing editor for a new fee-based newsletter for women writers. I worked all of December editing the articles and interviews that were to be featured in January’s newsletter, along with market and freelance job listings that I was told were being assembled. Then yesterday came the time for me to assemble the newsletter with the market listings I received from a newly appointed intern that was assigned the task of researching and gathering the data. I immediately realized that the material I was presented with was recycled right off the various publishers’ web pages – cover photos and all. As a long-time subscriber to your newsletter, I knew that wasn’t kosher. I emailed the owner/affiliated web site owner and questioned her about the ethicalities and legalities of the content she was asking me to assemble into the newsletter. Her immediate email reply was . . . “sorry this isn’t going to work out for the both of us. I’m depositing your editing fees for the month of January into your Pay Pal account and resuming my role as managing editor. All the best.”

All righty then. I guess it wasn’t kosher. I repeat, thank you for the integrity you bring to world of writing related internet content. Now I’m left wondering exactly how much trouble would I have got myself into if I hadn’t known better as per your professional example of how to properly post market listings?

All the best, Angela – and I mean that with the utmost of integrity and sincerity,

More Than One Way to Expose a Deadbeat

Your article worked. I sent a letter, and got a
peevish reply, followed by a check. Thanks!

Paying to Make a Book Returnable is a Total Waste of Money

Dear Angela,

I agree that paying a price to make a book returnable is a total waste. Every time I go into a bookstore I always see people in there reading books when they should be buying them and leaving the store. This type of thing has made me dead set against making things returnable as half the books in the store end up that way because of bad managers. So many of those that go into the bookstores, work in bookstores or are managers of bookstores treat it like their own personal library. When I go into a bookstore to buy a book I have to weed through all of the dog eared books on the shelf. If books could talk, people probably would not abuse them so much.

George Arnold Hall
President / CEO
IS5000 Publications and Technological Services Canada Inc.
Author of Ancient Black Objects
Creator of New Camelot, Knights of the Round, Immortals of Scar
Current Projects: Sinister Circuits, Koryu Gannen (novels, first on back burner, latter in process)