Letters To The Editor For November 15th

This One Made Us Smile – 🙂

Week after week, you provide invaluable content to writers, content we would be hard pressed to find anywhere else. And for FREE! This despite your having a monstrously busy life. Each WritersWeekly e-zine feels like a full seminar at a writers university. And I say again-for FREE!

I certainly hope that Karma exists and that you get back as much as you give. Thank you for your unceasing efforts.

Patch Rose

Kudos for Whispers and Warnings

Hi Angela,

I represent a mid-size publication printing company. As such I occasionally have to deal with publishers who choose, for whatever reason, not to pay their bill. I wanted to drop you a note and give you a huge pat on the back for your Warnings Column (https://forums.writersweekly.com/viewforum.php?f=14), which I read for the first time just now. I find it reprehensible that certain companies and individuals will engage in a contract and subsequently avoid payment. I wish the printing industry had a similar service.

Best Regards, Good Luck, and Happy Hunting!

Freelancing for Friends

Hi Angela,

I love to editing friends’ pieces, a high schooler’s personal statement for college, or answer questions from someone seeking advice on how to get published. The writings are only a few pages long, and my eye quickly picks up inconsistencies. It makes me feel good to be able to help out and also strokes my ego.

However, since I’m Associate Editor and freelance writer for a local magazine, and also ghost-write for a technical college, I must devote my time and talents to my assignments. My employers pay well for my services and there’s no way I’ll short-change them spending hours on reviewing a long manuscript for a friend. With one daughter still in college, our family needs every dollar we can earn.

I have One exception with editing longer pieces — and that’s for my high school, writer friend Carolyn. Carolyn gladly spends the time reviewing my works no matter the length, and I reciprocate. We both benefit financially by being published and learn from each other’s writing help. Her style is flowery, where mine is more one of mechanical correctness. In the end, we’ve created a writing masterpiece.

Pick and choose when editing a friend’s piece. It’ll all depend on your family circumstances, time constraints, and money needed to get by.

Suzanne G. Beyer
Bothell, WA