Sunday, March 10, 2013

10 Steps to Writing a Letter to the Editor

There may come a time when you wish to share your opinion on current events with a wider audience. Writing a letter to the editor can be that vehicle. In order to ensure a higher rate of publishing, here are few steps to keep in mind.
Keep it relevant. Letters to the editor are usually published when they relate to some current event or an article recently published. Reference the article or event to guide your letter.
Keep it clear. Your letter should be well-written, concise and understandable. Avoid rambling sentences and big words.
Make it short. Keep it under 250 words and submit it in a double-spaced document for easy readability.
Stay positive. Focus on the positive when you write your letter. Even if you are offering a criticism, provide possible solutions to the problem you see.
Be factual. Include important supporting facts, but avoid being dull and over-explaining.
Stay focused. Include one main point to your letter and include supporting facts, evidence or arguments.
Keep it personal. Mention how the topic you are discussing affects your life or your community.
Include your contact information. Ensure you have included your name, address and phone number, in case the paper has questions or needs to verify that you wrote the letter.
Get feedback. Encourage your friends and family to write in response to your letter to get more and continuing coverage.
Include others. After publication, send a copy of your letter in print to local legislators or decision-makers. It may help bring attention to the subject of your letter.
With these tips in mind, your letter to the editor should have a higher chance of being printed.
Have you had a letter to the editor published? Post it or a link to it in the comments.

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