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Friday, September 07, 2007

Writing Op-eds & Letters to the Editor

Nonfiction writers can start careers with newspapersThe media center at the Communications Consortium website has a hot page on Op-eds & Letters to the Editor. This is a popular area with which to begin a nonfiction and freelance writing career. To define:

Letters to the editor allow you to offer a short rebuttal to an article or commentary, or add a crucial missing perspective. Most letters should be 150-250 words. ...
An op-ed is a column or guest essay published in the opinion section of a newspaper (Opposite the Editorial page). Most are between 500-750 words, and most outlets will take submissions by fax, e-mail or mail.
Although the piece is geared toward organizations, the tips about keeping your writing short, factual, and on-topic apply to anyone submitting such works.

Best of all, perhaps, is a chart of details on how to submit an op-ed or letter to the editor in more than a hundred of the largest circulation papers in the U.S. In the chart are addresses; fax/phone numbers; and hot links to email addresses, editors and the papers' websites. Need I point out that many of these publications will have book review sections and accept news releases on other writing-related topics?

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Blogger Julia Ward said...

Wonderful resource. I've been trying to break into freelance writing and need to have some recent clips. We won't talk about how long it's been since I was last published. An Op-Ed piece is just what I've been looking for.

I'd love to a see a sample of a GREAT Op-Ed piece if you have one!

Thank you.

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