Today’s post is something different.
Over the years I have had great success in writing fillers to magazines. Fillers can be anything from tips, letters and jokes in newspapers and magazines. You can win different prizes according to the magazine you write to; from vouchers to beauty products.
So here are my tips on writing reader letters
Keep it brief. Some magazines and papers edit letters if it’s too long and some do specify the word count.
If writing a letter to a magazine, always mention the article name and author, and issue month (here is one I wrote)
I was interested to read the article ‘Is your tap water poisoning
you?’ by Roz Lewis (NH January 2010) about fluoridising water.
If writing to a paper about a TV programme, put the channel after the name of the programme. (another of my letters)
What a thought-provoking series ‘E Numbers: An Edible Adventure’ (BBC2) is. It’s interesting to know where E numbers come from, what they can do and that some are safer than we think. Thank you.
Don’t write against a programme, praise them.
If you praise an article in a magazine, say why, keeping it brief.
Always include address and phone number if necessary. So if you have won something, they can send you the reward.
So, with these tips, here is your exercise. Find a magazine that interests you, and it has a letters page and/or tips page, then write a letter to the magazine. You should find the email address either on the first or last page to send it to.
Good luck. Let me know how you get on.