Follow Up With a Full Pitch If the editor responds positively to your pre-pitch, send over the full idea. Refer to a recent event in your community or to a recent article — make a connection and make it relevant. We noticed that an unusual number of you, leery perhaps of putting your privacy at risk, withheld your name and address from your letters.
Generally, shorter letters have a better chance of being published.
Making it happen in the real world. A planned series of letters to the editor can stimulate public interest and media coverage. Brainstorm for ideas in your group — how can you further your goals by speaking to the readers of your community paper?
Letters to the editor are among the most widely read features in any newspaper or magazine. You can also keep an issue going by preventing it from disappearing from the public eye. Most publications stay away from publishing rants, although they may publish short-and-to-the-point letters that make the same points as a rant might, but in a much calmer and more rational way.
Open the letter with a simple salutation. Should you use e-mail to send your letter? Editorial and persuasive writings: Opinion functions of the news media.