Thursday, June 1, 2017

UPDATE: Recently published Letters to the Editor in the Post.


Have you written your positive Letter to the Editor (LTE) about our City of Lake Worth yet? It only takes 5–10 minutes. The instructions are below with a special trick. Knowing that trick gives you a big advantage getting published.

There have been a flurry of Lake Worth LTE’s published in The Palm Beach Post recently, some very good and others very poor — such as this one which was of such poor quality it should never have been published — being there were factual errors and misinformation.

Yesterday another Lake Worth LTE was published with some very good information, here is an excerpt:

I am responding to the workforce housing shortage article, “Palm Beach County set to tackle big problem: Affordable housing” (Sunday).

and. . .

     I urge prospective buyers to look into the abandoned home market for their families. In the city of Lake Worth, a charming, diverse and culturally rich area, there are hundreds of abandoned homes looking for someone to love them. Ask your Realtor to show you some.

So get cracking! If you submit your LTE today you could make the Sunday edition. Here are the instructions and the trick follows:


Here is an example of a positive LTE that was published after Hurricane Matthew last year.
It only takes a few minutes to write a positive LTE about our little City.

If you have something thoughtful, positive, and well-reasoned to write instead of the typical negativity with open-ended and circular questions, then please follow the instructions below. Learning “The Trick” will greatly increase your chances of getting your letter published:
  • Keep your LTE to 150–200 words in length. The “shorter the better” is a good rule.
  • An LTE submitted by email (see below) is the best method and remember to include your phone number and complete address.
  • Engage like-minded “average citizens” to write LTE’s on the same subject.
  • Listing your credentials will help greatly.
Then always follow-up!

This is the mistake people make. That’s why you always see those LTE’s from the same people over and over again: They know the trick!
  • Follow up your LTE with an email or fax later that day or the next morning.
  • Then later, call the editorial department and explain why your letter is important.
  • Don’t be timid! Stay pleasant and respectful but make a strong pitch.
  • To seal the deal, just ask outright, “Are you planning to publish my letter?”.
So get cracking and have your positive LTE published in the Post, maybe even in next Sunday’s paper:
  • Email: letters@pbpost.com
  • Fax: 561-820-4728
  • Phone: 561-820-4441

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