Did you know that you can earn around £200 pounds a month from writing readers’ letters? They’re a form of writing that’s often dismissed, but they shouldn’t be ignored – whether you’re new to the writing scene or a seasoned writer.
Here are five reasons why you should write one:
- Reason One: A source of income –
Whilst you can’t live off the proceeds of readers’ letters, some will earn you £25 a letter, while some publications pay up to £100 a letter. A few of those can certainly give your writing income a boost.
- Reason Two: Hone your writing skills –
If you take a look through some of the women’s weeklies, you’ll soon see that many of the letters are short – some less than 20 words long. So your writing needs to be succinct and it has to catch the editor’s eye to be chosen, meaning it’s a great way to practice short, sharp and to the point writing.
- Reason Three: The fun factor –
If you’re struggling with writer’s block or feeling bogged down in the depths of your novel, why not write a few readers’ letters? They’re fun and may be just the tonic you need to get you back on track with your writing.
- Reason Four: Quick and easy –
As many of the letters are so short, they don’t take long to write and so won’t take up a lot of your time.
- Reason Five: Market Research –
All magazines and newspapers differ in the type of letter they publish so it’s essential to study the publication first to get a feel for the type of letters they print. As well as looking at the readers’ letters, use it as a good opportunity to research the publication for other freelance opportunities. You may also find that some stories/articles/adverts in the publication spark off ideas for your own stories and articles.
So, what are you waiting for? Get letter writing!