How anyone can support and increase the value of writers' work . . .
Carrie Scherpelz, a communications professional and member of our chapter who has written op-eds for daily newspapers from Milwaukee to Seattle to Fort Lauderdale, urges each of us to take these simple steps to multiply the value every op-ed and letter to the editor by a CCL author:
1. Go to the link to view the article online. (That counts as a view.) 2. Share the article via your social media or email from that link. 3. Comment if you feel the urge, including on the media Facebook page.
These are the steps that increase views and shares, a good thing in itself for educating the public. It also makes media sources more likely to publish our work, because it demonstrates readers are interested. HAPPY SHARING, even if you prefer not to write!
It is very good to send a copy of your letter to your representative and senators (even if it doesn't get published). Find addresses here. And whenever you send a letter to one of them, let us know at CCLLetters@gmail.com, so we can keep count.
Following is an excerpt from Wisconsin State Journal Article January 1, 2017 by Scott Milfred "Letters to the Editor Amplify your Voice" We firmly believe that publishing your views in the State Journal helps lead to a better capital city and state. If you haven’t submitted a letter to the editor, please give it a try. Send 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Letters to the Editor, P.O. Box 8058, Madison, WI 53708. You also can type your letter into an electronic form by going to go.madison.com/letters. Please include your address and phone number for verification. We don’t have room to print everything we receive. But the more you send us, the more likely you are to be published. Letters to the editor make a difference. Local and state leaders read them. We know that because they often respond to or cite them. And appearing in the newspaper dramatically amplifies your message, reaching tens of thousands of readers in print and more online. (Full article here.)