November 3, 1998
Dear Ronnie Smith:
One of the literary journals recently published a story of mine. This was, in no small way, thanks to your professional direction and service and to your knowledge of the markets.
Relieving me of the many details involved in the presentation of my work and in getting it to the right journals and magazines has been more valuable to me than I can tell you.
Moreover, the timeliness and efficiency with which you get things done has acted as a spur to my own productivity.
Many thanks for your invaluable assistance.
October 22, 1998
I am impressed by Writer’s Relief’s exacting professionalism, tracking, and competence. They have saved me hours of proofing and the long process of submission. I am excited about having Writer’s Relief on my team. Because of their editorial skills and tracking, I have two poems accepted for publication, this year. As well, they have edited my current novel, submitted my query letter to agents, and as a result, I have contracted with a New York agent.
I will continue to submit poetry, and other projects this coming year. Every writer needs this service. It makes room for writing.
They are the best,
October 15, 1998
I’m writing to thank you for the help you have given me in getting my poetry published. Working with you over the past year, I have had three poems published. I couldn’t have managed the process without you.
October 9, 1998
Ronnie L. Smith, President
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Dear Ronnie –
A quick note to say how pleased I am with the support Writer’s Relief has given me. Signing up with your Expert Services has given my writing career – and my morale – a boost.
I’ve received acceptances for two short stories and an essay in North Dakota Quarterly, Sunscripts and Reader’s Break – not bad for my first round of submissions!
Many thanks to your team for doing such a fine job in targeting my submissions and for giving me more time to write.
October 1, 1998
Ronnie L. Smith, President
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660
Dear Writer’s Relief,
I have just received the sixth acceptance to print one of my poems! I can hardly believe how excited I am. In one short year, with your valuable help, I have accomplished what I could never have done alone and while I have always been a poet, now I am a published poet. You have made it possible for me to spend my time writing while my poems fly around the country getting into the right hands. I am so delighted to have found your service and signed up. You’ve opened up a new universe where I can share my work with a waiting world of poetry lovers. At this time Connecticut River Review can be added to my bio next to Writing For Our Lives, 360 Degrees, Art & Literary Review, and The Orange Willow Review.
September 1, 1998
What they tell you at the start is that writing is exclusively about the act of writing. Later they tell you it’s about re-writing. Some may tell you that publishing is not writing. But after committing the act it’s most definitely about publishing. Seeing your work in print is the final validation. Most writers living in isolation and self-doubt need it bad. Even Salinger was published.
As a comparatively new writer I have been erratic in getting my work into the world. I always feel resentful taking the time required to find literary magazines most compatible with my poetry and short stories. Being with Writer’s Relief has changed my life. In our six-month relationship I’ve had two pieces published. Additionally there have been editors who have shown interest in actually receiving more of my work.
Every two months I have a Writer’s Relief deadline. This can be the difference between eating one more Snicker’s and getting down to the act of. The folks at Writer’s Relief are pleasant while fiercely organized (this last a little threatening at first. Work goes out in a completely professional manner. No typos!). They possess a good overview of the business and are very forthcoming with information I occasionally need. If I don’t abuse the privilege they even laugh at my jokes.
Naturally it’s about the writing. But a little publishing can be a wonderful thing.
August 25, 1998
Just a letter to thank you and your staff for your help in placing my work. Since finding your service six months ago, one of my essays, one short story and one poem have been published due to your efforts. Both the essay and the short story were pieces I had previously decided to “give up on.” Actually, I had pretty much decided to give up on actively sending out any large amount of work. I tended to just send a piece out when it was finished and “forget about it.” I was tired of the tremendous amount of time I had spent sending out work. I was also tired of the paperwork and negative focus on “rejections” and I was beginning to lose track of where things were. Your service has helped me to focus on my writing.
August 23, 1998
Dear Ms. Smith:
Writing is hard work; getting published is even harder.
I am grateful to you and your service for recently placing my short story, “Claire,” with a well-respected magazine.
I have published articles in professional journals, but I am new to fiction. It is truly a relief to have knowledgeable people prepare and submit my work. From the responses I’ve received, I know that you chose those submissions well, and that my work was read and given careful editorial consideration, often the hardest step.
Thank you for your efforts.
August 15, 1998
I’d like to thank you and the Writer’s Relief team for the work you have all done on my behalf over the past five months. Of the four short stories you have sent out for me, three are now being published in Press, New Letters, and GW Review.
Thank you for being all the things I am not – organized, effective, and knowledgeable about the fiction market.
With best wishes,
August 1, 1998
Ms. Ronnie Smith
Writer’s Relief, Inc.
I want to thank you for your help this year and let you know how much I have appreciated your professionalism and your efforts on my behalf. As a lawyer maintaining my own practice, it is difficult enough to find the time to write, much less submit work. After adopting my two children a couple of years ago, it got even worse. Since using your services, not only have I found homes for two of my pieces, but I often get encouragement for my writing even from those rejecting it. It has made me feel much more in touch with the writing community.
Very truly yours,
July 28, 1998
Ridgefield Park NJ 07660
This is just to thank you all for your excellent work in targeting and tracking!
Writer’s Relief has been a wonderful addition to my writing life and to my writing credits. Though I have published books for both adults (Fat Girl) and children (Maybe My Baby) at Harper, I never could find the time and determination to send out my poetry and essay work.
The knowledgeable and earnest staff of Writer’s Relief found quality homes (Skylark the Purdue Literary magazine and College English) for two poems, and three places have shown interest in the essay I sent. All of this in the first six months! It is well worth the investment to have more writing see the light of day.
July 27, 1998
The last two stories you placed for me had been lying at the bottom of my drawer for about five years. I had completely given up on them. Imagine my delight when you sold one to a high-paying commercial magazine and the other to a prestigious literary journal.
I’ve recommended Writer’s Relief to several writer friends. Keep up the good work.
July 23, 1998
I am exceedingly grateful for your company’s service. The number of “accepted for publication” letters I have received thus far this year has taken me by surprise. As you know I am editor-founder of Flying Horse, an alternative literary journal, and am involved on a daily basis reviewing manuscripts.
When I began writing short stories two years ago, I quickly understood that my opportunities for getting published were surely related to the number of outlets I solicited. The choice was clear: Did I wish to spend an increasingly larger amount of my writing time worrying “the business of writing”? Or become a Writer’s Relief client?
I find your service useful for additional reasons. You keep abreast of and evaluate the hundreds of literary journals that exist, are coming on the market, or have closed—information I find critical. Furthermore, I know that at the beginning of each new bimonthly mailing cycle it is in my best interest to have one or two new stories ready to submit to WR for copy-editing and posting. Consequently, several of them are always in market circulation. Yes, I still look forward to each day’s mail, but the greater emphasis now is on getting the work out.
Finally, and perhaps most important to me, Writer’s Relief has expanded my envelope of possible outlets. When the task was mine alone, too often I refrained from submitting to what I imagined the upper-tier of journals and large-circulation magazines, denying their editors the occasional “yes” your astute placement continues to afford me.