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Client Reviews and Testimonials
2019 – 2020
Our author’s submission service assists writers of poems, short stories, essays, and book manuscripts in getting their work published. We work very hard to promote our clients’ work. Letters from clients follow below. (Originals with signatures available upon request.)
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December 21, 2020
THANK YOU so much for your dedication, support, friendliness, and expertise. You and the other WR staff have been there for me over the years in countless ways, and I am most grateful for your continued hard work and focus on the positive, especially during these challenging times. L.S.
December 11, 2020
I was skeptical about joining Writer’s Relief, but I’m so glad I did. My first piece was just accepted and will be published soon. There’s no way I could have done all the research necessary to find out where and who to send my work to. The staff is professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. So if you’re interested in having your work published, I highly recommend using Writer’s Relief. Jill D.
December 11, 2020
Writer’s Relief has been good to me resulting in over a dozen short stories and essays published over the past several years. It would have been impossible for me to have this success rate on my own. I highly recommend Writer’s Relief to any aspiring writer who wants to be published. Peter B.
November 30, 2020
I have far exceeded all expectations and goals set. This would not have happened without all of you at Writer’s Relief. Dan S.
November 24, 2020
Writing is a full time job. The rewriting process is even more intense. Plus, I used to spend hours scouring websites, searching for the right journals to send my work. And it was like a shot in the dark. I hoped that my poetry submissions would reach the right person at the right journal at the right time.
But now, in just a few short weeks, the Writer’s Relief team found the right journal for one of my poems. And it is slated for publication early next year!
This allows me to focus my energy on writing the best poetry possible.
Thank you Writer’s Relief! Ricardo M.
November 4, 2020
The last five stories WR has submitted for me have all been accepted in the first round of submissions, some by multiple journals. (And my overall average is seven out of the last ten.) There’s no question that the discipline of writing, revising, and polishing a story every other month to the point that you’re ready to let it go and send it out not only keeps you writing regularly, but also can make your writing better.
This is clearly happening to me working with WR. While most of us have more time because of the pandemic, that’s no guarantee we’ll write more, particularly with all of the anxiety and life/work changes it causes. Having that deadline has enabled me to develop an eight-week writing strategy that I honestly could never have kept to without WR, particularly in the pandemic.
So yes, WR is an incredible submission service that proofs your works and chooses the most appropriate journals to send it to which lets you get on with your writing. And that is huge. But it’s more than that. Their schedule for submissions gives you the opportunity to establish your best writing routine and ultimately, to create your best work. Kathy M.
October 26, 2020
Writer’s Relief knows the poetry markets, and has led me to many publications surprisingly quickly– I think I now count as a minor American poet!
Returning to submitting poetry after decades away, tapping the expertise of Writer’s Relief’s staff meant that I didn’t have to spend hundreds of hours checking out poetry magazines and literary journals to learn what sorts of work appealed to them individually. Instead, I am getting to learn about the market gradually and through acceptances.
Their website also makes it much easier to keep track of where poems have been submitted and published, in an environment in which the prevalence of multiple submission makes that task more daunting than it used to be.
Staff are responsive, helpful, and personable. Mary D.
October 19, 2020
While finishing my MFA at Antioch University Los Angeles I used Writer’s Relief to send out my first story. It got an acceptance (Santa Monica Review) and soon thereafter it was chosen for The Best American Short Stories. Can really hope for any more than that when you send your first story out! Steve D.
September 16, 2020
I don’t know what I’d do without WRelief: if I had to do my own submissions, I’d go nuts. You’re life-savers. Christopher K.
September 15, 2020
As an IT professional who routinely works more than 60 hours a week, there’s no way I’d achieve publication without the help and support of the outstanding professionals at Writer’s Relief. From helping me correct stories to pinpoint targeting of my submissions, I’m proud to say that six out of eight submissions have been published in less than a year and a half. While it’s up to the writer to refine their work, it’s the diligent and attentive staff of Writer’s Relief who help with the difficult step of getting published. Jack K.
September 10, 2020
20 years, 315 poems and short stories published! Dick B.
August 25, 2020
Writer’s Relief has been a valuable resource for me and I have learned a great deal about publishing. I just completed a Poetry and Publishing Class at Hugo House, and everything I learned from working with Writer’s Relief was validated by the class. Cindy B.
August 18, 2020
I am so grateful for all that you have done for me, and how supportive you have been. My time as a client has changed my life for the better. Beth B.
August 11, 2020
Thank you so much for the great news, support and advice and all the hard work your team has done to get me to this point. Jennifer P.
August 6, 2020
Writer’s Relief has been invaluable. Most importantly, it’s given me more time to write! Barbara M.
July 10, 2020
Amazing proof reading. Thank you so much. Lorraine B.
July 6, 2020
Once again, Writer’s Relief has been very helpful in getting my work placed. I appreciate it very much. Gwen J.
June 29, 2020
Almost done with my new story for you. Thank goodness for your deadlines that force completion and letting go. I’ve done drafts of this story for almost a decade. So it will truly be a banner week when I get that story off to you. Kathy M.
June 8, 2020
Thank you Writers Relief for your service, support and most importantly restoring my confidence. After a long break from submitting work (kids and loss of confidence) within a few months of obtaining your services I had my first acceptance in twenty mumble years. I don’t think I would have had the resilience to send out as many queries without your structured and tailored approach. Your excellent advice that multiple applications lead to acceptance eventually proved to be absolutely correct. I am still reeling at the speed at which this has happened and the lift to my confidence. My Writers Relief team are indeed an Axis of Awesome! Thank you all. Maria M.
June 1, 2020
Ten poems have been published or are forthcoming after three rounds of submissions. I can’t expect much more than that, and the success is a good motivator for me. Kevin N.
May 27, 2020
Please thank Ronnie, Kaitlyn, and Shannon for their help and counseling. This marks the 16th work that WR has directly or indirectly helped me publish since 2017! Mike C.
May 26, 2020
Woo Hoo! Just got my second acceptance *this week* and my fifth since coming back to Writer’s Relief not that long ago. I left WR for a while, to reconfigure a bunch of stories that I’d had accepted a while back (using WR) into a novel, which has done very well. But when the novel was done and I started writing new pieces, I got too bogged down in researching journals and contests, having little success, and not getting enough writing done. Now that I’m back, I’m writing (and publishing) up a storm again. It is so great to spend all my writing time *on my writing* and to let the knowledgeable and fantastic people at WR do the rest.The acceptance today said “Wonderful writing here.” I have the time to sometimes do “wonderful” writing because WR handles the whole selection of journals and submission process. It was a lucky day for writers when Ronnie Smith came up with the idea for Writer’s Relief back in 1994! Kathleen M.
May 13, 2020
I should tell you that I’m 83 years old. I’ve been a client of Writers Relief since 1998. Using your services, plus my own efforts, I’ve had 314 poems and short stories accepted by literary magazines around the country. These 314 poems and short stories have meant almost as much to me as my own life. People I have never known have read them. Enjoyed them. Maybe they thought about them. I have to thank you for all of it. All of you. Ronnie and the whole bunch of you. You’ve made my life. Dick B.
April 30, 2020
Thanks for all you do—Writer’s Relief makes me look good! Frank R.
April 21, 2020
Thank you for the help building momentum with my work! Emily H.
April 8, 2020
More acceptances! As always, I’m grateful for Writer’s Relief’s thoroughness, efficiency, pleasantness, etc., with a minimum of my time and effort. Iris L.
April 4, 2020
I always feels as if you folks are behind me, cheering me on. That feels pretty great! So thank you! You are all wonderful! Barbara G.
March 31, 2020
WR is always thorough and diligent in their work. Keeping track of all the schedules and comings and goings of all the many literary journals is hard work, and they do a good job of it. Jeff K.
March 30, 2020
Thank you all for your help. As I’ve said before, and will say again, WR has really given a boost to my writing — and my morale. Josh G.
March 3, 2020
Two years ago I published eleven poems and last year I published eight. I would never, ever have been able to publish so much without the expert knowledge of Writer’s Relief. Before working with them, I had only a cursory idea of journals that might be interested in my work, and when I sent things out, it was to one or two places only. Writer’s Relief taught me the important strategy of sending the same poems to many places at once. They taught me that rejection is going to happen, and only with rejections will come acceptances. They are a phenomenal service, and I am forever grateful to them. Laura W.
February 25, 2020
You have been awesome all these years and have been an integral part in me getting published. Jodi A.
February 14, 2020
I value your professional services very highly. All your staff–from line editors to cover letter writers to marketing team–have provided quick, smart, and high quality guidance. I am deeply grateful. Pamela G.
February 6, 2020
I couldn’t have been published five times without Writers Relief! Evelyn M.
January 10, 2020
I have learned a great deal from my experience with Writer’s Relief and am grateful for your services. Ellen S.
December 23, 2019
Writers Relief has been life changing for me. I have always written but was never been able to take that next step–to believe that I was a writer and to get my work out. Writer’s Relief has done that for me. My work is in the world and I am cautiously moving into a new identity as writer. I have recommended both the service and the people, I couldn’t be more grateful. Susan E.
October 28, 2019
Just got another story accepted. Thanks to my WR team! I am terrible at all the work you do–finding so many journals that are accepting submissions at time x, uncovering journals that may just like my work, dealing with Submittable, keeping track of every submission. But because you are so good at all this, you give me the time and space to do the work I am good at and to have it recognized. WR was the most brilliant brain child of Ronnie L. Smith in the 90s. I used it in the early days and am happy to be back in 2019! Thanks so much Ronnie for creating WR! Kathleen M.
September 12, 2019
Thank you all on my team at Writer’s Relief for the help and guidance you have provided me in getting my story recognized. This has been a real boost to my confidence. You all have played no small part in this. I am grateful and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Writer’s Relief. Daniel S.
September 3, 2019
I have been writing all my life but finally took the plunge to submit my work for publication.
September 3, 2019
August 20, 2019
Thank everyone at WR for the tremendous help they have given me over the past years. Steve L.
August 12, 2019
I’ve been with Writer’s Relief for a little over a year and I’ve had two short stores and a dozen poems published. Their focused, market specific submissions make it possible. Outstanding results from outstanding people. Very responsive, expert editing and great advice. I absolutely couldn’t do it without them. I can’t recommend them more highly! Jason B.
August 12, 2019
Two acceptances in one week. Thanks to all my team at Writer’s Relief. And extra thanks for all the personal attention. All my writer friends are envious. Peter O.
August 12, 2019
I so appreciate the encouragement and efforts of Writer’s Relief. Without its assistance, it is likely that my work would not have been picked up by the literary journals that have accepted them. Alan G.
August 6, 2019
This week, another of my short stories was accepted for publication at an elegant and well-regarded literary journal. That makes three such acceptances of fiction I have submitted in the past year with the guidance, support and assistance of a great team at Writer’s Relief. I owe a sincere debt of gratitude to Kaitlyn, Jack, Shannon, Sarah and Vincent, who are as committed to their work for serious writers as any writer is about his or hers. I would heartily recommend working with the folks at Writer’s Relief. Robert C.
July 29, 2019
I can’t say enough about my praise for WR. For the many years I have worked with you the encouragement and help has been phenomenal. If it weren’t for you, I doubt I could put up with all the scut work required to publish. With you, thank Zeus, I am FREE (whee!) to be creative. James P.
July 23, 2019
It is so encouraging to get feedback that what I’m writing is interesting to other people. If it wasn’t for Writer’s Relief, I’d never know that. I can rest easy that they will find the markets while I do the writing. Cyndy M.
July 17, 2019
Writer’s Relief has been an enormous help to me and has brought me much success. I don’t think it would have been possible without you. Louise T.
June 27, 2019
Thanks so much to my WR team of experts. I’ve just had the most incredible exchanges with a journal editor publishing one of my short stories–he gave my work a really detailed reading and asked for a couple of tweaks. Wouldn’t be possible for me to *be* a writer in the way I am with such momentum if it weren’t for WR. That I can ‘just write’ and have deadlines and total support makes me a more prolific and risk-taking writer. And WR is showing me that it’s really paying off. Kathleen M.
June 24, 2019
I have enjoyed unparalleled success with WR over the past 18 months. I have proved, at least to myself, that the publication acceptance of most of my submissions via Writer’s Relief validates the material’s development as a book. Thus I think I will again be in need of assistance from WR to develop pitch letters, summaries, editorial proofing and other matters literary. My great thanks to you and your firm. Such a diligent, enthusiastic group of professionals. Jim R.
June 20, 2019
I am so grateful to the professionals at Writer’s Relief. Their advice and expertise was key to my placing a story with a literary magazine. Julie M.
June 3, 2019
“Relief” is the correct word for you. Madelyn C.
May 10, 2019
Two poems from the last submission cycle have been accepted for publication. Thank you for helping make that happen! Sarah M.
April 30, 2019
Thank you for all you have done for me – I am truly grateful. Alison W.
April 11, 2019
I am forever grateful for everything you and everyone at Writer’s Relief have done for me. I have the highest regard for all of you and I tell everyone I can about the fabulous work you do. Thank you, more than I can say. Alison W.
April 8, 2019
I have been using Writer’s Relief for many years. They are a big help. Getting published is a challenge, and without their help I don’t think I’d have the time to make much progress. Jeffrey K.
March 28, 2019
Writers’ Relief has been such a lifesaver and huge part of my year. Naphisa S.
March 8, 2019
I want to thank the team and everyone at Writer’s Relief for the support, guidance, and (most importantly) encouragement you have given me over the last several years. Steve L.
February 15, 2019
Thank you for your help, and guidance, which has resulted in my first ever acceptance! Zero to one is a very big change. Joe H.
February 14, 2019
Thanks to you and everyone at Writer’s Relief for your TLC and amazing support over many years! L.S.
January 17, 2019
You and your outstanding staff have been great to work with! Nancy P.