I started on a path to further my publication list by writing Op-Eds. I have written two Op-Eds in my life, but I wanted to make a concerted effort. That hard work has paid off. This past June, I had three (3) Op-Eds published by three different newspapers. To say I am excited about the publications is an understatement. However, that didn’t mean I didn’t get rejected. I wrote eight (8) Op-Eds to different newspapers and three of them were published. I guess my publishing percentage was good, but there’s room for improvement.
Here are the three Op-Eds:
June 11, 2018 – New York Newsday
Why didn’t police act faster in abduction case?
June 14, 2018 – The Baltimore Sun
How to deal with the police overtime problem, at least temporarily
June 26, 2018 – The New York Daily News
We cannot allow Bronx gang victim, Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz to have died in vain
Some Advice for Writing Op-Eds
My only advice to get published in a local paper is to:
- Read what others have written
- Be timely with your letter
- Is it your area of expertise? We’re all an expert in something!
- Write, rewrite, revise
- Follow the instructions. Such as:
- A 200 word limit doesn’t mean 225 words
- Do I paste it within the E-mail or attach a file?
- Do they require a full name, address, phone number, a one-line bio, headshot?
- E-Mail the correct editor – some papers have separate editors for Letters and Opinions
In my experience so far, writing Op-Eds is a great way to expose your writing to a greater audience. At the very least, you gives you a sense of accomplishment. How many people can say that they have been published by a major newspaper? If a publication is something you want to cross off your bucket list, than what are you waiting for? Start by writing what you know.