Letters to the Editor

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Standing by thoughts on self-publishing

I realize that there are some outdoor writing pros, with serious track records, who have set up their own self-publishing operations. They are, in effect, “publishers.” The fact remains, however, the most self-published books are of low quality and by people who cannot sell their writing to a traditional publisher. I suspect most of them know it in their hearts. As proof of my assertion, there is an independent bookstore near me, with an international reputation, that will not stock self-published works nor allow the people who wrote them to appear there. If they want to call themselves “authors,” use the prefix “self-published.”
Ed Ricciuti, Killingworth, Connecticut

Scholarship gives important opportunities

To OWAA & Sponsors of the Bodie McDowell scholarship,
As one of the recipients of this year’s scholarship, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to all of those at OWAA & the McDowell family for their support in making opportunities like this possible for young writers & outdoor enthusiasts. Being able to spend my days in the mountains, writing stories, watching wildlife & interviewing key stakeholders is my favorite way to spend time and scholarships like this allow me to keep telling these stories & pursuing my dreams. Please extend my thanks to all relevant OWAA members & donors.
Gloria Dickie, Boulder, Colorado

Feedback guidelines

Members are encouraged to write about issues and topics. The executive director and editor will decide whether opinions are appropriate for debate or if the comments promote a personal cause; if the “cause” is unrelated to OWAA’s mission and potentially damaging to the membership, the letter might not be printed. Word limit: 400. Longer letters will be returned for revision. Send letters to editor@owaa.org.


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