Handbook for Practical Letter Writing

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Certain situations in life demand written communication. To express sympathy on the death of a loved one, to inquire about a job, to register an official complaint about a product or a service, to offer a recommendation -- all these require that you write a letter. The Handbook for Practical Letter Writing by L. Sue Baugh shows you how to write these kinds of letters and many more besides.
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Overview

Certain situations in life demand written communication. To express sympathy on the death of a loved one, to inquire about a job, to register an official complaint about a product or a service, to offer a recommendation -- all these require that you write a letter. The Handbook for Practical Letter Writing by L. Sue Baugh shows you how to write these kinds of letters and many more besides.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844232690
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/11/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 How to Write Great Letters 1
Chapter 1 It's Easier Than You Think 2
Letter Writing--A Three-Step Process 4
Where to Start--Four Key Questions 6
Strike the Right Tone 11
Make It Simple and Clear 16
When Not to Send a Letter 22
Chapter 2 Writing and Organizing Your Letters 24
Parts of a Letter 25
Prewriting 30
Writing--Three Strategies to Get Started 31
Writing--Organizing the Letter 34
Revising 45
Chapter 3 Producing Your Letters 51
Handwritten Versus Typed Letters 52
Formats for Letters 53
Stationery 57
Inside Address and Salutation 58
Complimentary Close 62
Signature Block 63
Reference Lines 66
Addressing the Envelope 67
Mailing Guidelines 72
Chapter 4 How to Address Just About Anyone 74
Social Titles 77
Company Officials 82
State and Local Government 83
Court Officials 86
U.S. Government 87
U.S. Diplomatic Representatives 91
Foreign Diplomatic Representatives 92
Religious Orders 94
College and University Officials 98
Military Officials 100
United Nations Officials 103
Part 2 Model Letters 105
Chapter 5 Social Letters 106
Announcements 108
Apologies 116
Congratulations 118
Family 123
Friends 128
Holidays 134
Invitations 137
SympathyCondolences 145
Thank-You's 152
Weddings 158
Chapter 6 Consumer Action Letters 167
General Product and Service Letters 170
Car Problems 178
Financial Services--Banks and Credit Cards 185
Home--Apartment, Condominium, House 190
Insurance 205
Medical Services 214
Vacations 219
Chapter 7 Civic Concerns 225
Place of Worship 227
Government Officials 233
Media Messages 244
Neighbors 251
Police and Fire Departments 256
Schools 260
SportsYouth Groups 269
Chapter 8 Employment Letters 273
Beginning a Job Search 274
Resumes 276
Job Query Letter 279
Application Letter 280
Recommendation Letters 283
Follow-Up Letters 286
Accepting or Refusing a Job Offer 289
Letter of Resignation 291
Chapter 9 Children's Letters 292
Letter-Writing Tips for Children 293
Thank-You Notes 295
Invitations 297
Personal Correspondence 300
Other Letters 305
Appendixes 309
Easily Confused Words 310
Commonly Misspelled Words 316
Postal Abbreviations 320
Index 322
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