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Ask Marilyn: Receiving an Answer to a Question
Gene Lachawicz of Dunsmuir, California, writes:
Marilyn: You must receive thousands of questions every week from your readers. Usually you answer only one or two of them in the magazine. What are the odds of getting one of my questions answered in your column?
Chance doesn't apply to this subject because I don't pick questions randomly. Instead, I answer the ones I think readers will find interesting, sometimes based on their letters to me (many don't contain questions) and other times on subjects that are in the news or related to them. So be topical, if you can, or ask a question that you think many people would find interesting, even if it's about a tiny slice of life. The biggest hurdle letter-writers face is this: I rarely pick questions I've answered before because I believe that my readers want something new every week.
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