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Former New York Times Editor On Writing To Get Someone's Attention — And Maybe Changing Their Mind

Former editor Trish Hall has written a new how-to book, "Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side." She joins host Lisa Mullins to talk about the book.
"Writing To Persuade" by Trish Hall. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

As a former editor, Trish Hall has seen a lot of bad submissions to the New York Times Op-Ed page.

She’s now written the how-to book, “Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side.” Hall joins Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins to talk about the book.

Times’ Op-Ed Pieces Mentioned On Air

Book Excerpt: ‘Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side’

by Trish Hall

For almost five years, as the person in charge of Op-Ed for The New York Times, I was immersed in argument, in passion, in ideas. I oversaw a dozen editors who read submissions from both the august and the unknown, all eager to be heard. Two assistants, looking for gems, pored over the hundreds of unsolicited manuscripts that arrived each week. I too read

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