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The Neopian Times Week 39 > Articles > The Jubjub Speaks on Neomailing a Writer

The Jubjub Speaks on Neomailing a Writer

by druidgetafix

Reading the title of this article, one might ask, "Which Jubjub?" What they do not realise is that it's a grave insult! Since the start of The Neopian Times, this Jubjub has held out the longest, through several makeovers. However, that has not impeded him from reading his favourite newspaper: The Neopian Times.

"JUST WHO IS HE?" you may shout from exasperation. Shh! He may hear you… Scroll to the top of the page. There he is. And you're lucky he didn't hear you, because this week, he's going to teach you how to Neomail a Neopian Times writer without leaving the owner of the golden feather trophy with cardiac arrest (Yup, writers are Earthlings, you know, they don't get Hoochie Coochies). That's it for the introduction, due to the fact that I know from experience that people despise getting a long introduction that beats around the bush. So without further ado… Argh, just cut the formalities.

• If you wish to criticise the writer's article/story, or at least do it nicely by not numbering the amount of mistakes he made! Remember that he himself can no longer edit his article/story. Instead, tell him civilly, "In future articles/stories, you might to take note of…" Observe that I placed in the word "future". This will encourage him to continue writing.

• Don't opt for a commonplace subject title such as those supplied by NeoPets (e.g. "Can you help me?"). Instead, employ a subject title related to the article/story; for instance, use the title of the article/story or something akin to "I loved your article/story!"

• Get your authors correct. One reader actually sent this to me: "I read your article about the personality by numbers and I found it rather interesting." I have never and probably never will write an article related to "It's in the Numbers - Neopian Numerology", which Luvsgirl composed, not me.

• Don't request to be their Neofriend. First of all, it clogs up their Neofriend request space. I don't need a second, or a third reason. That first one is already enough.

• Encourage the writer to write again, if you take pleasure in his style of writing. Perhaps you may argue that they have already benefited themselves with a trophy that proclaims them to be a "Neopian Times CHAMPION!!!", but when reading your Neomail he'll feel it's all worth it. He will do his best, if he wants to, to make another publication for your enjoyment.

• Read the article carefully before Neomailing! Someone sent me the following Neomail in reply to my article "Beyond a Newbie: Debunking the Myths": "Thanks for your article, but I was just wondering, because I'm not doing so well in the NP department, could you please tell me a few important deaths?" I already wrote in the same article that you need to visit the Esophagor to complete the Brain Tree Quests.

• Observe fundamental netiquette by not using this opportunity to ask for free items, and DON'T type in all caps or alternate them. You can find more info in "Neopian Guide to Better Living Part III: Etiquette" by Potebrigitte.

• Use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.

With that, I shall sum up my article. Next week (or maybe next month, I'm super busy), I'll appear with an article on how to… well, don't want to keep any of our hopes high. If you have any queries, Neomail me (using the hints I have given in this article). Ta-ta for now, see you soon!

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