Marion Roach Smith was selected as a 2016 Literary Legend by the Albany Public Library Foundation
From her website:
YOU SHOULD WRITE AN OP-ED. Yes, you. Why? Simply put, learning to write op-eds will transform your writing. While the ways in which it will do so are many, the top five are that writing op-eds will clarify how you feel about something, teach you to relate an argument clearly, grant you enormous exposure to potential publishers, give you a chance to test your material on readers and influence them regarding your point of view. And if this sounds like a great training for that book you are struggling to write, that’s because it is. Writing op-eds is marvelous experience in publishing for those of you who are working on book-length memoirs. Let me count the reasons why.