Writing an effective, polished business letter can be an easy_to_follow task, so long as you adhere to the established rules for layout and language. Realize that your recipient reads a significant amount of correspondence on a regular basis and will favor well_executed letters that are free of typos and grammatical errors. A good rule of thumb is to proofread it twice and then have a colleague review it to ensure nothing was missed. Sections of a Business Letter. Each section of your letter should adhere to the appropriate format, starting with your contact information and that of your recipient’s; salutation; the body of the letter; closing; and finally, your signature.
I can’t tell you how many truly awful letters I’ve had to read in my life. As a former administrative assistant, I was responsible for all the unsolicited submissions to a major New York museum. Artists and collectors all over the country (and abroad) wrote to have their work considered for display or acquisition, and to be honest the decision frequently rested more on the quality of their cover letter than on their work _ which, romantic dreams aside, rarely if ever sells itself.