Letter Writing Definitions
I estimate that more than 25 million people from all over the world have come to this Website looking for letter writing help and related information in the more than twelve years since I created the site.
Due to the power of modern tracking technology, I know exactly what keyword(s) people were searching for when they arrived at the site. In addition to that, I have conducted extensive keyword research into what searches are being made across the entire Internet on the subject of letter writing.
So, based on knowledge gained from the above, I can tell you the following about letter writing with some certainty:
In fact, if you do some research online or at your local bookstore you can actually find some books that have been published that group ALL letters into the category of "cover letters" or "business letters". Sorry folks; not only is that plain wrong, but it is also not very helpful at all when a person is looking for a specific type of letter to meet their actual letter writing need at a particular point in time.
About 90% of all people searching online for letter writing help and info are concerned with writing one of about 20 specific letter types.
The needs of more than 97% of all people searching online for letter writing help and info are covered by a total of 25 specific letter types.
Based on the specific purpose of the letter, there are about 45 truly unique letter types, in total.
NOT ALL letters are "cover letters" as some so-called experts would have you believe.
NOT ALL letters are "business letters" as some so-called experts would have you believe.
For example, what about the person who needs a letter from their previous landlord stating what a good tenant they are? I call that a "tenant reference letter"; NOT a "cover letter" or a "business letter".
Of course, "cover letters" and "business letters" do exist, but they have very specific purposes and sub-categories and are used in very specific situations. So, I can tell you right now that if you think you are searching for a "cover letter" or a "business letter" in a general sense you are wasting your time.
You need to be searching for the specific purpose of the letter such as "resume cover letter" or "business introduction letter" or "college application recommendation letter". If you don't specify the specific purpose of the letter you are looking for you will not find what you are looking for.
Below are links to definitions and samples of the most sought after letter types that people are looking for when they come to my writing help websites:
The above letter types cover the letter writing info needs of over 80% of the more than 2 million people who visit my writing help websites each year. To see many more sample letters, click here.
Recommendation Letter or Letter of Recommendation
Reference Letter or Letter of Reference
Appreciation Letter or Letter of Appreciation
Introduction Letter or Letter of Introduction
Thank You Letter or Letter of Thanks
Application Letter or Letter of Application
Apology Letter or Letter of Apology
Congratulations Letter or Letter of Congratulations
Condolence Letter or Letter of Condolence
Termination Letter or Letter of Termination
Complaint Letter or Letter of Complaint
Invitation Letter or Letter of Invitation
Donation Letter or Letter of Donation
Contract Letter or Contract Document
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