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The moment the idea of pitching a piece of writing to an editorial board comes, many are confused about where, when and how to start? The importance of writing and publishing an article, online or offline, is beginning to root deep in people’s opinion. Getting an article published is one of the efficient ways of proving one’s credibility and to position oneself as an expert in their field. Before starting to write one might be wondering – In what way is an online publication different from an offline publication. Can we publish the same article both online and offline? The answer for this is actually there is no much difference between online and offline writing but of course the difference do exist in terms of language (interactive/informative), audiences targeted, information that need to be conveyed. But how will someone know which way to focus.
Knowing the audience who reads this publication or who might be interested in this topic of concern is very important. This is not as easy as it seems, as the target audiences changes for an offline and online writing. At times, the article should be re-written for an offline and online publications, as required.
General or non-scientific articles include all those writings that a writer writes on his own interest without any survey or scientific research done. Some common non-research/general articles are
Many of us write very beautifully with or without the author himself knowing that the article is worth publishing. Some scribble as hobby and to pass time, and some write very high quality articles that if published might attract readers. Many home-writers are unaware that they can display their writing talent in front of the world by just publishing the article, either online or offline. Just by submitting their article they would have thousands of readers worldwide. Many readers might be benefited and they might share their experience or post their suggestions.
The article is ready and the author wishes to share it with others then the only best medium is to publish the article online where thousands of readers, globally, would get a chance to read the article. Finding an electronic outlet for a scientific or other professional writing is easier than finding for fictions. Fiction writers can try submitting their articles to ezine. But publishing isn’t so easy; listed are few tips that will help the author in publishing his article.
If the author is expecting financial compensation for his writing, then finding a website that pays him requires lots of research in finding the appropriate website.
Once the website is chosen and if the author thinks that this is the perfect website for his article, then the next thing he should focus on are their guidelines. Articles that deviate from their guidelines might stand a stronger chance of rejection. If the guidelines are not available, then the author can e-mail the editor requesting him to send the guidelines.
Next would be to send a query mail to the editor, which would be of one page telling him about the ideas and points that the author wishes to cover in his article and asking him whether they would be interested. This is an optional step where if the author is clear about all the guidelines then he can proceed right away.
After this, the author might get an assignment for which he may or may not get a contract. It is always better that the author requests a written copy of the agreement of payment. But if their guidelines are clear and they compensate their writers, then just go ahead. If the author is stubborn in getting a written contract, then ask for it. If the editor does not respond, then move ahead and follow the same with the next ezine in the list.
If the author is getting a contract, then it should mention the amount payable, when are they like to pay, upon acceptance or upon publishing; and what rights the publishers are buying. If it is a start-up website than negotiate for payment after acceptance if it’s a well-known publisher than the author should not have any problem in receiving his money.
If the author is being paid for his work than it means that the publishers are buying certain rights from the author. The word “RIGHTS” should be dealt carefully as it is different for online and offline publication. Therefore, it is always advised that the author know few basic rights:
Before penning down on any topic it is important to consider few points that will help in bringing out the best.
Focusing on some of these questions might help in writing something that interests the target audience and also show the writer’s expertise. To find out answers for these questions, look around in common areas like
After having a list of publications, the next step is to contact the editor and knowing whether they accept freelance writing. If yes, the writer can discuss about his area of interest and know how much the editorial board is interested in this topic. Before starting to write the writer must list up all the ideas and topic of interest and those topics that he is qualified to write. Remember that this is not a publicity article or an ad for your name, let the article be informative and before submitting it, always get it corrected by a trustworthy professional to reduce the chance of rejection.
As newsletters are always written by a volunteer, they might also offer some pay to the writer. For writing in newsletter the writer can call the editor and discuss but in case of writing for a magazine “query letter” is the acceptable form. This is a one-page proposal which should contain author’s introduction, explanation of the article, and the reason why they should go forward with this article. This query letter should convince the editor that the article is worth publishing. Maintaining time line is very important; submit the article on or before the deadline.
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