Prominence and Submission: How to Publish at Article Writing Sites
We are free to publish what we please on our own blogs, but most article submission sites demand that certain criteria be met before they will accept an article, or allow it to remain unedited once it has been published. Sites encouraging article submission range in the stringency of their criteria: some are quite lax, others rather demanding.
By definition, you are most often in the company of superior writers at sites whose editors or submission guidelines insist that you adhere to rules ensuring that your prose is at least fundamentally sound. Employers quickly learn which sites insist on higher quality writing. When your portfolio includes pieces published at the sites with better reputations for showcasing quality writers, you stand of better chance of winning your bid for work. In effect, publication at a site whose guidelines are strict, is perfect screening for the quality that will interest an employer.
Therefore, aspiring writers must become familiar with the criteria set by a range of article submission sites and, if possible, map out a plan to produce work that first satisfies the most lenient outlets, and progress towards the sites that demand higher quality. Doing so will help you avoid frustration. You will build confidence in your abilities as your pieces are accepted on increasingly better, higher-profile sites.
If you follow this path, your developing skills will lead you to prominence in the writing community but, first, you must submit to not only the sites, but the rules upon which they insist. Common Expectations at Article Submission Sites
To ensure that your finished piece is ready for submission to an editor, employer or an article submission site, it must meet the common minimum expectations for contemporary web writing, such as:
Point of View
As a blogger, you have no doubt deployed first person point of view. As soon as you use the phrase “I think,” or “I saw,” you are in first person mode.
However, many, if not most, article submission sites insist that your writing is at least in second person (“You can”), and many good sites insist one third person (“One can”). To distinguish themselves from blogs, many sites prefer that a writer adopt the more objective third person stance. Such sites are not looking for “opinion pieces.”Continued on the next page