Dear OM Times Contributor,
We are excitedly preparing to transition to another milestone in the performance of our magazine. As you probably know, in September we will be releasing three multi-media editions a month, along with a single monthly edition in Spanish. Thanks in great part to your contributions, we are now also able to publish more writings directly to the OM Times website.
What this means to all of you…
Chances are much higher that your stories will be selected for use, whether in the multi-media edition or directly on the site. This means that thousands of people are going to get the chance to learn about you and your specialty.
In order for us to successfully transition to this new groundbreaking landmark, we want to go over some guidelines and suggestions to help your stories make publication. One of top goals is to be able to use every story submitted in one way or another, and if you follow these suggestions, the better your chances will be.
Here are some guidelines that will help make your article a success:
1. The correct voice: What separates a blog post from a magazine article? It’s the use of the pronoun “I”. If you look at most major publications, articles are generally not written in first person. A brief mention of what you perform or referring to your practice or business is fine; however, any more than that and you risk no longer sounding like an authority sharing their knowledge but as someone who is merely expressing a thought. If you would like a refresher, please visit: http://community.omtimes.com/page/training
2. Advertorials: To use a quote from the movie Avatar: “I see you.” We will definitely “see” and know if you write an advertorial and try to pass it off as an article. (An advertorial is an advertisement in the form of an editorial.) OM Times reserves advertorials for our paid advertisers. Please do not submit advertorials as this will doom them to the land of the forgotten. If you are a regular contributor and have an upcoming event, send us an e-mail to email@example.com and we’ll figure out what can be done.
3. Get out the poker and brand your articles: When posting your article inside of the communities, please remember to include your professional name and a small bio at the end with the link of your website at the bottom of every post. This will ensure that we know exactly who we need to give credit to, and it will also give you the opportunity to drive some traffic to your business.
4. Title Choices: Here is the simple truth… we can expose readers to your article, but we can’t make them read your article. One of the best ways to make sure people read your article is by having an interesting and captivating title. We included a list of some of the top articles below so you can get inspiration. Also, for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) reasons, titles should not surpass 60 characters; however, adding subtitles is perfectly fine.
5. Print ready: We can’t stress enough how important it is that any articles submitted must be print ready. In the past, at our editors’ discretion, they have decided to include an article that only had minor errors which could be corrected on the spot. However, there were certain corrections that couldn’t be made without ending up re-doing the article or running the risk of changing the article’s meaning or voice. In order to avoid these potential hazards, we will no longer be accepting an article if it is not print ready. Please edit your work for spelling and grammar prior to posting it on the community.
6. Tracking down the article: If you want your article to be selected, please be sure to include the entire article, with your bio and any relevant links. Submissions that only include a percentage of the article and ask our editors to go to your website for the rest will not be accepted for publication.
7. Remember the date… the new deadline for submission is the 10th of every of month for publication during the following month. For example, you have until September 10th to include submissions for October. If you have an article that you feel is imperative that it go up on the site or be included in the next multi-media edition, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further consideration.
Hopefully, these guidelines will make it easier for everyone to understand what we are looking for (and what were not.) If you have any questions, need advice, or just want some feedback, feel free to use the discussion boards or post a question in the “Ask an Editor” group.
Once again, thank you for all your hard work. It is through your invaluable contributions that we have been able to expand our magazines. We look forward to continuing working together to increase the knowledge, awareness, healing and vibration of the conscious community.
OM Times Editorial Team
Title samples of the top viewed articles: