- All articles should be submitted as final copy. Further instructions on style, formatting, etc. are located below.
- Submit articles as frequently as you would like.
- 300 to 500 word articles tend to perform best, and should be submitted as final copy, with the assumption that no editing, except spelling, will be necessary.
- A conversational, informal style is ideal.
- In our experience, news-driven, topical articles perform best on the site — if you have a strong take on fatherhood or a related news topic, it’s better to submit your article promptly, when your article will be fresher and more original.
- You retain all rights to your work and you can post it anywhere else you wish. However, by submitting a story you grant ExtraordinaryFathers.com a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable license to the content, which ExtraordinaryFathers.com may use and distribute (along with your name and identifying features) on its website, applications, and other properties and those of its affiliates and business partners, as well as for marketing and promotional purposes, online or offline, in any medium and mode of delivery.
You don’t get paid, but you get access to our highly engaged audience and a forum to share your views and express your opinions and ideas. You also get exposure, so promote yourself! You may link to any of your other works, and you can list (if applicable) your Amazon publications at the end of your article. Feel free to inform readers of your own social networking outlets, such as your Twitter or Facebook feeds.
A reminder: We must — and do — reserve the right to decline objectionable, inaccurate, or inflammatory material. This also includes libelous statements, commercial or financial conflicts of interest and propagating conspiracy theories. In addition, you should correct or retract factual inaccuracies within 24 hours of being alerted to the error.
Disclosure: In an effort to be as transparent with our readers as possible, ExtraordinaryFathers.com contributing writers should disclose any financial conflicts of interest related to the issue they are writing about. If a contributing writer receives payment or income from a company, organization, group, or individual with a financial stake in the issue he/she is weighing in on, that information should be disclosed at the bottom of the applicable article post.
As a ExtraordinaryFathers.com contributing writer, you must not identify yourself as a representative of ExtraordinaryFathers.com while attending or covering events.
We greatly appreciate the contributions of our ExtraordinaryFathers.com contributing writers and welcome your feedback on this forum for expression and dialogue.
This is the style guide we’ll use when we edit (if necessary) your article. Please feel free to follow this style guide yourself to help get your article up faster.
- 300 to 500 words
- Our most effective articles fall in the 300 to 500 range; greater length may be too long to hold a reader’s attention.
- If your article is especially long, it may take us longer to get to it, or we may tell you that it is not right for us.
- This Is a Sample Title for ExtraordinaryFathers.com From the Editors
- Capitalize the first letter of every word, except for articles and prepositions three letters or less (so “From” is capitalized, but “for” is not; “Is” always gets capitalized)
- Clear, descriptive titles work better than cute ones. What would you enter into Google if you were trying to find this article? That’s usually the best way to start your title.
- Please no all-caps, but if you want to emphasize a word, add italics with this HTML code: <i>[Insert important word]</i>
Publicizing Your Article
We encourage contributors to promote their pieces and send them around — many readers arrive at pieces on ExtraordinaryFathers.com via links passed on from friends and other sites. Here are a couple ideas:
- Email lists: Send a short note with a link to your article to any lists you’re on — whether social organizations, extracurricular groups, or even just your typical family/friends list. Encourage them to comment! Our experience shows that often the more comments a article attracts, the better it does in generating clicks and more comments. Create a community around your article, and help it grow by starting with your own personal community. Encourage your friends to share it as well.
Facebook/Twitter: Share your article via Facebook or Twitter! Facebook makes it especially easy to share links through what they call “Posted Items.” Click here:http://www.facebook.com/posted.php and paste your permalink into the box titled Post a Link. If all goes well, your profile will say that you’ve “shared a blog post”.