We have a very powerful article submission user interface. It's the way we want to see your article submissions. Our website has a lot of capabilities. The article submission "page" enables you and us to make most effective use of those capabilities. If you can't use it, please explain why.
To learn about how to become a writer for Bottom Up Mind and to use the article submission page, please click here
For all contributors:
You MUST be 16 years of age, or over. No exceptions.
When you register, please include a brief bio, written in the third person. (Joe Smith is a writer and community activist living in Mongolia.)
Readers (and we) want to know who you are, where you are from.
We don't pay for articles at this time, but we do like to forward our authors' work to other media, to get the greatest exposure for your ideas. If
we get a submission from you, we will assume that you've read these writer's guidelines and that you give us permission to send the articles out.
If your submission is accepted, we will publish it on our webpages and it may be sent in our newsletter. We will respect whatever byline you choose to write under, short of misrepresenting yourself as another person. We allow you to retain reprint rights, but we retain the right to publish your articles in collections in books or other websites. And our policy is to give permission to other sites to reprint articles submitted by the author directly to this site-- either as an original article or a crosspost. We do not have the right to give permission for reprinting of articles we have reprinted, which are usually described as such at the bottom of the article.
We happily accept simultaneous submissions and re-print submissions.
But if you submit an article for first publication, we often send it to 380 plus other media outlets. These articles are also often syndicated in our news boxes, which the programming code has been downloaded by over 600 websites.
In the publishing world, it is customarily the editor's prerogative to select the title for articles, and even books. Of course, the formatting, font style and size, colors, etc. are set by Bottom Up Mind.
You agree, by submitting your article, diary, or other content, to Bottom Up Mind or any other related sites, not to sue or litigate against Bottom Up Mind or other related sites for any reason having to do with the content you submit or Bottom Up Mind's use of it.
You agree that once you submit your content to Bottom Up Mind, Bottom Up Mind may edit it and publish it. Editors spend their time to help make content more readable and clear. It is not acceptable to retract content that is submitted. This means that it is not Bottom Up Mind policy to delete articles, once published, though we retain the prerogative to do so at any time.
If you submit an article, it may be published as a diary, rather than an article. Editors post content you submit as diaries for several reasons:
-too short to be an article
-more chatty and personal than an article
-not well written enough to be published as an article, but not that bad that it can't be posted as a diary.
We do NOT post submissions as diaries instead of articles because of their message.
It is appropriate to politely email an editor who has rejected an article to ask questions. It is inappropriate to complain or attack an editor for rejecting your content. Any complaints about rejected articles that are considered abusive to the editor will be considered cause for banning from the site.
It is not acceptable to attack the publisher or fellow writers on the site in content you submit to the site. We also do not want to publish your complaints or reports of purported mistreatment or "inappropriate" actions or policies by other sites. These actions will be seriously considered to be cause for banning from the site. Continued attacks after banning will be considered reason to remove, at the publisher's prerogative, all content written by the banned writer, from the site. The appropriate way to deal with criticism is back channel email.
Disagreement is totally acceptable, regarding ideas, issues, behaviors, statements. Ad hominem personal attacks are not acceptable. The management of the website is the final arbiter of these issues.
We do not always notify contributors of publication, although we do this as much as possible. Usually we publish within 24-48 hours.
Please check the Bottom Up Mind FAQ for answers and solutions, before you email for help. You can also click on the Site Contents link, on the navigation bar, at the top of the website, to access the link to the FAQ. That's where you'll find the website directory. It's worth spending some time familiarizing yourself with the site's content, how we organize it. While you're at it, try out the tag cloud control panel.
For Less Experienced Writers who Hope To be Published.
-We love to work with new writers. Understand that this takes time and we won't guarantee your work will be published. Assume it will be edited, with some
changes made to improve clarity and readability.
We expect you to use a spell checker and to read your article out loud, so you detect grammatical errors and spelling errors that are not picked up by spell check software.
Articles that are just opinion are fine, but they are even stronger when facts and background are included. An OpEd piece pegged to some hard news or a real "quote" is more likely to be a winner. That said, don't hesitate if you've written a great piece with just opinion.
A good article includes stories that illustrate points, that grab the reader, touch her heart, rouse emotions... you get the idea. The best articles rouse you so much they are hard to finish because you want to rush out and DO SOMETHING!
-Ideal article length is 500-800 words. We'll take longer, but we really want you to edit your material. A good guideline is you should cut at least 20% off a first draft. Please do not send us first drafts. Writing is part pulling up the ideas from inside of you, and then-- editing. You need to do both. Your writing will read better and you will have more readers FINISH your articles.
You need to edit, edit, edit. Believe me. I do. I re-read my articles and cut them. Very often, I cut out the first few paragraphs, because it takes a few to build up steam. Then, I have to re-write a beginning. Think of it like this. When you start writing, you are doing a data dump from your head and heart. Then, when you are finished, you are about halfway finished the article, maybe less. The rest of the work is editing. The hardest part is cutting the words you love that don't make the article better.
As long as you submit your articles through our article submission user interface, we will respond to your submissions. It can take as long as a week and as short as a few hours to respond to your submission. If your article has a time deadline-- like a holiday it refers to, or an event that happened yesterday that you refer to as yesterday, there's a field in the article submission system for you to put that date, which will call it to our editors' attention. Don't abuse this system. And try NOT to refer to the day that something happened as today or yesterday, since that may make your article too old sooner than necesary. Articles that are too old are subjec to rejection for being too old. Don't send us July 4th articles on July 5th. Don't send us a commentary on a news angle that was the talk of th news two weeks ago that is off the radar now.
Some tips for new writers:
- Use some facts-- info from the news reported in other places, for example. This is a strong way to get your article headlined and to get yourself noticed as a more serious, more professional writer.
- Use a relevant quotation.
- Let your feelings show.
- Use an anecdote or two from your life
Edit before you send it in. That means, after you've finished writing the first draft, read it out loud. Then chop out 10-25
percent and tighten up the writing. Make sure it reads well out loud and don't trust your spell checker. It won't pick up wrong words.
Here are some tips I sent to one writer that are worth including on this page.
Understand that there are several stages in writing. The first is to get the stuff out (of your brain, heart, soul.) You do that well-- you're a river of thoughts typed out.
But that's just part one. Next, you have to dig through the stuff that has poured out of your subconscious and pick the best stuff, the most important messages, ideas, etc.
Then, you edit. Take the cream you've skimmed off and start over with it. This time, think through what the message is that your text is trying to get across.
Try outlining or at least listing what you want to include in your article. Use mindmapping
Here's a URL where you can download some free software:
And here are a few links for how to do a mind map. I can't tell you how useful these have been to me since I learned how to use them in the late seventies. My kids have all been taught about them in school too.
Once you get started with Bottom Up Mind, keep in mind, this is not a passive, one way media site, like a magazine or newspaper. We're a community, and when people comment on your article, you're expected to respond to their comments. This is fun!! Even better, you'll learn more and make new friends all over the world.
Once you've posted your article and it goes live, you'll want to make sure that as many people as possible read the article. There are social networking icons on your article that make it easy for you to submit to digg.com, netscape.com, del.icio.us, and other sites that help get the word out. At the least, please submit your article to digg.com, reddit.com and hopefully furl.com, netscape.com and del.icio.us. We've seen articles reach an extra 50,000 people this way. Don't expect your article to be headlined if you don't at least submit it to digg.com. We figure if it's not worth your time to digg it, it is not worthy of headlining.
For further help on writing, check out the Bottom Up Mind FAQ.
If you ever have questions, suggestions or just want to connect, don't hesitate to drop me an email.
Rob Kall at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additions to Author Guidelines:
Authors who are serious about their work should consider borrowing or purchasing a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style, now in its 15th edition. This is the essential writing tool for writers, editors, and publishers. If you have a question about virtually anything to do with writing or editing, you will find the answer in the Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago press).
In general, authors should pay careful attention to the following factors both when writing their work, and when editing it.