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Thanks, Mike - great stuff.
Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:
Read fine print on submission pages. For example, by submitting to InternetDay , you're promising that "the Content has not been published before, in whole or in part, in any form."
Don't make editor weed through too much fluff at top to get to your article. Put your byline or bio information at bottom (the important stuff about you), as well as any re-print terms and conditions. Also, you may not want to be too particular about these terms. Your goal is to get published. If you place excessive restrictions on your article (e.g. "You must do this and that... blah... blah..."), then you're just begging to have editor hit "delete".
Try to make editor's job easier. I usually include something like this at top of submission:
----------------------------------------------- Title: "This is your catchy headline / title" #Words: 400 Creation Date: June 20, 2001 Written and Copyrighted 2001 by: Your Name Bio: Directly after article Reprint conditions: Bottom of this page Formatting: Text / No word wrap Author's Picture: http://LinkToPicture.com/picture.jpg -----------------------------------------------
You may not always know length requirements for any given publication before you submit. Therefore, you may want to include following line with submissions to big boys: "Article can be edited for length upon request." Mike asked me to chop off 250 words from one of my articles because it was too long. It got published (and ended up being better) because I offered to edit it beforehand.
Remember, your article is competing with many others for attention of an information-overloaded editor with a deadline. You need to think of your title as a headline. Any good copy writer will tell you headline is most important part of ad. If your title is weak, why would editor read article? For that matter, why would any one else read it, either? But remember what Mike said: "Stay away from gimmicks that belong in ad copy."
When you're ready to go for big time, here are a few high-visibility newsletters (along with subscription claims) that accept ebiz/marketing articles:
DEMC - 260,000 - http://www.demc.com/Writers/writers.html GazetteWorld - 250,000 - http://gazetteworld.com InternetDay - 100,000 - http://www.internetday.com/submit/ Clickz - 50,000 - http://www.clickz.com/submission/
If you don't think your expertise will appeal to these publications, you can list your articles with these free "general content" web sites:
http://www.ideamarketers.com/ http://www.ezinearticles.com http://www.egroups.com/group/Free-Content
Now don't just sit there - get writing! Good luck.
Wishing you much success...
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