Each ezine article database has its own terms of service (tos). They are
generally uniform and mostly based on common sense. Most of them want well
written articles that have had spell checking. They allow only so much html
within an article and they donít want hate material and a short list of other
things that most readers donít want to see either. What if we the authors could
ask the publishers if they would comply with our terms of service? What would
that look like? Here is what mine would look like and I believe that anyone who
has been submitting articles for a while might concur.
Things authors would require if we had terms of service:
A timely review. Three months is not a timely review, yes some sites actually
take that long. It makes you feel that whatever else they may be doing that
publishing articles is not at the top of their list. If the article subject is
time sensitive like current events or recent movie reviews where does that leave
the author? Most authors donít like to be late for dinner because the publisher
is out to lunch.
A large and useful category list: Publishers insist that the authors choose the
right category and some will delete submissions out of hand that are not put in
the right category. So give us some choices! If my article is about politics and
current events with religious overtones and some general advice to wrap it up
can I put that under society and forget it? Not likely. Instead of one category
for politics how about, conservative, liberal, commentary, world, state, local,
gee maybe even a category for bad politics, thereís plenty of that around.
Real reasons for an article being denied: If an article is poorly written or is
full of avarice then we should expect it to be denied. Or if the database is
only for a specific kind of reader this is perfectly reasonable. Reasons like,
it is not politically correct shows us that you need some unbiased reviewers who
can respect good journalism without getting personal. Or the article doesnít
flow, which without further clarification is like telling an author he may have
Alzheimerís and doesnít know it. If we are writing for a particular kind of
reader we donít care if your reviewers are part of that group. We do care that
the reviewer has two feet on the ground and is over twelve years old.
An active hyperlink in the bio box: The readers are far more likely to go to the
authorís site if it is only a click away. Most authors are counting on that as
much as you are counting on us to give you the very best of our material to
compliment your site and its underlying purpose. Iíll scratch your backÖ.
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Things authors would like to see:
Only one article database is known to have features on their authors in their
opening page. Of course some publishers have thousands of authors so this idea
would be hard to float unless it was slightly modified. Say, the twenty feature
articles for the week. Yes a whole week that would cover 1040 authors a year.
Those chosen should be both newbieís as well as those with hundreds of articles.
Editing improvements that would allow authors to change misspelled words or add
simple changes without re-submitting the article all over again. Your time is
valuable, hey, so is ours.
A few pointers for publishers and authors:
Sometimes publishers create conflicts for the authors that they seem to be
unaware of. Authors always appreciate tips and advice from publishers but they
do not always seem to be on the same page. One publisher advises that we should
find a niche that we are known for, like family matters or arts and crafts.
Other publishers seem to frown on getting all one kind of subject matter. Some
people can just blab without saying anything and such people are not taken too
seriously. It is not that different for writers. Because we can write doesnít
mean we should write about everything. The term, author, implies that we are
authorities. Who has ever met an authority on everything? Writers must have the
literary freedom to write about what they know best. We donít ask football
players to compete in pole vaulting, eh?
Authors will be approached by the owners or webmasters of the publishing site
from time to time about getting in on a new marketing endeavor. There is nothing
wrong with this but donít suspend your judgment because it is your publisher.
Give such offers the same scrutiny you would if you were approached by a
complete stranger. Unknown to one publisher recently was the fact that in his
call to join the new marketing enterprise he inadvertently mentioned that we
should forget ad blasters, mlm schemes and articles. Forget articles? Hey youíre
not going to forget our articles, huh?
Using article submission software is another issue for writers. They are helpful
for reaching a lot of publishers in the shortest amount of time. They require a
bit of time to set up. After you have signed in to each article base and
confirmed each account the rest is fairly streamlined. Beware of article spam.
If your articles are largely to promote sales or some other enterprise on your
site you will find that the publisher knows an ad from an article. And give your
readers a little credit because they know that too. If your stuff does float
over the transom you have one more hurdle yet to face, the search engines. If
they think you are article spamming you will not recover from the result.
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Some writers look only for publishers that have search engine rankings. Now
most article submission software provides lists with each sites ranking. You
will see more of your articles showing up on websites and searches by sticking
to only publishers with rankings but there is a downside to this. First it may
encourage you to be disloyal to the publishers you started with and who gave you
your initial platform. Your readership will see this and if youíre worth
anything as a writer the readers are why you started writing in the first place.
Remember the publisher that is just starting a new database can become the
premiere publishing site before you can write your next piece. It happens.
Many online publishers have plenty to offer. Letters of encouragement, fast
reviews, readily available stats on your articles and sometimes they even host
seminars and conferences. I have about ten favorite sites I like more than all
the rest but my very best site is Ezine Articles. About a year ago when I
reached platinum level they sent me a coffee mug with their logo on it. Sure
itís no big thing, but wasnít that a real big thing? Put that under using
incongruity as a literary device.
Talk about paying attention to your writers.
Rev Bresciani has written many articles over the past thirty years in such
periodicals as Guideposts and Catholic Digest. He is the author of two books
available on Amazon.com, Alibris, Barnes and Noble and many other places. Rev
Bresciani wrote ďHook Line and Sinker or what has Your Church Been Teaching
You,Ē publisher, PublishAmerica of Baltimore MD. He also wrote a book published
by Xulon Press entitled ďAn American Prophet and His Message, Questions and
Answers on the Second Coming of Christ.Ē His book is now being heralded as the
clearest book on the subject of the second coming of Christ since Hal Lindsey's
"Late Great Planet Earth" Rev Brescianiís website is,