Thursday, September 9, 2010
writing articles online
A few years ago, I heard or read something about Suite 101, looked into it and then went on to other things. Last October, at the Surrey International Writers' Conference, I came across a table display about it and talked to the woman about what it was all about. I must have signed something and then forgotten all about it, because yesterday when I came across a link online, it rang some bells. I clicked and signed in using my email address and a password I often use. Lo & behold, they knew all about me--my name & address, etc., just popped up on their page. But, I was signed in as a reader only. So, I clicked on the button that invited me to apply to be a writer for Suite 101. The name and address boxes were already filled in for me, with only three boxes left: one for my brief bio paragraph, one for a writing sample (suggested I just use "one of my articles"), and one to say I'd read the terms and conditions. Then I could submit it for approval. Amazingly, I was able to find an article in my MS Word documents, so it wasn't quite as daunting an exercise as it might otherwise have been. Wait 24 hours, they say, for their response. So, this morning there it was: I was "approved". Okay--maybe they approve everyone. No, apparently not. On their facebook page I found one poor soul who said she'd been rejected three times and wanted to know what she was doing wrong. So, maybe I was lucky. Now all I have to do is write an article (400-1000 words) that fits their extensive submission guidelines and have it approved by their editors for publication, and then I can write some more for them. They even pay! Worth a try.