Thank you for your interest in writing for the Preparedness Podcast. This document serves as a visual style guide for article submissions. We appreciate when a draft follows these tips before submission. To submit your writing, please email to Rob@PrepCast.info. 

Original Content

Original content is highly preferred. If your article (or a version of your article) has already been published on another site, please let us know. Generally, we only publish original articles, but we will consider reprinting articles or running a revised version. In any case, we need to know up front whether your submission has or will also appear elsewhere. If you have a long article or article series published elsewhere and are submitting a summary for it, the summary must still follow the rules set forth in this guide (of particular note for summaries would be article length).

Topics

ThePreparednessPodcast.com focuses on helping people get prepared for disasters, emergencies and the uncertain times that may be ahead of us. We present information on how to prepare and survival strategies for living a safer and more secure life. We would prefer article topics fall within this scope.

Rejections

Articles poorly written or falling too far outside these guidelines will be rejected. If your article is rejected, you’re welcome to edit and resubmit, but articles are only rejected twice before they will no longer be considered.

Grammar and Spelling

Please do not submit articles that contain spelling and grammar errors. Sure, one or two typos do happen, but articles requiring editing for mistakes will be sent back.

Voice

Articles should be written in a personalized voice, rather than an academic tone. If English is not your first language, please make sure the voice flows well and doesn’t sound like a broken-English technical manual.

Word Count

We don’t worry too much about word count, and neither should you. Any decently written article sufficiently covering a topic will have enough words. Articles with too few words often means the topic was not covered well.

Having said that, in general, 600-800 words makes for an article with enough substance and is convenient for readers. If you can’t reach 600 words, the topic is likely either too narrowly focused or you’re not covering enough aspects of the topic. Most preparedness topics can easily reach 1000 words, and if your article goes above 1000, consider making it a multi-part series.

Formatting

Subheadings: If your article is longer than 600 words, consider adding subheadings to break up the text and make your article easier to read. If writing in HMTL, use <h2> and/or <h3> headers.

Interviews: Use italics for the questions and regular formatting for the answers.

Hyperlinks: All links are subject to the approval of the ThePreparednessPodcast.com editorial team When linking to an outside source within your article, choose the option to open the link in a new tab with the target=”_blank” attribute. 

Include several links to authoritative sites, as well as back to ThePreparednessPodcast.com. One or two money links are also allowed (those going to your site, etc.), so long as they’re tasteful and appropriate.

If the primary purpose of your submission is to provide a backlink to your company or product, your article is likely to be rejected. We focus on preparedness and survival topics for our readers, not to make you money. As stated, money links are okay, so long as it’s not abused.

Images

Articles should have, at least, one image. Usually, this is used at the top of the article. If your article has more than 500 words, additional images would be a good thing. All images either need to include the license for use or be open sourced (e.g., Pixabay, Wikimedia).

Any articles of a “how to” nature should include images that help explain the process.

Credits: Please include image credits and license details when you submit your draft and images.

Format: Please submit images as files, attached to your email. Images should not be exclusively placed inside the draft because our editors may not be able to extract them. Please use either PNG (preferred) or JPG file formats.

Size: Images should be no smaller than 800×600 pixels. We strongly encourage you to sample your images to the size you want before submitting them to ensure they appear as you expect and text is legible.

Label images: If images are not contained within the article, label them so editors can easily tell which image goes where within an article.

Add captions (if applicable): Be sure to reference within your article text where your image should go and what the caption should read. 

Style

Please use the following style for correctness and consistency:

  • serial commas (i.e. cat, dog, and mouse)
  • write out numbers below 10 (i.e. nine, eight, and seven)
  • format dates as December 1, 2014 (not December 1st, 2014)
  • place periods and commas inside quotation marks
  • spell out acronyms the first time they are used

 

Audience

The readers of ThePreparednessPodcast.com are “smarter than the average bear” and most are quite familiar with preparedness and survival topics. This means, in general, basic and introductory topics aren’t as popular as those that contain advanced or unique information.

Document Format

We accept articles in a variety of file formats: .odt, .txt, .rtf, .docx, or .html. If you submit a link to a Google document, do not revise the document after you submit it. Once we grab copy from the draft, we won’t see your changes.

Review Process

Send your article to Rob@PrepCast.info. It will be reviewed and if approved, will be posted within 1-3 weeks, or as soon as possible. If rejected, you will get an email outlining the issues with the submission. You’re welcome to resubmit after your edits, but be sure it’s ready to go, as articles are only rejected twice before they will not be considered again.

We reserve the right to make edits to the article as we see fit, though this doesn’t happen often. 

Publishing

We strive to publish articles in a timely manner after they are reviewed and approved by our editorial team. If it is important to you that an article is published by or on a certain date, or if it contains information under embargo until a certain date, please share this with the editorial team during your initial communication.

Bio

Please include a bio about the author. This will be used at the bottom of the article.