Article Submission Tips

Article Submission Tips

Use the following suggestions and tips to perfect your writing style – our decision to publish or not is greatly based on it.

START WITH A GOOD TOPIC

Make sure it is written for our demographic – women who farm – and be mindful of our goals: to help with any and all farming topics, and to remind them to take care of themselves. The categories we use include homesteading, farming, gardening, animal husbandry and DIY, as well as health and wellness, travel, beauty, maintaining friendships, and how to relax and reset. We enjoy posting articles on anything related to a farm girl’s lifestyle.

USE EYE-CATCHING TITLES

Your article(s) will not be edited by us, so in order to get published it is up to you to make it interesting, accurate and print-worthy. Titles should catch the reader’s attention and make them want to read your article no matter what the subject is. A phrase like “How To…” tells the reader she can expect answers to a problem, or “Top 10…” tells her that you’ve done the research and you know what you’re talking about.

SPEAKING OF KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT…

You do not have to be an expert, but you should know something about a subject if you’re going to write about it. For example, write about growing tomatoes if you have a masters degree in sustainable farming or if you’ve simply grown them before in your home garden. But don’t write about growing tomatoes if you’ve never even seen a tomato plant before. Even better, submit an article based on your real-life, personal experiences that we can all learn from.

GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, SPELLING AND LENGTH

While proper grammar is very important to getting your message across, we like it when you get personal and write the way you would actually talk… as if you’re speaking to your best friend, you know? But punctuation and spelling is something you’ll need to be mindful of. Once again, we will not be editing the article(s), so it is up to you to make sure you have a good chance to get published.

You should also pay attention to the length of the article. 450 words or more ensures you have a well-rounded article with a short introduction, body and conclusion that is informative enough to make it worth reading.

A FEW RULES AND SOME TECHNICAL TIPS

An opinion about any subject should be made clear that it is yours alone, something personal and not a fact. If writing a product review it should be clearly stated that you’ve used the product, own it, made it, etc., and therefore have good reason to give an opinion about it.

Absolutely no curse/swear words, nothing divisive or hateful allowed.

After clicking the submit button, you will see a “successful” message at the bottom of the form. If there is an error the system may not catch it, so seeing the success message is a way to know for sure.

For more help with writing the perfect article, visit the Writer’s Digest for more great tips.

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