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We welcome submissions by new writers. To help you create quality submissions that have the best chance of being published on SeniorInsider.com, we’ve put together the following submission guidelines.

 

Before you get too far into the submission process, we should let you know that only our top writers are compensated financially. However, being published on SeniorInsider.com is a great way to build your portfolio, become an established writer and perhaps impress your friends. And if your stuff is good enough, you may even become one of our top writers and get paid for your work.

Guidelines

 

1.    Start with a good topic.

Before you start writing look at the articles that are already here. Make sure that your topic isn’t the same as something that’s already been thoroughly covered on the site. The better the topic, the more thoroughly researched it is, and the more original it is, the greater likelihood that we will publish it. We can overlook grammatical issues if the article is otherwise solid work.

 

2.    Write to our readers.

Our readers are seniors, families with older family members and caregivers. The topic should be of interest to them. For example, they’re not going to get very excited about an article on skateboarding, but they may be interested in the capabilities of a Segway. Also, we’re not really looking for nostalgic, “good old days” articles.

 

3.    Write about what you know.

If you don’t know a lot about the subject, make sure you do your homework. Keep track of your sources as we may ask for them. Share your own knowledge and expertise or the knowledge of others.

 

4.    KISS.

Keep It Simple, Stupid. Write conversationally. Write like you’re talking to a good friend. We want our content to be very friendly and knowledgeable, not preachy. Sentences should be short. Use subheads to break up the content. Don’t write long paragraphs. And don’t do any formatting as it makes it hard to upload into our system.

 

5.    Check your spelling.

This is especially important with people’s names. Double and even triple check the spelling of people’s names and places. Proofread your submission several times to be sure that it’s accurate, grammatically correct and doesn’t contain obvious spelling errors.

 

6.    Keep it short.

An article shouldn’t be over 800 words. Shorter is better. Edit mercilessly and keep the content flowing so that it is easy to read.

 

7.    Link properly.

If you have any links in your article, format them as follows: Your link is here (http://www.linknamehere.com)

 

8.    Remove all the formatting.

Articles written in Word need to have all the formatting removed. Unfortunately, Word likes to create its own characters when dropped onto a website. 

 

9.    Create a compelling, catchy headline.

Remember that readers scan topics. Create a headline/title that draws them into your story. All headlines should be lowercase. Only proper nouns and the first word should be capitalized.

 

10.    Include an abstract.

Write a brief summary of your article’s content. It should be no longer than a sentence or two.

 

11.    Include an author biography.

Tell us a little about yourself. It doesn’t have to be fancy or long. In fact, it shouldn’t be too long. Basically, something like this:

Doug Jones is a freelance writer who specializes in writing articles on travel for seniors. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.


Submitting your article

 

1.    Format.

Your article should be in either .doc or .txt format.

 

2.    Email you submission to: editor@seniorinsider.com. Use the word “Submission” as the Subject.

In the body of the message, include your name, the title of the article and the abstract, which should be no more than 150 words.

Attach the submission and you’re good to go. We will review it and get back to you with an answer regarding its possible publication, need for revisions or rejection.


If you have any questions at all about this process, email the editor at editor@seniorinsider.com

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