Contributor Guidelines

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Please read these terms below before submitting any blog posts to us. By submitting blog posts for publication on the IdentityMagazine.com website or on any other site owned or operated by Identity Magazine (S&J Identity, Inc.), you agree that the terms set out below, which may be updated from time to time, apply to all blog posts that you submit to us, including your initial blog posts and any subsequent blog posts. If you do not agree to any of these terms, please don’t submit your posts.

HOW IT WORKS

You are independent. By submitting blog posts to us, you are an independent contractor, not an employee of S&J Identity, Inc. (Identity Magazine). You agree that you are not entitled to, and don’t expect any wages or compensation for the content that you submit. You also agree that by submitting blog posts to us you are not eligible for any employee benefit plans or programs. You must obtain and pay for your own computer, Internet access, third-party clearances and licenses and everything else you need to create and submit your blog posts to us. You cannot hold yourself out as our agent or representative or attempt to bind us to any obligations.

WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?

Identity Magazine provides a large, diverse audience (average 65,000 unique visitors, Female, 25-45 years old—Older Millennials, Moms, and Entrepreneurs) for you to share your personal experiences, views and express your unique opinions and ideas. You may use your blog to promote any of your other works and to build a fan base and readership within the Identity Magazine community. You will also have a bio, photo, and your social media links included at the end of the article.

POST ARTICLES WHEN YOU WANT

As an independent contractor, you are your own boss. You agree that you are not under the direction or control of Identity Magazine and have complete control over the manner and means by which you submit blog posts/articles for Identity Magazine. You can stop posting at any time. If you decide to post, you decide when, where and how often you write and submit it. We have control over the run date/when we can fit it into our calendar.

SUBMIT PROPER ARTICLES

You represent to us that any articles, photos and any other content you submit (1) is your original content or properly licensed content that you have the express right and permission to license to us, (2) does not infringe or violate any law, rule or regulation or the rights or intellectual property rights of any person or entity (or encourage anyone else to do so), (3) is not objectionable, inaccurate or inflammatory; and (4) is not obscene, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, (5) is not an advertisement or solicitation of business or contributions; or (6) is not otherwise against the interests of Identity Magazine or our users as a whole. We have the right (but not the obligation) to remove any or all of your blog posts that fail to comply with the foregoing, or for any other reason, without notice to you.

Disclosure: In an effort to be as transparent with our readers as possible, Identity contributors should disclose any financial conflicts of interest related to the issue they are writing about. If a contributor receives payment or income from a company, organization, group, or individual with a financial stake in the issue he/she is weighing in on, that information should be disclosed at the bottom of the applicable blog post. Moreover, bloggers should not submit posts that include links that are paid for in whole or in part by marketing firms.

WE DO NOT EDIT YOUR ARTICLE AND ONLY PUBLISH THOSE ARTICLES THAT MEET ALL GUIDELINES AND ARE PROPERLY INSERTED. YOU MUST FILL OUT TITLE, IDENTITY 5 AND KEYWORDS.

IF YOU ARE A NEW CONTRIBUTOR WE NEED: PHOTO, BIO AND ALL SOCIAL MEDIA URL’S FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTING PROFILE AND EXPSOURE

EDIT YOUR ARTICLE

If your post contains a factual error, you must correct it. If you make substantive changes (including error corrections) after your blog post has been published, you must note this at the bottom of your post. This includes matters of fact, but not changes to spelling, grammar or style or minor editorial corrections. However, in the interest of transparency, you should note to readers that an earlier version of the post had an error that was since corrected. Note: if a correction/retraction is due to a legal complaint of defamation, then the correction/retraction must be posted in as prominent a location as the defamatory content.

THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES

Identity Magazine provides an outlet for your experiences, ideas and expressions, but is made available to you “as is” without guarantee of any results based upon the publication of your blog post, is subject to changes and could temporarily or permanently be suspended without notice to you, and without guarantee that it will operate free of errors, viruses, bugs or service breakdowns. We do not guarantee that your participation will fulfill any requirements you expect from the program.

You own your submissions, but we can still use them and promote them anytime. You own the copyright to your submitted content and you can post it anywhere else you wish. However, by submitting any content to Identity Magazine (including text, videos, photographs or audio materials), you grant S&J Identity, Inc (Identity Magazine) a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual license to exercise all rights under copyright law with respect to such content, which Identity Magazine may use, publish and distribute (along with your name and identifying features) on their websites and other properties and those of their affiliates and business partners, as well as for marketing and promotional purposes, online or offline, in any medium and mode of delivery. (Basically, we you have rights, we also get to promote it as often and wherever we like.  If we choose to publish it within one of our hardcopy prints, you will be contacted, but we have the right to do so.

LIABILITY

If you violate any of the terms, or we receive an inquiry or complaint about your post, you agree that you are responsible, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Identity Magazine for all resulting claims and liabilities.

ARTICLES MUST INCLUDE:

1. AUTHOR PHOTO

2. AUTHOR BIO

3. AUTHOR EMAIL

4. YOUR ANSWERS TO THE IDENTITY 5

Every article you contribute must include your answers to the Identity 5.  They must change each time as well—you wouldn’t want your follower to read the same answers.  As contributors, answering the Identity 5 makes us human and vulnerable, which helps the reader connect, resonate and feel validated. The Identity 5 is what brands Identity Magazine.  When you answer these questions, you can answer them based off the article you are submitting OR answer them on what comes to mind at that very moment.  Most answer according to the article topic to help add value and complete/close the article.

COPY AND PASTE THE BELOW QUESTIONS INTO YOUR POST FOR YOUR TEMPLATE AT THE END OF YOUR ARTICLE:

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth—we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

STYLE

This is the style guide we’ll use when we edit your posts. Please feel free to follow this style guide yourself to help get your posts up faster.

LENGTH

· 500 to 1000 words

Our most effective posts fall in the 500 to 1000 range; greater length may be too long to hold a reader’s attention.

If your post is especially long, it may take us longer to get to it, or we may tell you that it is not right for us.

HOW TO TITLE YOUR POST

· This Is a Sample Title for Identity Magazine From the Editors

Capitalize the first letter of every word, except for articles and prepositions three letters or less (so “From” is capitalized, but “for” is not; “Is” always gets capitalized)

Clear, descriptive titles work better than cute or punny ones. What would you enter into Google if you were trying to find this article? That’s usually the best way to start your title.

Please no all-caps, but if you want to emphasize a word, add italics with this HTML code: [Insert important word]

Italics vs. Quotes

Please Italicize:

book titles
movie titles
newspaper titles (after “the”)
magazine titles
television show names
play titles

Please put in quotes:

book chapters
newspaper articles
magazine articles
tv episodes
poems

ADDING KEYWORDS

In the Tags field, enter relevant keywords, separated by commas, to describe your posts. Keywords helps us promote your writing on the site and in search engines.

Add topics and ideas referenced in the post, e.g. “Election 08”, “Iraq”, “Health”

Proper names, places, and things work great — people search for nouns more than verbs

Think like a Google searcher — what would you enter into Google if you were trying to find this article? That is usually a good tag to use.

For disambiguation purposes, a number next to frequently used keywords will appear when you begin entering the first few letters of the keyword — please opt for the more frequently used tag.

ADDING IMAGES

Images should be .jpg files, a minimum of 400 pixels wide, and must either be used under a Creative Commons license or be submitted by the blogger in good faith, with express permission from the proprietor of the image for it to be republished. You must list the source/credit underneath the image in the post or we may have to remove it before publication. To add an image:

  1. Save the image to your desktop in a web-friendly resolution (i.e. mid-low resolution) as a .jpg file
  2. Click “Add Media” to add image within your article.
  3. Select the image you have just saved to your desktop.
  4. Click “Upload.”

HELPFUL RESOURCES

30+ Ultimate Headline Formulas
https://blog.bufferapp.com/headline-formulas

Headline Analyzer

STOCK PHOTO WEBSITES:

istockphoto.com
Freedigitalphotos.net

$1 Dollar Photos
https://www.dollarphotoclub.com/

Stock Images: Cheat Sheet
http://firstsiteguide.com/stock-images-cheat-sheet/

TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE, E-MAIL: EDITOR@IDENTITYMAGAZINE.NET