Submitting Articles for Online Publication

Writing for online magazines is somewhat similar to print journalism, particularly the inverted pyramid format. Also, as in print publishing, it is essential that you should be an avid reader of your magazine before becoming one of its writers. Going through recent articles of the magazine can provide you invaluable tips regarding the expectations of the editors and readers. Another way to analyze the readers of a magazine is through its advertisers. Many online magazines contain ads at the top or the sides of their page. The types of ads that are displayed there throw light on the demographics and psychographics of the target audience.

Browsing various sites will eventually make you familiar with the electronic magazines that might be a good choice for your article. In many sites, there is a link ‘About Us’, which gives information about the editorial angle, audience, and article submission requirements. In order to be on safer grounds, it is always beneficial to email the editor to present your idea and to determine the fee (if applicable), deadlines, and other relevant issues.

With regard to style, online articles are written in a more casual style than print publications. Online articles tend to be a mix of different genres and styles and allow more experimentation in word choice compared to print publications. Also, they should contain shorter sentences and paragraphs because of the restrictions of the screen-based interface. To sum it up, electronic articles have an economy of style in addition to attention-grabbing punches, which is not often expected for print publications.

Audience Considerations

It is important to consider the audience and your purpose while choosing your style of writing. If you are writing for complete outsiders or novices, then your text should include definitions and detailed explanations. If writing on delicate or controversial issues, then make sure your content is not loaded with any offensive connotations. Sometimes, it is not possible to quantify a situation precisely. In this case, use means or averages.

While reading others writings, analyze and understand the texts that flatter or offend you and accordingly, use these insights in your own writing. If your audience includes the general public, then take special care about the visual aspect of the document. Research on audience response shows that people tend to read those articles that are not cluttered. So make sure your document is presented neatly without any over-crowding of words. In all cases, choose a style which supports your purpose and which makes reading understandable for your targeted audience.