Here’s The Buzz, Writers
The editors at HoneyColony are always looking for reliable and talented correspondents with an interest in writing cutting-edge health articles and blogs. Review our website, see what we do, and how we do it. Then contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with writing samples. We have assignments. We also consider original articles, but it’s best to contact us first before submitting.
These are the sorts of articles we are looking for:
- Investigative newsy stories that feature original sources and a lot of well-researched, useful information. See Gut Check: H.Pylori, Stomach Havoc, And How To Fight Back.
- Listicles such as 10 Reasons You Need To Incorporate Moringa Into Your Morning.
- Curated stories that take information that has appeared elsewhere. Writers then add original content/commentary, infographic, videos, etc. A curated piece is different from an investigative piece in that you don’t have to use primary sources only. You may link to facts and commentary on other reputable sites with proper attribution and your added commentary. Read our zika story. And here’s an excellent article about curated stories.
- Buzzworthy Blogs that feature your personal tales of transformation, interesting life experiences, and op-eds on an array of topics — local and national legislation, headline news, social activism, and trends related to food, diet, water, air, mental health, wellness, disease, travel, and our changing world. We want provocative irreverent voices.
Feel free to contribute a relevant story, essay, or article that will inspire us. Or make us think twice. We’d love to hear what’s on your mind. Authors, artists, and documentarians with relevant content are invited to submit as well. Healthy homemade recipes are also welcome!
*Stories are approximately 800 to 1400 words
Basics (Read Carefully)
- First thing, signup and create a HoneyColony Profile: Sign up as a new member so we can link your blog post to your profile. Be sure to use your name as the username because your username will show up as your byline. Let us know what your username is when you contact us.
- When you reach out to us DO NOT FORGET to email a short bio and a high-res SQUARE head shot, and include your HoneyColony profile link. You can use this free tool to make sure your head shot is square and not just rectangular. In your bio it’s OK to include links back to your own website or social media handle.
- Submission Format: Send approved assignments or Buzzworthy Blogs in a word document like Microsoft Word or Google Docs.
- Spacing: Double.
- Paragraphs: Flush left.
- Title: Please write the title of your article in the subject line or file name.
- Hyperlinks: Include in parenthesis.
- Please write an excerpt that is provocative
- We encourage you to include a cool infographic or embedded video.
Part One: Article Editing
HoneyColony editors edit in Google Docs. Once an article is in the editing process, writers are not to rewrite material changed by HoneyColony’s editors. If you have concerns or want to suggest changes, please contact the editor working on your story. Writers will have an opportunity to accept or reject editorial changes and address comments/suggestions.
Part Two: Style
All articles on HoneyColony must adhere (mostly) to The Associated Press Stylebook. A quality and succinct reference can be found here. One glaring exception: At HoneyColony, we use italics for titles of books, poems, plays, films, speeches, songs, works of art, subjects or lectures, magazine articles, newspapers and magazines. Also, we use the serial comma, unlike AP Style. Best way to get a feel for HoneyColony copy is to read our previously published articles.
Here’s a look at some common issues regarding numbers, punctuation, and capitalization:
- Use figures for all numbers above nine; spell out all numbers under 10.
- Use figures for ages, sums of money, time of day, percentages, house numerals, years, days of month, degrees of temperature, proportions, votes, scores, speeds, time of races, dimensions and serial numbers.
- Spell out numbers, no matter how large, when they begin sentences except when a sentence starts with a year.
- You always want to write out the word “percent” instead of using %.
- Always use the $ symbol instead of writing out the word “dollar.”
- Use 21 million instead of 21,000,000. Also: $39 million, $22.5 billion.
- Fractions standing alone are spelled out: One-fourth of the students.
- Put the period inside brackets or parentheses when a complete sentence is enclosed in the brackets or parentheses.
- When the parenthetical expression forms only a part of the sentence, put the period outside the bracket or parenthesis. The day was too cold for football (or skiing).
- Use curly quotation symbols, not the straight ones that look like this: ” “
- Always put the period and comma inside quotation marks. Put other punctuation marks inside when they are part of the quoted material.
- Use figures and spell out inches, feet, yards etc. However, use apostrophes (5’6”) to indicate inches and feet in technical contexts.
- We only use one space between sentences.
- Capitalize titles preceding and attached to a name, but use lowercase if the title follows a name or stands by itself. Long titles should follow the name.
- Capitalize every word in your headline. When creating subtitles, please also capitalize.
- Capitalize specific regions, but not the points of the compass.
- Capitalize common nouns and their distinguishing modifiers in names of associations, societies, companies, streets, etc.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
If we provide you with a keyword phrase for your article please:
- Include it in the title
- Include it in the first paragraph of the article
- Include it in at least one subhead
- Include it in the text as often as possible in an organic way
Part Three: Sourcing
We like sources. This is an important part of reporting. We are not into Cosmo fluffy bs stories. Include sources in your copy. You should always identify the source of the information you are reporting. Furthermore, if you can find the source online, include it as a hyperlink in your text. For example:
“The drought seizing the United States from coast to coast has not been this bad in a generation, according to new data unveiled today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”
IMPORTANT: When adding a hyperlink, make sure to check the box that says “Open link in a new window.” This way, when a user clicks a link, they will not be taken away from Honeycolony.com. We want to include as many hyperlinks in our articles as possible – not only linking to sources and data, but linking to products within HoneyColony as well!
When approaching a source, if you need to describe HoneyColony please use this following blurb:
HoneyColony is a cutting-edge online magazine and e-commerce site promoting health through community-curated wisdom. Our innovative cross-section of social media, reporting, and e-commerce allows eco-conscious people to learn from each other and the nation’s top nutritional experts. The idea is to empower members to share knowledge and create social change across all spectrum’s of health and sustainability.
HoneyColony was created by Maryam Henein, a journalist and director of the acclaimed-documentary Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page. Check out our animated video that outlines HoneyColony in 75 seconds.
Part Four: General Writing Tips
- Start strong. Read — and understand — your source copy.
- Think before you write.
- Write the way you talk.
- Write simply.
- Limit a sentence to one idea.
- Use familiar words in familiar combinations.
- Humanize your copy, especially when writing about health-related topics. Make it readable. Use active voice. Example: Thomas ate the taco-NOT-The taco was eaten by Thomas. Avoid a first sentence whose main verb is any form of to be.
- Avoid a first sentence whose main verb is may, could, seems.
- Use present tense verbs where appropriate.
- Put your sentences in a positive form.
- Avoid unnecessary modifiers.
- Use contractions sparingly. They often denote inappropriate informality.
- Omit needless words. (If it’s not necessary to leave a word in, leave it out.)
- Don’t parrot source copy as in cut and paste.
- Don’t raise questions you don’t answer.
- Read your copy aloud. If it sounds like writing, rewrite it. The art of writing lies in rewriting what you’ve already rewritten.
Part Five: Payment
$25 for listicles (700-1000 words)
$35 for curated stories (800-1200 words)
$50 for featured, deeper researched stories.
Please invoice for each individual piece, as soon as it’s been published. Send your invoice to email@example.com in the form of a PDF. If you don’t send your invoice, payment will be delayed. Invoices should include the article title and publish date, assigned rate, date of invoice, mailing address, and an invoice number.
We reserve the right to reject your submission if you fail to read and adhere to the guidelines. For instance, a SQAURE image means that we do not want a RECTANGLE. Please follow our directions.