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We want to make soSAILize more accessible to all members.

By sharing their sailing expertise, sailing specific knowledge, our Authors help make this possible.

If you want to help inspire hundreds of thousands of like-minded fans to get outside and sail, we want to hear from you!

Ask for Author Privileges by sending a direct-private message to HelpDesk profile, or by emailing to articles @ sosailize.net or by submitting the contact form.

 

 

So you want to write soSAILize Articles?

Our Authors are members of our community-network who want to share their knowledge on sailing through Articles section of soSAILize.

They are fans with a great writing voice, sailing bloggers, or just regular sailing lovers with unique stories to share.

 

How do I become an Author?

Ask for Author Privileges by sending a direct-private message to HelpDesk profile, or by emailing to articles @ sosailize.net or by submitting the contact form.

When your account is upgraded to "Author", show our community the amazing adventures in your home sailing area or feature a local sailaway. Teach our community how to do something and do it simpler (8 Steps To ..., 10 Tips For ..., 5 Tips For ...).

We also love anything related to Sea Environment, & for the Sailing Lifestyle.

If you find it interesting, there’s a good chance our Article Jury Commitee of Experts will too, and publish your article.

 

The Benefits:

As an Author, your soSAILize profile will be featured on our website, your work will reach hundreds of thousands of sailing enthusiasts every month, and you’ll receive free s$Lz points! We’ll also help you build your followers by linking your articles to your blog, personal website, or social media accounts.

Think you've got a great article idea?

Ask for Author Privileges by sending a direct-private message to HelpDesk profile, or by emailing to articles @ sosailize.net or by submitting the contact form.

 


 

Articles' Authors Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions. If you have something that's not answered here, feel free to reach out!

Can I re-post an existing article?

We ask that articles submitted be unique and original. We do not accept articles that have already been published or submitted elsewhere online (not even on your personal blog) or that you plan to distribute to other publications or websites. Also be sure to check our Articles section to make sure your article hasn’t already been published.

How do I get listed on your site as an Author?

Start by asking us for Authoring Privileges. Once you’ve had 2 pieces published, we’ll feature your profile on the website. Once you're featured, we’d love you keep sharing pieces with us on a regular basis and win sS$ points and have the rest of the Benefits!

Can you help me build my personal audience?

Since we do not compensate contributors for articles, we're more than happy to include a BY-line and your brief Biography containing links to your website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, which we will promote on Facebook and Twitter when your article is live in the Articles section. Please keep your biography to just 2-3 sentences. We know you are up to plenty of amazing things and want soSAILizers to be able to follow along.

How long until my article is published on the website?

We can assure you that we carefully read each submission that we receive. If your article has been accepted, we will respond and publish it within 2 days. If your article has not run within 1 week of submission, we have passed on that submission. You're always welcome to submit another idea! 

How long should my article be?

We prefer articles in the 200 to 700 word range. Don't hold us to that though, if you've got a compelling article, that's certainly not an issue.

What’s the tone you’re looking for?

Keep it positive. We all love sailing and want to share that excitement with soSAILizers. With that said, if you’ve got a witty tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, by all means, share it with us!

Any feedback on title ideas?

A great title has the potential to grab a reader’s attention and make them want to read your article.If you’re having a tough time coming up with one, ask yourself: What problem am I solving? or How would I explain this to a friend? 

Anything else I should know?

Each author is responsible for promoting their stories to their friends, family, and the internet world at large. Let’s help more people get sailing! By submitting to soSAILize, you acknowledge that you accept our terms and any form of editing that might occur on behalf of soSAILize editorial team. 

 

Think you've got a great article idea?

Ask for Author Privileges by sending a direct-private message to HelpDesk profile, or by emailing to articles @ sosailize.net or by submitting the contact form.

 


Style guidelines

  • No serial commas: "apples, oranges and bananas" -- not "apples, oranges, and bananas".
  • The dashes we use have double hyphens and spaces: The CEO -- whom the board tried to fire -- addressed the scandal. We don't use em dashes or, heaven forbid, hyphens for dashes.
  • Commas and periods go inside the end quote marks. ALWAYS.
  • No double spaces after periods. To repeat: NO DOUBLE SPACES AFTER SENTENCES.
  • Appropriate sourcing of quotes: This means that quotes should be attributed to a source, e.g.:
    • "Blah, blah, blah," Warren Buffett told me in an interview? -OR-
    • "Blah, blah, blah," Warren Buffett said in an interview with the New York Times.
  • Single quotes belong only around quotes within quotes and in headlines and subheads. NOWHERE ELSE.
  • Put in your own hyperlinks. Don't put URLs in parentheses and expect us to link them.
  • Use one-sentence paragraphs sparingly. Too many makes your piece clunky. Two to three sentences is an ideal paragraph length.
  • Percent is used as a word. Never use %, except in charts.
  • Subheads (copy that breaks up long chunks of text) should have the same, parallel format.
  • If the first head is a full sentence, they all should be. If one has a verb, they all should have a verb.
  • Don't use links in subheads. Use them only in your text.
  • Don't capitalize the words in subheads, after the first word.
  • Don't forget that women hold up half the sky. If you must use "he," also use "she." Get around this awkward construction, at least sometimes, by pluralizing your pronouns. Instead of "An employee has his job to do," make it "Employees have their jobs to do."
  • A company or organization or government agency is an "it," never a "they." For the possessive pronoun, when you refer to possession by a single person or company, use "its," not "their." Similarly, when you write about a company's web audience, mention "the audience's members" before saying "them." An audience is not a "them."
  • Be consistent: If you start with the pronoun "you," stick with it. Avoid mixing "we," "I," "he/she" and "you" all in the same article.
  • Be consistent, Part II: Stick with the same verb tense throughout. Remember that the present perfect tense ("That company has followed the same policy for years") expresses ongoing, habitual action.
  • Check for repetition of the same words, points and themes. 
  • Numbers under 10 are written out (unless appearing with the word "percent.") Numbers 10 or higher are written as numerals (unless they start a sentence). Years are always expressed with numerals. Use "more than" rather than "over" with numbers.
  • Check quotes with reliable sources. Brainyquote and unedited blogs are not reliable.
  • If you must use jargon, particularly abbreviations and acronyms nobody else knows, spell these out on the first reference (followed by the abbreviation in parentheses). Avoid "SMB" altogether. We don't like that one. In fact, we hate it.
  • Names: For the first reference, use the full name: Mark Zuckerberg. For subsequent references, use the last name only. Even if Mark Zuckerberg is your best friend, even if he was the best man at your wedding, don't call him "Mark" in copy.

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