This page is for writers who have been approved to contribute to OLM.
This is the login page:
That page will redirect to your user profile when you log in. When you submitted an article, you did so under an existing account that we created for submitting articles.When we approve an article for publication, we create a profile for you and transfer your information, and the account ownership of the article, to your new profile. You may want to edit or add information to your profile now. Please pay attention to how to add social media. Lots of contributors screw up their links by not reading the instructions.
How to Format Your Article
To post a new article, click on the Post button (on left) and choose Add New.
- Enter your title in the space for titles, but know that your title may be changed for SEO purposes. Write your title in title case. [The first and last word in a title are always capitalized. Do not capitalize articles (a, an, the), coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, for, nor), and prepositions unless they are the first or last word of the title.]
- Copy and paste your article into the space provided. Do not put your title in this space.
- Correct your basic formatting. Sometimes copying and pasting messes up paragraphing and spaces between paragraphs.
- All of your headers should be in title case. (See #1) Use the drop-down to size your headers. Use header 2 as your standard. Unless your article is very short, use headers. Thoughtful headers increase SEO and aid in readability.
- All paragraphs must be flush left.
- We use serial commas or Oxford commas. This means that you use a comma before a conjunction when you are listing a series. Example: John bought a hammer, nails, and screws at the hardware store.
- Do not use all caps or underlines for emphasis. Use italics or bold, but don’t overdo it.
- Do don’t usually accept writer’s use of links within the main body of an article. You may place a link or two in the final paragraph, but links within the article are usually removed.
- Do not link to your sources within the article. List your sources at the end of the article.
This is how you format sources.
Your header should be formatted as header 5. This selection can be made via the dropdown on the top left within the toolbar. Use a colon after the word.
If your source is a website, this is how you format the source. Please follow this format exactly.
Name of the article typed in italics – Site not in italics (Note the dash and the spaces in between.)
Make each a smart link. Format each link to open in a new tab. Example:
- Is Whole Foods Partnering with Monsanto? Here are the Facts – Live In the Now
- Senate Passes A GMO Labeling Bill That The Food Industry Likes – NPR
- S. GMO food labeling bill passes Senate – Reuters
If the source is not a website, simply list the article, pages, source, and author.
For most of our articles, we use one image. Few articles lend themselves to more. If you do not have an image, we will be happy to find one for your article. If you do submit one, we may choose not to use it, but we do appreciate it.
If you have an image you would like us to consider using, it must be your image or you must have the rights to publish it with us, or it must be one that is free to use. Please do not use anyone else’s work without permission. Please give credit when using someone else’s image from another website with permission.
WE WANT BIG WIDE IMAGES! Upload the largest image you have and set it as the featured image. If you decide more than one image is needed, the subsequent images do not have to be large, but we prefer them to be when possible.
Featured images should be at least 1250 pixels wide and at most 5000.
Click on the button that says, “Set featured image”. You can either drag and drop a picture or search for one on your computer using the select file button. Once the image has been processed into the media library, click on it, then hit the “set featured image” button on the bottom right side of the page.
When uploading an image to be used within the article, upload the image and then choose between the various sizes available when you insert the image.
If there is a video to accompany your article (such as a YouTube or Vimeo), type or paste the URL where you’d like the video to appear. WordPress will do the rest. When videos add to an article, they considerably boost its reach and engagement. If you wish to embed a video other than one that WordPress recognizes, you will need to slick on the “text” tab on the upper right of the post form, and paste the code where you want it. If you have a video that is not currently uploaded to a site, and would like to use it with an article, contact us.
If you have an article that centers around one video, you can also produce a featured image for the article from that video. Let us know if you’d like to do this.
Save the article as “Pending Review” and we will review it. If it is not ready yet, save it as a draft and come back to it. Drafts will be deleted periodically.
We will edit the article if we agree to publish it, but if this is your first article, fear not. It has already been accepted if you have been directed to this page by an acceptance email.
If an edit is significant, we may have you review the edited article prior to publishing.
You will be automatically notified by email when your article is published.
You should receive payment within 10 days after publication. If you do not, please email us.
We need your help! If you know how to market through social media, bonuses should be easy for you. If social media/marketing in not your strong suit, let us know and we can provide some tips and pointers.
For the best results, articles should be shared on social media immediately upon publication. To assist you in promoting your article though social media, let us know if there particular days and/or times of the day when you are not available to push your newly published article and we will try to accommodate you.
If you have any questions, please let us know via the email address you received your acceptance email from.