Author Guidelines

Thanks for your interest in writing a guest article, or writing on a regular basis for Hub Designs Magazine.

To help with your writing, to increase the chances of our being able to use your article, and to help us get your article ready for publishing, we’ve put together a few guidelines and suggestions for you below.

In short, before you send us your submission, please make sure it:

  1. conveys quality, practical information, advice or opinion, presented with Hub Designs Magazine readers in mind
  2. is able to be used exclusively at the Hub Designs Magazine
  3. includes all the information—links, link text, reusable images, etc.—you want the published version of your article to include
  4. infringes no copyright laws, either in terms of text or images
  5. includes a headline, body text, your byline, and an image.

Topics

Articles work best on the Hub Designs Magazine that are relevant to our overall topics—master data management (MDM) and data governance. Of course there’s a lot of “wiggle room” within this overall topic. Anything that helps business or technology people understand master data and its governance will be helpful for our readers.

Hub Designs Magazine readers love practical tips and how-to’s. Give our readers information they can apply to their projects immediately, and you’ll be popular here.

Topics in which we’re particularly interested right now include (but aren’t limited to):

  • multidomain MDM
  • MDM and data governance technology market
  • predictions for 2011
  • data integration best practices
  • master data management best practices
  • differences between different implementation styles of MDM hubs
  • unbiased perspectives on individual MDM or data governance products

Voice

Some guest authors worry about what voice or style to use. Ultimately, this is up to you. We encourage you to bring your own voice to your article.

Formatting and Markup

Feel free to submit your content in Word or plain text format. It’d be great if you could also follow these points in preparing your article for us.

  • Please don’t use bold font in your article’s prose.
  • Subheadings: wrap any subheadings in <h2> tags, or simply bold them so they stand out.
  • Links: if you want to mark up a link and link text using HTML, by all means do so. Otherwise, include the URL in brackets within the prose, immediately after the text you’d like to use as the link.

Please do include everything you want to be included with your article in your submission. If you want to include links, paste them in the spot where you want them to go. If you want to use particular link text, tell us. If you want to include a specific image, send it in (see below for more on this). Don’t assume we’ll know what information you want, and where: tell us clearly.

A Note on Links to Your Blog…

If it’s relevant to the topic you’re writing about, you’re welcome to link back to your blog within the article. Keep in mind that this relevancy is extremely important. If we feel your article includes too many links back to your own blog, we may remove them, or reject the article. We don’t mind promoting you, but subtlety works best. A high-quality, helpful article will get people checking out who you are more effectively than will lots of spurious links back to your blog.

Images

We love to include images in articles. As the theme here is fairly text-oriented, images add personality, break up content and grab attention. We find that articles with at least one good image gain more attention than articles that lack images. A few suggestions:

  • Images can be of any size, but the maximum width is 594 pixels.
  • It’s up to you to ensure that the images you submit are able to be reused in terms of copyright.
  • Images can be illustrative (screenshots), descriptive (something that’s more attention-grabbing on the theme of the article), or anything else that you’d like to include.

Feel free to either submit images as separate files in your email, or send us a link to the location on your own server where we can download the image. We’ll then grab the image and host it on the Hub Designs Magazine server. Please don’t submit images by pasting them into your document.

Article Length

Your article should be as long as you need it to be in order to convey your message. We publish articles that vary greatly in length. Anything goes—length isn’t a factor, but quality is. Stick with your own style and voice, and choose the right length for your article.

Editing

All articles that appear on the Hub Designs Magazine are edited. We rarely edit them heavily, but we will change titles, rework openings or conclusions, or correct grammar and spelling.

Don’t be offended by this—we’re just trying to make every article we publish as successful as possible. We also know what generally works well with the Hub Designs Magazine audience.

Occasionally, we’ll send an article back to you with suggested additions, omissions, or changes. This generally suggests we feel the article could be further enhanced in ways that go beyond basic editing.

Our hope is that we get an article that hits the mark with the readership—that’s good for you as the author, good for our readership, and good for the Hub Designs Magazine as a whole.

Byline

You’ve worked to give us great content, so let us help you promote you. We want to highlight you, your blog, or any product or service that you have to offer. This is largely done in your byline.

Bylines should be a sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do. Feel free to include up to two links in it. Some guests include a link to an RSS feed here, which can convert well. Your byline will appear at the bottom of your article, but we’ll also write a short introductory sentence that will include your main link, and will appear at the top of the article.

Exclusivity

Unless previously negotiated, we ask that the articles you submit to us are written exclusively for use by the Hub Designs Magazine. While you’re more than welcome to write on the same topic elsewhere, our policy is that articles appearing in the Hub Designs Magazine shouldn’t appear in the same form elsewhere.

Finally, because we get pitched a fair number of guest articles, we’re not able to use everything that’s submitted. We may decline to use your article because of overall quality, the relevance of your topic, because we have more than we can use, or because we’ve published a number of articles on the topic recently.

We may also decline to use your article if it covers information we’ve already covered on the site. We’re really looking for guest articles that present new ideas, fresh perspectives, and innovative approaches. We like to present readers with ideas that we haven’t seen elsewhere.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to contact us with your article, please contact us via our contact form or visit http://www.hubdesigns.com/contact_us.html.

Thanks for your interest in being part of the Hub Designs Blog!

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