Article Guidelines for Guest Contributors

We’re excited that you want to contribute an article to Thriveworks.com! Having articles published on our blog can be a great way to share your experience and expertise with others, and can also could help to grow your own personal reputation or brand. Whether you’re interested in writing a single article, or are hoping to write for Thriveworks on a regular basis, below are a few basic quality guidelines.

Unique:

For starters, your article should be unique, which means that (1) it hasn’t been posted anywhere else on the internet, and that (2) it provides information, or a slant on a topic, that isn’t already commonly available in other places.

As an example, here are some article titles:

Bad: The 5 symptoms of depression
Better: 5 ways to Identify depression in kids
Best: 5 ways to identify depression in autistic kids, and how to help

Valuable:

The article should provide a great deal of value to the reader, so much so that the reader will be glad he/she took the time to read it, and will want to reference it again or even share it with others.

Don’t Bury the Lead:

When naming your article, let the title tell the reader what they’re going to find. Elusive titles get passed over because people don’t trust that the article will give them value.

For example:

Bad: The relationship struggle is real
Better: Do this to prevent an affair
Best: You’re more likely to get divorced if your friends are, new study finds

Grammar and Syntax:

The article should have a thesis and flow that make sense. Also, your writing should be excellent. Mind common errors that include run-on sentences, bouncing from 3rd person to 2nd person, and typos.

Length:

With rare exceptions, articles should be at least 500 words. Longer pieces (1000+ words) can be excellent, but often benefit from some bulleted lists and section headings, to help readers digest the material.

Reference Sources and Authoritative Links:

Please cite relevant and authoritative sources where appropriate. For example, if you write an article entitled, “Identifying Depression in Autistic Children,” you’ll probably want to reference some sources to backup your info. Adding in a few links isn’t just allowed, it’s encouraged when the sources add value to the article!


Terms of Use (& Community Etiquette)

This policy governs the relationship between you and Thriveworks (hereafter sometimes referred to as “Thriveworks,” “us,” or “our”). This policy covers the areas of the site in which the community participates including the Thriveworks Blog and other pages that allow user comments.

Incorrect or Defamatory Content

You may not use our site for personal attacks, defamation, harassment, spam, or any illegal activities. Any material you post or works you create on the site (hereafter “Content”) may not be illegal, obscene, defamatory, threatening, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious. We reserve the right to delete any Content posted, without notice to you.

Content Ownership

By posting or contributing Content (including blog comments), you are granting Thriveworks a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, and worldwide license to use your Content, including, without limitation, the rights to copy, distribute, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, reproduce, edit, translate, reformat, and/or incorporate the Content into a collective work.

Account Responsibility & Misrepresentation

You are responsible for all Content posted and activity that occurs under your name, even if Content is posted by others who have access to your account. Also, you shall not misrepresent yourself or take on the identity of someone else. If you feel that someone has misrepresented your identity on the site, please contact us and we’ll look into it straightaway.

Promotional Content

Promoting a business, product, or service is permitted if the promotional content is relevant to the community discussion. This determination is entirely at Thriveworks’ discretion. Please disclose any commercial relationship you have with any business promoted business, product, or service you review or recommend.

Content Disclaimer

Thriveworks provides information, advice, and content based on our personal and professional experience. This content is, by-and-large, opinion, although we do our best to limit false or misleading information. Our content is not medical advice and does not replace or substitite a physician-patient relationship in any way. The Thriveworks Blog is comprised of content from multiple authors; some are employees of Thriveworks and others are guest contributors or community members. If you have concerns, comments, or problems with any of the material you find on the Thriveworks Blog or our site, please contact us.

That’s it! Thanks for reading!

Questions about submitting your first guest article? Please feel free to contact us!