Writers' Guidelines


Who We Are

The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications dedicated to "Living Better...for Less". The goal is to provide readers with ways to help them save time and money. Occasionally we will also include material on ways to make money at home.

The monthly print version of the newsletter made it's debut in January 1998. We offer it with different covers and lengths for use by private organizations. So, in effect we're creating more than one newsletter with the same content. Our online newsletters go out weekly with a circulation of 200,000. Our web site serves over 1 million page views each month. Our index pages are updated daily, but most articles are featured (i.e. linked from the index page) for 7 days.

In addition we promote articles on Facebook, Twitter (@dollarstretch), and other social media to increase exposure.

The site is crawled regularly by the search engines and nearly half of our traffic comes from search. So any original content could draw search engine attention.

Avoiding 'infomercial' appearance:

We find that our readers are quicker to respond to articles that provide them with helpful information within the body of the article. They also appreciate that we don't run articles with lots of self-serving links within the body of the article.

Promoting your site/book/etc: We understand that your goal is to promote your work. And, we want to help. But we are unable to link to sites that are primarily for the purpose of selling a product or service. We're only able to link to sites that are informational.

As to the links, we find that a resource box at the end of the article is the best way to do that. We can run a paragraph that describes the author and the site or book. Naturally we can link to it using whatever anchor text works for you.

Compensation

Monthly Print Version. Payment is at the rate of $0.10 per published word. Payment is made at the time of acceptance and will be sent to the address provided. Payment will be by check in US$. At present we are only able to pay for material that appears in the monthly hardcopy version of the newsletter.

Online Version & Website. We are able to pay for some guest posts where the author does not want links back to their site/book.

Rights

Monthly Print Version. We are purchasing all rights. Acceptance will allow us to use your article in any or all of our publications or to make it available to other publications.

Online Version & Website. We are obtaining the one time rights to include a story in the online newsletter and website. No further rights are implied. Any inquiries on usage are referred back to the author. In some cases we'll negotiate permanent online or print rights.

Writer's Qualifications

You need not be a professional in the area being discussed. But you must be knowledgeable. Knowledge is more important than literary skill. Personal, hands-on, experience is valued. Unpublished authors are welcome. We do, however, favor authors who have a Google+ author's page.

Article Length

We are interested in articles up to 800 words in length. The majority of articles that will be used will be in the 500 to 700 word range.

Strongly Advised

While we appreciate and often run articles based on personal experience, we prefer to have an expert comment on the article subject. You may be the expert on certain subjects and we'd include your qualifications in a biography that would run with the article. If you are not the expert, please consider finding one to provide a quote or two on the subject. Many experts are willing to provide a quote as long as their book or website is mentioned.

Type of Material Used

- how to articles based on personal or professional experience
- time and space saving techniques
- creative ways to save on food, housing, auto and clothing
- stage-of-life material for babies, children, teens, college students, singles, couples, the divorced, single parents, empty nesters and retirees.
- Material targeting different levels of experience with frugal living is welcome. We are looking for articles for the newcomer as well as the experienced tightwad.
- Material on dealing with non-frugal partner, children or significant others

Interviews

We are also interested in interviews with people who have successfully found ways to save time and money. An emphasis is put on those who have found new and creative ways to accomplish the frugal lifestyle and who can share ideas that can be imitated by our readers.

Your Article

The article should be submitted either in the body of an email or as an attachment in ASCII text file format or Word .doc format. If you're mailing your submission please include a CD with the article. Our typist is too busy already! Please make sure that your email and postal addresses, as well as your daytime phone number, are included in the email or on the disk label. Please include a brief one or two sentence bio statement with your text, and any title suggestions that you may have.
If your article includes resources, please make sure that you provide the necessary addresses and phone numbers. And that they are correct!
Please make sure that your lead 'hooks' the reader. In a newsletter dedicated to saving time and money our readers are very quick to skip to the next article.

How to Submit

- email to editor@stretcher.com. Please indicate hardcopy or online submission in the subject of the email. We need to know whether you expect payment for the article. Neither one of us would be happy if your work was used without payment!
- by mail to The Dollar Stretcher, PO Box 14160, Bradenton FL 34280.

A Final Note

As you would expect, the monthly print version has limited space. We can be much more generous in the online and web versions. Since the online version is a weekly, we'll use about 7 times more material online than in the print version. But, remember that we're not able to pay for that material except to get your work displayed before a sizeable audience. Please mark your submission "Print Version" or "Online Version". If a submission is not marked we will need to go back to you before we can begin to review it.

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