Writers' Guidelines


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Editor's Note: If you are coming over to Stretcher.com from this YouTube video, please click here for more information.

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 bi-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.

What We're Looking For

We're looking for specific ways to help people save time and money. In depth articles with practical ideas that people can employ to help them stretch their dollars.

We do not want another submission on "8 ways to save on groceries." Rather query us with "8 ways to save on ground beef" or "8 ways to reduce the cost of veggies." We prefer articles that include relevant quotes from experts in the field being discussed or statistics that can help the reader know more about the topic.

Query First

Please query your article idea before submitting it. We have over 10,000 articles on the site. There's a good chance that we've already published your idea and wouldn't be interested in revisiting it unless there were something new about your concept.

Guest Posts

Yes, we are open to guest posts. But only under certain conditions.

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 an author's biography or resources paragraph 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.

Please query us with your idea before submitting a guest post. It will be helpful if you'd include the URL that you'll want to link to.

Sponsored Posts

We have ceased offering paid guest or sponsored posts.

Compensation

Monthly Print Version. Payment is at the rate of $0.10 per published word. Payment is made after the initial editing of the article. We do that so that we know the exact word count of the article. Typically we'll send a check or credit writer's paypal account approximately two weeks after acceptance and will be sent to the address provided. Payment will be by check in US$ or via Paypal. At present we are only able to pay for material that appears in the monthly print version of the newsletter.

Rights

For paid articles we are buying all rights. For articles provided to us without charge, we are obtaining 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

While we appreciate and occasionally 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. Please do not use a quote that's found online. We want original quotes. We also like to see statistics that are relevant to the subject.

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.

Type of Material Used

- how to articles
- 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 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 .txt .doc or .docx format. Please do not mail us a submission.
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 (at) stretcher.com. Please indicate whether you're submitting for the printed version or for the website 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 you expected payment and your work was used without it!

A Final Note

As you would expect, the bi-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 14 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.

If You Found Us Via YouTube

Sorry to disappoint you, but this video is BS and not true. I am the editor of The Dollar Stretcher.com. We do pay $0.10 per word for a published articles. But we will NOT BUY material that's repurposed from fivrr.com. We are looking for authors who are experts in their field. For instance, auto salespeople writing about buying an auto. Certified Financial Planners writing about investing. Not what can be bought on fivrr.com. So please don't waste your time and our's by submitting anything that you buy from fivrr or that doesn't include relevant statistics and/or quotes from experts in that field. Oh and let YouTube know that this video is a LIE.

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