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AuctionBytes.com AUTHOR GUIDELINES

About AuctionBytes-Update Newsletter

AuctionBytes-Update is a free twice-monthly email newsletter targeted towards experienced and new users of online auctions. AuctionBytes-Update is full of practical information for buyers and sellers written in an easy-to-read and entertaining style.

Articles

We are looking for stories to help people conduct online auctions more efficiently, both as buyers and sellers. Types of stories include:

  • How-to articles (i.e., chat forum etiquette, displaying your auction item, etc.)
  • Reviews of software, sites, services and more
  • Information about reference and research sources (books, Web sites, etc.)
  • Tips and tricks
  • Experiences with online auctions
  • Profiles of successful online users/auctioners
  • Issues affecting online users (i.e., policies and fees of online auction sites)
  • News about collectibles and online auction sites

Articles should be 100–500 words in length.

Collector's Corner Articles

Collector's Corner is a feature containing articles on collectibles with categories including Antiques, Coins, Stamps, Comics, Memorabilia, Porcelain/Pottery, Sports Collectibles, Toys, Games and Dolls. Certain sections are assigned to  "mini-editors" who regularly contribute to Collector's Corner. One-time contributors are welcome on all categories of collectibles.

Some ideas for coverage for Collector's Corner:

  • How-to techniques
  • Useful Web sites w/ short descriptions of each
  • Associations/clubs with contact info
  • Reference books/tools/magazines
  • Upcoming shows & conferences
  • Interesting facts & figures

You do not have to be a professional writer to contribute a story about collectibles. You must be knowledgeable about the topic about which you are writing, and you must regularly use online auctions.

Requirements & Payment

You need not be a professional writer to write for AuctionBytes-Update. But you do need to be an experienced online auction user. You must sign a contract. We pay a pre-negotiated fee for regular articles, $20 for stories about collectibles, and nothing for opinion pieces. Story ideas must be approved ahead of time. If you are a first-time writer to AuctionBytes-Update, there is no guarantee that a story you have written will be published. Each writer will get a byline: name, email address and an auction handle. If desired, a business name & URL could be included at editor's discretion. Your information will be added to our Authors page, found at http://www.auctionbytes.com/cab/authors.

How to Contact AuctionBytes.com

If you are interested in writing for AuctionBytes.com, please pitch the story idea to the editor along with your background. We require that you sign a contract before we publish anything. We pay only for stories that we have approved beforehand and only if the article is actually published in the newsletter. We will not pay for unsolicited articles. Send your story ideas to: ina@auctionbytes.com


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