For slightly more than a year, I’ve had the privilege to be your Resident Editor. A title that means I’m responsible for the content and publication of the articles that you love to read in our article section found by clicking on the word “Articles” which is found at the top right area of your home page. It also means that I don’t get to put my two-cents’ worth in as much as I once did. I thought it might be a good time to provide some important information regarding the submittal of your articles.
The subjects I’ll touch on will include the following: 1) Our types of columns we offer for authors to be published under, 2) General guidelines for each author to follow with their submissions, 3) Our staff editors, and the help they offer to authors with the writings they submit, 4) Questions you might ask yourself in consideration of the message you want to drive home, and 5) My personal encouragement to you to start writing your articles for our Crossdresser Heaven readers!
You’ll notice that we have four columns that run and update when there are articles to post; General articles, Hodgepodge, Media Review, and Your Weekly Reset. Within those categories, I can find a place for most of your submissions; it’s really the reason I created the Hodgepodge column – to find someplace to fit those that are hard to place elsewhere.
I will always give each submission a fair look, but there are some general guidelines to follow in order to get published.
First; No sexual descriptions, depictions, or in-depth exploration… Think PG when you are writing. It’s okay to reference or use a broad approach when you are conveying something of importance. We get it.
Second; I read through many interesting submissions that have potential, but they fall short because of their length. I make exceptions, but you should do your best to submit at least 500-750 words in your narrative. Once they topple over 1000, I have to start cutting, make it two articles, or let it run. Personally, I don’t like doing two parts unless it’s a series. We have so many contributors that part 2 sometimes is more than a month away.
Third; The article part of our site is not for submitting questions, talking about what we wore to bed, a complete and detailed description of your Christmas outfit, short bursts about what exciting thing just happened, rants on other people’s posts, advertising for personal gain, and other issues that stretch the decency rule.
Fourth; What is accepted is the commonality that is us. When you submit an article for consideration, it is your personal way of contributing to the common good…so to speak. What happened to me that would help another? Who am I and how did I get here—where am I headed? What did I overcome that allowed me to experience more? What trials and tribulations have I been through that my actions could help someone else get through theirs or avoid a bad outcome? What am I good at? – (clothing, makeup, accessories, hair style, shopping, walking in 7″ heels – you get the point.) In simple terms; write an article that is your story, an inspiration that others would benefit by reading, or something helpful or creative.
Fifth; You don’t need to be magic word spinner to get published; it’s why our site has editors to help prepare your article for publication and success. (I could always use another editor…just saying…) Don’t be afraid to put your thoughts down and submit them. Trust me when I say that our staff has helped many of our article writers express the thoughts they have with the words that fit. I want to publish your submission; that is my ultimate goal each time I read them for the first time. If they have promise but fall short, I or my editors will give you some encouragement and suggestions on how to make it publishable.
Sixth; Our column or article categories: – I like to think of the General Articles as the introduction to who you are or what event (milestone) happened that you want others to know, and hopefully benefit by. Hodgepodge is for that collection of ideas that could range from How to, Where to go, What not to do, to personal reflections on things that affect us all. The Media Review is where our world is depicted in television, books, music, theater, poetry, movies, etc. At times, other points fit here, especially when aligned with the mentioned topics. And lastly, Your Weekly Reset is our reflection column. Here is where you can go deep and philosophical, if you choose. Its primary purpose is to be a positive influence and give all of us some much needed guidance and hope.
There you have it! Now…get busy and pen that thought, write your introduction, share your experience, inspire others, share your wisdom and insights, and add a little of yourself to our community!
Sabrina (Brina) MacTavish