5 Free Time-Saving Tools for Article Authors

by: Brandie King

You can save time and make your article writing and promotion easier by putting some very great tools to use. Below I’ve included 5 tools that can help you.

1. Article Formatter

If your articles aren’t properly formatted before being submitted they have a very high chance of getting rejected. Formatting your articles also shows respect for the publishers you are submitting to. The following tool will not only format your articles to any line length you desire, but give you a total count of characters, words, and lines. To format your articles very quickly, just visit http://www.fwointl.com/FWOFormatter.html

2. Tracking Software

As you start writing articles, and especially when you have been writing them for awhile, you will need a way to keep track of everything you’ve written. You can do this using a free program called Writer’s Database. Writer’s Database is a program that will keep track of everything you’ve written, potential publishers, submissions to those publishers, writing that hasn’t been submitted yet, and more. You can find it at http://www.ultima-thule.co.uk/ note: not writers database anymore. admin.

3. Text Converter

To make it simple to add your articles to your website you need a simple tool for converting them to HTML. Using such a tool will greatly reduce the time you spend getting your articles up on your site. You can find a free one at http://www.cyber-matrix.com/txt2html.html

4. SPAM Checker

Whether you submit your articles directly to publishers or to article directories, you can increase the chances of them being picked. Every time you write an article, run it through the checker at http://www.lyris.com/contentchecker. This will check your articles for things that have a probability of triggering SPAM filters. Once the check is finished, you get a detailed report that will show you what you need to change.

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5. Spell Checker

I know that this seems pretty obvious, but checking the spelling in your articles is a must. When you submit articles that are full of spelling errors you project a very unprofessional image and turn people away from what you have to offer. Tiny Spell is a free program that will allow you to check the spelling of words in any Windows application. Using these tools will not write your articles. That is completely up to you. But using them will dramatically decrease the time you have to spend writing your articles and getting them ready to submit.

About The Author

Brandie King is a writer and author who teaches other writers how to write, as well as promote, using articles. You can submit your articles free to her article directory. http://www.articlesubmission.com

This article was first posted on July 26, 2004

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5 Dynamite Ways to Generate Ideas for Parenting Articles

by: Terri Pilcher

The key to selling reprints to parenting publications is the creation of dynamite ideas followed through with professional writing. Here, I’m focusing only on finding those lucrative topics.

Most topics in regional parenting publications are straightforward: finance, parenting tips, health, sports, and education. The trick is to twist them in an unusual way.

1.If you’re a parent, what do you wish you knew about a topic? Write down questions that you have as you go through the day. When I was driving the other day, I complained to myself about bad teenage drivers. Then I wondered, “What can parents do to encourage good driving?” If you already know the answer to the question, it won’t make a good article unless you’re an expert on the subject.

2.Take a generic topic and make it seasonal. Choose a season about four months away, because the lead-time for parenting publications is 2 to 6 months. Four months from now is April. What happens in April (or would be published in April) that I can combine with a topic like health? In April, parenting publications start printing their summer guides to camps. What can parents do to make sure their children stay healthy at camp? What are the traits of a safe camp? Change to camping plus another topic like education or finance to create unique articles.

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3.Who do you know who has an unusual or remarkable story – something that affected children? What did the parents learn? Write an article using the anecdote as an introduction to the information you want to give. A great anecdote can sell a story.

4.Visit online parenting forums and read the questions people ask. Use some of these as a basis for your article ideas.

5.When you research a piece and talk to experts, look for what you don’t know. “Joe says insurance is important for families,” won’t make an article interesting. Too many people know that insurance is important. But a quote like, “Joe says disability insurance is the most neglected area of insurance, but it protects young families from the biggest threat to their security,” will make parents keep reading.

If you give editors timely articles that readers will want to read, you’ll sell your work over and over again.

About The Author

Terri Pilcher edits a FREE weekly e-zine for writers, “Writer’s Guidelines Magazine”, that provides 10 writer’s guidelines. She recently published “MONEY Markets 2005: 101 Publishers That Pay in 6 Weeks or Less”. Her website contains the writer’s guidelines for almost 200 parenting publications. http://www.powerpenmarketsearch.com.

This article was posted on February 09, 2005


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7 Ways to Get More Mileage from Your Free Reprint Articles

by: Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

Do you have old free reprint articles gathering dust? Transform and re-submit them to give your business, product or service another boost!

Here are 7 ways:

1. Transform your article.

You can transform your article in several ways:

– Give it a bullet or number format.
– Give it a Q and A format.
– Give it an anecdote format by adding your own experience.
– Give it a Problem-Solution format.
– Give it a short feature format by interspersing quotes from 2-3 people with information.

Do this and you’ll end up with many versions of your original article.

2. Create many titles for your article versions.

List possible titles for the article versions you develop. Mix and match the titles with the article versions.

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A symbol for list-class articles. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Give your article a different tone/style.

If your article is too serious, rewrite it and give it a lighter tone.

4. Focus your article on a specific audience.

If your article is too generalized, transform it into several articles aimed at specific types of readers.

For example, an article titled “Creative Online Marketing” can have these title variations:

– “Creative Online Marketing for Webmasters”
– “Creative Online Marketing for Small Business Owners”
– “Creative Online Marketing for Affiliates”
– “Creative Online Marketing for Auctioneers”

In the above example, 4 new article versions can be developed simply by being more specific with the target reader. Do this on your article, then simply do a minor edit of your original article by tailoring the content with specific article titles.

5. Expound on a sub-topic.

Go over an article and see if you can expound on a sub-topic, keyword or idea. Then develop that into a bulleted article.

6. Shorten your article.

Transform a 1500-word article into a 500-word one. The shorter, the better. In writing, one rule of thumb is: if you can get your point across in as fewer words as possible, do so.

7. Update your article.

An article you wrote 5 years ago may still be applicable today. Simply update the article to reflect current trends or new insights you’ve had on the topic since you wrote it.

And here are some places you can submit your new article versions:

Article lists:

– Article Announce (mailto:article_announce-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)
– Article Submission(mailto:articlesubmission-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)
– Free Content (mailto:free-content-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)
– Publisher Network (mailto:publisher_network-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)

Article Directories:

– 1st In Articles (http://1st-in-articles.com/)
– ArticleCity.com (http://articlecity.com/)
– ArticleHub.com (http://articlehub.com/)
– ArticleResponder.com (http://articleresponder.com/)
– EzineArticles.com (http://ezinearticles.com/)
– Family-Content.com (http://family-content.com/)
– GoArticles.com (http://goarticles.com/)
– IdeaMarketers.com (http://ideamarketers.com/)
– ValuableContent.com (http://valuablecontent.com/)

There you have it! 7 ways you can get more mileage from your old articles. Don’t let your old articles gather dust!

Copyright (c) 2004 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

About the author:
About the author: Shery is the developer of creative, motivating and fun e-mail courses for writers. Sign up and take an e-mail course today — free! — at http://WritingBliss.com She also created WriteSparks!(tm) – a software that generates over 10 *million* Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks!(tm) Lite for free at http://writesparks.com

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