Share What You Know!
Do you have a fantastic recipe, a great shortcut for a difficult job, or timeless advice that you’d like to share? Now you can become part of our community of experts by contributing your own articles with instructions, tips, and/or advice on any subject. Submitting an article couldn’t be easier. Just follow the steps below.
Write Your Quick Guide Article
Here are a few guidelines for preparing your work.
- Give your article a good title. It should be short and sweet, but descriptive. For example:
- Making a Balloon Animal
- The Perfect Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
- Rebuild a Carburetor in Ten Easy Steps
- Write clear, concise directions in an easy-to-follow format (short paragraphs or a numbered or bulleted list, like this one).
- Add in any handy tips, shortcuts, or advice you have learned that might make the project go more smoothly.
- Articles should be no less than 250 but no more than 1000 words.
- Save your article as a Word document. (Don’t worry about formatting—we’ll do all of that for you.)
Snap Some Pics
It’s best to include at least one shot of your completed project, but if you want to send along a picture for each instructional step, that’s great, too. Here are the guidelines to follow:
- Make sure that the pictures are well lit and the action in them is easy to understand.
- Images should measure no more than 626 px wide. Resolution must be at least 72 dpi.
- Images may be submitted in .jpeg, .tif, .eps, or .pdf format.
- Do not embed images in your Word document. Save and submit all images separately.
- Save your images with clear file names that include part of the article name and a number that indicates the order in which the images are to appear. For example, if you have three jpeg images for your article “How to Make a Balloon Animal,” they should be named: Balloon Animal 1.jpg, Balloon Animal 2.jpg, Balloon Animal 3.jpg.
- Indicate in the text where the images should go, using the image’s file name. For example, type Insert Balloon Animal 1.jpg where the picture is to appear.
Now that you’ve got your material together, here’s how to submit it.