Yes, I mean you. That is why you are here, correct?
If you have an idea which fits our community we certainly want you to share it. While we focus on starting a business while on active duty we also cover many other aspects of military life, pick a topic and impress us.
Just aim for a new perspective on a topic that keeps you up at night.
We’ll be honest, though: we do not accept sloppy work. Your post must be high quality and we’ll push you to get there. Once accepted, you’ll get extensive feedback and work closely with an editor if revisions are required.
Posting has rewards. Many of your peers may read and be impressed by your work! You will also learn a lot in the process about communicating your ideas and writing. You might even learn more about your own topic.
What we’re looking for;
1. Smooth copy ready to publish. 😉
2. A rough, but complete, draft.
3. A partial draft with an outline and why our readers need the information.
All copy must be original, nothing published elsewhere (not even your personal blog) is acceptable.
We only accept posts, all else sent to the bit bucket.
Before you submit, look at our recent articles for insight into structuring and formatting your piece. Also make sure your submission:
Is clear and flows from start to finish, not just random thoughts. Has a voice, be bold, interesting and human. Is written for your peers, no Shakespearian master pieces. Fact-check and cite sources where appropriate.
Follow our post recipe as outlined below.
Title: If your subject give it a title, one from our list below use its title.
Lead In: 2-3 Sentences which give the reader confidence you are covering the subject in the title.
Answer: Restate the post question or main point then directly address it. In either a short paragraph, a list or table answer the question or present your data. This should be formatted as if writing for an encyclopedia.
Read On: 1-3 sentences to convince the reader you have more to share.
Subhead 1: Format as an H2 – Detailed info on main topic
Detailed Answer: More in-depth info on the main point, leave the reader with no questions. Can use multiple paragraphs and include tables, charts graphs, quotes etc.
More Info: Additional H2 subheadings and short paragraphs as needed to cover additional aspects of the main subject but, do not stray too far from the main topic. Break up text into short paragraphs.
Related ?s: Always titled “Related Questions” and formatted as H2.
Q & A: Write 2-3 bolded additional questions and answer each in regular text with 200 – 300 characters.
Check your submission for spelling and grammar!
What we publish
We prefer posts with a minimum 1000 words but will consider any thing over 800 depending on the subject, maximum can run up to around 3500 words. An average post should be around 1200 and will include a photo or illustration.
Posts should be written in a casual tone as if speaking to a peer, no doctoral lectures from budding professors please.
A broad range of topics can be acceptable, just about anything that would provide help or entertain another service member, veteran or retiree. Yes, humour is good medicine for a tired soul.
How to submit (and what happens next)
DOCX, DOC, RTF or plain text submissions sent as email attachments are accepted. Non requested ZIP files will be immediately deleted without opening, DO NOT send Zips of anything unless asked for that format.
Here’s what happens after you hit Send:
The editor will review your submission, if interested we will get back to you within 10 days with notes, no notes means we are not interested.
Once you’ve addressed our comments, send your revised draft back. The editor will again review it and let you know if we want to accept it.
If we accept your article, an editor will work closely with you to schedule for publication as soon as revisions are complete. We can’t give you a specific publication date until the article is almost ready to go live.
Submit your post with subject line “Vetchoices Submission” to:
Below, if listed, are titles to posts we need to cover, feel free to use any for your post.