Author Opportunities

Article Writing

If you’re an estate planning attorney, academic or author and would like to share your expert knowledge with the EstateBee Community (and the thousands of monthly visitors to our website), then we’d love to hear from you – and to publish your articles.

In publishing articles, we operate in accordance with the general guidelines set out below.

Topics

We welcome articles on all aspects of estate planning and asset protection. In choosing an article, please remember that EstateBee’s aim is to provide useful, relevant and practical information to our readers – many of whom will have a limited (i.e. non-academic) understanding of estate planning.

To get a feel for the type of articles we write, please visit our Learning Center. There you can see the types of estate planning topics we cover and our writing style – which is usually second person, and friendly.

Length

We ask that authors keep their articles to between 350 and 1,200 words. Anything more than that may become too academic.

Style and Content

When it comes to writing articles, we offer the following suggestions as guidance.

•  Write an article that our average reader would be interested in. Avoid legal reviews.

•  Provide practical information that helps our readers’ understanding of a topic.

•  Use plain English.

•  Avoid legalese, disusing legal history, expressing opinions and sensationalism.

•  Refer to personal experiences or case only to explain a legal concept or provides a relevant example.

•  Do not engage in self-promotion.

•  Your first paragraph should indicate what the article is about and offer a conclusion (when appropriate) to help the reader decide whether the article is of interest to him/her or not.

•  Keep paragraphs short.

•  Use subject headings to break up paragraphs.

•  Use bulleted lists when including a list of items or issues.

•  Be willing to revise. EstateBee’s expert editors will edit your article and may request revisions.

Profile

You will be able to set up a profile and include your name, company or law firm name, type of law practice, and city. For example, you could write something like “James Smith is an estate planning lawyer with the law firm of Smith & Wise in Atlanta, Georgia.”

You will also be able to include a profile picture as well as links to social media accounts such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Ideally, your picture should be a friendly and ‘business casual’ picture – rather than a formal one. The maximum resolution should be no more than 2,000.

How to Submit an Article

In order to submit an article to EstateBee, simply login to your account and send the article to us via the internal email system. If your article is accepted for publication, an EstateBee editor will edit it and send the finished article to you for approval. Guest authors do not receive compensation for articles.

Opportunities for Freelance Writers

If you’re interested in becoming a freelance writer for EstateBee, and can commit to writing assigned articles regularly, then please contact us for further details.

Books, Legal Kits & Legal Forms

We are always interested in working with outside authors to publish estate planning books, legal kits and legal forms under the EstateBee brand. If, having read the information below, this is something of interest to you then please do get in touch with us using the contact form below.

What EstateBee Publishes

EstateBee publishes do-it-yourself legal books, kits and forms that enable people to deal with estate planning matters such as making a will, living trust or power of attorney. Our publications are easy to read and practical.

To get a better understanding of what we publish, check our our Legal Books, Legal Kits and Legal Forms. You’ll find brief descriptions of each of our published products on these pages. You should also be able to pick up our Legal Books and Legal Kits from Amazon or your local bookstore.

To submit a legal book or legal kit proposal to EstateBee, please send the following to us:

• a cover letter describing the legal book or legal kit and explaining how it fits with EstateBee’s publications.
• a chapter-by-chapter outline of the book or kit.
• a description of why people would buy this book or kit.
• a list of competing titles (author, title and publisher) and why your book or kit would be better or different
• a summary of your qualifications to write this book, and
• a sample chapter (other than an introduction) of at least ten pages in length or other material that demonstrates your writing skills and subject expertise.

If you’re not quite ready to submit a full book or kit proposal, but would like brief feedback on a idea you have for a book or kit, please send a brief query letter or email describing your idea and qualifications. We’ll be happy to share our thoughts.

Where to Send Your Proposal

You will need to send us your proposal to us via the internal email system in your user account. We do not accept proposals being sent to us in any other way. By using our internal system, we remove the risk of your proposal being lost amongst the many spam emails that we receive.

We will review your proposal or query letter and let you know of our decision as soon as possible, but it may take a few weeks.

Please, no phone calls.

Our customer support team members do not have the ability to deal with author issues.






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Top 10 FAQs

Apart from any financial aspects, its a perfect way to build your brand in front of a targeted audience. You will have access to real people with real questions and real needs. By helping them, you help yourself.

In order to ensure our readers receive quality information, our writers must meet the following requirements:

1. Be able to write in an authoritative yet neutral tone.

2. Be able to articulate legal concepts into easy to understand articles and answers.

3. Hold a law degree and have a minimum of three years' experience as a lawyer, or be an academic in the field of law.

4. Be able to conduct research and verify facts.

5. Be attentive to detail.

That depends.

If you author a book or kit, we'll agree a royalty based payment with you.

For article writing, we normally don't make payments to attorneys or people working in law firms. When they submit an article on or site, they gain the benefit of having their name appear in front of our audience. So, we consider helping to build their name and brand is its own reward.

For academics and journalists, we agree competitive fees based on the number and length of articles they are willing to write. We are both fair and competitive in our pricing. The best thing to do is email us with details of what you would like to write on, and we'll give you an indication of the fees you can expect.

Yes. In all cases, the work must be original....and we check to ensure it is in all cases.

As often as you want. We can agree once off articles, or a series of periodic or regular articles. Whichever works for you. Of course, we do need to manage our content. So, while we can be flexible on article dates, that fallibility usually extents to a 2 to 4 week window.

Yes. However, to have an appropriate balance of content, we do need to agree the topics in advance. We're usually fairly flexible in this respect, but still need to know in advance what areas you intend writing on. That way, we can ensure other writers are picking up the other topics we need to write on each month.

No. When you write for EstateBee, we take an exclusive assignment of the work. This is to ensure that we maintain the right to use the article we have paid for and to ensure that we are not paying people to write articles for dozens of other websites :-)

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