Entrepreneur.com Writers' Guidelines
Entrepreneur.com readers consist of four primary groups:
- Small-business owners who have been in business for several years. These readers are seeking innovative strategies to grow their businesses but are also interested in new business ideas and opportunities as well as current issues that affect their companies.
- People who are either dreaming of starting their own business or have a business that's less than 2 years old. These individuals don't necessarily have a lot of money, so they're looking for shoestring startup ideas and low-cost ways to start and run their businesses. They need how-to advice, articles that keep them on top of business trends and motivational articles to get (and stay) psyched up.
- Home based business owners. These readers need information unique to the home based entrepreneur. Like the entrepreneurs described above, they're seeking information that will help them run their businesses better.
- People interested in purchasing a franchise or business opportunity. They want accurate, reliable, unbiased information from a source they can trust. They want to learn what they need to know before plunking down any cash--as well as where to find the cash to plunk down.
Before pitching a story to us, be sure to read a variety of the articles on our site so you can tailor your pitches to meet our content needs. We reject many of the queries we receive because the subject matter in no way matches what we're looking for.
We don't typically write profiles of specific business owners unless their story warrants it. There needs to be a compelling reason to write about an entrepreneur--it can't just be, say, that he or she is achieving record-breaking sales. We want to know--and our readers want to know--why they're achieving record-breaking sales.
We're seeking stories that we can't cover in the print magazine due to the time factor--if there's something to write about now, we can't write about it in a print issue that will hit newsstands in several months. That's the beauty of the web--we have the ability to cover things at a moment's notice. For instance, we can write about how a particular current event or trend is affecting small business now.
- Please send all queries for online articles only via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. All magazine queries should be e-mailed to email@example.com. Allow a minimum of six weeks for a response--no phone calls, please.
- Entrepreneur Media Inc. assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or photos.
Acceptance, Rights & Payment
Entrepreneur.com buys first worldwide rights and electronic rights and pays on acceptance. Please e-mail, mail or fax an invoice with your article. Include a description of the article, your Social Security number, address, phone number and date of invoice. The invoice should be numbered (the numbering system is up to you)--we use those numbers to track your payment.
Articles are usually read within two weeks of submission. Your articles editor will contact you if any major revisions are needed.
Finally, if you have questions at any point during the writing process, feel free to contact your articles editor.