How to Prepare an Article for Submission

  • Copy and Paste articles: You can write articles in the Tellus Text Editor but we STRONGLY SUGGEST that you write your article in any word processor or email program. If you lose your internet connection, you MAY lose your whole story if it has not been saved yet. You have been warned.
  • Headlines: Always start with a headline in mind. You can always change it later. Writing with a headline in mind keeps you focused on your major story points.Headlines must be at least 38 characters and must not be longer than 66 characters, including spaces and punctuation. The minimum number of characters is a function of our website design. We allow up to 66 characters, but Google’s web crawler only has room for 56 characters in the headline block. Headline writing is a real art. Don’t be surprised if we change your headlines.
  • The First Five Hundred Characters:  The “blurb” or teaser that appears along with your headline and your featured image consists of approximately the first 500 characters (including spaces and punctuation) in your story. Bear this in mind as you write your lead paragraph, which should consist of a summary of your article.
  • Inserting Hyperlinks: Give credit where credit is due. If you are quoting from – or even paraphrasing from – a published article written by someone else, you should cite the name of the author and the name of the publication in the text of your article by inserting a hyperlink anchored by the name of the person or the publication. Use the hyperlink tool in your word processor to do this.
  • Do not insert images into the text in your word processor: The Tellus Text Editor will automatically delete any images from your text when you attempt to paste the article into the Text Editor. This is a security precaution that prevents users from inserting malicious code into the website. Insert images AFTER you have transferred your article to the Tellus Text Editor
  • Check spelling, grammar and punctuation BEFORE you transfer the article: The Tellus Text Editor is not good at checking grammar, punctuation, and it does not have a search and replace function. It is therefore recommended that you check spelling, grammar and punctuation, and make global replacements, BEFORE you transfer your article to the Tellus Text Editor
  • Remove double spaces between words: Double spaces between words, following periods and other punctuation marks cause formatting problems on web pages. You can remove extra spaces by using the replace function in your word processor. Simply enter a double space into the search box and a single space in the “replace with” box, select replace all and you are done with this step.
  • Insert double spacing between paragraphs: In print media, we did not separate paragraphs between space was precious. Today, space is cheap. Always double space between paragraphs. When you transfer your article to the Tellus Text Editor, double check to make sure that the double spaces between paragraphs have transferred properly.
  • Back up your work: Once you have cleaned up these changes, save your work in your word processor. Now, make a backup copy of your article and store it in a different directory. This is your proof copy because it demonstrates your ownership of the article and serves as proof of the original content of the article.
  • You are now ready to submit your article to Tellus. Click Here for those instructions.