Twilight Times Special Feature
Practical Tips for Online Authors # 3
Lida E. Quillen
Create an Online Magazine
Canít get your story published in an ezine, build your own!
From my observations, ezine publishers usually start out small. The typical scenario is a writer cannot get his work published, so he puts up a couple of his stories and maybe his friendsí stories on a personal web site. Then, he comes up with a snazzy name, a nice background and gives the stories a web site of their own. Viola, he has created a new ezine.
How do you get started?
Later on, if you find you enjoy putting together an ezine, then yes, html editors, and graphics software such as Paint Shop Pro (TM) or PhotoShop (TM) would make the job a little easier.
Choosing a web site host
You might put a few pages up at a free hosting service as practice. If you are new to the internet, then a hosting service that offers a web page building utility, tools and tutorials may be useful to you.
Examples of a few good html editors are Netscape Composer, Windows Front Page Express or Microsoft Front Page 98, Hot Dog, 1st Page 2000, Homesite, Adobe PageMill, Arachnophilia, etc.
HTML Help -- html tutorial
WebMonkey -- html, web page design, multimedia tutorials
Process of creating the web site
Build a subscription base. Mention your existence in newsgroups and announce lists. List the web site url in your signature line of all your email messages. After you have uploaded a couple of issues, apply for ezine and/or web site awards.
Ask yourself questions such as, what will be the focus or theme? What subject can you spend the next few months, or years talking about? Do you want to accept banner ads, advertisements and such?
Science Fiction Romance
Once you are established, then potential contributors can get a feel for your e-zine and whether they would feel comfortable displaying their work at your web site. While you are not offering payment, you are offering exposure of their writing and a link to their writer web site. In other words, you are offering valuable free publicity so your submissions will pick up. And if you can afford to make even a token payment of $5.00 a story, this will dramatically improve the quality and number of submissions.
Netiquette tip: In your enthusiasm to promote your newsletter, do try to avoid the appearance of "spam" as you post to various maillists, newsgroups, web sites, etc
** Article Announce Writer & Publisher Exchange is an article announcement list providing free
content to hundreds of ezines, newsletters, magazines and web sites.
** Content Exchange
** Ezine Articles -- you are give permission for your articles to be reprinted in other e-zines, web
sites and print publications. Authors retain copyright to all of their work.
** Free Ebook of Quotes -- to give away to subscribers and friends.
Link Bank -- free ezines on the internet
** PublishInYours -- mailing list that allows you to submit articles and people who read the mailing
list can use it in their newsletters and include your resource box.
*** Spark-online -- submissions should be between 400 and 1000 words.
** Web Head Central -- free web site promotion directory
321Website -- 10mb free
50 megs.com -- free web hosting
Dreamwater -- 50mb free
gURL -- 11mb free
WebSite Creations -- web site hosting at $4.99 per month.
Ask Dr. Web
Beginning HTML at HTML Goodies
How to Publicize Your Ezine
** Idea Marketers -- free articles and ezine builder
Make Your Site Sell (cookies)
The Handbook of Ezine Publishing -- free email newsletters
Web Graphics on a Budget
Zine Making Tips from Factsheet Five
Zinos.com -- a digest of writings on the web
About the Author
Lida E. Quillen is the author of a non-fiction book, Practical Tips for Online Authors
Owner/Publisher of Twilight Times Publications
Pubisher of the eBook Ecstasy newsletter.
Moderator of online authors email list
Member of Phenomenal Women of the Web.