How to Contribute to Associations Now

How to Contribute

Associations Now brings readers smart, creative, and inspiring ideas about association management from both inside and outside the association community. The ASAE editorial team welcomes input and feedback from readers to help us deliver useful, engaging content every day, all year long.

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How You Can Help

Share your interests and experience. Keep us informed of the topics that are most important to you as an association professional. Tell us how you or other association professionals you know solved a problem, created an initiative, or applied a new idea.

Send news and announcements about your organization. Include Associations Now on your distribution list for press releases and other special announcements.

Join the Writers' Resource Pool. This occasional email from the ASAE editorial team includes information about upcoming stories and queries from writers and editors looking for story ideas and expert sources. To sign up, edit your ASAE email preferences (under Announcements, select "Associations Now Writers' Resource Pool").

Want to Write for Us?

We are happy to consider submissions for bylined articles to be published on the ASAE website and distributed in the Associations Now Daily News newsletter. We recommend that you discuss your idea with an editor before you write the article. Email us a brief summary and the appropriate editor will follow up with you personally.

Here are a few tips to help you develop your article idea and write your draft:

Think associations. Make sure your topic speaks to the association professional. If the topic affects all types of organizations, focus on how it applies specifically in the context of association management. Every association is different, but many of their challenges are the same. How does your story offer lessons that can be applied at other associations?

Write from your experience. Choose a topic you feel comfortable talking about. Think about recent challenges you have faced and solutions you've applied. Note the highlights: the people and resources involved, the hurdles you overcame, the measures you used to evaluate success, and the lessons you learned.

Make it practical and informative. Include sufficient how-to information and examples to enable readers to apply your expertise to their situations. Provide links to further information, and, if appropriate, include images, charts, video, or other media to enhance the content.

Don't be promotional. We welcome submissions by industry partners and consultants with association management expertise to share. However, Associations Now does not publish articles that focus primarily on an author's company, product, or service.

Be concise. For today's busy reader, Associations Now is direct, conversational, and brief. Write for the seasoned association professional, but write informally. Keep background information to a minimum. Convey the essentials that readers need to know to follow in your footsteps. Articles typically run 600-800 words.

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