Writers’ Guidelines

Editor’s Note: If you are coming over to TheDollarStretcher.com from this YouTube video, please click here for more information.

Who We Are

The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications dedicated to “Living Better…for Less”. Our goal is to provide readers with ways to save money, make money go farther and better manage money.

What We’re Looking For

We’re looking for in depth articles with practical ideas that people can employ to help them stretch their dollars and live better for less. Sometimes we include articles about ways to make money from home. We accept articles for publication on our website as well as for publication in our bi-monthly print newsletter. At this time, we only pay for articles that will be published in the print newsletter. At this time, we are not able to offer compensation for articles published online. See more about compensation below. We do not want another submission on “8 Ways to Save on Groceries.” Rather query us on something more specific. We prefer articles that include relevant quotes from experts in the field being discussed or statistics that can help the reader know more about the topic. We’re getting away from “here’s what I learned about…” type of articles.

Query First

Please query your article idea before submitting it. We have over 10,000 articles on the site. There’s a good chance that we’ve already published your idea and wouldn’t be interested in revisiting it unless there were something new about your topic.

Guest Posts

Yes, we are open to guest posts. But only under certain conditions. Our readers expect helpful information in any article we publish. They also appreciate that we don’t run articles with lots of self-serving links within the body of the article. Promoting your site/book/etc: We understand that your goal is to promote your work. And, we want to help. But we are unable to link to sites that are primarily for the purpose of selling a product or service. We’re only able to link to sites that are informational. As to the links, we find that an author’s biography or resources paragraph at the end of the article is the best way to do that. We can run a paragraph that describes the author and the site or book. Naturally we can link to it using whatever anchor text works for you. We also prefer submissions from sites that are open to reciprocal guest posts. Please query us with your idea before submitting a guest post. It will be helpful if you’d include the URL that you’ll want to link to.

Sponsored Posts

We have ceased offering paid guest or sponsored posts.

Compensation

Bi-Monthly Print Version: Payment is at the rate of $0.10 per published word. Payment is made after the initial editing of the article. We do that so we know the exact word count of the article. Typically we’ll send a check or credit a writer’s Paypal account approximately two to three weeks after acceptance and it will be sent to the address provided. Payment will be by check in US$ or via Paypal. At present we are only able to pay for material that appears in the print version of the newsletter. We do not provide compensation for articles submitted for online publication.

Rights

For paid articles, we are buying all rights. For articles provided to us without charge, we are obtaining one time rights to include a story in the online newsletter and website. No further rights are implied. Any inquiries on usage are referred back to the author. In some cases we’ll negotiate permanent online or print rights.

Writer’s Qualifications

While we appreciate and occasionally run articles based on personal experience, we prefer to have an expert comment on the article subject. You may be the expert on certain subjects and we’d include your qualifications in a biography that would run with the article. If you are not the expert, please consider finding one to provide a quote or two on the subject. Many experts are willing to provide a quote as long as their book or website is mentioned. Please do not use a quote that’s found online. We want original quotes. We also like to see statistics that are relevant to the subject.

Article Length

We are interested in articles up to 800 words in length. The majority of articles that will be used will be in the 500 to 700 word range.

Type of Material Used

  • how to articles
  • creative ways to save money on food, housing, auto and clothing
  • stage-of-life material for families, singles, couples, the divorced, single parents, and empty nesters
  • material on dealing with non-frugal partner, children or significant others

Interviews

We are also interested in interviews with people who have successfully found ways to save money. An emphasis is put on those who have found new and creative ways to accomplish the frugal lifestyle and who can share ideas that can be imitated by our readers.

Your Article

The article should be submitted as an attachment in .txt, .doc, or .docx format. Please do not send us a submission via U.S. mail. Please make sure that your lead ‘hooks’ the reader.

How to Submit

Email your submission to editor (at) stretcher.com. Please indicate whether you’re submitting for the printed version or for the website in the subject of the email. We need to know whether you expect payment for the article. Neither one of us would be happy if you expected payment and your work was used without it!

A Final Note

As you would expect, the bi-monthly print version has limited space. We can be much more generous in the online and web versions. Since the online version is a weekly, we’ll use about 14 times more material online than in the print version. But, remember that we’re not able to pay for that material except to get your work displayed before a sizeable audience. Please mark your submission “Print Version” or “Online Version”. If a submission is not marked we will need to go back to you before we can begin to review it.

If You Found Us Via YouTube

Sorry to disappoint you, but this video is simply not true. I am the editor of The Dollar Stretcher.com. We do pay $0.10 per word for a articles that will be published in our print newsletter. But we will NOT BUY material that’s repurposed from fivrr.com. We are looking for authors who are experts in their field. For instance, auto salespeople writing about buying an auto. Certified Financial Planners writing about investing. Not what can be bought on fivrr.com. So please don’t waste your time and our’s by submitting anything that you buy from fivrr or that doesn’t include relevant statistics and/or quotes from experts in that field. Oh and let YouTube know that this video is a LIE.

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