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Writing for Bonjour Baby

Writers’ Guidelines

Instructions for Submissions

After thoroughly reviewing our guidelines below, please feel free to send your submissions to our organic baby: organicbaby (at) bonjourbaby.com.au

 

Bonjour Baby Writer’s Guidelines

Welcome to Bonjour Baby.  Our blog is an online community project based on the sharing of best sustainable and loving practices by the best experts in their field including Midwifes, Doulas, Paediatricians, Doctors, Natural Medicine Therapists, Nutritionists, Physical Therapists, and more.

Our purpose in launching this resource blog is to illuminate the increasing coherence of the emerging conscious living movement as it relates to creating healthy, vibrant families by bringing together the supporting fields of holistic practice, science, thought, individual and community healing and personal adventures. The language and insights coming forward at this time are confidently telling a new story of family wellness and its dependence upon mindful living and conscious choices.  We are happy to provide a place for our Bonjour Baby family to share our experiences and support one another on our journeys through family life.  See more below on what we’re looking for in articles, releases and blogs.

Please read the below guidelines carefully. Contributions that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered for publication.

 

Three Options

Bonjour Baby is a web site made up of, by and for the community it serves. We therefore welcome contributions from anyone, on anything remotely mindful, humorous, insightful, light-hearted fun, wise, compassionate, cutting-edge, adventurous, scientific, frivolous, or just helpful for others to know. If you would like to contribute, you have three options:

  • You can to contribute an article
  • You can to contribute information such as a news release
  • You can join our team of bloggers

 

Contribute an Article:

Just submit your article (no more than 250/300 words max) on an unformatted Word document, as an attachment in your email. Please include a photo of yourself and a 1-2 sentence bio with a link to your website or blog if you wish.

At the top of your Word document please place the following information:

Name

Postal Address

Email

Phone number

Word count

Name of your article

Category (select only 1):

  • Conception
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Eco Parenting
  • Health, Beauty and Lifestyle
  • Healthy Recipes

 

Note: Any incomplete submissions, or submissions that do not follow our stylesheet criteria, and Word docs that do not feature the above information, will not be considered.

 

Original content

We use a sophisticated software to detect duplicate content and check if your articles are original and have not been published elsewhere (News briefs are of course an exception to this rule). Articles that do not pass the test will not be considered.

 

Tone and Style

Please take a look around the Bonjour Baby site and affiliate yourself with our topics, themes and ideas.

Bonjour Baby is a virtual online inquiry into what it means to be human—from a personal, cultural, social, environmental and spiritual point of view, from conception to death. We have a particular interest in optimal child development and the social / cultural implications of child rearing / birth reform on forging peaceful, sustainable societies. But we also know that parents are regular people who, like you, enjoy to read information on topics not necessarily related to children. In fact, because they care about the kind of world their children will inherit, they can be some of the most committed, passionate, active citizens in the world.

We do not accept advertorial, so please do not submit anything that promotes a product or service. Articles are not a substitute for advertising. Your bio may, however, contain info re: programs, products, web site, blog url, etc.

Take some risks, be bold, opinionated and think outside of the box. We like articles that raise questions, provoke, inspire, expose and start a dialogue. We love anything courageous and heartfelt, as well as intelligent and evidence-based. Keep your piece accessible—don’t assume knowledge on the reader’s part, but don’t dumb it down either—feel free to go in depth—just define and explain as you go, and keep it fun or serious, provocative or playful as appropriate.

Expect edits. This doesn’t mean that your article isn’t already great—but we may need to tailor your work to our audience and/or to fit our layout, particularly if your submission is on the long side.

Please check your facts, and substantiate your work or claims with primary research when applicable. All research, footnotes, notations please place at the bottom of the article (unformatted), in a consistent style. Make sure you include live hyperlinks to your referenced material.

 

Acceptance, Payment and Rights

We cannot pay. We do, however, hope that you’ll consider the publication of your work the best publicity money can(not) buy, a good link/clip for your journalist’s portfolio, a contribution to your community and something to email friends and family about.

Your work will be promoted across our integrated social network such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for maximum exposure of your article. At times, we also cross-promote some articles with some of our like-minded partners to increase exposure of some topics on targeted websites. This increases the exposure of your articles, and ultimately drives traffic to your own blog/website.

We may not be able to respond to or publish your work immediately—we have a long line of articles, reviews and features waiting their turn. Please be patient with us. Bonjour Baby reserves all rights to anything we publish in any form—but, with permission, we’re usually happy for you to sell your work elsewhere, provided we’re credited and linked to.

We receive regular requests from organizations and individuals to reprint articles that appear in Bonjour Baby. Our general policy is to allow reprints free of charge as long as they include the original bionote (including your website and/or blog url if applicable) and full credit to Bonjour Baby (with a hyperlink to our site: http://bonjourbaby.com.au/). We hope you are happy to support this policy and help spread the word.

Please feature your Bonjour Baby work on your web site, Facebook, Twitter, in your portfolio, etc. The more you feature it in your personal sphere, and email it to friends, the more traction and traffic it will get.

Dot the i’s and cross the t’s: please follow our guidelines, or we’ll send your post back to you.

  • Only one space after a period, not two.
  • Use M Dashes ( “—” not “- -” ), with no space between words, ie ‘She was—as we thought—incredibly talented’.
  • Use double quotation marks for quotes, and single for quotes within quotes. For example, “He could not remember if she was ‘the one’ who called her,” he said.
  • For a new paragraph, do not indent—double space between paragraphs.
  • Any number over nine is written numerically (unless the first word in a sentence): two years, 10 babies.
  • When using commas in list, use comma after last item in list, before the ‘and’ or ‘or’. (Notice our use of quotations here).
  • Italicize long quotes (from scripture, for example) within articles.
  • Always italicize and explain first use of foreign (French, etc.) word. Exp: “It’s a difficult asana (yoga pose).” Exp: “It’s a difficult asana, or yoga pose.” Exceptions: if in common usage (yoga, karma, Buddha, etc.).
  • H.R.M. Elizabeth not HRM Elizabeth; p.m. not pm
  • Do not put words in all caps for emphasis, please italicize.
  • Do not capitalise words such as spirit, woman, man, or any other noun that is not proper (a proper noun that is). An exception to this might be Earth, depending on the context. You can capitalize God if you want to.

 

Do you want to join our fab team of bloggers?

If you’d like to become a regular contributor to Bonjour Baby, we can show you how to blog directly onto the site. You’ll have your own profile page which will link to lots of other pages on our site based on the keywords you use. You will have to commit to contribute at least one post a month, for at least a year.

Our bloggers stick to one topic-of-interest, such as, for example, being a first time dad, un-washing green, or breastfeeding, while occasionally writing on whatever strikes their fancy, whatever they find themselves blabbing excitedly to good friends about. To familiarize yourself with the tone and format of our blogs (they are generally shorter, and more personal than articles), scroll through the first few pages of blogs.

You can blog about anything that falls under “the mindful life”—living a good life that happens to be good for oneself, for others, and our planet. More specifically (but not limited to), we generally focus on conscious parenting, pregnancy and birth, organics, food sovereignty, localization, spirituality, active community, sustainability, social ecology, personal growth, indigenous issues, conscious consumerism, wellness and culture. Basically, good blog material is any article and video you find yourself getting emailed by friends, or stumble across on the Internet, or any new products that you discover—anything interesting enough to chat about to a friend at a café or bring up over dinner.

 

And, please look at our stylebook before you begin.

If you’re interested in blogging, we ask would-be columnists to email to us four sample blogs over the course of a month, along with information about what topics you’d like to cover, as well as your bio. It takes us time to set you up as a contributor on our site—so you must first commit to post at least one blog per week.

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