Can I use one of your articles on my website/print publication?
Quoting up to approximately 50 words (or about one paragraph), provided that you cite the original source, can be considered reasonable fair use; reproducing entire articles without permission is an illegal copyright violation. If quoting from an article on this site, please attribute the quote to Jennifer Copley, www.metaphoricalplatypus.com.
There is a fee for full reproduction of my articles on for-profit websites (sites selling products, hosting ads, etc.). The fee varies depending on the popularity of the article (and thus the amount of revenue that is likely to be lost due to online duplication).
In certain cases I’ve granted rights to registered charitable organizations to reproduce my articles for free in their educational materials. If you represent a registered charity and are interested in one of the articles here, please contact me to discuss reproduction possibilities.
Print (non-Web) publications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about specific permissions.
Can I use photos from this site on my own website?
Many of the images that accompany my articles belong to other photographers who have made their photos available via Creative Commons or other copyright-friendly licenses. If you want to use one of these photos, you must credit the author and link to his or her work as I have. If no credit is given for an individual photo, it’s mine. In this case, you can credit the photo with a link to this website on the page where the photo is used. Contact me if you have any questions about this policy.
I’d like to read some of the research studies from your reference list for a certain article, but they’re not available online – how can I find them?
When conducting research for my articles, I access many peer-reviewed research studies through electronic databases available via my local library. If you have a library card, your local library should offer free access to online academic and business databases that you can search from home by logging onto your library’s website. Universities also provide free access to electronic databases for their students (and often their alumni as well).
Can I send you a guest article in exchange for a link to my website?
I do occasionally accept guest articles, but my standards for them are very high. Guest articles must cite expert sources (either in-text or with a properly formatted reference list at the end of the article), and these sources must be verifiable. For example, if doctors are cited, the article must include the website where the information was obtained (or, in the case of interviews, the sources’ full titles and the names of their organizations).
Any images included must be copyright-friendly – in other words, the author’s own photos, public domain photos, or Creative Commons photos that have been licensed for commercial use. Photos must be credited to their original sources with a link to the web pages from which they were obtained because I need to confirm that they are free to use and properly credited.
What do you charge to place in-text promotional links?
The fee for in-text promotional links ranges from $50 to $150 for one year, depending on the popularity of the article where the link is placed. I don’t place more than one company’s promotional link in each article, and I’m very selective about which ones I accept.
If you’re interested in a promotional link placement, I require the opportunity to check out the company beforehand to ensure that it’s not doing or offering anything unethical.
Do you have any tips for making money as a writer?
Unfortunately, the situation isn’t great for writers at the moment. With so much free content available online, it’s difficult to make money writing. Most of the online magazines that take all applicants are content farms that pay little if anything to their writers. The ones that provide reasonable compensation receive so many applications that competition is fierce. The writers I know who are actually bringing in some money have either self-published their books using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing or created popular websites or blogs that have good search engine optimization and monetized them with Adwords, Chitika, or other advertising programs.
I’ve been able to make money writing by building up a base of business clients over many years and by writing online content that answers the questions people are posting to search engines and forums. My articles get lots of page views because I create content that is evergreen (not linked to current trends or news stories), which means that it will be relevant months or even years from now, not just at the moment. I’ve also researched search engine optimization techniques and applied them to my site to ensure that my content is easy to find online. For those who wish to create their own sites and blogs, I’ve written an article that provides advice to help online writers create search-engine-friendly content: How to Write Web Content That Brings Traffic: 12 Simple, Effective SEO Tips.