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Writing Guidelines for Attorney At Work

Attorney at Work promises readers one really good idea every day to help them create more fulfilling and successful law practices. Whether by email, RSS, Facebook or Twitter, subscribers receive a single post containing useful and enlightening words every morning, at least five days a week. These are busy and smart people who have neither time nor patience for lengthy explanations or multiple points, let alone footnotes. We aim to give it to them straight.

If you’d like to write for us

  • Make it exclusive. Please don’t send the same article to other publications or blogs. We want fresh, original, unpublished material — and so do other publications. It wastes all of our time when you send the same article to multiple outlets, and could lead to copyright violations. The first question we will ask if we like your article is, “Has it already been published?” The second is, “Who else did you send it to?”
  • Speak to the individual lawyer. While they may practice in a big firm, small firm, law department, solo or from the local Starbucks, our subscribers’ concerns when they get to Attorney at Work are about their own practices and, especially, their own lives. That means we’re not interested in articles about things like organization management, compensation systems, retreat planning or merging firms UNLESS you write about them in a way that helps the individual lawyer work better within them. We are always interested in things like personal productivity, developing new clients, supervising staff, getting along with paralegals, managing your time, making sure family is a precedent. You get the idea: You’re talking to a person, not a firm.
  • Make it fun, and make it easy. This isn’t the law review. Get to the point quickly and make the ride getting there somewhat entertaining. Insert your personality and point of view. If you are telling “how to” do something, break it out in steps, bullets or a numbered list. Provide a short, snappy title that will immediately give readers the gist of your piece, too! Read some of the posts on our website. You’ll get the feel.
  • Do not “sell from the podium.” Don’t even think about using this to pitch your product or service. If it smells like selling, it’s selling. And we’ll either pitch it or send it back so you can take another run at it. Don’t worry, we’ll make it easy for our readers to link to you and your website. And we’ll include a brief bio along with your photo on our Experts page. But, if you’re going to tell us about a specific type of product, tell us about several brand or vendor options for it. Let our readers decide from there.
  • Be brief. Really. 500 to 800 words is perfect. We’ll take less if you can get what needs to be said across in fewer words. If it’s more words, and it’s good, we may create a series of posts.
  • Link it. Like we said, our readers want the straight skinny, and now. If you discuss different products, give us the hyperlinks so they can quickly check them out. If you reference an expert, help us link to their home page or relevant article. (That’s how 500 words can do the work of a 1,000.)
  • Make it NEW. If you’ve published similar thoughts or tips elsewhere, online or in another medium, we probably don’t want it. Update it, add something new and different, or wait until you have a fresh idea to send. If you’ve written a longer piece — say a report, white paper or book, and want to send us an excerpt (say you are a famous book author or widely published writer), that might be fine. Get reprint permission if needed, and send us the original publishing information and links.

What to Write About?

  • Anything that might immediately improve a practicing lawyer’s work or life, including: Something you know really, really well.
  • Something you feel passionate about.
  • Something that has helped you.
  • Checklists, “how to” instructions, the “best of” and “x ways” for anything are always helpful and popular.

Please Don’t Ask

Attorney at Work is not targeted to consumers of legal services, so please don’t pitch articles about a specific practice area (i.e., accidents, DUI, divorce). And, no, we won’t add your links to our existing editorial.

The Fine Print

  • Be original. When you send us an article, you are promising it is your original work. If you quote someone, or refer to, comment on or endorse another’s ideas or work, credit it and give full attribution to sources. Go overboard with your credits and links, we’ll follow them and edit as needed.
  • Let us do our jobs. When you send a Dispatch item, you agree to be edited to fit our space and style. Nobody’s perfect. We all need good editors, so you’ll have to trust us.
  • Be nice about republishing and reprints — see our ownership and reprint permission information below.
  • Please send queries to editor@attorneyatwork.com.

We will do our best to get back to you promptly.

Attorney at Work is not responsible for unsolicited articles or manuscripts.

Ownership and Reprint Permission

We ask to be the first to publish your “work,” but you keep the original copyright and can republish it however you wish. We ask that you notify us whenever you are asked to reprint the article in another publication. The language “Previously published in Attorney at Work, reprinted with permission,or “Reprinted with permission from Attorney at Work” must always be included, along with a live link to www.attorneyatwork.com. Content may not be reproduced, in any form, without permission from Attorney at Work.*

We also keep the right to reuse the work, for example, in compilations or e-guides, but will let you know when we do.

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Download Attorney at Work’s Book Proposal Form here.

Attorney at Work is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts.

*The Attorney at Work site and Daily Dispatches are the property of Attorney at Work. Dispatches, articles, and other content on the Attorney at Work site may not be reproduced, in any form, without permission from the publisher.