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The Dabbling Mum® is an inspirational eMagazine and shopping portal featuring how-to articles, step-by-step craft tutorials, creative writing tips, and business coaching articles for busy, creative entrepreneurs who work out of their home offices.
We pay writers cash for original articles. We also accept guest posts and donated articles. We require exclusive online rights. And yes, we accept articles from both men and women as well as new and veteran writers. See what our writers have to say about working with us.
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Since the search engines now favor original content, do not support duplicate content, and are penalizing sites with heavy duplicate content, we've changed our policy to only accept content that will not appear anywhere else online—including but not limited to websites, blogs, newsletters, forums, newsletter archives, pdfs, etc.
You can, however, sell reprints of your articles to print publications immediately after publication, and you can also use your material in book submissions.
We do our best to respond with at least a form letter within 8 to 12 weeks of submission.
Please understand that no matter how reliable we like to believe technology is, it sometimes fails. If you feel there's a chance your article didn't get to us, don't hesitate to drop us an email.
Acceptance means when we receive the final draft of your article and approve it for publication. Payment is mailed within 32 days from the time we say your piece is ready for publication. Checks are written and mailed last day of each month.
The theme of The Dabbling Mum is to show our experts as regular people. It makes us more personable and friendly. Therefore, we require headshots of our authors, for articles placed online; except in our recipe center.
We do not pay the expenses of a writer on assignment. We do not pay for long distance expenses should you choose to interview a source by phone. (Consider email.)
We do not pay a kill fee.
We purchase between 2 to 8 articles per month or 24 to 96 submissions per year.
Articles are published 1 to 4 weeks after acceptance notification, unless otherwise specified at time of acceptance.
Articles are published throughout the month.
We prefer that you don't send us simultaneous submissions. If you send us a simultaneous submission (same article you sent to several dozen other publications) we won't even consider your article.
We tend to publish at the last minute, so we need to know that immediately whether or not we have the right to publish your piece. In other words, if we say we want your article, we're ready to publish it within that week.
We reserve the right to change the focus of this publication at any time.
We reserve the right to edit for space, our publication's voice, style, grammar, punctuation, typos, etc.
We reserve the right to change your article's title, condense your material, and/or rearrange content to flow smoother.
We reserve the right to ask for rewrites to make the piece its best.
We reserve the right to remove articles when, and if, the publication changes its focus.
We reserve the right to refuse submissions at our discretion, and choose whether your piece will appear in our e-zine, on our blog, or be posted on TheDabblingMum.com.
We reserve the right to condense your byline to fit our publication's format.
We reserve the right to remove the active link in your byline; if the link you've provided us with no longer belongs to you or has become invalid.
We reserve the right to replace broken links in your byline with your most current online presence.
We reserve the right to remove any mention of a website, blog, or social media presence in your author's byline if you no longer have an online presence, or we cannot find one.
Our philosophy when it comes to accepting articles for this publication is simple: "more is better".
There are many times our editor will research a topic for personal use and have to weed through hundreds of web pages to get to the stuff that is "important". We don't want DM readers to come here and skip past our content because it's all fluff. We want them to stick around.
We want them to think, "Wow! This publication offers fresh ideas and informative articles."
For DM, a web page isn't just about keyword stuffed articles that increase ad revenue or page views—a web page is about helping the reader reach his/her end goal. Write in a conversational tone, write to both educate and entertain, and most importantly, offer up something unique.