Guest Authors

This page provides some initial information about becoming a Guest Author to Issues on Climate Change blog. Writers aspiring to be a Guest Author to this blog should consider the following guidelines before applying.

The Writers Position

The guest writer (writer/s) should not be overly biased one way or the other on the issue of AGW – Anthropogenic Global Warming.  For my own part I am at present leaning a little towards the sceptical side.  However I do believe I’m prepared to listen to a well reasoned argument, provided good source reference material is provided to support the premise of a high human culpability.

I would be looking for a writer who sits somewhere around the middle – either for or against but not TOO much one way or the other i.e. someone who can reasonably discuss the issue without getting heated – someone more interested in the truth of something than being right.

Recognition

If a writer is accepted as a Guest Author (aka Contributing Author), the writer will be introduced to the readership in an introductory post.  Some background that is relevant to the issue of AGW about the writer will be needed. The writer may compile this him/herself but some sort of credentials (credibility) to the readership is required to explain why a reader should take the time to read what the writer has to say.  It doesn’t have to get cosy or familiar or TMI  – too much information.

Level of the Work

There are probably three different ways in which a writer could be involved:
1. Assistance – the writer contributes ideas, source material, offers (say) text passages for consideration to be included.
2. Co-Authoring – both the writer and myself conspire to produce a final draft, mutually providing ideas and independent research material.
3. Individual – the writer produces the entirety of a blog to be posted on Issues on Climate Change.

Attribution & Remuneration

Guest Authors will not be paid but any material provided by a writer will be properly attributed at the head of the blog e.g:
a. This blog has been produced with assistance by <Susan> at <site or whatever>.
b. This blog has been produced in conjunction with <Susan> of <site or whatever>.

Individual Works

1. If a work produced entirely by a writer is published then it will have appropriate attribution.  The blog post would usually be published under the writers own title below which the byline; By <Susan or however you wish to be known> would be added. The head of the post is all about the writer so that search engines will spotlight on that.
2. However a standard disclaimer may be included at the bottom of the article to the effect that Issues on Climate Change does not necessarily endorse or support the comments of any Contributing Authors.
3. There is no guarantee that any individual work will be accepted for publication. If it is rejected then every effort will be made to inform the writer with the reason why.

Guidelines

1. Guidelines need to be agreed to by both parties. This is intended to circumvent any later objections such as, “I didn’t mean for this or that to be published…” or “I only  meant for this or that ….” or “I didn’t think this or that would happen”.
2. At this point, Individual Works are more acceptable than Assistance or Co-Authoring. There’s likely to be too much mucking around with the latter two.
3. Before any work is accepted the writer must first be registered as a “Contributing Author” with Issues on Climate Change.
4. This blog prefers plenty of illustration graphics in its posts.  It’s more likely to get people to actually read a text with graphics, especially if some of them lean towards a bit of humour.  Graphics also enable someone to easily find where they leave off reading a textual passage for whatever reason.  If you don’t know how to do this, how or where to find appropriate images and/or include them into a blog then you can be shown show you how it may be done.  Images must come from the public domain and not under copyright. Images will need to be 300 dpi, plus large enough and sharp enough to be able to read any text in the graphic.
5. Access will not be granted to the interior of the website, certainly not in the first instance.  However there are some add-ons that may be included to the website later which allow writers to register as Contributors rather than Subscribers, and allows them to submit posts directly.  For the time being, one way in which the work might be submitted is by email.  Images would need to be numbered and appropriately indicated in the text where each image should be located.  Alternatively it may be submitted as an MS Word .doc or in .pdf format. Headings and Sub-Heading are important for search engine purposes and properly used to group related ideas.
6. Issues on Climate Change will not necessarily publish an writers post “as is”. It will undergo editing and changes may or may not be suggested.  Final drafting and editing to maintain consistency is reserved so anything you as the writer would NOT like to see happen, should be spelled out in the guidelines.
7. Issues on Climate Change will not publish any writers material unless the writer has reviewed the final draft version and provided written acceptance to publish. This can be done by email.
8. At the end of each submitted post, writers should consider a brief bio and include any links to their own website and/or email address. It’s also recommended to include a link to their LinkedIn and Google+ profile pages as well if they exist.   This gives the author backlinks and increases their online presence in the search engines.

If you are still serious about being a guest writer, then let’s talk further and you tell me what you think.

Regards,

Russ Swan
Issues on Climate Change

PS: I try to live by a motto: Try hard to say what you mean, but definitely mean what you say. I really hate dealing with people who mealy mouth around things, who skip and dance around issues trying not to offend, and who expect the other person to pick up on the vibe. Please be straight forward.