I-5 Publishing, LLC, is the world’s largest
owned and operated online pet network. We are the leader in special interest
pet websites, magazines, trade magazines and books dedicated to pet-loving
consumers, veterinarians and pet professionals worldwide.
Our website, BirdChannel.com, is one of the
largest bird websites out there. While we primarily focus on pet birds (parrots
and some passerines), no bird topic is off limits. With hundreds of thousands of visitors every month, BirdChannel.com is the place for people to get the latest
bird news, videos and information.
Funny articles, like 5 Birds That Will Take Over The World.
Thought-Provoking articles, like Therapy Birds: "Emotional Support Animal," Or Merely A Pet?
Passionate, enthusiastic articles, like A Plea For Parakeets.
Feel good and educational articles, like 5 Lessons My African Grey Taught Me.
We want writers that get birds and their people. Maybe you're the person who refers to birds as "birbs." Maybe you're the person who all your friends call the "crazy bird lady/man." If so, let's talk.
What else are we looking for? People who care: about the craft of writing, about the subject matter,
about our readers’ interests. We don’t want writers that turn in the assignment
and then call it a day. We want writers who partner with us to promote their content
to reach the widest possible audience. We want writers that not only write, but
take part in the community, through events or social communities. We want our
readers to connect with our writers – not only from the tone of their writing
and personal anecdotes but through participation in the site and community.
Each article should:
1) Be written in the first person.
2) Have an informative, entertaining and positive
3) Focus on the relationship between the person and
their bird, if applicable.
4) Include at least two quotes from experts on the
topic (unless you are an expert). Don’t include quotes that just sum up what
was already said. Don’t include quotes from a website. All quotes must be given
directly to you from a person.
5) Avoid boring summaries of the topic.
6) Have entertaining and intriguing headlines and
decks, including key words on the topic.
7) You are writing for an online audience. Remember to
be relevant, intriguing and use action words. Lists are good things to include.
8) Include, if relevant, your own experiences or
anecdotes of people you know.
9) Be between 750 and 1,200 words.
10) Include a call to action, e.g., prompting the
reader to give feedback or tell their own stories.
We also ask you to supply
high-resolution images and art (or videos if assigned) with full copyright
permissions and credits, including at least one photo of yourself and your pet. Not only will a photo of you help readers connect with you, but
we want to add you to our author bio page if
you become a regular contributor. If you have any photo/art
concerns, please let me know.
We also want to let people know how to follow
you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google Plus, Linked In or
whatever other social media you use. We want people who have a social following
and will partner with us to promote their stuff.
We don’t want writers that need
a lot of editing, don’t follow the assignment, miss their deadlines and aren’t
Submit your proposals to Jessica Pineda at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line "BirdChannel Submissions."
Updated December 2014