How to Develop an Article Calendar

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Some of you may already to this, but others may not realize what a great tool it can be when you’re trying to set up an article writing schedule. You can even use it to plan for releasing a new print book or E-book. Think seasonal. Think about how much lead time you need. Most magazines want a 4 to 6 month lead time. Some are only 60 days.

The following are a place to start. It’s already the end of March for this year, so we’ll start with April dubmissions.

Look ahead to November.

  • Lung cancer awareness month
  • Colder weather
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • American Diabetes month
  • Holiday tips
  • National Alzheimer’s disease month
  • Surviving the holidays
  • Decorations

Think about December.

  • Hanukah
  • Last minute shopping ideas
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Holiday meals
  • Kwanzaa begins
  • Cold weather/winter fun


Now’s the time for January ideas to keep your calendar going.

  • New Year’s Day
  • Goals and resolutions
  • Celebration of Life month
  • Lose holiday pounds
  • Start a fitness program
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Travel in winter conditions
  • International creativity month

It’s hot now but look to February.

  • Valentine’s Day
  • Romantic dates
  • Black History month
  • President’s Day
  • American heart month

Come back Thursday for the rest of the article calendar ideas.

Author: diannegsagan

Dianne G. Sagan has written over 25 books and more than 300 articles in her 20 years as a ghostwriter and published her own work traditionally and indie. She writes fiction and nonfiction. She's an experienced speaker at writers' conferences in the region and an experienced facilitator for writers classes and workshops.

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