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Developing an Article Calendar

On Tuesday, we shared ideas to keep you on track for seasonal and event articles or books. Today you’ll receive some ideas to be prepared for beginning in August.

August
With the end of summer think about March.

  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Spring begins
  • Easter celebrations
  • National Women’s History month
  • Gardening plans/preparations
  • Spring Cleaning


  • September

Although September 21st is Stephen King’s birthday, try to focus on April ideas.

  • Last minute tax tips
  • Earth Day
  • Passover
  • Gardening tips

October
Fall routine is in full swing, think about the month of May.

  • Mother’s Day
  • Gifts/celebrate Mom
  • Graduation
  • Memorial Day
  • Plan summer vacation
  • Summer camp plans

November
The holiday season is here, but look at summer and June.

  • Father’s Day
  • School’s out
  • Summer activities
  • Weddings

December
Take a little time out from festivities and remember July ideas.

  • Independence day
  • Fireworks safety
  • Summer camp
  • National hot dog month
  • Water fun and safety

On Saturday, we’ll finish the planning calendar.

 


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How to Develop an Article Calendar

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.

April
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

May
Think about December.

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

June

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

July
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.