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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.

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.