We think it’s great that you’re writing for us, and
so here’s a few things to guide you along:
All articles must be requested by TenLinks editors
(TenLinks is the company that owns TEAM and CADdigest.com). We do not pay for
unrequested articles or self-promotional articles. You are
working for us as a contractor, which means that by law we
have to give you minimal guidance and you have to deal with
We encourage you to use your own "voice." You may use the
style to which you are accustomed to writing on your blog;
we think that will work well with our readers.
Here’s what we find also works well:
- Write in the present tense as much as possible, and
never in the future tense.
- Try to use “I” rather than “you,” because the
article is about your experiences.
- If you find sentences getting long, readers will
appreciate you for breaking them into two.
- One space after period -- not two, as you may have
been taught in typing school!
Authors must meet our deadline dates. Typically, we like
to receive your article two weeks after the day we assign it
to you or you receive the software. If you’re having any
kind of problem, do let us know and we will do what we can
to assist you.
Authors must have signed the TenLinks Author Release
Form, which we will send you to separately.
Additional requirements may be added by one of the
editors when we assign the article. But your ideas on
tweaking the topic are welcome, too.
Standard Payments for Articles
Here is what you can expect to be paid.
- Hands on review or in-depth feature article.
- Over 1500 words
- Multiple illustrations (minimum of
four), including captions
- Transcribe the interview
- Provide a picture of the person(s) being interviewed, available from the person or
the firm’s PR firm
First Looks $150
- Short hands-on reviews or short articles:
- 1000 - 1500 words
- Multiple illustrations, such as screen
grabs (minimum of two), including captions
You will be supplied software for review by TenLinks.com
or shipped direct (or downloaded) from the vendor. Software
may be NFR (not for resale), unlimited use, or limited-time
use -- depending on the wishes of the vendor. Either way,
software does not have to be returned to us or the vendor.
Text and Illustration Standards
We can accept the text in just about any format of word
processor that runs on Windows, like DOC, DOCX, and RTF.
Don’t use PDFs and we really don’t like Mac-specific
formats, like .pages.
Illustrations should be saved in TIFF or PNG format, in
the range to 800 to 1024 pixels wide. If you need help
taking good screen grabs, try using WinSnap from
You can embed the illustrations in the document. But if
you keep them separate, you can bundle all the illustrations
into a ZIP file for easier emailing.
The first time you send us an article, write a short
biography of yourself, some two to four sentences in length.
Include a picture (headshot) we can use with the bio, and
the link to your blog or Web site.
Submission and Publication
Send the completed article and figures to our managing
editor by the established deadline.
Delivering your article a day early makes the editor really
Once we receive your article, we copy edit it, fact check
it, and then copy edit twice more. You can expect the
article to appear on CADdigest.com within two weeks. You are
encouraged to post the article on your own site or blog, if
you have one.
Finally, the most important part! Provide us with your
PayPal account so that we can pay you promptly. If you don’t
use PayPal, please please email us your mailing address for
the check. Expect to be paid within a month.
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Novato, CA 94947
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