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How to get published

HIGH PROFILE MAGAZINE

Writing Tips

Hello future writer!

Thanks for your interest in writing for High Profile Magazine. There are many benefits in becoming a contributor, including:

  • Influence: sharing your expertise helps people find you online, especially after a meeting. When someone googles you, what they find helps them to decide to buy from you. 

  • Credibility: you establish credibility with the readers, followers and contacts on your social media channels. 

  • Experience: you gain valuable experience from the publication process.

  • Exposure: you gain more exposure, and it becomes easier to get featured in other publications.

  • Trust: you gain more trust from readers, followers and social media contacts by sharing your expertise. 

  • SEO: consistency is key: always use the same phrases and words - and ideally your keywords. Google will link those words to your profile online.

  • Visibility: share your article with your database and social media connections. The more visible you are, the more credible and trustworthy you become in their eyes. 

  • Marketing: use your article as a marketing tool to attract prospective customers.

 

We understand some experts might not see themselves as “writers” so we have put together this guide (which is forever evolving) to help you understand what we are looking for when publishing an article.  


You are writing an article to share your knowledge and expertise; it’s not an advert for your business. Readers should read your article and understand you’re an expert in your industry, so that when they have a problem to solve, and you’re an expert in the area they need help with, they will remember you and come to you for assistance.

 

Please read our Editorial Guidelines below. Following these guidelines will ensure that your article moves efficiently through the process.


How to write your life story in 500 words

1. Divide your life into paragraphs and think about how many words you can write in each paragraph.

Note 1 :

This is just an example. You can choose to skip any period of your life or write entirely about your professional life.

If you need help writing about your professional life, you can also watch this 10-minute video created by Rafael dos Santos, editor-in-chief of High Profile Magazine.

 

You can also read more about writing on Rafael’s personal website.

Note 2 :

If you send your content (text) and it has more than 500 words, the words number 501 onwards will not be displayed in the article and might look unfinished, or we may not publish your article altogether, so please follow the guidelines. Due to the high number of text we receive, we don’t chase authors or contributors who don’t follow the guidelines.

Please stick to the number of words!

2. What is a high-resolution portrait photo?

 

It’s a photo of your face with a clear or neutral background.

Good examples:

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3. What are action photos?

They are photos of you in ‘action’, so not ‘posing’ to the camera. Good action photos are the ones that show what you do. It could be you on stage giving a TED Talk, you running a workshop, you training a client, etc. Examples of good action photos:

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4. Cover stories
 

High Profile Magazine covers are stylish, classy, chic and, of course, High Profile.

We have two magazines: High Profile UK and Brazil and soon Russia and USA (2022).  If you are interested in being the cover star, please book a call with our editor-in-chief here. Please choose the option “Legends Only”.

 

For the cover story we need:

  • A photo that has not been used before. If you are in London we offer a photoshoot in the studio with our high fashion photographer Andrei Koscina.

  • You need to send 4 ‘action’ photos for the article.

  • You need to book a video interview with Rafael, the editor. Please book here.

 

Cover stories also receive a video to share on social media.

Examples of cover stories:

 

Rafael has interviewed Jimmy Choo, the worlds’ number one shoe designer:

https://issuu.com/highprofilemag/docs/april_edition-uk-v2021

 

Video:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CN12lLUJnpq/

 

Rafael interviewed Her Highness Sayyida Basma Al Said:

https://issuu.com/highprofilemag/docs/princess_basma

 

Video:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CO2JFiXJJEn/

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We have editorial cover articles about Michelle Obama and Oprah:

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for writing more effectively

  • Start with a mind map. If you have never done a mind map, read this article

  • Do your mindmap on an A4 sheet of paper, or several if you need it. We also recommend using the White Magic Paper. You can buy it on Amazon

  • Make a plan with a sequence of words. Use bullet points to structure the ideas that came out from the mindmap and shuffle the order around until it starts to flow and make sense. 

  • Know your audience. Once you figure out who you're writing for and why your natural writing voice can shift to accommodate this. 

  • Don’t try to imitate another writer. You will find your style once you start writing.

  • An informal language is a good approach. Write as if you are “chatting to a friend in the pub”. No jargon, no pompous words. 

  • Don’t try to show off with the use of difficult words. The reader will switch to another article. 

  • Shift that fear of the blank page by starting with draft 0.5 instead of draft 1. 

  • Try copying your plan directly into your first draft document and use it as a skeleton to write around rather than starting with nothing.

  • Don't worry about writing it in order when doing your draft. The beauty of typing rather than handwriting is that you can jump into a piece of writing at any point; you don't have to start at the beginning. 

  • Writer's block comes when you freeze up over getting the right words out in the correct order. 

  • Introductions don't have to be written first - they are better written last.

  • Do it all again the next day if you can’t do it in a couple of hours. That’s fine. Leave it and go back to it the next day.

  • Ultimately, the key is this: habits form through repetition. The more you write, the easier it becomes. In getting comfortable with the idea of writing regardless of your mood, you become less reliant on needing to feel inspired or 'ready', and more capable of making steady progress. 

  • When writing your article, it is helpful to answer the following questions:

  • What is the central message of my article?

  • What is important, useful, new, or counterintuitive about this idea?

  • Why do readers need to know about it? How can my idea be applied today?

  • What is the source of my authority? On what previous work (either your own or others’) does this idea build? References, white papers, reports, etc.

  • What academic, professional, or personal experience will I be sharing in this article? 

Tips

Note 3 :
a. You don’t need to worry about your biography in your article. There will be space for you to add your bio at the end of the article. You write a biography of up to 50 words, including your website. 

b. When writing your biography, you must use only ONE URL. We recommend that you use the easiest one for people to contact you, such as your company website OR your personal website OR your Linkedin page OR your Instagram account or any other link you wish to use.

c. Use the BANEC® system to write your bio. Watch this video to learn how to write a credible bio. The video shows you how to write a 50-word bio. For your articles, you must write a 50-word bio. We won't accept bios longer than 50 words.

Have you read it all? 
Shall we book a call now to discuss the next steps?

Click/tap here to book a video so we can get to know each other and

I can answer any further questions you may have. 

I look forward to connecting with you!