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TODAY'S CAREGIVER MAGAZINE / Editorial Guidelines

Today's Caregiver magazine - Editorial guidelines

Today's Caregiver magazine - Editorial GuidelinesPlease send us your articles as a word document as an attachment to your email.  Include name address and current telephone number and email address with all submissions.  Send all articles to nancy@caregiver.com.

We are looking for articles between 500 and 1500 words depending on the subject.  Please include a short bio about the author. 

We will also consider publication of poetry and artwork that illustrate or illuminate a caregiver theme.

Any article that appeals to a caregiver audience will be considered for publication.

The publisher reserves the right to edit content of articles for space considerations spelling and grammar.  Upon acceptance of an article for publication, we will send a release form to be signed and returned allowing us to publish the article in any of our publications and reprints.

If photographs are submitted, we will need a signed release from the photographer allowing use of the photograph in this or any other publication of the publisher.  Any person whose likeness is in the photo will also need to sign an appropriate release.  Photographers will receive photo credit if the photo is used.

If artwork is submitted we will also need a signed release form the artist allowing publication.

Clearly mark the materials as to what article they accompany and clearly indicate the name and address for returns.

The author, photographer or artist will retain the copyright to the article unless specific arrangements are made in writing.  No fees will be paid for any submissions for publication unless specific arrangements are made in writing.

All materials not electronically submitted must be accompanied by appropriate self-addressed return packaging material if return of materials is desired.  Materials will not be returned unless return packaging is included and will become the property of the publisher.  The publisher is not responsible for damage or loss of any materials submitted for publication.

The following are some suggested ideas for topics that we would consider publishing.  It is not exclusive and we encourage you to submit articles that are not listed below.

ISSUES RELATED TO CAREGIVERS LIVING IN RURAL AREAS 
Information that helps family and professional caregivers who live outside of metropolitan areas, such as long distance caregiving, transportation, home healthcare, caregiver technology are a few examples.

PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVER RELATED ARTICLES
Information to assist professionals in being more comfortable with and understanding the needs of family caregivers and developing positive relationships with their patients/clients. Also, articles which will assist professionals in their duties: new developments in the field, pertinent legislation, licensing laws, professional ethics, professional relationships with other fields and patients/clients.

CAREGIVING FOR CHILDREN RELATED ARTICLES 
Information for parents, friends and relatives related to caring for a child with chronic, life threatening or terminal illnesses/conditions. Articles should speak to the needs of the caregiver, how to cope with the strain and emotions of their situation, ways to find relief, respite and joy with their child. Information about child related organizations, assistance (emotional, physical and financial) available, how to prepare for and how to survive the loss of a child.

TRAVEL RELATED ARTICLES
Information and personal accounts in regards to traveling as a caregiver.  These can be in regards to making arrangements so that a caregiver CAN travel without fear of leaving their loved ones, or traveling with their loved ones. Articles about travel for a day or a week or longer are welcome, all forms of travel, from driving to cruising.  Insight about accommodations, tourist attractions, accessibility and pitfalls in both national and international travel are sought.

SPIRITUAL NEEDS RELATED ARTICLES
It is preferred that these articles are submitted by spiritual or religious leaders/scholars. These articles are to address the spiritual and emotional needs of caregivers. Caregivers face a wide range of issues from feeling the guilt of being well while a loved one is ill, to wondering what they did to cause this to happen to their loved one. There are caregivers who feel they cannot take another moment of their plight, who are having difficulty with their responsibilities and do not know how to ask for assistance from other people or from a higher power. Almost any issue a person faces in adversity is a compounded issue for a Caregiver. Also, see RELATIONSHIP RELATED ARTICLES, below.

ELDERCARE RELATED ARTICLES
Any articles, which provide information to assist caregivers with elder loved ones, are welcome. Please remember that although you may be writing from a point of information about a specific disease, illness or condition, offering information in a way that can be generalized to caregivers for persons with other infirmities, is preferable.

PREPAREDNESS ISSUES
A number of our readers are so involved with day-to-day needs; they fail to prepare for future possibilities.  Any articles, which speak to the needs of being prepared for eventualities, will be considered. Areas of interest include dealing with the government, dealing with relatives, bill collectors, funeral preparations, caregiver rights, the rights of loved ones, patient rights, rights of partners, dealing with insurance companies.

STRESS RELATED ARTICLES 
Relieving stress is a must for Caregivers. Information on how to avoid stress, relieve it, over come it or survive it, is included in every issue. We are open to considering any manner of dealing with stress be it nutritional, spiritual, recreational therapy, meditative, physical or whatever you can find, that is proven and works. Include references and resources for caregivers who want to explore further.

RELATIONSHIP RELATED ARTICLES
A number of our readers are caring for their spouses and partners. Any illness or change in lifestyle is going to affect a relationship. Articles and stories, which speak to all aspects of this issue, are needed.

POETRY, GRAPHICS AND MISCELLANEOUS WORKS
Some formats of written work do not qualify as “articles”, but still speak to the needs of our readers. We welcome original works, photos, original poetry, original songs, artwork, short statements of inspiration; etc. that you feel would be appropriate for our pages.