Write for Nolo

 

Write for the Nolo Network
Opportunities for Freelance Writers
Manuscript Submissions


Writing for the Nolo Network

Attorneys, would you like to share your expert knowledge by writing articles for the millions of people who visit Nolo's network of websites each month? We encourage you to submit articles to Nolo, following these guidelines.

Topics

When you're choosing a topic, keep firmly in mind that Nolo's mission is to provide relevant, practical information to nonlawyers. Review our websites to become familiar with Nolo's writing style and the types of issues we cover.

Length

Articles should be between 600 and 1,200 words.

Style and Content

Here are some practical tips to help you write articles.

Provide practical, unbiased information. Avoid long narratives, legal history, and sensational language.

Use plain English. Avoid legalese and flowery language. Remember that most readers are not lawyers.

Don't submit a law review article. The average nonlawyer should be able to understand the article and find it interesting and informative.

Limit discussion of personal experiences or cases. Refer to a personal experience or case only if it helps explain a legal concept or provides a good example of what's discussed in the article. Don't discuss the size of monetary judgments or settlements that you helped obtain.

Don't promote yourself. Consumers trust Nolo's websites because they are not filled with self-promotional material. (If you are an advertiser in Nolo's Lawyer Directory, you can tell readers all about yourself in your Lawyer Directory profile.)

Write a good first paragraph. The first paragraph should state what the article is about and offer a conclusion (when appropriate) so that readers can decide right away if the article will answer their question. Don't start with a case or client story.

Keep paragraphs short. When possible, use subject headings to break up paragraphs, and use bulleted lists when including a list of items or issues.

Be willing to revise. The best writing comes from several "eyes" and revisions. Nolo's expert editors will edit your article and may request revisions.

Byline

Your name, company or law firm name, type of law practice, and city will appear in the byline. (For example, "John Doe, an employment lawyer with Doe, Doe & Doe, practices law in Sacramento, California.")

If you are an advertiser in Nolo's Lawyer Directory, your byline will link to your Lawyer Directory profile.

How to Submit an Article

Log in to your account at www.nolo.com/user and click on the "Contributed Content" tab to start writing your article. If your article is accepted for publication, a Nolo editor will edit it and send the finished article to you for approval. Guest authors do not receive compensation for articles.


Opportunities for Freelance Writers

If you're interested in becoming a freelance writer for Nolo, and can commit to writing assigned articles regularly, take a look at the Nolo freelance writing opportunities in our Careers section. 


Manuscript Submissions

Thank you for your interest in writing for Nolo. We welcome proposals by outside authors. The information here should help you determine whether your book idea might be a good fit with our publishing program.

What Nolo Publishes

Nolo publishes legal do-it-yourself books for consumers, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. We specialize in helping people handle their own legal tasks -- for example, write a will, file a small claims court lawsuit, start a small business or nonprofit, or apply for a patent. We also offer plain-English guidance on practical and financial tasks such as buying a house, writing a business plan, or preventing identity theft.

If you are not familiar with Nolo titles, browse our offerings online at www.nolo.com. You'll find a brief description of each book, a table of contents, sample chapter and/or a list of forms. You can also check out Nolo publications in your local bookstore or library.

Nolo does not publish fiction, first-person accounts, biographies or any other material that strays too far from our step-by-step approach.

To submit a book proposal to Nolo, please include the following:

  • cover letter describing the book and explaining how it fits into Nolo's publishing program
  • chapter-by-chapter outline of the entire book
  • description of the market you envision and why people would buy this book
  • list of competing titles (author, title and publisher) and why your book would be better or different
  • summary of your qualifications to write this book, and
  • sample chapter (other than an introduction, at least ten pages) or other material that demonstrates your writing skills and subject expertise.

If you're not ready to submit a full book proposal, but would like brief feedback on a book idea, please send a brief query letter describing your idea and qualifications.

Where to Send Your Proposal

Please ship your proposal to:

New Book Submissions
Nolo
950 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

We cannot accept proposals sent by email (sorry, we got too much spam). If you want to verify that we receive your submission, please use a shipping method that is traceable.

If you want your proposal returned, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return of all of your material. If you do not want your proposal returned, but would like a response, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with first-class postage.

We will review your proposal or query letter and let you know of our decision as soon as possible, but it may take a month.

Please, no phone calls.

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