Jan 14, 2017
This article offers advice and information to our guest contributors.
If you’re interested in becoming a guest contributor, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking for different perspectives and unique stories from people who are interested in sharing their expertise with the growing Fons Amplify community.
Just send an email to [email protected] introducing yourself and your ideas for our community.
Fons is the best and most affordable solution empowering music teachers to automate payments, scheduling, policies, and notifications.
Founder Eric Branner started Fons so he could spend more time with his family instead of doing all the invoicing and administrative hours on his teaching business. (His wife used to do all of it and now she gets to do her dream job!)
We pride ourselves on elevating the profession of teaching in all areas, especially continuing education for our users. This is why we started Fons Amplify
Fons Amplify is a publication that focuses on private instructors and small business owners. We the cover tools our community need to build a successful for business. This includes: time management tips, money-making ideas, how to work with clients, and career advice for owners of client-based businesses.
The community coming to our blog are trying to build their business and get tips from the Fons Amplify community.
We’d like everything you write to focus on helping this community.
We use a Trello board to monitor the Editorial Calendar of the Fons Amplify publication. If you’re unfamiliar with Trello, the video below will give a basic introduction. If you’d prefer a non-video guide, check out https://trello.com/guide.
Once we have signed you up as a guest contributor of Fons Amplify, you will be given access to our Trello board:
Each article travels from left to right across the lists, until it reaches the “Published list”.
Here is each list in our editorial calendar, going from left to right:
Anyone in the Fons Amplify team can submit an article idea. This could be anything to help our community of private instructors coming to our blog, trying to build their business and get tips from the Fons Amplify community.
The article idea does NOT need to be fully formed — this list is an area where members can brainstorm and exchange ideas on topics. Please note, all ideas are worth considering — it’s a space to come up with ideas without fear of judgement.
Each idea has its own Trello card. On the back is usually a description of the potential idea.
An idea submitted by a guest contributor will automatically be assigned to that guest contributor, if it is accepted by our editorial team.
Editors will also put post ideas in the “up for grabs” list, which are available for anyone to grab and write.
Ideas from our editor will be put in the “up for grabs” list. If you want to tackle that topic, add yourself to the card and move it to “writing”. This clearly identifies who will be writing the piece — and ensures no one else grabs your card!
When you’re happy with your article and want an editor to look at it — move the card to the “editing” column. Once the article is almost ready, it needs to be uploaded as a draft on the Fons Amplify site for the final review. The editor will go through the piece and edit it via Medium. The writer must be available to answer any questions or make any amendments in a timely fashion.
You will need a Medium account to do this. It’s easy and free to sign up to at https://medium.com.
Here’s how to submit on Medium:
2. When you write the draft make sure you submit it the Fons Amplify publication:
Your article is signed off and is scheduled for publication.
A note will appear, which says (for example):
Signed off on 31st January.
Scheduled for publication on 6th February.
When your post is published, you’ll be notified via Trello with a message that reads something like this:
Published! Thanks for another awesome post!
Here’s the link to share with your people: https://amplify.fons.com/our-writer-guidelines-4a7d2a1d6830
If you want to copy/paste here’s a good social media post to go along with it:
Struggling with your work/life balance as a teacher? Here are my tips to redress the balance: https://amplify.fons.com/our-writer-guidelines-4a7d2a1d6830
So, we’d like you to use this information to tell your social media followers about your post. It doesn’t matter if it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other format. Once you have promoted your post on social media, can you please pop your post in the “Broadcast By Author” list so we can see if this boosts your post’s hits.
This Trello list has questions that writers ask — and our editor’s answers. So, watch this space.
The article is live! We will send the writer a link to the article.
Once payment has been made, the Trello card is archived.
We’d love it if you could promote your post on your social media networks. If you do, it would be great if you could move your card to this list so we know which posts have been promoted.
Once the article is scheduled, authors will be paid at the end of the following calendar month when the article is signed off.
For example, if your article is signed off between 1st–30th April inclusive, you will be paid by the end of May, regardless of when it is scheduled for.
You will receive an email at the end of each month letting you know how much you will be paid for that month’s work.
Founder Eric Branner created Fons so he can spend more time with his family instead of doing all the invoicing and administrative hours on his teaching business. (His wife used to do all of it and now she gets to do her dream job!)
Fons is the best and most affordable solution empowering music teachers to automate payments, scheduling, policies, and notifications. Take 60 seconds and try it out now! http://fons.io
Thanks for reading this guide — if you have any further questions, please email [email protected].