I prepared this checklist for writers planning to submit to ILLUMINATION-Curated publication. However, these points can be used for any publication on Medium or other content platforms on the web. I prepared this article to serve as a giveback to the writers’ community.
Many thanks for the feedback provided to the story raising quality bars of ILLUMINATION. Our readers are impressed and delighted by the improvement. Please review our position as we will implement the rules in these guidelines.
Some writers at Level 1 want to move to Level 2, and many writers at L2 wish to progress towards L3 goals. This initiative is an ongoing process. As an editorial team, we will continue to support these transitioning activities and help you transform your writing to the desired levels. …
I published a story about my initial experience of Vocal. The readers well received the story on my experimentation. More importantly, the responses motivated me to write a follow up on my findings.
My purpose was to introduce my findings and initial impression on Vocal+. I mentioned the basics and provided adequate information to get you started writing for Vocal. Many writers found Vocal useful as a freelance opportunity.
Several writers enhanced my messages. From your comments, I learned about new features. Thank you all for your excellent input. Through this initiative, I met new writers and started collaborating. One simple story can open new communication path. …
I usually write about what leaders do.
In this post, I look at leadership from a different angle to recognize fake leaders. I encapsulated many points under six headings to make it easy to read and learn.
I use daily language so that any reader can benefit from this post. Explanations are short because the headings are self-explanatory.
The fake leaders reflect the attributes of charlatans, shams, hoaxers, fraudsters, mountebanks, and swindlers.
They disguise their motives using tricky methods and raise their voice like a bully.
It is crucial to recognize fake leaders as they resemble sneaky viruses attacking the human immune system. Small viruses don’t have substance. They are not even full organisms, but once they enter the body, they can be toxic, dangerous, and life-threatening. …
I received the first tip of my life.
Coming from a country where the tipping system does not exist and receiving my first tip as a writer has a special meaning for me.
We don’t do tips in Australia.
I gave tips to services provided to me while working in the United States and some Asian countries. But I have never received a tip in my life until now.
However, I received several awards, recognitions, and bonus schemes rewarded with considerable financial compensations for going above and beyond in my professional life spanning across almost four decades.
Each award meant a lot and motivated me to produce more and better. …
Writers need readers.
And readers need writers.
Goodreads is an ideal place to bring readers and writers into one place.
The purpose of this post is to introduce Goodreads and an initiative I created to support our writers to collaborate on Goodreads.
First, let me give you a brief background of this reputable online organization.
Goodreads is one of the biggest platforms bringing published authors and avid readers in an interactive platform. Since 2006, Goodreads is serving thousands of writers and readers. It has currently around 20 million members.
Amazon owns this sizeable social cataloging site as a community organization. There are many sub-communities created by writers and readers. It is an active and energetic place. You can feel the virtual smell of books in this gigantic library. …
I keep highlighting that writers need visibility to survive and thrive.
We must take personal responsibility to create our followers and convert them into our fans. No one else would do this job for us. It is in our capable hands.
Writing and blogging platforms are under constant change. They are unpredictable. No one knows what may happen tomorrow. Online ventures are fragile. They may disappear out of nowhere.
We cannot trust and rely on platforms owned by others. They may change their rules anytime. Even as a loyal customer, you have no rights to change their practices. …
Considering my engagement in various content development platforms, some writers asked me about other writing platforms for potential publishing opportunities. As you may know there are many writing and content development platforms on the market. I agree to provide my initial experience as both platforms are interest to me.
Based on recommendations from other fellow writers and my mentors, I recently joined the Vocal Media writing program, which is called Vocal+. It is similar to Medium Partnership Program. However, there are some differences.
In this story, I want to introduce my findings and initial impression on Vocal+. I believe my experience can be informative and useful for you to understand this content development platform especially for freelance writers. If you are experienced in Vocal platform, you are welcome to enhance my messages to be informative to the writing community. …
One of my goals is to cross-pollinate writers and readers to create synergy and fusion on this platform. The purpose of this story is to share with you an interview that I conducted with Jith.
Sreejith Menath (Jith) is an experienced writer on ILLUMINATION and created his own publication on Medium.
Jith supports our writers, engages with them meaningfully, and collaborates in our Slack channel. He has strong engineering, business strategy, and leadership background. I am connected with Jith on LinkedIn and follow his insights. In this post, I transcribed the responses Jith provided to my questions.
Let’s explore the background of this successful writer. …
If you want to be a successful writer, you need to understand the rules of engagement for our publication and the overall platform.
The purpose of this post is to make our publication guidelines crystal clear so that writers can get the best out of our services.
ILLUMINATION is rapidly growing. 5,600+ writers are contributing to our publication now. We are delighted by the contributions of so many writers. This is an excellent position for us to serve our readers better. The critical success factors for this desired position are diversity, inclusiveness, and service excellence.
Diversity and inclusiveness come with a cost. …
Dear New Writers,
Thank you for your application to contribute to ILLUMINATION and ILLUMINATION-Curated. We are delighted to meet you. Welcome.
The purpose of this post is to notify new contributors joined ILLUMINATION and ILLUMINATION-Curated today. Your account should have the publications you joined. If you don’t see the publication in your profile, please leave a comment so that we can add your account again.
ILLUMINATION is a diverse and inclusive publication. Each new writer brings new perspectives and contributes to enhancing the breadth and depth of our publication.
Our goal is to help you succeed in Medium. You joined a significant publication making noticeable impact on Medium. ILLUMINATION is one of the fastest growing publication supporting 5,600+contributing writers and 44,500+) readers. We grow rapidly with contributions from inspiring and engaging writers like you. …