Profile of an Inman Contributor
Updated May 22, 2019
In sixth grade, you published a neighborhood newspaper. Maybe you took a journalism or creative writing class or two before you fell in love with real estate.
Now, you’re the go-to guy or gal everyone in your company turns to when they need some snappy copy or a well-written blog post that tells it like it is. Last week, a colleague turned to you at lunch and suggested:
“You ought to write for Inman!”
Inman is the real estate industry’s leading source for news, insight, intelligence, advice and opinions provided by full-time journalists in collaboration with hundreds of volunteer contributors representing every aspect of the industry.
We think you should write for Inman, too! Here’s how to get started …
Send your contact information and a sample of your best writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can contribute?
Agents and brokers with a passion for real estate are invited and encouraged to become an Inman contributor.
How often can I contribute?
Most of our contributors write one or two articles a month. Write more frequently if you want to increase your visibility and build your personal brand.
What should I write about?
- Topics that matter to you, your clients, colleagues, competitors, vendors, real estate industry leaders and policy-makers.
- A specific niche within the real estate industry (luxury properties, for example).
- A personal experience that taught you a lesson or two.
- A valuable insight no one else can offer.
- The pros and cons about an industry practice or policy, government action or anything else controversial.
- Educate your colleagues about a new process, practice or technology that helped grow your business.
- Remember: if you haven’t read about it, consider writing it!
What is not allowed or not likely to be accepted?
- Endorsements for your company, product, team, or service — or for a company, product, or service for which you have consulted or been paid to promote. (No commercials for you, your company, your client’s or family/friend/loved one’s company, please! If you wish to have publish a sponsored article or other sponsored content, please contact email@example.com for rates and further details.)
- Overt critiques or attacks.
- Contributions that rely heavily on math, data, or claims that Inman editors cannot research and independently verify.
- Surveys or data that have not been published publicly elsewhere.
- Contributions over 1,200 words in length.
These ideas will get you started. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas for articles you would like to contribute.
Tips for writers
- Articles should be 500-800 words (longer, if the subject merits it).
- Start with a headline and follow with an outline.
- Limit your introduction; get to the point.
- Offering advice? Provide three to five (but no more than 10) action items or takeaways.
- Anecdotes help provide color and make your article unique.
- Use simple, direct prose and active verbs.
- Use Associated Press (AP) style. Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” also is an excellent resource for any writer.
- Every writer needs an editor. Ask a colleague to review your article to make sure the points you make are clear before you submit it.
How do I submit an article?
Inman publishes using the WordPress (WP) system. Before you submit an article for publication, contact us at email@example.com.
Do I need to provide images?
We appreciate original photography but do not accept copyrighted material. If you have an idea about how to illustrate your article, talk to us!
What happens after I submit my article?
Our editors will review it for content and determine where it fits with our upcoming editorial calendar. Often we will ask you to make some edits, such as elaborating on aspects of the piece we think readers will find interesting. When the article is ready for publication, you’ll be notified so that you’ll know when to visit Inman and see your byline! We even have a contributor’s Facebook group that showcases stories as they publish in real time.
Do you edit my article?
All submissions to Inman are reviewed by our editorial team for compliance with Associated Press style guidelines and publishing policies. Inman reserves the right to edit all article headlines and other content, and to fact check any claims with sources at other organizations and companies, to ensure that contributed articles are accurate and read by as many of our community members as possible.
Do you publish archival content?
Submissions to Inman should be written or recorded specifically for publication in Inman. If you have previously published content that seems particularly well suited for the Inman audience, we would be happy to review it.
What about publication rights?
All submissions become the property of Inman upon publication.
Do you take paid contributions?
We do not take money for contributed stories. Any contributors who are paid by outside parties to insert links should disclose or risk the end of our relationship and their stories being removed from our site.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about contributing to Inman. We’re here to help!