It’s important to us that what we publish has a high degree of quality and integrity, so we won’t publish just any product-related content. If, after numerous iterations, we can’t agree on a final draft – it will remain a draft. You still own your copyright so you can, of course, post it wherever you wish.
It’s hard to decline such a strong initiative from a community member, but it does need to happen from time to time. If this happens to you, please don’t lose confidence! We’re always willing to consider alternative pieces and to help hopeful authors reach the product community – if you’re willing to work with us on raising the bar, we’ll put the time in to help you refine your articles.
We will reject articles if they have simply been written to advertise a product or service. Articles can mention products or services, however these must be passing references, and all articles must be valuable and informative in themselves (i.e. if product/service mentions are removed).
Articles published on Mind the Product must be original work. We take a strong anti-plagiarism stance – plagiarised work will be removed from the site and we will not work with the author again in future.
Work that is your own should also be original to Mind the Product (ie. not published elsewhere, including your own blog), and we ask that we retain that exclusivity for a minimum of 2 weeks on all articles submitted by guest authors. After the 2-week exclusivity period on Mind the Product, your content can be published elsewhere with the following reference: Originally published on www.mindtheproduct.com, [enter the publication date here]. Please note: this does not apply to commissioned articles.