Here are some pointers on how to write articles using your compliance department as your partner, not your adversary.
- Identify the common problem you intend to solve and related issues that are an offshoot of this problem.
- Contact your compliance department and tell them what you intend to write about, and that you’ll send them a draft.
- Identify the magazine you want to write it for.
- After they give you a go-ahead from compliance, write a query letter to the intended magazine editor.
- For the content of your article, write out the steps to address the main problem. Remember, you’re not pitching your service or product, but providing readers with a solution or alternative approaches. You are in a safe harbor by sticking with ideas, procedures, processes, systems, and methods of operation, or recent developments that your audience likely hasn’t heard of.
- If you use any research studies, charts, or graphs, e-mail the original sources for permission to use them and cite them as the source in the article.
- Conclude the article with a summary and call to action that paves a pathway back to you. It could be as simple as inviting the reader to “Contact the author for more information.” Now, read your article aloud.
- Meanwhile, you get a positive response from the magazine editor. Before you send off the article, first send your completed draft to compliance and ask for a time frame for turnaround. Once they approve, send finished piece to the magazine.
- After publication, remember to ask permission to reprint the article.