Frequently Asked Questions by Publishous Writers

Nicole Akers
Jan 5, 2019 · 4 min read
  • I’ve submitted my first pitch, does that mean I’ve submitted a piece?

It means that you’ve sent a piece of original work that is representative of the kind and caliber of a writer you are. We want to hear your voice to see if you fit the kind of work we want to syndicate. Once accepted as a writer you’ll need to use the three dots to send your piece to Publishous, which puts it in our queue of works waiting to be published.

Update: We no longer ask for a pitch, just a link to your Medium profile.

  • What are the three dots and how do I use them?

The three dots can be found at the top of your Medium profile (look to the left of your picture). Click the dots, drop down to “Add to Publication” then select the Publishous publication to send your piece. Confirm. Also, see this link.

  • What does syndication mean?

We’re opening you up to a wider audience by taking the pieces you send to us on Medium and publishing them on where we get over 1.5 million views each month. Through PublishousNow some of our writers have been noticed and published, interviewed and re-published. One of our writers even got interviewed with CBS News.

Additionally, we Nicole Akers and Clay Akers, share on Publishous Facebook and Twitter profiles. Appreciate your shares and retweets as we tag you. We also share across our personal profiles on LinkedIn (Nicole and Clay).

Syndication is only possible with drafts, previously unpublished pieces on Medium.

The first publish goes to, which is what Google will see as the original publication point. Please use the link as the backlink should you choose to republish your articles in the future. (We ask for 30 days of exclusivity before you republish, please).

  • What kind of writers are you looking for?

In general, here’s what we’re looking for: Writers who have demonstrated their commitment to the craft by regularly publishing long-form pieces, preferably 500–700 words or more. Pieces that have been thoroughly edited and are in final form. Please use tools like spell check, Grammarly, and headline analyzers.

  • How long does it take to get published?

It depends on whether you are a new writer or whether you have already published with us.

If you’re new, we’re over at PublishousNOW building your profile there before your first piece gets published. It may take a few days.

If you already write with us we attempt to publish quickly, in about 48 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

  • What if I change my mind?

Sometimes this happens, if you are pulling a piece, please do so before we’ve accepted the piece to the publication and have begun our syndication efforts. We’re here to help, but you should do some troubleshooting too, which includes checking on your story from your Medium profile.

When you send a piece it should show “submitted”. As we accept it, it will show “accepted”. When we publish, it will show “published”. Also, check your Medium notifications. You should be notified when we have accepted your story, even if we have scheduled your published version for later.

We frequently schedule stories to publish across a day, or into the next day so you get time on the publication page.

If you repeatedly pull pieces, especially after our syndication efforts have begun, we reserve the right to remove you as a writer.

  • What should I expect?

My piece hasn’t been published, but I’d really like to publish it with you. When is appropriate to follow up?

A recent poll of writers and publishers alike, suggests a proper timeframe to be 4–7 days. Basic etiquette is to follow up, but not before 4 business days have passed.

An exception is that you have checked on the status of a piece and see it has been scheduled but has not come up as published 24 hours later. In this case, please follow up immediately.

  • Are all pieces syndicated?

No. We have a lot of eyes, views, and connections reading PublishousNOW and we protect those connections fiercely. Syndication is for pieces that are well crafted and well-edited. It’s kind of like Hallmark. When you care enough to send the very best your piece can be syndicated. There are a variety of caveats that prevent a piece from being syndicated, but first and foremost, it must be a draft.

Do you have other questions? If so, please add them in the comments and we will address them.

Nicole Akers

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Founder of Publishous. Mom of 2. Helps writers write better. Get my book, Make Money on Medium: Build Your Audience & Grow Your Income:


How to be your best self.

Nicole Akers

Written by

Founder of Publishous. Mom of 2. Helps writers write better. Get my book, Make Money on Medium: Build Your Audience & Grow Your Income:


How to be your best self.

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