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If you've never been to Cracked before, check it out. The articles are generally funny, well-written, and full of interesting facts. And they get major traffic, constantly. There's a pretty simple writer's bootcamp they put you through, just a little reading, and then you can submit articles for editorial review.

If they like the article, they really work with you on improving it to the point that it's worthy of their front page.

Now, the format is a lot more limiting than it first appears. But if you can write something funny and list-based that conforms to their needs, you will be published. You may have heard of the novels John Dies at the End and This Book is Full of Spiders. The first is already being made into a movie, I believe. These books came from a Cracked staff writer, and it is that connection that really drove sales.

Personally, I gave up after two attempts. I want to write the articles I want to write. I may try again in the future if I think of something compelling, but I don't really sit around trying to come up with something for them. I've done a few Cracked type articles and posted them to my blog, instead.

However, you can expect hundreds of thousands of eyes to see your book link at the end of each article you get published. And those articles are viewed forever.

Just a little tip, if you didn't already know about this. And as a researcher, even a historical researcher, the site has value.

http://www.cracked.com/article_20306_5-myths-about-revolutionary-war-everyone-believes_p2.html

That's the sort of thing I believe several of the Kindleboarders could come up with little effort.
 

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I've actually thought about trying to write for them. I guess a part of me is just scared really, but after seeing this posted here, I'm gonna give it a shot.

What's the worst that could happen?
 

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Great tip!  I love doing the photoplasties, and have gotten in a few of them.

Just a side note, John Dies at the End is already a movie.  Watched it the other day.
 

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jesrphoto said:
Great tip! I love doing the photoplasties, and have gotten in a few of them.

Just a side note, John Dies at the End is already a movie. Watched it the other day.
Dang. That thing went totally under the radar. Thanks!
 

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I tried several times to navigate the site and find the spot where they give submission info.  Could not find it.  One spot said scroll down to "blue" dot and that will lead you to "rules" but there was no blue spot or dot.  Can you give specific link?  Thanks for your help
 

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Consuelo Saah Baehr said:
I tried several times to navigate the site and find the spot where they give submission info. Could not find it. One spot said scroll down to "blue" dot and that will lead you to "rules" but there was no blue spot or dot. Can you give specific link? Thanks for your help
Once you register and post in the forum to let them know you want to write for them, you get access to a writer's section that is off-limits to readers.
 

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It's crazy weird that you mentioned this. When I first started forming my plan to self publish, getting a Cracked article up was at the top of the list as far as trying to market myself was concerned. Their articles regularly hit over a million views and they let you link to your own site/info at the end. I've got one article in the workshop as we speak and outlines for a couple others.
 

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It's crazy weird that you mentioned this. When I first started forming my plan to self publish, getting a Cracked article up was at the top of the list as far as trying to market myself was concerned. Their articles regularly hit over a million views and they let you link to your own site/info at the end. I've got one article in the workshop as we speak and outlines for a couple others.
I really wanted to, but it's sort of stifling. I wanted to write articles like the staff writers, but people who submit articles are much more constrained in what they can write, and how. And I hate the idea of writing an article just to write an article.

But as far as marketing goes, it would probably do more for your books than everything else combined.
 
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