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Of course, sometimes I break this up over the course of a few days, working on multiple projects simultaneously. I guess I constantly keep a list of possible writing topics, with a few bullets outlining what each post would cover. I then tend to flesh these out into a better structure before writing an initial draft. Finally, I read through, correcting mistakes, adding illustrations and trying to tighten it up. Then it’s just a matter of deciding the best place to publish it.

The illustrations above have been created and designed by Ricardo Gimenes. On Smashing Magazine, we never use donated products as prizes for our contests and giveaways.We don’t participate in any kind of partner-linking system. Together, they receive $1,600 per month (or $80 per article). Our in-house front-end developer llya Pukhalski takes care of our lean and clean CSS and the performance and maintenance of the website. Our illustrator Ricardo Gimenes has to reset his alarm clock every month to be able to finalize the illustrations and visuals on time (he lives in São Paulo, Brazil).

External proofreaders, Andrew Lobo and Owen Gregory, take good care of the tone, voice and grammar of articles, polishing them but also protecting the author’s unique writing style. Whether an author gets paid the honorarium isn’t open for discussion. At Smashing Magazine we cover a very broad range of subjects. To be able to do this we rely on people taking on editorial roles within their subject of expertise, helping the Editor in Chief to ensure that articles are useful, and accurate. We have lovely, experienced editors and reviewers with specific knowledge in the subjects we cover. They will help ensure your article really hits the mark.

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