Life In The USA
Making a Living
Death in America
Basic Information for Essayists
Once your take a good surf through Life In The
USA you'll realize that the site is designed to act as a comprehensive guide to American
life. Actual and potential immigrants to the USA from all over the world use the site, and it
is also widely referenced by college and high school students looking for essay topics and
Though the site is comprehensive, creator Elliot Essman could not think of everything. Life In
The USA needs sections and articles on any area of American life that could use some
explaining to someone coming from another country or culture (or to a young person just
starting out). Many of the existing sections need revision and significant expansion. We need
articles explaining the part business and civic associations, service clubs, charities, and other
organizations play in American life. We could also use articles explaining American
geographical regions, major cities, and industries.
Outside essay contributors get the following major benefits:
Essays should follow these basic guidlines:
- A permanent section in Life In The USA that establishes you as the expert on the
- Inclusion, with photo if possible, in the Life In The USA Magazine.
- We actively promote our new sections in order to get them prominent notice on the web
as soon as possible. All new links are featured web-wide in the Life In The USA RSS
- We appreciate prominent links back, press mentions, bookmarks to sites such as digg,
del.icio.us, reddit, facebook, and StumbleUpon, and in general your telling the world about
Life In The USA.
Send an email to Elliot Essman at
with your article proposal.
- Please send a query and suggest your idea to us before writing. Surf the site first. It can
be an entirely new section, a fuller explanation of one of the topics already covered, or it can
correct material that may be wrong or outdated.
- 500 words or so, more if necessary, written in the third person (don't mention
yourself) unless you are submitting for the American Stories section.
- If a social issue is involved, please try to cover both sides. Remember, readers will have
the chance to click on your website to hear your point of view.
- The essay should be generally useful and not too specific. As an example, a general
article on pet grooming would serve to explain the phenomenon; an article on grooming long
haired dogs would be too specific.
- Think quality. Write and rewrite. Proofread carefully. Have others review your
Sample New Sections
Employment Gender Gap Katrina Boydon
Teen Self-Esteem Jay LaRico
Cheerleading Sandi Phillips
Mistaken For Black J. LaVelle Ingram, Ph.D.
Hiring a Nanny for Your Child Steve Lampert
Home Exchange Helen Bergstein
Negotiating a Business Deal Erin Flynn
Building Your Own House Bill E. Fullington
Office Politics Marianne Powers
Hollywood Sue Mazzone
Salt Water Fishing Craig Banks
Rosacea and Stress Daria Wilczynska-White
Long Island John Colascione
Sections We Could Use
- A good survey article on any American state, city or region for our
American Places section.
- Stories for our new
American Stories section.
- Airport Security
- Body Building
- The Quinceanera Tradition
- Body Piercing
- Corporate Scandals
- Street Musicians
- Motorcycle Culture
- Identity Theft
- School Violence
- Workplace Violence
- Sexual Harassment
- Gay Communities
- Lawn and Garden Maintenance
- Underage Drinking
- Drunk Driving
- Dry Counties
- Adult and Child Beauty Pageants
- Theme Parks
- Las Vegas
- American Heroes
- American Folklore
- Antiques and Collecting
- Third Party Candidates
- Internet Matchmaking
- Immigration Marriage Fraud
- Energy Costs
- Pollution Issues
- Teenage Fads
- Important Social Issues
- The Lighter Side of American Life
- But we can't think of them all. We depend on you.