Services and activities provided by Houghton & Mackay are available only if you agree with the content below and you are not an individual barred under the laws of the applicable jurisdiction.
You must be at least 18 years old to use the services. If you are accepting these Terms on behalf of an individual, company, organization, government, or other legal entity, you represent and warrant that you are authorized to bind such entity to these Terms, in which case the words “you” and “your” as used in these Terms shall refer to such entity.
EQUIPMENT & PARTICIPATION
To participate in the Houghton & Mackay magazine, either as a publisher, freelancer, and/or visitor, no equipment is provided, including but not limited to publishing, editing software, or computing hardware.
COMMUNICATIONS FROM HOUGHTON & MACKAY
There will be certain communications depending on how and where you choose to interact, including but not limited to: Emails from and to you as a result of being a subscriber, participant or through obtaining advertising, taking part as a writer or freelancer, announcements through the site and also the occasional email as a result of your activities though our systems.
GDPR (Privacy Regulations)
General Data Protection regulations are in force (United Kingdom). This means that any data gathered through the course of communications or services is only necessary in order to provide that service or communication. Furthermore, no information is kept for longer than necessary and only for the purpose intended. No information is sold or passed to third parties for the purpose or marketing and so on.
Houghton and Mackay takes your personal data seriously and is registered with the Information Commissioners Office, United Kingdom.
Within the Magazine and Publishing division, Houghton & Mackay is also a service provider, with editing and publishing service for articles, assistance in publishing show-case articles, links and advertisements for writers and clients within the platform which are broadcast across the network.
All effort will be made to ensure that the service remains functional, and whilst relatively rare, there may be instances when the websites and/or certain functionality appears offline or inaccessible, due to unforeseen circumstances. Houghton & Mackay and its owner accepts no liability for these downtimes, or the consequences thereof.
In the unlikely case the website no longer exists or is sold to another party it is advised to keep copies of any articles or profile data submitted to this platform. Copies are not stored other than on the front end screens.
COSTS & PRICING
Visit the various pages on the site to find out the pricing in place. Where payments for services or products are required or given these will be stated clearly or can be obtained through the Contact Page. There are absolutely no hidden costs for accessing or using the services and platforms. Pricing is occasionally updated. See below for Freelance Payments.
When signing up for a social media profile the cost is £0.00. You can update and use your profile at no cost. This site does not operate a "sign up for free" followed by "pay to use the features" policy as with many other sites. Everything on the profile is free.
All publishing goes through the publishing office process, which is a virtual office setup. For clients who publish articles and advertisements to the network, material must be submitted to email@example.com for editing and typesetting. Through this service, the editor will communicate with you to fine-tune the article, set up inbound and outbound links, discuss SEO and article stipulations, and set the date and time of publication.
PUBLISHING & EDITORIAL POLICY
New writers must submit samples of previously published work, either by email or links to websites where it exists before they are accepted. Similarly, all articles must be written in a Journalistic, third-person style. Whilst some editing is conducted in minor form, any major edits will be reviewed with the writer prior to publication. All articles submitted are solely at the discretion of the Editor whose word is final, who may, on very rare occasions decline to publish.
This entity is guided by the UK Online Safety Act, 2023. There is a policy in place to decline posts, remove content and or social media accounts and communications, posts which are:
Items (articles, social media accounts, advertisements or comments) of the above nature are not accepted. This site is actively monitored daily for such content. Users found posting content of this or a similar nature will have their content removed. Any offensive media may be reported to relevant authorities and action may be taken. Similarly, this website and magazine aims to be Religiously and Politically neutral.
Whilst Politics is not a subject directly covered in editorials, they may be touched-on indirectly through articles. As such, the Political position found in the magazine is predominantly pro West / UK / USA / European. The publication promotes an internationally focused, diverse and inclusive scope.
Advertising space is available on the front page and within various articles. Advertisers may use the contact page for pricing or visit the Content Marketing page for more info.
COLLABS & SPONSORED POSTS
Clients may ask for an articles or posts to be published to our network for a fee.
On behalf of Clients we (for example, but not limited to those in Business, the Arts & Culture, Fashion & Media, Luxury Goods, Travel Industries) will write an article, fact check and type-set the article before publishing it to our network, together with any relevant links, media or video, which may be provided by the client and with the necessary permissions.
FREELANCE WRITERS AND BEGINNERS
Freelancers may gain access to the audience and become published in the magazine, and (where necessary) support on the subject of writing and publishing is available, on an ad hoc basis for those wishing to publish with Houghton & Mackay. To show interest in writing for this publication please send a communication, together with a sample or links of past writing, through the contact page, or application page detailing what you would like to write about, and if possible.
BENEFITS OF WRITING FOR HOUGHTON & MACKAY
Writers who wish to build their online presence may choose to write for Houghton & Mackay. Whilst the scope of articles and subjects covered assists in optimizing their presence online, together with positive audience exposure.
Our objective is to develop the quality and depth of our prose, as opposed to gathering writers, as many other writer websites do. As a result, writers for Houghton & Mackay benefit from being part of a focused, developing project.
We know it is often very hard for the beginner or novice writer to access large mainstream publications as these companies often want experienced, well-known writers in order to sell copy. At the other end of the spectrum, they struggle against many thousands of writers all competing for "reads" or "likes" on other websites.
With Houghton & Mackay, the focus is the subjects of Lifestyle, Culture and Wealth, we want the avant-garde, the unique, attracting new ideas, new talent.
The audience and the writers will therefore remain two very separate entities. With a positive audience to writer ratio, the writer gains far more positive exposure. At present this ratio is approximately 25,000 - 1.
If a fee has been agreed, these are agreed mutually, prior to the writer submitting their article(s) to the publication. All fees will be paid by Paypal (ensure your country is listed) or BACS (UK, Europe, United States and Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland only). Again, these can be discussed when you get in touch. Please ensure you can accept payment through one of these methods before taking part.
The standard fee paid per article is currently £20 (or equivalent), with a further £5 -10 spent on advertising or "boosting" your article online with social media networks(s).
For those in full or part time education, limited spaces and services are available on a first come, first served basis within the publishing schedule in addition to mentorship and support during the article preparation and publication.
SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE
There is an independent stand-alone Social Media platform embedded within the magazine website. You may create, update, and manage your social media account which will serve as a showcase for your own projects and expertise. If you are publishing articles with us, it will also serve as a public library of your work, updated automatically with each public article published.
The basic functions of your profile: upload and update avatar and cover photos, post in the timeline, make friends with and message other users, add URL links, video, audio and other media to build your showcase, write reviews, like other posts, make profile private, block other users, create and join groups.
Costs and Dormant accounts: There is not cost to join, use and maintain a social media profile and account with Houghton & Mackay. Whilst many social media sites state "join for free" all the functionality is available for users once they join. If your account remains dormant for more than 6 months, it may be deleted.
To see an example profile click HERE
To sign up click HERE
AUDIENCE GROWTH AND EXPOSURE
The audience is constantly being developed and widened on a day to day basis, currently existing on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram. As of November 2023 the followers stand at circa 25,000 across the social media network, with a global reach of over 3.5 million people per month. See our reach stats here.
In addition, there is a subscriber hub whereby updates are posted.
Whilst there is no control over the minimum number of "likes", comments "shares" by the public, publications will be seen by a significant number of the public within one or more of the avenues listed above.
ALGORITHMS, SHARES & LIKES
The "reach" of any article, links and profile are directly governed and influenced by the number of and type of activity surrounding them. To capitalize on further exposure, articles may be shared wherever they land on ours/yours own network pages. Each activity, such as a share or like has the potential to trigger any algorithm to show them to a wider range and number of people online. The more it triggers, the more relevant the item will appear to crawling software and thus show higher in search rankings, resulting in a potential higher traffic score.
The web environment is protected through an encrypted SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). The presence of a "lock" picture at the top left of the screen URL ensures encryption of communications and data. For the purpose of safety it is never advisable to make payments on any website which does not have this.
The "s" in "https" indicates the word "secure".
PUBLISHING LICENCE & LIABILITY
All content posted on behalf of third parties/clients is governed by various licenses. All published articles will have attribution to the individual and account holder whom submitted the work.
By submitting work for publication, you grant this website and network a royalty free, world wise license to republish to this network.
Unless stated by you at the time of submission, you declare that any work has not been published elsewhere, either in translated form, in part or whole, in written, audio or other formats, or if it has, that you have full permission to republish in this format. You also agree that the work was written by yourself and not created by electronic automated means. Furthermore, any legal implications which arise following publication will be the sole responsibility of the person whom is attributed to on the post.
All articles will remain published on the provision there are no legal issues, and that your account is still active and that the website still exists. Publishers are advised to keep copies of their articles and/or advertisement material.
For all matters relating to your subscription, the website functionality, content, and users of the website, please send an email to the address below. A response will be sent out within 24 hours at the latest. See the Contact page for other avenues including Legal and Marketing.
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