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Everyday EMS
by Greg Friese

Become an EMS Author

There are more opportunities than ever to become a published writer. Most authors, both within and outside of EMS, will tell you the key to becoming published is to write, and write often. Then write some more.

Kick-off your writing career by:

1. Starting a blog with a free blogging tool like Blogger or WordPress. For your blog:

• Write a regular post of 150 to 500 words a few days a week.

• Write about things that interest you. It does not have to be EMS. Maybe you are interested in hunting, fishing, racing, or scrapbooking. Write about what you know and what you care about.

• Share ideas, resources, and experiences in your blog posts.

• Visit the blogs of other writers that share your interests. (if you are interested in EMS blogging check out the Rogue Medic blog, the Happy Medic blog, The EMT Spot, or the Alltop Paramedic blog aggregator.

• Comment on the blogs of other EMS authors.

2. Create your own Twitter account and become a microblogger. Tweets are limited to 140 characters which forces concise writing, question asking, and resource sharing. Read more about how Twitter is making me a better writer.

3. Contribute articles to local, regional, state, or state organization newsletters. Contact the editor for article ideas. Or submit articles that are timely. For example, May is National Stroke Awareness month. Submit a short article on recognizing stroke symptoms to the newsletter of your local senior activity center — a timely and helpful contribution.

4. Meet magazine and Web site content publishers at conferences. Ask for their article ideas for future issues. Suggest new or different angles on commonly featured topics like medical, cardiac, trauma, or environmental emergencies.

Share your EMS blog or Twitter account address with EMS1 readers in the comments area to increase your readership.

About the author

Greg Friese is Editor-in-Chief of He is an educator, author, paramedic, and marathon runner. Ask questions or submit tip ideas to Greg by e-mailing him at

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