Hi everyone,

I've been working on a piece that links my two very different career paths with a view of submitting it to a website for publishing. It is almost complete, pending a few tweaks here and there and a proof read.

1. I've tailored it to read for the new year - is it too late to send to the site before Christmas close down, or should I just hold off until early Jan?
2. I don't know if they pay contributors - should I just ask up front? How could I find out? If so what range would you expect for 1400 words?
3. How should I kick-off the conversation - just drop them an email with an outline? Send the whole thing, or an excerpt?
4. Anything else I should know?

This is my first non-fiction piece so I'm a little lost. Thanks for any advice.