I’m working on something for another author here who has just started (and isn’t tech savvy at all) which will include tips on curation, etc. I should have it finished in a couple of days as I’m working on it between articles.
As for this particular piece, since you’ve already published it, it’s already gone to a curator, so there’s really not much you can do unless you’re willing to delete it completely and republish it with changes.
You can go back and attribute photos, but no changes you make to the existing article will increase your chances of curation.
Length isn’t much of an issue. From what I’ve read, people seem to prefer 8–10 minute read time, but it also depends on the subject.
Your Neal Peart article would have been timely and it was well written. Definitely look into anyone publishing wise who has contacted you, that could open all kinds of doors!
Headlines are important. I SUCK at them. They are the bane of my existence. I struggle longer with a headline than I do writing 1500 words. But I have to keep at it and work on them as I know they are the barrier between me and getting curated. My writing isn’t the issue.
I’ll email you the guide once I’m finished!