Who Should Contribute?
I’m looking for those who are eager to give back to the same community that provides them with inspiration and support for their writing.
You might be a published or aspiring author, an agent or editor, a freelancer, copywriter, web writer, or maybe even a reading addict … you’re the type of person who has knowledge, experience and advice to share.
Why Should You Contribute?
Contributing to other websites is a great way to gain exposure for yourself and your work. Think of it as free advertising!
In addition (and perhaps more importantly), by contributing to us you will:
- Help other writers achieve their goals.
- Actively contribute to a community of responsive readers.
- Gain valuable writing experience.
How Should You Contribute?
- Check the Content and Style Guide below, to make sure your article will be consistent with this site.
- Send your article to me via email, attaching the article as a plain text attachment, formatted as HTML. In addition, please paste your article into the email itself to allow me to review it quickly.
- Unsure about step 2? Follow the How to Submit Guest Posts in HTML Using WordPress tutorial.
- Have you checked the Content and Style Guide? Ok, just checking!
Content and Style Guide
I’m committed to running original, well-crafted, engaging articles on fiction, non-fiction, publishing, productivity, editing, and language.
While I appreciate the time and effort that goes into every submission, your chances of acceptance greatly improve if you:
- Follow the guidelines posted below
- Review recent posts so you don’t duplicate a topic
- Give your article an attention-grabbing headline
- Submit an article that hasn’t been previously elsewhere (including your personal blog)
- Refrain from using affiliate links in your article and byline
Please note, I am unable to accept an article until I have read it in full. Please feel free to send a pitch first, but I cannot guarantee acceptance until I have seen the completed article.
- Introduction: Please introduce posts with at least a couple of paragraphs to hook readers’ attention.
- Readability: Break up long paragraphs into shorter chunks, and use subheadings and lists where appropriate.
- Headers: Please use the style Heading 2 (in the WordPress editor) for all subheadings.
- Lists: Bullets and automatically numbered lists are good, but you are free to manually number lists if needed.
- Word Count: Articles should be a minimum of 600 words, with a preferred length of 700-1200 words.
- Spacing: Please use only one space after punctuation.
- Images: You are free to suggest an image for your post by sending me a link, but I may or may not use your selection. Licensing is a key consideration for images.
- Titles: Give your contribution an eye-catching and relevant title.
- Byline: Please send a short byline describing who you are and linking to your website, RSS feed, Twitter and/or book. This will appear at the end of your article. No affiliate links, please.
- Proofreading and Editing: If accepted, I will proofread your submission for spelling, grammar, and concise language. I may also change your headline and formatting if I feel it is necessary.
- Plain Text only: Please do not send your article in Microsoft Word, or OpenOffice formatted attachments. Due to the excessive time (and frustration!) required to re-format these documents into WordPress, I am not able to accept documents in formats other than Plain Text.
- For Extra Bonus Points: While not essential, if you send a plain text file with the HTML of your WordPress article, I would be grateful. This makes previewing the post online so much easier.
Remember, if you have any questions at all, please email me using the Contact Page. I will be happy answer any additional queries you may have before you send through your article.