October 26, 2014

Guest Bloggers

Flickr image courtesy of alamodestuff

NOTE: Thanks for your interest in contributing a guest post to the Urban Muse. At the moment, I’m working my way through a backlog of posts and am not able to consider new submissions. That will likely change in the future, so please check this page for updates. 

So, you’d like to contribute a guest post to The Urban Muse. Fantastic! You won’t get rich, but it’s possible that you’ll get (a little) famous and snag some new readers for your own blog. Plus, you’ll join the ranks of esteemed writers like Peter Bowerman and many others. Here’s how to get started:

  • Email me your idea for a post and include “Guest Post: [Insert Your Proposed Title]“ in the subject line. Your proposed title should sums up your idea and incorporates a few keywords. Important: please keep in mind that my readers are professional freelance writers, primarily in the nonfiction genre and with some experience (therefore, posts should not be too basic). Topics such as small business, life insurance, investment advice, or pest control are best submitted to other blogs.
  • If and when I greenlight your post, keep it between 250 and 750 words (or thereabouts) and focus your post on some aspect of writing and/or freelancing. Bonus points if you send me your post with basic HTML included (ordered lists, bolded subheads, that sort of thing). I prefer to receive the post in the body of an email, not as a Word document.
  • Include a 1-2 sentence bio with links to your blog, website, LinkedIn profile, etc. Also note that if you don’t have a blog yet, that’s fine, too. This is your chance to test the waters. You’re welcome to include a headshot, but please indicate if I need to include a photo credit.
  • Since the guest post is for exposure only, I’m willing to post something that has already appeared elsewhere or will appear elsewhere in the future provided you own the rights and don’t publish it yourself on the same day (how disappointing for people who click on your blog only to find the exact same thing?). We’ll tweak the title so it’s slightly different.
  • I want this to be an enjoyable experience for both of us, so I don’t set deadlines for guest posts. Send it to me when you have time and I’ll get back to you with an anticipated publish date (usually guest posts air on a Friday morning). I will generally send you the link that morning, and I’d love it if you decide to tweet your guest post, post it on Facebook and your own blog, or otherwise help me promote it.
  • Please take the time to answer questions from those who comment on your post. I will email you those questions as they come in so you don’t have to keep checking your post, but it’s disappointing to me and the commenter when a guest poster goes MIA.

That’s it! I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, check out the guest blog archives.