We welcome new guest bloggers, but do be aware we only accept twelve a year, so the spots are pretty competitive. We give priority to people who regularly visit and comment on the blog. Guest post guidelines are listed below.
Since Anne started this blog in 2009, we have hosted over 40 guests.
Some have been members of the Hollywood elite, including Golden Globe winners actor Terence Stamp and screenwriter Gerald DiPego, and L.A. Film Critic’s Award winner Walter Ruben.
We’ve also hosted literary icons, award-winners, and mega-sellers like Lawrence Block, Catherine Ryan Hyde, Eileen Goudge, Mark Edwards, Jeff Carlson, Michael Brandman, Kristiana Gregory, Jacqueline Diamond, Mark Williams and Roni Loren.
We’ve posted some great advice from uberblogger-authors like Nathan Bransford, Elizabeth S. Craig, Molly Greene, Jami Gold, Janice Hardy, and Alex J. Cavanaugh.
And we’ve invited cutting-edge tech, editing, and marketing experts to share their wisdom: Robin Houghton, Chris Syme, M.J. Bush, Jessica Bell, Jodie Renner.
We’ve had visits from superstar journalist Porter Anderson, freelancer Nina Badzin, reviewer Barb Drozdowich, and radio host (and screenwriter) David Congalton.
Plus we’ve had guest posts from successful authors who are also university-level writing instructors like Melodie Campbell, Samuel Park, and Dr. John Yeoman.
We’ve offered info on writers’ conferences from CCWC director Judy Salamacha.
And some of our most popular posts have come from other talented fellow authors who have shared their experiences and expertise: Paul Alan Fahey, Liza Perrat, Michelle D. Argyle, Lila Moore, Sarah Allen, Rick Daley, Michael Murphy, and Judy Probus.
Our most popular guest posts have been:
- So You Want to Use Song Lyrics in Your Novel—by Michael Murphy
- Why Novellas are Hot and How to Write One—by Paul Alan Fahey
- How Not to Start a Novel: 4 Things to Avoid on Page One—by Janice Hardy
- How to Write a Prize-Worthy Short Story—by Jodie Renner
- How to Write Funny Novels and Why You Shouldn’t—by Melodie Campbell
- How to Write Chapter Endings—by Jessica Bell
- 10 Reasons for Authors to Blog—by Robin Houghton
- Mastering the Radio Interview—by David Congalton
- 25 Must-Read tips on plotting—by M.J. Bush
- Why Writers Need to be on Google Plus—by Johnny Base
- How NOT to Win a Writing Contest by Dr. John Yeoman
- Why You Don’t Need a Literary Agent, but You Just Might Want One—by Agent Laurie McLean
If you are interested in guest posting: guidelines
Contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send a pitch including a sentence or two about your proposed subject matter, a mention of your credentials, a link to your website or blog, and links to some of your clips. Pieces must be informational rather than promotional, and we prefer a light-hearted tone. Your piece should present a fresh take on writing craft or a current publishing industry issue. 1500-2500 words.
There is no payment, but if we accept your piece, we will spotlight your book or service. When you submit your copy, include your book cover or logo, a short blurb, and buy links to your book or a link to your website and social media. We also like a head shot and short bio.
Copy is due a week before your post will run.
We have 12 guest post spots per year and book about six months in advance.
Subscribers and regular commenters will get priority.
Here’s a comprehensive guide to guest blogging from Cody Lister at MarketDoc.
Here are some books for writers by our guests that we recommend
- Nathan Bransford’s How to Write a Novel
- Jessica Bell’s Self-Publish Your Book
- Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group’s Guide to Publishing and Beyond (It’s FREE!)
- David Congalton’s The Talk Radio Guest Book (with Deborah Bayles)
- We also heartily recommend David Congalton’s film Authors Anonymous. Hilarious!! Every author who has ever been in a critique group will relate.
- Molly Greene’s Blog it!
- Robin Houghton’s Blogging for Writers
- Jodie Renner’s Captivate Your Readers – An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction
- Chris Syme’s Smart Social Media for Authors
- Dr. John Yeoman’s How Did the Author Do That?
We also recommend their blogs. The following are especially helpful to writers:
- Sarah Allen’s Paying Gigs for Writers
- Nathan Bransford
- Alex J. Cavanaugh and the Insecure Writers Support Group—a fantastic blogging network for writers.
- Elizabeth S. Craig’s blog (Her Sunday Twitterific links are a must-read) plus her Writers Knowledge Database—full of great info for writers.
- Jami Gold
- Molly Greene
- Janice Hardy’s Fiction University
- Dr. John Yeoman’s Writer’s Village