We only accept 12-15 guest posts a year, so the spots are very competitive.
We give priority to people who regularly visit and comment on the blog.
Guest Post Guidelines
Send a pitch to ANNE at annerallen dot allen @ gmail.com.
Your pitch should include:
- A sentence or two about your proposed subject matter. A choice of several topics is even better.
- Your credentials
- A link to your website or blog
- Links to some of your clips.
Pieces should 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. A subheader every 300 words or so pleases the SEO elves. 🙂 1200-2000 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. If you want to include a featured image, we welcome them. Make sure it’s in the public domain. We ask that you be available on the day your post goes up to reply to comments. It’s our policy to respond to all comments.
We book about three months in advance.
Subscribers and regular commenters get priority.
Contact Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Anne started this blog in 2009, we have hosted dozens of well-known publishing professionals.
Some have been members of the Hollywood elite, including Golden Globe winning actor Terence Stamp, Emmy-nominee Barbara Morgenroth, TV actress Mara Purl, 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, Roni Loren, and Eldonna Edwards.
We’ve posted some great advice from uberblogger-authors like Nathan Bransford, Elizabeth S. Craig, Molly Greene, Roz Morris, Jami Gold, Janice Hardy, Tara Sparling, 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, Gill Andrews, David Chesson, and Nate Hoffelder.
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, Allison Tait, Liza Perrat, Michelle D. Argyle, C. S. Perryess, Mike Sahno, and Carmen Amato.
Many thanks to our wonderful guests this year:
- Laurie McLean–Founding partner, Fuse Literary Agency
- Katie Davis—CEO of the Institute for Children’s Literature
- C. Hope Clark—Founder of Funds for Writers
- William L. Hahn—Fantasy Author and Audiobook narrator.
- E. L. Runyon—Editor and literary fiction author
- Janice Hardy—Founder of Fiction University
- Kathy Steinemann—Editor and author of the Writers Lexicon books
- Nate Hoffelder—Founder of the Digital Reader
- Sue McGinty—Mystery author and expert in hometown marketing
- Linda Maye Adams—Veteran author and pitch session facilitator
- Chris Syme—Social Media guru and marketing expert
- Julie Valerie—Book Blogger and newly minted women’s fiction author at Lake Union publishing
- Penny Sansevieri—CEO of Author Marketing Experts
- Melodie Campbell—Canada’s “Queen of Comedy”
- Tara Sparling—Ireland’s award-winning comedy blogger
- Rachel Thompson–marketing expert at Bad Redhead Media
- Dave Chesson–The “Kindlepreneur”
- Christine Carron–The Critique MD
- Becca Puglisi–Co-author of the Emotion Thesaurus
- Barb Drozdowich–Tech guru and marketing expert.
- Sue Coletta–Award-winning true crime writer
- Will Hahn–Author of high fantasy and history expert
- David Brown and Michelle Barker editors at The Darling Ax
- Debbie Burke–Thriller author and contributor to the Kill Zone
- Marlene Cullen–Editor of The Write Spot anthologies
- Meghan Ward–Project manager of the Writers Grotto series
- Garry Rogers–Thriller writer and retired police detective
- Jodie Renner–Editor and author of writing guidebooks
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?
- Kathy Steinemann’s The Writer’s Lexicon (1 & 2)
- Rachel Thompson’s How to Optimize Blogposts for SEO
- Barb Drozdowich’s Guidebooks for Writers
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
- Tara Sparling
- Bakerview Consulting
- Author Marketing Experts