(Closed to Submissions) Write for The Write Life: Contributor Guidelines

NOTE: The Write Life is currently closed to submissions. 

Thanks for your interest in writing for The Write Life!

The Write Life seeks practical, actionable advice on writing — pieces that will help writers on their own writing journey.

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about submitting a blog post for consideration to The Write Life.

Frequently asked questions about pitching and submitting to The Write Life

What should I write about?

To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read our site!

As you can see, our posts cover all areas of the writing life, including: freelancing, blogging, publishing, the craft of writing and marketing.

Here are some topics we’d love to publish more about:

  • How to earn money writing — our best posts include the author’s experience and advice or feature another writer who has been successful
  • Advanced tips for freelance writers, including strategies for earning a living as a freelancer
  • Ideas for running and growing your own blog — unique ideas we haven’t heard before are best
  • List posts a la “34 Travel Magazines and Websites That Pay Freelance Writers” and 15 of the Best YouTube Channels for Writers”
  • Advice from people who work in the writing world: editors, literary agents, publishers, illustrators, etc. If that’s you, we’d love to hear what you have to say!
  • Tips and tricks for traditional book publishing and self-publishing
  • Detailed reviews of courses and products that help writers reach their goals
  • Stories of writers who have seen success… a la “This Writer Used X to Earn X This Year”

Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?

Sure! Pitch your idea by emailing our managing editor Jessica Lawlor at contribute@thewritelife.com. (Note that we can’t guarantee publication though until we review a completed submission. We’re happy to evaluate your pitch though before you get to writing!)

We also consider fully-drafted pieces.

When will I hear back from you after I send my pitch?

Please allow up to two weeks for our managing editor to respond to your pitch.

Have any tips for ensuring my piece is a fit for The Write Life?

  • Please write in the “you” voice as much as possible, then support your advice with personal experience or stories.
  • Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs, numbered lists, bullets and lots of white space.
  • Including sub-headings is much appreciated (we love to use H2 and H3!)
  • Only one space between sentences, please!
  • We know the Oxford comma is a hotly-debated topic in the writing world — The Write Life doesn’t use the Oxford comma, so please don’t use it in your submission.

How should I submit my post?

Please submit your post as a Google document.

We use Google Docs because it allows us to easily collaborate with several people without passing around new versions of a Word Doc. If you’ve never shared a Google Doc before, here are easy instructions. (Don’t forget to give us editing power.)

Tip: It’s best to create your post as a Google Doc, rather than uploading a Word Doc to Google. Sometimes if you take the latter route, we can’t edit even if you tell the doc to allow us to do so.

How long should my posts be?

Aim for 800-1,000 words. From time to time, we’ll publish longer pieces, and if that’s the case, we’ll let you know.

Do you pay?

Yes. The Write Life pays between $75-$250/blog post depending on length, complexity and experience.

Should I include links within the piece?

Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to an appropriate post on your site or on any other site or blog. We ask that you aim to include at least two links within your post to other posts on The Write Life.

Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about how to start a blog. No HTML, please!

Should I write a headline? 

That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.

Fun fact: We actually write approximately 10-15 headlines before choosing one for a post. If you want to suggest one or two potential headlines, that makes our job easier!

Will you edit my post?

Yes, we’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see our changes in your Google Doc and we’ll often work with you a few weeks ahead of your publishing date on edits.

Can I repost my submission on my blog?

No. If we run your post on The Write Life, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing on your own blog or any other website. (Did you know reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved? We try to keep it tidy around here.)

Are you definitely going to publish my piece?

We reserve the right to not publish your post if we decide it’s not a strong fit for The Write Life. You are then free to publish it elsewhere.

Can I include a bio?

Absolutely! There are a few items we need from you to build your author profile.

  •  Add your name, email, website and Twitter handle to the top of your post.
  • Include a 2-3 sentence bio at the top of your post. We’d love for you to mention how long you’ve been writing professionally + name drop a couple of places you’ve written for so we can showcase your expertise and experience!

Should I include a photo?

No need. We’ll add one.

What about my headshot?

Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there.

What should I do after I submit my post?

When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. We also hope you’ll share your post on social media!

We look forward to your contribution!

Ready to pitch your idea or submit your post? 

NOTE: The Write Life is currently closed to submissions.

Before you submit your piece, please run through this checklist. Did you…

  •  Add your name, email, website, and Twitter handle to the top of your post?
  • Include your 2-3 sentence bio at the top of your post? We’d love for you to mention how long you’ve been writing professionally + name drop a couple of places you’ve written for so we can showcase your expertise and experience!
  • Turn your post into an editable Google Doc? (Because Google can be finicky, that means creating your post as a Google Doc — cutting and pasting if you’ve written it in Word — rather than uploading a Word Doc to Drive.)

If so, you’re ready to submit!

NOTE: The Write Life is currently closed to submissions.