I am always looking for new authors. If you’ve got an idea that will challenge our readers and move them forward towards their goals, I want to hear about it. But you don’t need to wait for an idea that will redefine internet marketing. Just aim to bring readers a fresh perspective on a topic that’s keeping you up at night.
I will be honest, though: writing for me (Bryan) takes work. I don’t just accept garbage. I expect a well worded, well thought out, piece. I want your article to be at its best, and I will push you to get there. If your idea is accepted, the lead time is going to be at least a month (perhaps more) and I’ll expect at least one round of revisions (perhaps more).
The effort is worth it if you’re diligent. Thousands of your peers (and potential employers, clients, or publishers) will read your work, and you’ll also learn a lot in the process—about communicating your ideas, about writing, and even about a topic you thought you already knew so well when you started.
What I’m looking for
Keep in mind that I only accept original content—I do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog). You will not have the right to republish the content as well – you’re submitting it and writing for me and the readers of this blog. That said, I will be happy to give you a byline credit and allow a link between our publications.
Please don’t send us press releases or sales pitches. They make me write you down on a list of people I’ll never do business with ever.
What I prefer is a short pitch of your idea with a paragraph or two summarizing your argument and why you think it would be of interest to entrepreneurs struggling to break free and launch their own businesses. That said, I realize not everyone can succinctly pitch their idea (something I suggest you get better at if you really want to guest blog as a marketing tactic). If you want to send me a fully written blog piece, or a partial draft, I’m happy to review it.
If you are sending me a pitch, please give me at least two-weeks before pitching that same idea to someone else. I’m a jealous type.
Before you submit make sure your submission:
- Has a thesis and offers a clear argument—not just a list of tips and tricks.
- Has a voice. Be bold, interesting, and human. I’m one of the few editors who’s probably ever going to give you a chance to get your “crazy idea” out there before someone who might actually read it. Make it worth my time.
- Is written for an audience of freelancers, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small business owners who are at the beginning stages of their journey. (Expect they know considerably less about a topic than you do, that’s why they’re here – to learn and be guided. Create that value for them in your writing).
- Is supported with convincing arguments, not just opinions. Fact-check, and cite sources where appropriate. I’m totally in favor of scholarly research versus “pseudo-science” where nobody has a clue where things came from or whether or not they’re even “facts”. This isn’t an exercise in post-truth.
- Is in English and conforms to a journalistic style. I’m not suggesting it has to be AP style, but this is an article in a blog – not a text message. Your readers are typically over 35 who expect fully formed sentences that have typically a beginning, a middle, and an end. And if you want to know my #1 pet peeve in writing – I’m not Time Magazine. If your sentences go on for 15 or more words, without some type of punctuation (preferably a period), your article will be rejected. I don’t care how good it is.
What I publish
I publish three types of content:
- Features (1,500–2,500 words). Meets most rigorous content and editorial criteria; runs with a custom photography and illustrations (usually).
- Articles (600–1,500 words). More casual in tone and content. Great for less-intensive tutorials and posts.
- Mini-articles (500–600 words). Short and sweet.
All should be well-considered explorations of topics entrepreneurs need to know to be successful.
How to Submit
Send me an email with your idea (if you’re pitching which is what I prefer), or enclose your submission as a PDF. After submitting, please wait at least two-weeks before asking me “did you get my idea?”
Believe it or not, I don’t just read submissions all day long. That said, if I really have dropped the ball, then it’s totally ok to ask me after two-weeks what’s going on. A pitch is likely to get a response quicker than if I have to consider an entirely fully formed piece.
If I accept your idea, I’ll tell you what to do next. Largely that direction is based on what you submitted. Typically the process takes at least a month to go from pitch to publication, so don’t worry, we have plenty of time.