Susan Maccarelli

Susan Maccarelli is the creator of Beyond Your Blog, a site helping bloggers successfully submit their writing for publishing opportunities beyond their personal blogs. She also offers online training and consulting to new bloggers looking for direction on submitting their writing for publication. Susan has interviewed dozens of editors from publications like The New York Times, Huffington Post, Brain, Child, Chicken Soup For The Soul, The Washington Post, and speaks at many respected writing and blogging conferences.


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10 Beginner-Friendly Publications for Your Personal Essays

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Personal essays are everywhere you look lately, and many of you love to write them. Whether they are your go-to format, or just something you dabble in from time to time, it can be intimidating when you are starting out placing your first personal essays. We’ve put together a list of ten publications that not only publish personal essays, but also love to hear from new writers! The Rumpus – Editor-in-Chief Marisa Siegel describes The Rumpus as “Great writing that might not find a home elsewhere.” They like unique perspectives and deep-dives into pop culture. They also plan to publish more … Read More

Editor Q&A with Kelton Wright of Headspace

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  Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Headspace‘s Managing Editor, Kelton Wright. Kelton shares the topics she is looking for (and not looking for), what to include in your pitch, payment details, response time and more! Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to If you purchase those items through my links I will earn a commission. You will not pay more when buying a product through my link. Q: Tell us about Headspace and the accompanying … Read More

Editor Q&A with Alexia LaFata of Elite Daily

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Elite Daily‘s Senior Editor, Alexia LaFata. Alexia tells freelancers what they need to know to be successful with a pitch, why it is important to have a seriously unique take on a story, info on part-time writing positions, the type of article their readers love, and lots more! Q: Elite Daily is a leading publication among millennials for information including news and trending topics. What else should we know about the site?   A: Elite Daily is so much more than news and trending topics! We also provide long-form commentary, advice and inspiring stories on topics millennials always care about, … Read More

Editor Q&A with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Narratively Deputy Editor, Lilly Dancyger. Lilly shares with us the types of stories they are most interested in, what they mean by ‘ordinary people with extraordinary stories’, pieces potential contributors should read, payment details and more! Q: Narratively has been around since 2012, and in my experience, once a writer becomes a reader, they dream about writing for you. Tell us about the site and how it is different from other sites that publish nonfiction. A: I feel like we’re somewhere in between a typical news site and a literary magazine. We’re not as focused on … Read More

Editor Q&A with Conor O’Brien of International Living

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner International Living magazine Managing Editor, Conor O’Brien. Conor gives us the latest on how you can contribute to their paid writing opportunities including newsletters and their intriguing magazine, pay rates, details about their readers and writers and much more! Q: International Living is a monthly magazine and also offers several newsletters, events and even real estate alerts. Tell us about IL in your own words. A: IL is the premier resource for people looking to retire, work, and generally enjoy a more fulfilling and affordable life overseas. Q: What can you tell us about your readers? … Read More

Your Questions Answered: the ProWritingAid team’s Q&A on using a self-editing tool

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I was hesitant to try a self-editing tool, but when I finally did a few months ago, I was pleasantly surprised. Since ProWritingAid offers their super powerful free tool for free, I have been sharing it with all my readers. The Q&A that follows will get you off and running quickly if you decide to give it a try (and it takes about 5 seconds to try it for the first time). Don’t miss what the team shares about Word Explorer, a feature you might miss if you don’t know it is there– so good!! Some of the links on this … Read More

8 Writers Share Their Target Publications

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In 2016 Beyond Your Blog reached out to bloggers to see which online publications they hoped to be published on. A year later, we followed up to see if they had reached their goals or changed course. Now we are following a new group of bloggers (and some writers who don’t have blogs) to find out their publishing goals for 2017.  We’ll check in next to see where they are with those target sites next year! Stephanie is a professor turned stay-at-home-parent committed to debunking all of the bad parenting advice on the internet. She blogs at snackdinner, where she helps … Read More

Editor Q&A with Karna Converse of Literary Mama

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Literary Mama Editor-in-Chief, Karna Converse. Karna does a stellar job of bringing us up to speed on everything we need to know to write for Literary Mama. Don’t miss the details about specific topics they are interested in (with a specific shout out to grandparents and parent of older kids), how individuals can benefit from all-volunteer staff and writing positions, specific qualities they love to see in submissions, special issues and open volunteer staff positions. Q: Many of my readers will be familiar with Literary Mama. For those who may not be, tell us about your … Read More

4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes

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A little over a year ago, I launched my online course Submission Savvy. I designed the course to help bloggers who were new to having their writing published online better understand the benefits, pitfalls, and best practices of digital publication and ultimately start getting published. Over the course of the year I re-launched the course several times with updates and new bonuses, and had fun checking in with course registrants to address questions and follow progress. I recently reached out to course participants to see how they were doing with their publication goals and get feedback on the course. Here is … Read More

Which Journal Matches Your Personality?

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In our first newsletter this year Personal Essay Expert and Instructor, Amy Paturel shared an expert tip encouraging writers to use a journal and start reflecting weekly. I loved the idea she gave of going back through the journal at the end of the year to reflect on growth and change and even discover ideas for personal essays. Alan Henry suggests even more great reasons to keep a journal in his Lifehacker article Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours). Included in his list of reasons for keeping a journal are mental health benefits and harnessing creativity. … Read More