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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Editor Q&A with Rudri Patel & Beth Burrell of The Sunlight Press

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner The Sunlight Press Editors, Rudri Patel and Beth Burrell. Rudri and Beth share everything you need to know about getting published in their paying publication, and also fill us in on their funding model and plans to pay writers more in the future. Q: The Sunlight Press is quite new! Tell us about the site and what made you want to start it. A: The Sunlight Press is a digital literary journal that provides a home to new and established voices. We welcome creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, reviews, photography, and artist reflections on their craft. We want to … Read More

Get Paid To Write About Mental Health: 12 Publications To Pitch

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In 2015 we published an article called 18 Places To Publish Your Writing About Mental Health Topics. This article has been so popular, we decided to level up and focus on publications that publish writing on the topic of mental health AND pay. Whether you like to write reported pieces, essays, informational pieces, or a combination, if your topic relates to mental health, we’ve got something on this list for you. HealthyPlace According to HealthyPlace Blog Editor Natasha Tracy, this site is the largest consumer mental health site, providing “information on mental health issues and medication both from a consumer and an … Read More

Editor Q&A with Rachel Sanoff of Hello Giggles

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner HelloGiggles Features Editor, Rachel Sanoff. Rachel shares submission tips for the paying publication, content/topics she is looking for, how writing for HelloGiggles opens up opportunities to be shared in/by other TIME Inc. publications, and more! Q: HelloGiggles describes itself as a positive online community for women and has celebrity connections. Tell us more about the site for those who may not know. A: HelloGiggles was founded in 2011 by Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, and Molly McAleer. We publish 100+ news articles daily, covering everything from entertainment, health, politics, lifestyle, tech, and viral social media stories. … Read More

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