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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How A Non-Human Leveled Up My Writing

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Some of the links on this site are affiliate links for products/services we think may be of interest to our readers. Beyond Your Blog is a participant in the ProWritingAid Program as well as other affiliate programs. Our full disclosure policy can be found here. Letting a computer program suggest non-spelling-related edits to my writing has never been something I have taken seriously. Much like Groundhog Day it seemed like a cute idea that would yield very little useable information. I was recently approached by the makers of an editing tool to try out their product and become an affiliate. Instead of trashing … Read More

Editor Q&A with Authors Publish

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner, Authors Publish Editor, Caitlin Jans. Caitlin tells us about writing for her publication, the pitches and topics that get her interest. payment details and more! Q: Can you tell us about Authors Publish and the content you publish? A: Authors Publish is a weekly magazine that publishes one review of a literary journal, one review of a manuscript publisher that accepts unsolicited submissions, and one general interest article on writing, publishing, or promoting, once a week. We also publish the occasional special issue entirely focused on one aspect of writing and publishing, as well as a … Read More

Editor Q&A with Upworthy

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**Note: As of 2017, Jenni is no longer with Upworthy, however, the information RE: writing submissions in this article is current as of publication and will provide some great tips for those of you looking to submit** Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner, Upworthy Editor, Jenni Gritters. Jenni tells us about starting the freelance program at Upworthy, the recipe for the pieces they publish, why images are so important to their content, the types of pitches she wants to see more of, payment and bonuses for writers and more! Q: Let’s start with a primer on Upworthy for those who are new … Read More

These 5 Sites With Huge Audiences Will Publish Your Writing Quickly (or Instantly!)

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8 months ago Olga Mecking wrote an article for Beyond Your Blog about 6 websites you could publish on immediately without editorial approval needed. Because this article was very popular among our readers, we decided to focus on even more sites that allow you to create an account and post work with little or no editorial delays. Here are five of them! Mogul reaching 18 million women worldwide “Mogul is an award-winning platform that enables women worldwide to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other.” Posts that do well on this platform include “honest experiences about life, career, relationships, gender … Read More

Editor Q&A with Femme Feminism

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Editor-in-Chief of Femme Feminism, Dena Landon. Dena tells us about the unique feminist take of her new publication, the content she loves to publish, payment and more! Q: Tell us about Femme Feminism and why you started it. A: The idea for Femme Feminism came to me in March of 2016, when a girlfriend came over to my place for a glass of wine after my son had gone to sleep. After sitting down on my couch my friend commented in surprise to see issues of Allure mixed in with The Economist under my coffee table. … Read More

R.I.P. The Mix – Here’s how to pitch Hearst magazines directly

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Many of you remember recently departed The Mix, which served as the easiest point of entry to write for all of Hearst Digital’s publications, including the online versions of Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Marie Claire and 13 others you’ve probably heard of. Some critics (including Jezebel) regarded The Mix as a low paying conduit for less experienced writers to break into Hearst’s digital platforms, while others found their daily calls, which often contained sensational calls for personally revealing essays, to be over the top. Still others have had incredible success being published via The Mix and were very disappointed to see … Read More

Editor Q&A with Tribe Magazine

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tribe Magazine, Kristin Helms. Kristin shares payment details, explains the mini-essay, tells us how to submit work for consideration and lots more in this info-packed article. Q: I love that you describe Tribe as ‘not a parenting magazine’ even though your readers are mostly moms. Tell us about that! A: Yes! It was important for me to create a safe space where moms felt welcomed and understood; check judgement and the mommy wars at the door. I wanted Tribe to feel like a conversation between mom friends. Sometimes our essays are funny … Read More

Editor Q&A with Red Tricycle and Spoke Contributor Network

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Managing Editor at Red Tricycle’s Spoke Contributor Network, Leah Singer. In this article we cover how to become part of the Spoke Contributor Network, the type of content they look for, benefits for writers (including bonuses and paying opportunities), republishing and more!  Q: Can you explain what Red Tricycle and the Spoke Contributor Network are and how they are related? A: Red Tricycle is a community for parents who like to have fun with their kids. We believe the best memories are created when families do fun things together and we believe every day is an … Read More

Editor Q&A – with Creative Nonfiction and True Story

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Please welcome back to the Editor’s Q&A corner Managing Editor of Creative Nonfiction, Hattie Fletcher. We talked to Hattie in 2015 and discussed writing opportunities at Creative Nonfiction. Today Hattie is going to bring us up to date on the latest submission opportunity at CNF– their brand new publication True Story. Q: Many of the writers reading this interview will be familiar with Creative Nonfiction, but just in case, tell us a little bit about the publication and your background there. A: Creative Nonfiction is in its third decade, actually, and it’s had the current magazine format since 2010; I’ve been the managing editor … Read More

Editor Q&A – with Motherwell

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner the Executive Editors of Motherwell, Randi Olin and Lauren Apfel.  We spoke with Randi and Lauren in a June 2016 podcast, and our discussion today includes updates on submissions, accomplishments since launching, and what’s coming next for Motherwell. Q: I interviewed Motherwell in June of 2016 on my podcast. At that time you had recently launched. Tell us about Motherwell and how things have been going since then. A: Things have been going very well! We are gaining momentum, all the while keeping true to our vision for the site: which is to produce … Read More