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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Anthology and Submission Tips With Stephanie Sprenger of Mommy, For Real

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Today we’re talking to Stephanie Sprenger, who blogs at Mommy, For Real.  Stephanie is a writer, and mother of two, blogging about the highs and lows as she navigates the great identity crisis of motherhood.  Stephanie is also a music therapist who works music into her blog through her ParentZ Bop parody series, the co-founder (along with Jessica Smock) of The HerStories Project, and a Listen To Your Mother alum.  You can find Stephanie’s writing on such coveted sites as The Huffington Post, Mamapedia, BlogHer, and Mamalode.  She shares how she has taken her writing beyond her blog. Some of the resource links listed are products sold … Read More

BYB 002: Talking Anthologies With Jen Mann Of People I Want To Punch In The Throat

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I was am incredibly excited to share with you my interview with Jen Mann, the creative mind behind the blog People I Want To Punch In The Throat, and the editor and publisher behind the popular anthologies I Just Want to Pee Alone and I Just Want to Be Alone.  Jen has a hilarious new book coming out in just a few weeks called: People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges. (yep, those were affiliate links, which means that if you click on one and subsequently make a purchase of any item from Amazon.com within a 24 hour … Read More

Why Should I Submit My Writing To Other Websites? – 20 Benefits You May Not Have Thought Of

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When I first started submitting my writing to other websites to be featured, my goal was mainly just feeding my own ego and gaining bragging rights.  While I still contend that these are perfectly good reasons to do it, I learned along the way that there are a lot of other benefits to submitting writing for publication on other websites. While not all benefits apply to all submissions, if you submit often enough, you will start to experience most of these and can start selecting your sites based on which ones provide the benefits that are most important to you. Feed Your Ego … Read More

Interview With Mary Widdicks of Outmanned

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Beyond Your Blog’s blogger interviews focus on contributors who have had their work published on the sites you aspire to be on yourself. Today we’re talking to Mary Widdicks, who blogs at Outmanned, and who has been published in a ton of awesome sites in just a short time since she started her blog.  Mary’s work is being featured in two upcoming anthologies, she has been featured on Scary Mommy, Mamapedia, Blunt Moms, In The Powder Room and many more sites, has won a BlogHer VOTY, AND has social media followings in the thousands — all in less than a year since she … Read More

BYB 001: Get Published On BonBon Break With Val Curtis

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Be sure to check out our most recent interview with BonBon Break for all the latest news here: BYB 051: Key Updates For Current And Future BonBon Break Contributors With CEO & Editor-in-Chief Val Curtis We are so lucky to have Val Curtis, Editor-In-Chief for BonBon Break as our very first podcast guest!  Scroll to the bottom of this post to listen to our quick 30 minute podcast while you multitask, and come away knowing everything you need to submit your first post to Bonbon Break! The interview includes How BonBon Break sets itself apart by sending TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG when they feature your writing … Read More

Interview with Bonbon Break Contributor Amanda Rueter (Dirt & Boogers)

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Amanda Rueter blogs at Dirt & Boogers, and has had both existing and original work published on Bonbon Break, an ‘online magazine for the modern mom‘. Beyond Your Blog:  Can you give us the elevator pitch for your blog, for those who may not be familiar with Dirt & Boogers? Amanda Rueter: It’s mainly a blog about parenting, and embracing the good and bad of parenthood.  I also talks a lot about parenting tips with some play activities thrown in as well. BYB:  How long have you been blogging? AR:  I’ve been blogging for two and a half years, and have … Read More

Do You Follow These 7 Rules of Etiquette When Submitting Your Writing?

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Submitting your writing for consideration on websites is not usually a high interaction activity, however, it still calls for a certain etiquette.  While not always necessary in getting your writing accepted, blog submission etiquette goes a long way with editors, and could definitely earn you some brownie points with certain publications! I have found that following these 7 simple rules has helped me keep my elbows off the table when submitting my work and even earned me a gold star a few times. #1 Leave Your Mark You should be visiting the site(s) you are most interested in frequently.  This helps … Read More

Writing Submission Checklist

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We’ve  come up with a quick submission checklist for those of you out there hesitating about submitting your writing to those big scary sites (that really are not so scary at all), because you are not sure how it works or what to do. It’s easy, I promise.  Once you have a site in mind to submit to and a piece to submit, start checking off these to-do’s and let us know when you get accepted (or rinse and repeat if it doesn’t go your way).