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 Julianne Palumbo of Mothers Always Write

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Mothers Always Write Editor, Julianne Palumbo. Julianne shares what types of literary essays and poetry they love to publish, upcoming themes, the benefits they offer writers (including some paid opportunities) and more! Q: Mothers Always Write (MAW) is ‘a literary magazine by mothers for mothers’. Can you share how and why you started the site and the type of stories you publish? A: I started Mothers Always Write in February of 2015 because of my belief that there’s a need for more publishing opportunities for literary mother writing. I wanted MAW to be a place that offers writing about the … Read More

Editor Q&A with Kinnari Shah of Second Nexus

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner, Second Nexus Senior Editor, Kinnari Shah. Kinnari tells Beyond Your Blog about the unique way writers get assignments, the type of article that is successful on their site, payment for writers and more! Q: Tell us about Second Nexus and the timely/topical stories you like to publish. A: We focus on straight news analysis, with a leftist slant, and with an eye towards what could be shared on social media. Our writers live all over the US; they encompass a variety of backgrounds and expertise. Our pieces fall into two categories: breaking news and more “evergreen” … Read More

Did These 9 Writers Get Published On Their Target Publications From A Year Ago?

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In March of 2016 Beyond Your Blog asked 12 bloggers to share the publications they hoped to be published in for the coming year. You can read about their target publication goals here. In this article we are checking back in with nine of them a year later to see if they were successful, or whether they changed direction. Melissa of Mommy Musings was targeting The Huffington Post, New York Times’ Well Family, and Brain, Child in 2016. UPDATE: “Unfortunately, requirements from my primary job forced my blogging to take a back seat this year, and I have only written a handful of articles. … Read More

Editor Q&A with Diane Debrovner of Parents Magazine

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Parents Magazine Deputy Editor, Diane Debrovner. Diane talks to us about the submission process, what gets her attention in a pitch, response time, payment and more! Q: I think most of us are very familiar with your publication! Tell us about your role at Parents Magazine. A: I oversee our coverage of health, child development & behavior, education, and adult books, including our Ages & Stages section. That means that I top-edit all of those pieces (as well as some on other topics), working closely with the assigning editors, and I also assign some pieces myself. I work … Read More

Editor Q&A with Colleen Stinchcombe of SheKnows

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner SheKnows Community Editor, Colleen Stinchcombe. Colleen fills us in on what former BlogHer contributors need to know, how bloggers can get published on SheKnows today, the content their readers love most, paid writing opportunities with SheKnows.com, and much more! Q: Most of my readers are familiar with SheKnows and/or BlogHer. Can you give us a recap on the SheKnows acquisition of BlogHer and how the two brands now function from an editorial perspective?  A: SheKnows Media acquired BlogHer.com in 2014. As of February 1st, 2017 BlogHer.com’s community section has been moved to the … Read More

Editor Q&A with Amy Morrison of Pregnant Chicken

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  Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Pregnant Chicken Founder, Amy Morrison. Amy talks to us about the qualities they want to see in submissions, what their readers love, response time, payment for writers and more! Q: Tell us about Pregnant Chicken and the types of articles you publish. A: Pregnant Chicken is an engaging online resource for expectant and new parents featuring advice, information, and tips to help keep your pregnancy fun. We’re always looking for funny or emotionally relatable posts about pregnancy and being a new parent. Q: We know your demographic includes moms. What else should potential contributors know about your … Read More

Over 1,523 Publications That Are Paying Writers!

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In 2015 we published an article called 1129+ places That Pay For Your Writing. A year and a half later, this is still one of our most popular articles, so we decided to put together a new and improved version for our readers with lists that are a bit more current. Let’s get started! Earn Money Online: 92 Websites That Pay Writers $50+ – This is a list that Make A Living Writing puts together periodically. She also crosses them off the list if a site folds, stops accepting submissions, or stops paying writers (boo!). This is the list from Spring … Read More

Editor Q&A with Kind Over Matter

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Kind Over Matter Editor-In-Chief, Lara Heacock. Lara tells us about her publication, how your post will be promoted, the topics in which she’d like to feature more guest posts, opportunities for poets, and more! Q: “Kind Over Matter is a place that is filled with kindness, inspiration, creativity, truth, gentleness & love.” Oooh! Tell us more about your publication. A: Kind Over Matter strives to inspire readers to bring kindness into all parts of life, starting with self-kindness. Our articles are real, honest and vulnerable. They help readers understand that they’re not alone, … Read More

Editor Q&A with My Itchy Travel Feet

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Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner My Itchy Travel Feet Assistant Editor, Nicole Jewell. Nicole gives us details about the specific types of travel posts they publish, payment for writers, what to include in a pitch, when you’ll hear back from her after you submit, 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 us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Our full Affiliate disclosure can be found here. Q: Tell us about My Itchy Travel Feet and the content you publish. A: My … Read More

Win a Free Ticket to #BlogHer17!

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A few months ago I was asked to join BlogHer#17‘s Community Advisory Board. I jumped at the chance to offer feedback on Conference programming and ideas, and am thrilled to be able to help judge the BlogHer Voices of the Year (VOTY) competition as well. I also received an extra *guest pass to the #BlogHer17 conference, June 22-24, in Orlando Florida! This is where you come in, because I am giving it to one of my readers! If you have not been to a BlogHer conference, you’ll “join an exhilarating mix of content creators, social media stars, entrepreneurs, top brands, activists and … Read More