So You Blew an Assignment. Now What?

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So You Blew An Assignment - Now What?

I had a pitch accepted by my dream pub. I was going to be a “real” writer! So I secured interviews, printed out tons of pages of research materials, and set out to work. And then I blew it, and it was epic. But what happened, exactly? In short, life happened. I got sick, the kids were on holidays (again) and stayed at home all the time, and to add insult to injury, I realized, too late, that my source wasn’t the one I was looking for. Too proud to admit this wasn’t going to work out, I only let … Read More

10 Beginner-Friendly Publications for Your Personal Essays

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10 Beginner-Friendly Publications for Your Personal Essays

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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Editor Q&A with Alexia LaFata of Elite Daily

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

Report A Story Your Editor Will Love!

In Tips & Tricks by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel | | 2 Comments

You landed a plum assignment! Fantastic! Now it’s time to research and write it. Essay writing is comparatively easy when pretty much the only source you’re relying on is you. But with a reported story, it’s the experts you quote and the research you cite that will make your story compelling and credible. That’s what I’m going to focus on here. I’m going to talk about reporting health stories because that’s the kind of articles I wrote for many years, but the basic principles apply to any kind of reported article you’re working on. What makes a good expert? I’ll … Read More

Editor Q&A with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively

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Editor Q&A with Lilly Dancyger of Narratively P

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

In Tips & Tricks by Susan Maccarelli | |

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

Stop Vagueblogging with These 10 Simple Tips

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Stop Vagueblogging with These Ten Simple Tips

Do you have a social media friend who is always writing about the horrors of her life without actually telling you what those horrors are? I don’t know if I can make it through the night. Nothing has ever hurt so bad. Finding out who my true friends are… The phenomenon is so widespread that it now has a name: vaguebooking, a form of status update designed to elicit sympathy and/attention from readers who respond to ask what is wrong and offer support to the poster. But vaguebooking can just as easily backfire, leading people to unfriend the poster. What’s … Read More

8 Writers Share Their Target Publications

In Writing Inspiration by Susan Maccarelli | |

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