Report A Story Your Editor Will Love!

In Tips & Tricks by Norine Dworkin-McDaniel | |

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

In Editor Interviews by Susan Maccarelli | |

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

In Editor Interviews by Susan Maccarelli | |

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

In Tips & Tricks by Stephanie Loomis Pappas | |

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

Editor Q&A with Karna Converse of Literary Mama

In Editor Interviews by Susan Maccarelli | |

Editor Q&A with Karna Converse of Literary Mama

Please welcome to the Editor’s Q&A corner Literary Mama Editor-in-Chief, Karna Converse. Karna does a stellar job of bringing us up to speed on everything we need to know to write for Literary Mama. Don’t miss the details about specific topics they are interested in (with a specific shout out to grandparents and parent of older kids), how individuals can benefit from all-volunteer staff and writing positions, specific qualities they love to see in submissions, special issues and open volunteer staff positions. Q: Many of my readers will be familiar with Literary Mama. For those who may not be, tell us about your … Read More

A New Freelance Writer Shares Tips for Starting Your Freelance Career

In Tips & Tricks by Bonnie McConaughy | |

Before I began my freelance writing career, I was intrigued by the idea and wanted to pursue this career for quite a few reasons. However, I had absolutely no clue how to do it! One night, I happened to stumble upon Elna Cain’s blog post 20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner), and discovered at least a few of the ways she suggested looking for freelance writing positions were things I was completely comfortable doing. It was so exciting to know how to go about becoming a freelance writer! A couple days later I was knee deep in creating … Read More

4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes

In Tips & Tricks, Writing Inspiration by Susan Maccarelli | |

4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes

A little over a year ago, I launched my online course Submission Savvy. I designed the course to help bloggers who were new to having their writing published online better understand the benefits, pitfalls, and best practices of digital publication and ultimately start getting published. Over the course of the year I re-launched the course several times with updates and new bonuses, and had fun checking in with course registrants to address questions and follow progress. I recently reached out to course participants to see how they were doing with their publication goals and get feedback on the course. Here is … Read More

Which Journal Matches Your Personality?

In Lists and Round Ups, Writing Inspiration by Susan Maccarelli | |

Which Journal Matches Your Personality?

In our first newsletter this year Personal Essay Expert and Instructor, Amy Paturel shared an expert tip encouraging writers to use a journal and start reflecting weekly. I loved the idea she gave of going back through the journal at the end of the year to reflect on growth and change and even discover ideas for personal essays. Alan Henry suggests even more great reasons to keep a journal in his Lifehacker article Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours). Included in his list of reasons for keeping a journal are mental health benefits and harnessing creativity. … Read More