BYB 052: Classy Controversy: Writing For Stir Journal With Editor-in-Chief Laurel Hermanson

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Classy Controversy- Writing For Stir Journal With Editor-in-Chief Laurel Hermanson - Beyond Your Blog Podcast #52

Stir Journal tackles controversial topics and seeks to generate a conversation vs. an argument. Editor-in-Chief Laurel Hermanson is here to talk about the types of personal essays (often with a reported component) that they love to publish, the topics they want to see more of, new media formats they are interested in, and much, much more.  This clean, ad-free site also manages to pay a very competitive rate for features, and Laurel fills us in on all the details!

Classy Controversy- Writing For Stir Journal With Editor-in-Chief Laurel Hermanson - Beyond Your Blog Podcast #52

The interview includes

  • How Stir Journal tries to generate conversations instead of arguments about controversial topics
  • How Stir Journal polices hateful comments
  • Some of the most popular pieces published on Stir Journal to date
  • The topics that Laurel would like to see more of and the topics she gets inundated with
  • How strict Laurel is on the full story vs. pitch rule & Laurel’s pet peeves on submissions
  • Laurel’s response to the claim that they require ‘heavy reporting’
  • The types of media (other than writing) that Laurel is very open to
  • How much Stir Journal will pay for your accepted feature
  • How Stir Journal stays ad-free and still manages to pay writers
  • What you need to know about following up if you don’t hear back on your submission
  • Laurel’s advice about the difference between writing blog posts and writing essays

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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.

3 Comments on “BYB 052: Classy Controversy: Writing For Stir Journal With Editor-in-Chief Laurel Hermanson”

  1. This was a great interview. I enjoyed writing my story of my daughter’s bootcamp with dogs for Stir Journal and working with Journal. Thanks for sharing it here. Re the editing process, I think we exchanged two or three emails re the editing process (certainly not the 57 someone else was the recipient of).

  2. I learnt that Laurel is passionate about social issues, is keenly interested in submissions about environmental sustainability, will accept either a completed piece or a pitch, and is seeking personal stories meant to educate and reach a universal audience. I also learnt that Susan is a talented interviewer. Keep up the good work ladies. I look forward to submitting an essay to Stir Journal.

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