BYB 078: The Washington Post Talent Network – Everything Bloggers Need To Know – With Editor, Eva Rodriguez

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The Washington Post Talent Network - Everything Bloggers Need To Know - Editor, Eva Rodriguez - Beyond Your Blog Podcast 78

A bucket list publication for many writers and bloggers is The Washington PostThe Washington Post Talent Network is the system used by The Post to vet new writers, review pitches/stories, and communicate through the entire submission and publication process. Editor heading up the Talent Network, Eva Rodriguez, is here to tell us how it works and how you can start writing for The Washington Post via the Talent Network.

The Washington Post Talent Network - Everything Bloggers Need To Know - With Editor, Eva Rodriguez - Beyond Your Blog Podcast 78

The interview includes

  • How The Washington Post Talent Network works and why it was developed
  • Update on international expansion
  • What The Washington Post is looking for from bloggers vs. those with journalism experience
  • The information you will be asked to provide when applying to The Talent Network
  • Who reviews applicants, what happens when you are being considered, and how long you will wait to hear back after applying
  • The most common reason you may not be accepted into the Talent Network
  • Whether to pitch ideas or full pieces once accepted, and how you should route your submissions
  • How editors use the network to proactively reach out to members for writing and reporting needs
  • How the acceptance/decline process work once you submit something through the Talent Network
  • How payment works once you are in The Washington Post Talent Network and have your work published

Resources

Submission Savvy Online Course From Beyond Your Blog

Susan’s Sumo Affiliate Link

Washington Post Talent Network

BYB Podcast 043: Successful Submissions with Washington Post On Parenting Editor, Amy Joyce

BYB Podcast 063: Washington Post’s Solo-ish Publishes Your Writing About Unmarried Life With Editor, Lisa Bonos

Washington Post – On Parenting

Washington Post – Solo-ish

Washington Post – Inspired Life

The Washington Post Talent Network - Everything Bloggers Need To Know - Editor, Eva Rodriguez - Beyond Your Blog Podcast 78

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About the Author

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.

15 Comments on “BYB 078: The Washington Post Talent Network – Everything Bloggers Need To Know – With Editor, Eva Rodriguez”

  1. This was a great episode Susan – thank you! I’m in Canada so will wait and apply as soon as WaPo opens up to internationals. And the SumoMe is a great recommendation – I’m getting a couple of subscribers a day but it is very slow. I’m scared of the pop up but may give it a go. And your new course looks brilliant – I’ll try to do it 🙂

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I tried the pop up for a few days and was convinced it wouldn’t work and I’d take it down — I never did! Haha. I’d love to have you in my course. Cheers!

  2. Hi Susan! As usual, I loved your on-point questions with Eva in the podcast. Washington Post (specifically the On Parenting section) is the latest publication that I’m targeting, but after also listening to podcast #43 with Amy Joyce, I’m confused on the most effective way of submitting my work. Do you suggest only using the Washington Post Talent Network or should I pitch my article to Amy through her email address that she gave to everyone in episode #43? Thank you in advance!

    1. The Amy Joyce podcast is from June of 2015 before the Talent Network launched. I’d definitely go the Talent Network Route, though it can take a long time to hear back. I know that people still pitch Amy via email, but very few hear back. I’m sure she is swamped with pitches from both directions, and my guess is that Talent Network writers are first priority. Cheers!

  3. I know why you get so many email subscribers. Your content & podcasts are invaluable! : )

    Quick question: I didn’t hear Eva say that an applicant will receive a notification if they are NOT accepted into the talent network. Do you know if she sends out decline emails? I ask because I completed my profile/application approx 2 months and it still says that it is under review. I guess no news is good news? Thanks for any thoughts on this.

    1. Hi Kirsten! You will get a response either way. Also, Eva’s focus has been on vetting individuals with experience covering breaking news due to Washington Post priorities to cover news around the country. She said if you never got a yes or no, that your application is still pending. She apologizes if you got pushed to the back burner :o) The good news is that they will soon be adding to the Talent Network staff and thus be able to make their way through the applications MUCH more quickly. She added that they WILL give everyone an answer! Hope that helps a little!

  4. HI Susan, Thanks for this great episode. I got my Talent Network profile approved, (yay!). I submitted my first piece and am still waiting to see if it’s accepted or expires. I did have a dilemma when I submitted it because it didn’t seem to quite fit into any of the vertical choices, so I picked the one that seemed closest. Not all the vertical choices are within the options, though. For example, I don’t see a way to submit directly to “Inspired Life” or I might have chosen that. I heard Eva mention submitting pieces over the “transom” (?) so she can see them first and decide where they fit. From what I can see, you have to choose a vertical to submit a pitch, so I must be missing something. Do you know any specifics of how to funnel your pitch through Eva if you’re not sure where it would fit best? Thanks so much!

    1. I am not in the Talent Network myself, so I can’t tell you the exact selections to make. Feel free to join my Facebook Group (Beyond Your Bloggers) and ask the question there. Many members are in the Talent Network. Cheers@

  5. Hi Susan,

    I’m listening to this podcast more than a year after its publication. But it is enormoulsy useful.

    I happened upon the Talent Network earlier today while I was researching publications for writing opportunities. So once I found it, I then researched it specifically and ended up here. It seems like a really great opportunity I’d like to explore.

    Thank you for providing this great information.

    1. I’m so glad to hear it! I know they prefer you go through the talent network, but for non-breaking news pieces, I know quite a few people who have also pitched an editor directly and gotten published/added to the Talent Network as well. They are still very backlogged on approving Talent Network applicants (it can take a year or more) and give process breaking news/hard journalism applicants first. Cheers!

  6. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for that information and for responding to my message. I submitted an application to the Talent Network earlier today, so, based on what you have said, I suppose I will sort of forget about it for now–until and unless I hear from them.

    Thank you again. I love your site and appreciate greatly the great information and guidance you provide.

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