**UPDATE – The team from the former NYT Motherlode moved to the Well Family section of the New York Times in 2016. Well Family includes “expanded coverage of parenting, childhood health and relationships to help every family live well.’ New submission guidelines are pending. As of November 2016 they ARE still working with freelancers and accepting essays, and looking for 800 words give or take. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org)**
Podcast listeners and readers of Beyond Your Blog who have been published on a lot of the well-known sites often tell me that the New York Times’ Motherlode parenting blog is one of their be-all-end-all online publishing aspirations. This podcast interview with Motherlode Lead Writer and Editor KJ Dell’Antonia was at the top of my goals for Beyond Your Blog this year, so I’m it’s all downhill from here. Scroll to the bottom of these show notes to hear this interview and all the great information KJ has to offer for those of you interested in submitting.
The interview includes
- The easy submission process for Motherlode and what you really should try to spell correctly in your email
- Who will read your submission
- How long you will be waiting before you hear back on whether or not your submission was accepted
- What NOT to submit
- The qualities of a REALLY great submission including word count and what makes KJ say “Hell Yeah!”
- The types of submissions she wants to see more of, and those topics that demand an even higher quality of writing because she gets so many of them.
- Which posts you should read on Motherlode to get a good feel for what a stand out post looks like
- The various ways Motherlode might promote your accepted post and the ways Motherlode would like you to promote your piece once it runs
**UPDATE – The team from the former NYT Motherlode moved to the Well Family section of the New York Times in 2016. Well Family includes “expanded coverage of parenting, childhood health and relationships to help every family live well.’ New submission guidelines are pending. As of March 2016 – KJ Dell’Antonia is still reading submissions, though their publications slots are full for some time out, so most likely you may get a canned rejection. That said, they ARE still working with freelancers and accepting essays. Looking for 800 words give or take. (email@example.com)**
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