8 Writers Share Their Target Publications

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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

4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes

4 Submission Savvy Writers Share Publication Tips and Successes

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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?

Which Journal Matches Your Personality?

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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

Win a Free Ticket to #BlogHer17 P

Win a Free Ticket to #BlogHer17!

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A few months ago I was asked to join BlogHer#17‘s Community Advisory Board. I jumped at the chance to offer feedback on Conference programming and ideas, and am thrilled to be able to help judge the BlogHer Voices of the Year (VOTY) competition as well. I also received an extra *guest pass to the #BlogHer17 conference, June 22-24, in Orlando Florida! This is where you come in, because I am giving it to one of my readers! If you have not been to a BlogHer conference, you’ll “join an exhilarating mix of content creators, social media stars, entrepreneurs, top brands, activists and … Read More

To The Blogger Who Wants To Get Published By Another Site But Doesn’t Know Where To Start

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  The good news is that you can get published. Really! When I first started submitting my writing, it was slow going because I felt like there wasn’t really a resource or a how-to manual. And I’m the type of person who likes to read the instructions twice and then re-read them. I struggled with questions like: Where should I submit my writing? Am I good enough for another site to publish my writing? Should I just keep all my good content for my personal blog? I wasn’t sure that submitting my writing was a smart move, but my personal blog only … Read More

Yes, You Can Launch a Successful Writing Career From Your Blog

Yes, You Can Launch a Successful Writing Career From Your Blog

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  The first time I shared with a friend that I planned to create a blog, I was met with a patronizing grimace, which was then followed by a smirk which then conveyed the ultimate message: Disregard. But, who could blame her? There are as many bloggers as there are ineligible and commitment-phobic bachelors in the world (perhaps more). In fact, there are as many bloggers as there are broken hearts. While there are an abundance of fantastic, informative sites which showcase brilliant writing, many are sloppy and filled with poorly remixed and uncredible information. Let’s just be honest. But, … Read More

After My Modern Love Rejection

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Is it okay if I paste this here? You know, for posterity, as if it were taped to my high school locker? Dear Melissa Uchiyama, Thank you for sending your writing to Modern Love. Although I don’t find your essay right for our needs, I’m grateful for the opportunity to consider it. I regret that the volume of submissions we receive makes it impractical for me to offer editorial feedback. Best wishes, Daniel Jones, Modern Love editor It’s here, proof that I jumped into my own deep end, that I know how to press “send”. This is the form rejection … Read More

Authors discuss if blogging is real writing and my head explodes

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Twice, (okay, maybe three or four times) recently I have been insulted to the level of despair, which is in part, why I got my blogging ass to a BinderCon NYC (a serious writing conference for women and non-males), and why I committed to doing #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) to post one blog a day for 30 days of November (this is #5). Here’s how one such insult went down. At a small local writers panel of published authors in a local library, the question arose what was the difference between a writer and an author. The panelists concluded … Read More

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

Keep Imposter Syndrome From Affecting Freelance Productivity

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“It must have been a fluke.” “It was nothing.” “I just got lucky.” “It could’ve been anybody.” “You’re not good enough. You never were, and you never will be. Anything good that happens is purely by coincidence or having been being privileged in some way.” Moreover, at any given moment, people will find out what I actually am–an impostor, a fraud–someone who just got lucky. Perhaps you feel a similar anxiety to my own.  Maybe, you worry, any day now, your supervisor at work is going to call you out on your incompetence and let the department, the company, hell, … Read More

Start thinking of your blog as the business tool it truly is.

Start thinking of your blog as the business tool it truly is.

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I am often asked how I was able to “break into” the writing business. I am fortunate that I now consider myself a freelance writer who makes money writing for clients, companies and myself. But this was not always the case. It’s been a process that took place over several years. But when people ask me how they can do the same, I always say the same thing: use your blog. I’ve considered myself a writer since I was a child. I graduated college with a degree in journalism, and then joined the ranks of the “real world” and got … Read More