When Someone Seemingly Steals Your Idea

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When the article appeared on my newsfeed I laughed and clicked on it right away. It was almost the exact same article I had written months before. I told myself not to worry about it. In the world of mommy blogging it’s quite common to see the same ideas, themes, and topics repeated so I wasn’t completely surprised. When the idea for my article popped in my head several months before I thought I finally found a topic that nobody had covered in the same way. I even googled my idea to make sure there were no other similar articles … Read More

What happens when your essay is chosen for the Modern Love Podcast

What happens when your essay is chosen for the Modern Love Podcast?

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In 2016 I got an email from Daniel Jones, editor of the Modern Love column in the New York Times in which he explained the podcast that was launching, based on the column. I love podcasts and was excited to listen but there have been over 600 Modern Love essays published and there was no way mine would make the list. I’m a small blogger with a few lucky clips in well-known places, no formal writing education, no connections, no writing community. I live in Djibouti where I’m the only blogger I know. A year later, I got another email. … Read More

7 Ways Writing Helps Improve Wellbeing

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Deadlines can be panic inducing. Editors may be demanding. The search for commissions is draining. Trying to make ends meet can make you feel full of anxiety. Put like that, the dream of being a published author or journalist seems more of a nightmare. Sometimes it’s a wonder that we bother writing at all. But as well as a love of words, a passion for communication of ideas and information, and a creative impulse within, there is another reason to nudge us on. Writing can be brilliant for our wellbeing. Many writers testify to the benefits they find in their … Read More

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8 Ways To Understand And Deal With Negative Comments

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One can always expect negative comments when a controversial piece is published, however, even the most innocent and well-meaning pieces can attract heartless comments. Like many published writers,  I’ve experienced my fair share. Here’s my advice. PEOPLE GET TO DISAGREE WITH YOU No matter how articulate you are as a writer, people will interpret your words their own way; often in complete opposition to what you intended. Some are lovely and supportive and others are deliberately cruel. What I always remember is that everyone is entitled to their opinion and it isn’t always going to agree with ours. That’s ok. As … Read More

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

“COMMA” SUTRA? – How I Turned a Negative Book Review into a Satisfying Experience

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At first, his words left me speechless. And for someone like me, who earns a living spinning words, that’s quite a feat. For days, in the aftermath, I felt uninspired and misunderstood. But for greater clarity here, let me rewind to the beginning … A long-awaited professional review on an E-book I launched for writers, back in October, had finally arrived. I was so nervous, I needed a cigarette; and I don’t even smoke. Once I opened the email that arrived in my inbox, I knew there would be no turning back. With this being my first, I really had … Read More

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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