The Blog: Live Write Thrive
Editor: Susanne Lakin
Contact Info: [email protected]
Topic: Lots of diverse topics, mostly focused on balancing writing and life. For example, writing as a parent, scheduling time to write, or dealing with feelings of failure and stress.
“I only run guest posts on Mondays on my “Writing for Life” section, and do not run any on writing craft, since I cover that arena on Wednesdays,” explains Susanne.
Target audience: All kinds of writers but specifically those who are, or want to be, published authors of fiction, especially sci-fi and fantasy novels.
Other perks: A lot of social followers, exposure, media attention and the like. “My blog gets a lot of attention. I have 2,000+ subscribers and about 6,000 unique visitors a week, but I also promote my blog posts to 50k+ followers on Twitter and 2,000+ on Facebook,” says Susanne.
What kind of posts they like: She enjoys featuring posts that come from a personal perspective, not dry informational material. “My readers want to hear from other writers and professionals that can give advice, encouragement and insights into the writing life,” says Susanne.
Examples of three posts that have done well:
1. Using Life’s Hardships to Make You a Better Writer
2. How to be a First-Time Novelist Without Going Insane
3. 20 Things That Can Help You Find Inspiration for Writing
What you can do to help the editor say YES: “First and foremost, I expect posts to be well written and error-free,” says Susanne. As an editor herself, she’s often stunned by the number of posts that land in her inbox with incomplete sentences or poorly structured writing that reflects a lack of care or lack of writing training.
“I don’t want to take the time to clean up another’s writing, and the way the query and post are presented reflects the person’s reputation, so I encourage guest posters to take the time to really perfect their material,” reminds Susanne.
Lead time: It varies. Sometimes her site is booked out a few months ahead; other times, only a week or two. “I value others’ opinions and love to run guest posts,” says Susanne.
Google Page Rank: 4
What’s Google Page rank? In basic terms, it’s Google’s assessment of your site, from 1-10, with 10 being best. You want to guest post for sites with high page ranks because when that site links back to your blog, it boosts your SEO.
Have you written a guest post for Live Write Thrive?