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Guest Post Contributor Guidelines

Guest post submissions are currently closed due to a backlog of posts. Please check back to see if they’re open again before submitting your pitch! 

Thanks for your interest in writing for Horkey HandBook! Below you’ll find the process for submitting your pitch idea and (once approved) your final guest post.

**Please note that we only accept guest posts from individuals, not on behalf of companies.

Step 1: Get your post idea pre-approved by emailing us a fleshed out pitch. (Not sure what that looks like? Check out this post Gina wrote on the subject.)

What doesn’t make a good blog post idea?

  • Topics un-related to what we write about
  • Non-actionable content
  • Fluffy content
  • Topics already talked about on the blog

Step 2: After your idea is approved, please run through this checklist before you submit the final post for publication. Have you…

  • Formatted your post as an editable Google doc?
  • Added your name, email, website, Twitter handle and Google+ profile link to the top of your post?
  • Included your bio at the end of your post?
  • Attached a headshot as a separate file in the email?
  • Added at least one (but no more than three) links within your post to other applicable content on Horkey HandBook?
  • Included a call-to-action at the end of your post to encourage conversation or social sharing?

If so, you’re ready to submit!

Please email your post (including your bio and social media/website links) and headshot to contact@horkeyhandbook.com.

*We love it when you add screenshots to your post. However, pictures are hard to pull out of Google Docs – that’s why we also ask you to send them to us as attachments. It’s okay to leave them in the GDoc to show us where they belong in the text, but please remember to also send them as email attachments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I write about?

To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read the blog! We like personal stories with practical, actionable advice. Think posts that will help freelancers (writers or virtual assistants) launch or grow their own web-based businesses.

Do you pay?

Yes. In addition to a byline, you’ll receive $100 per approved post. You’re free to invoice us after your pitch has been accepted and you’ve delivered the finished post. Please use your post’s headline as the invoice entry’s description.

How long should my posts be?

Aim for 1,000-2,000 words. (Posts could be shorter or longer as needed, but this range is what you’ll typically find on the blog.)

Why do I need to submit via Google Docs?

It’s easy and can be accessed from anywhere!

Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?

Yes, please do! We prefer to pre-approve ideas. You can have a fully written post, but please just pitch us on the idea, rather than sending the entire post for consideration right away.

Should I include links within the piece?

Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – link appropriate posts from your own site, reputable news sites/blogs and previous Horkey HandBook posts. At least one link to another HH post (or page) is required.

Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about our resources page.

Who writes the headline?

You do. Although it might be tweaked by us as needed.

Will you edit my post?

Yes, but mostly for proper formatting, readability and clarity. We’ll do our best not to make any major changes to your style or voice.

How should it be formatted?

Posts should be written in blog style, with short words, sentences and paragraphs and lots of white space. Please include sub-headings and only use one space between sentences!

Should I include a photo?

Don’t worry about sourcing a featured image for the post, we’ll take care of that.

If you have screenshots or photos to support the post, we’d love to to see them (but as an attachment, NOT in the body of the Google doc only  – best practice do both, so we know where to put them!).

What can I expect after I submit my post?

Right now, we have at least a month lead time between submission and publication. Once the post is formatted in the back-end (by us), we’ll shoot you your publication date and url by email.

On the day it goes live, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts and share the post on social media as well.

We look forward to your contribution!

 ~ The Horkey HandBook Team