Do you write about writing, publishing, book marketing or social media? Do you have your own blog? Do you want to reach the Publishing Talk audience – the largest publishing community on Twitter? Publishing Talk is looking for fresh new voices, interesting insights and helpful advice to share with our community. Get in touch, pitch your idea, and you could be a Publishing Talk contributor.
General Pitch Guidelines
- Get in touch at email@example.com and tell us a bit about yourself, including a link to your own blog or other example of your writing.
- Please pitch your idea to us first rather than sending in complete articles to start with.
- Please indicate if you are pitching a piece for the Publishing Talk blog and/or Publishing Talk Magazine. See detailed guidelines for each below.
- Contributions must be original pieces for Publishing Talk.
- Your piece must be relevant to the Publishing Talk readership. This includes authors, aspiring authors and publishers. That means it should be about writing, publishing (including digital publishing and self-publishing), book marketing or social media. Your piece on the automotive industry is no doubt fascinating – but off-topic.
- Contributions are unpaid, but are likely to increase your profile, your Twitter followers, and the traffic back to your own website.
- Blog posts and magazine features should be non-promotional. Your byline and biography, however, may be promotional, and include a link to your own site.
- Your piece should be roughly between 500 – 800 words.
- Please submit a 20-word byline that includes your Twitter username (if you are on Twitter); and a 100-word author biography that will appear on your author page and at the end of your blog posts.
- If your piece is used, you may reproduce it on your own blog or website one month after it is published on Publishing Talk. If you do this, please include the line: ‘This post first appeared on Publishing Talk [date]’ with a link back.
- Please include links in your piece.
- You may include or suggest images if you wish – but please only include images that you have permission to use.
- Please submit your first piece by email. Subsequent pieces may then be submitted by email or via the Publishing Talk website itself using a Contributor login that we will set up for you.
- Pleaseinclude a 20-word byline that includes your Twitter username (if you are on Twitter); and a 100-word author biography that will appear on your author page and at the end of your blog posts.
- If you want us to consider a blog post you have already written, you can suggest it for our Around the Web section. Send us a link to your piece, plus a short extract, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Publishing Talk Magazine is a 24pp print and digital magazine, currently published bi-monthly. We see it as a community magazine: written for and by the Publishing Talk community, providing advice, features and tutorials to help them write, publish and sell books.
- Each issue has a genre theme (e.g. crime fiction, travel writing, romantic fiction), but not all articles necessarily need to relate to that issue’s theme.
- Pieces should be around 900 words for a single page feature or around 1,000 – 1,200 words for a double-page spread.
- Most of the interviews and features in the magazine include a ‘tips box’ or sidebar of 4-6 bullet-pointed nuggets of essential takeaway information to help readers apply the lessons that can be learned from the article. This should be counted within the overall word length for the piece.
- If your piece is commissioned for Publishing Talk Magazine, please we will also ask for a 50-word biography and hi-res headshot.
- See Publishing Talk Magazine to familiarize yourself with the sort of articles we run.
Regular slots include:
- Ask an Agent – a 1,000-word advice piece written by a literary agent.
- Social Media Success Story – a one or two page feature by an author or publisher showcasing the successful use of social media.
- Room to Write – a 600-word profile piece by an author describing where they write and offering an insight into the writing process. A biography of up to 100 words should be included within the 600-word piece. We will also need a hi-res photograph of you. This should ideally have a landscape rather than portrait orientation, as it will be used to fill the top half of the page.
- Features – one or two-page features on digital publishing, self-publishing, book marketing and other aspects of contemporary publishing.
- Self-Published Author Interview – we are looking for successful self-published authors to share their experience in Q&A format interviews (can be completed via email). These will usually be in a specific genre each issue.
Normally covered in-house, but there may be opportunities to contribute:
- Main Interview Feature – usually a big-name published author who shares an insight into their writing process, often in a specific genre. The interviewee’s photograph will usually appear on the front cover. We normally cover these interviews in-house – but PRs are welcome to nominate authors to be interviewed.
- Tutorials – usually contributed in-house, but there may be opportunities for pitching step-by-step tutorials on a technical topic e.g. an aspect of using social media. These normally include 12 steps, with a screenshot supplied for each step. 100 words for the first step, 50 words each for the remaining 11 steps.
- Writing Advice – there are normally a couple of writing advice / coaching features in each issue. There may be opportunities for external contributors to provide advice on a specific aspect of writing, or writing in a specific genre.
If you have any queries, or want to propose a piece, drop us a line at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!