I like blogs that are helpful to other writers or something that is fun and/or educational. For instance -
Social networking, i.e., blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.
Dealing with writer’s block
Proofreading or editing
Foreign words or phrases
Words, phrases, or acronyms for a specific job or hobby, like hiking terms, cooking terms, hunting terms, gardening terms, and so on.
I’m flexible. If your blog post does not cover any of the above suggestions, that’s okay. I look at uniqueness and originality, too.
I always post a picture/photo on top of blog posts. If you have a suggestion for a picture, I’m all ears (or eyes, rather). Pictures must be clear and crisp. The final decision on picture selection is mine.
I like small blocks of text with bolded headers (proven blog winners). I do not like huge blocks or text with no white space.
If I feel the blog is too long, I will suggest edits. My blogs are normally about a 1,000 words; I may make an exception if I feel the content is compelling. Please do not be offended if I suggest edits or changes.
Please do not slander or defame anyone (by name) in your blog article.
I try to encourage readership with good headlines. I reserve the right to create a headline or edit your headline.
I’m happy to post something that you have previously posted (as long as it belongs to you). If you are submitting a new article as a guest blog, I’m happy to include links to other content on your blog if it’s pertinent to the new subject.
I’m sort of a nit-picky stickler for punctuation, typos, grammar, but I do allow for casual flair. It’s a blog – not a letter to the President.
I do not care for foul language although an occasional use of a body part or slang on a bad word is okay. I will look at each blog post with fresh eyes and take the entire blog post on its overall merits.
I require that your draft blog post be in my inbox a week before the scheduled blog post. This is to allow me to give it the once-over and to be sure I have it prior to its scheduled posting date. My deadlines are firm.
On posting day, along with it going live on my blog, your contribution will be posted to my Twitter, Facebook page, and Google+.
I ask that you mention your contribution and my blog somewhere in your social networking, i.e., on your blog, Twitter, Facebook page, Google+, etc.
When submitting to me, please include –
1) The article or your idea.
2) Your social networking and website URLs.
3) A personal bio, about 50 words or so.
4) A profile picture.
5) If you have a recent or upcoming release, send a jpeg of your book cover.
Have an idea? Email me! email@example.com.
Karen S. Elliott
Updated July 29, 2012