Turns Out We DO Offer Guest Posting Opportunities
I’ll be the first to tell you that I haven’t tried every self-publishing tactic there is. Furthermore, there are some tactics where I never found success with it, however, others have.
It’s for this reason that I am allowing guest posts for other savvy self-publishing marketers out there so as to show case their skills and provide useful step-by-step processes that will help authors to market their books better.
However, to be able to guest write for Kindlepreneur, you will have to meet a couple of criteria and provide mind blowing information…not your run of the mill rehashed web content.
But first, maybe you want to know why you’d want to write for us…
Why Guest Blog?
I’m sure most of you understand the value of guest blogging and if you don’t, then check this out. To spell it out, the reasons why you should guest post is: recognition, authority, and traffic building to your blog or book.
By writing for Kindlepreneur, you will have a chance to showcase your writing skills and level of experience to one of the fastest growing communities in self-publishing.
Here are some other excellent reasons:
- Get your ideas in front of thousands of readers
- Get your company, brand, logo or book out in the public
- And of course, the good old link to your website…which is nice
To write for Kindlepreneur, we have a couple of requests.
- Super awesome, mind-blowing how-to articles: Seriously, Kindlepreneur article standards are really high, and some guest posters have to go through 2-3 revisions before its ready for publication. But if you’ve got something special, I’ll happy to work with you.
- It’s got to be original: Duh – we don’t accept anything that is published somewhere else. Bad Google ju ju. So don’t do that!
- Its got to be relevant to our topic and audience: By this, I mean that your content should be “how-to guides for mid to advanced level self-publishers who are looking for tactics and online practices to build their author platform, and promote their self-published books better.”
- Its got to be a complete guide or tactic: nothing bothers me more than reading an article that leaves out so many important steps that no one can really turn replicate the success the article claims it made them. Don’t gloss over things…be thorough and complete
- Word count doesn’t matter…sometimes: I don’t have a word count requirement. However it pretty difficult to write a complete guide on a useful topic and be under 700 words. Most Kindlepreneur articles sit at a healthy 1200-1800. In some cases, I’ve even gone as far as 3,600. Just focus on writing a good post, not on meeting word count requiremetns.
- You must have a real social media profile and not be using a fake one. Your picture should be of you and not a stock photo. It’s okay to use a pen name, however fake social media accounts that you don’t use are not cool. Also, each one of our authors needs a Gravatar account.
- You must be okay with giving Kindlepreneur full rights to the article. I won’t do anything nefarious, however, I just want to ensure that the information you submit is something that we can use in all forms to include the post, social media, etc. Furthermore, at no time can you republish the material anywhere else.
How to Pitch a Proposal
- Read Kindlepreneur’s popular posts to get an idea of the style of writing and what Kindlepreneur fans like or read the most. Just get familiar with my style.
- Send an Email with your idea. Just the idea and not a completed post. Please include:
- Submit two to three potential headlines for your idea
- An outline with subheads and a brief description of what your post will be about
- Provide 2 links to Kindlepreneur posts that you will reference in the article
- I’ll either approve the idea, or suggest changes if the idea has merit. I’ll try to do my best to help you get that
- You can send the email to: Dave (at) Kindlepreneur.com
Once Your Pitch Has Been Accepted
If your pitch has been accepted, then you’ll be asked to send a draft. Your draft should include:
- Submit your draft as a google doc or word doc with google docs being preferred.
- Include an “In this article, you will learn” at the beginning. I personally like to know what I am getting into when I start reading someone’s post
- Pictures are HIGHLY recommended if you are writing a how-to. Screen capture your process and use arrows, words and boxes to highlight specific aspects. When using arrows or other annotations in your pictures, use the following colors:
a. Blue: #204a83
b. Orange: #F48220
- Ensure pictures are no wider than 700px. No need to worry about the featured post picture, I’ll create that for you.
- Extra Credit!!! Its probably not a surprise that I love humor…just sayin.
- Include a short 2-3 sentence bio. You can include 2 anchor text links to your website or book.
- Be ready to make revisions. Its rare for someone to nail it on the first try. But don’t get discouraged. Revisions mean that I want to work with you, so keep at it.
- Understand at before publication I may edit the article further. If they are major edits, you will be notified before publication.
Once Your Article Has Been Posted
- Make sure you respond to all comments left on the article.
- Submit the article to social media sites and on your own social media accounts. I’ll do my part as well because we both want your content to get out to the most people possible, so let’s rock it.
- Contact any authors or authorities that you mentioned in your article and let them know. You’d be surprised how excited they get hearing you mentioned them in your article. In many cases, they will promote your article in response.
Tips and Examples for Contacting
To help you contact those you mention, here is a template that you might want to follow. Don’t copy and paste, but use it as a framework.
Hey [THEIR FIRST NAME],
My name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a big fan of your work. So much so, in fact, that I mentioned you in a guest post I ran on Kindlepreneur today, all about [YOUR POST TOPIC].
If you’d like to check out the post, you can find it right here: POST TITLE AS A LINK.
If you wanted to share this with your followers, I created a quick Twitter post you could use:
Interesting post about [POST TOPIC] @[YOURTWITTERHANDLE] @DaveChesson #[RELEVANTHASHTAG] [SHORTENED POST LINK]
Thanks, and have a great day!
Let’s face it, most of these big time authorities have little time. Well, you can help them to promote themselves and your article, by helping them to save some of that precision time. In enters Click to Tweet.
All you have to do is insert the copy of the tweet you want them to share and ask Click to Tweet to generate a link for you. Here’s an example: Tweet: How awesome is the ability to create a link that will tweet your words? Pretty cool, that’s what! Thanks @DaveChesson (Click to Tweet!)
Pretty cool huh?
And with that…May the Writing Force Be With You
Okay so that sounds like a lot…and it is. It is super important that a website knows who their readers are and doesn’t alienate them when having other writers come on board. But just remember ALL the benefits a guest post can provide.
So with that, I look forward to working with you and can’t wait to hear about your exciting self publishing marketing ideas.