Please read through all the guidelines to learn how to submit a piece that has a better chance of acceptance.
Before we jump into the guidelines and details for submitting to Craft Your Content, we’re gonna be honest with you.
We don’t approve most of the submissions and pitches that come through. This is mostly due to the quality of the ideas and writing.
It isn’t about the actual style and skill, it is about the obvious lack of effort and thought. If you are earnest about your pitch, and have taken the time to understand our site and audience, then we’re more than willing to work with you.
But if you send a thin pitch, nothing more than a title, a subject that is irrelevant, want us to advise on which topic you should send, do not follow the directions outlined below, can’t explain why you are the perfect person to write this piece, have not shown us how your piece will affect our audience, or many other lazy pitching mistakes…we will likely reject your query without a reason.
Please understand, we love to work with writers who want to write exceptional pieces that are a great fit for CYC. We are looking for a reason to say yes to your submission!
So work hard to make sure that we don’t have a reason to say no, by reading through the guidelines below and sending us your best ideas and pieces.
Craft Your Content’s mission is twofold: to help our readers become excellent writers, and to help them do so while retaining their unique voice and vision.
But we need writers to do that.
Writing for Craft Your Content is a great way to gain experience and reach over 10K new readers per month. Our work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and The Huffington Post, among others, and our clients have gone on to publish top-charting books and viral blog posts themselves.
That’s major credibility.
Not only that, but our editorial team will also be there to help you along the way, so you aren’t flying solo. You’ll be getting the same services that other writers pay us for, to learn more about your own writing. It’s a pretty great perk…and you don’t have to take our word for it! Here are some comments from past contributors:
Your suggestions make a lot of sense! Changes made. Very cool. This is my first time submitting to CYC, and I like that your editorial team is helping me work on craft at the same time as my piece is about working on craft. Ha! Love it.
Oh, and we pay; $75-150 per article, depending on the length/topic/quality.
Want some extra special insights what our Founder and Managing Editor Elisa Doucette loves to see in a pitch (and what drives her up a wall?) Check out this post she wrote on that exact topic, or follow this thread on Twitter where she regularly updates with examples of automatic rejection situations.
Writing for CYC isn’t like writing for snooty, academic types. Our content encourages dialogue between the writers and their readers. Over the years, we’ve compiled a list of characteristics that make for a great blogger. While you’re writing, keep these guidelines in mind:
We're looking for pieces that speak to our audience.
And who are they, you may ask?
As such, we do not accept most pitches with a content marketing or freelancing focus. Those pieces absolutely have worth and interest, but fit better on other sites and with other publications.
If you can follow these guidelines, you’re on the write (see what I did there?) path to getting published.
While we fully acknowledge that we are a collective in the business of marketing (and, more importantly, helping to improve) content, we do not accept articles focused on freelancing, or on online or content marketing . If you are going to pitch a piece related to either of these topics, please make sure it has a very unique and quality-focused take.
Now you’ve learned the know-how’s and no! don’t!’s of writing guest posts for CYC. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have about the process. (We are unable to accept unsolicited submissions, and we WILL NOT advise on topics, via email. You will be directed back to the request form on this page.)
~ Elisa Doucette and the Craft Your Content Team