Please read through all the guidelines to learn how to submit a piece that has a better chance of acceptance.
Craft Your Content’s mission is twofold: to help our clients 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! As one guest poster recently noted on our Trello boards:
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.
Writing guest blog posts for us will provide you the invaluable experience of being published, without the thoughtless (and, quite frankly, heart-wrenching) rejection letters.
Additionally, we pay $75-150 per article, depending on the length/topic/quality.
We do not publish sponsored content or paid articles.
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?
Entrepreneurs: These are the folks who work their hands to the bone to build their own business, and they love reading productivity and creativity tips – not shallow “hacks” or listicles, but meaningful ideas and inspiration to help them improve. They’ve built something they’re proud of, and want to show it (and themselves) off to the world. They’re busy people, so they like actionable items to take away and apply to their lives.
Entrepreneurial writers: These readers don’t just run their own business; they also do all of the writing for their business. And the writing that they do is the centerpiece of their marketing plan. Whether it’s blog posts, Kindle eBooks, or product copy, if it’s for their business, they are (or their team is) writing it, and they want to learn how to do it better. More efficiently. More creatively. With better engagement and interest. You get the idea.
Professional writers: Professional writers are committed to their personal brand, blog, and community, but often don’t have the editorial support and partnership that often comes with writing for publications. Different from freelancers, they create content for themselves, rather than chasing down clients and bylines. They choose to write for a living (those poor souls), so they’re interested in relatable, realistic advice based on the experiences of other people who write all the time.
As such, we don’t 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 an agency in the business of marketing (and, more importantly, helping to improve) content, we do not accept articles focused 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 via email.)
Good luck — we can’t wait to hear from you! ~ The Craft Your Content Team