Write for Brazen Life
Thanks for your interest in writing for Brazen Life! This FAQ is intended to guide you through the writing, formatting and submitting process, with the goal of making this easier for all of us.
If you’d like to submit a guest post, please READ THESE GUIDELINES FIRST and then pitch Managing Editor Alexis Grant.
Contact information for Managing Editor:
Guest Post Guidelines: Frequently Asked Questions
What do writers get?
Unless pre-arranged with editors, contributors are not paid. We can offer a byline and a 1-2 sentence bio (with a link or two) at the bottom of the post. We work hard to share these posts across the Web, which helps get visibility for both you and us.
In addition to being published on our blog, we often include posts in our weekly newsletter, which goes out to tens of thousands of Brazenites. Not bad exposure, right?
Our posts are also syndicated by publications like Business Insider, AOL Jobs, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post and more. That means if you write a great post, it might run on those websites, too.
What should my bio say?
A sentence or two about you, plus a link or two to your website, Twitter handle or wherever you want to send readers. Please send us your bio with your post. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A BIO THAT’S LONGER THAN TWO SENTENCES. (Yes, that’s our yelling voice.)
What should I write about?
This isn’t your mom’s career advice blog. Our goal is to be different – more exciting, forward-looking and outside-the-box – than the dozens of other career blogs out there. If your post idea could work for all of those other blogs, it’s probably not right for Brazen.
Content should appeal to the demographics of our readership: ambitious young professionals in a variety of industries around the globe. Be HELPFUL. Give advice. Offer an opinion.
Ideas for posts:
- Professional advancement and development
- Lifestyle design
- Career and life hacks
- Unconventional professional choices
If your post doesn’t fall into one of these categories, that doesn’t mean it’s not a good fit! We love original ideas. Talk to us about what you’re thinking.
UPDATE: We’re now looking for posts for recruiters, by recruiters. Are you a recruiter or HR professional who has brazen advice to share on how to do your job well, trends in the industry or common mistakes? We’d love to hear from you!
Are there any topics in particular you’re interested in right now?
We always love unique angles on student debt. And writing on a topic that’s been in the news lately can only work in your favor (so long as your angle is unique and different than what’s already out there). But your best bet here is to be creative! And read our blog before submitting, so you understand our style and know what we’ve covered lately.
NEW: We’re now looking for content by recruiters for recruiters. If you work in the recruiting space and have advice for your peers, we’d love to hear from you.
What’s Brazen’s style? What should I keep in mind while writing the piece?
- Brazen posts and headlines have spunk, personality and voice. Posts should be written in a conversational tone.
- Keep first-person references to a minimum.
- Post should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs. Blog readers tend to have a short attention span, so aim to get to the point early on.
- Most importantly, don’t be BORING! Push yourself to tell us something new.
Should I pitch you with my idea before writing the post?
Yes. It’s smart to ask us to approve your idea before starting to write.
If this is your first time pitching us, tell us your idea and why you’d be good to write it. You might also send us a link to two to writing samples (blog posts are great) so we feel confident you’ll be able to execute the idea.
Just because we like your pitch does NOT mean we’ll publish your post. We need to see the final piece before committing to running it on our site.
How long should my posts be?
Shoot for 600-800 words.
Should I include links within the piece?
Yes, links are REQUIRED. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to appropriate posts on your site or on any other news site or blog. We love when you link to other Brazen posts, too.
Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about networking. No HTML.
Should I write a headline?
That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier.
Can I reprint the post on my own blog?
All content must be exclusive to Brazen Life for 30 days (exceptions can be made with the editor’s permission), but we encourage authors to summarize and/or link to the post on their own blog (even within that 30-day window).
After 30 days, authors are welcome to repurpose or repost the content to their own or other websites. We request a link back to Brazen Life as the original publisher. Here’s the blurb we suggest: This post first appeared on Brazen Life, a lifestyle and career blog for ambitious young professionals.
Will you edit my post?
That depends on how well you write it! We reserve the right to edit submissions for content, clarity, length and audience. If your post requires a lot of edits, we’ll send it back to you for review before publishing it (so long as we hear from you quickly approving the final version).
If you write cleanly, we’ll make a few edits and publish without sending you the final version.
To avoid driving your editor crazy, please use only ONE SPACE IN BETWEEN SENTENCES.
What happens if I decide after you publish that I don’t want the post on the interwebs?
Once it’s up, it’s up. There’s no going back. So please think long and hard about whether you feel comfortable with that particular post with your byline in the public domain.
How should I submit the post?
We do all our editing via Google Docs. If you’ve never shared a Google Doc before, here are easy instructions. Don’t forget to give us EDITING power.
Tip: It’s best to create your post as a Google Doc, rather than uploading a Word Doc to Google. Sometimes if you take the latter route, we can’t edit even if you tell the doc to allow us to do so.
What about photos?
We don’t usually use photos. But if your post requires one, please send via email as an attachment.
Do you have any examples of awesome posts?
Sure! Here are a few we love:
Anything I should do after I submit my post?
When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. (Never hurts to comment on your fellow contributors’ posts, either!) The easiest way to know when readers comment is to subscribe to comments (the option is under the comment field).
Also, tweet or share the link if you’re proud of the piece! If you want to tag the blog, we’re @BrazenCareerist.
Do aspiring contributors make any common mistakes I should avoid?
The two most common reasons we pass on contributions are:
1. The writing voice is dry and stiff, rather than conversational and fun. (Tip: avoid words like “thus” and “however.”)
2. The topic isn’t unique enough. If your post could run on any run-of-the-mill career blog, it’s probably not for us
Our editor has written several helpful pieces on how to write an awesome guest post. Since she will decide whether your post runs, you might want to check them out:
How long will it take for you to get back to me?
Once you send us your post, it usually takes us 1-2 weeks to edit it. (We get a lot of submissions!) If you don’t hear from us after two weeks, feel free to check back in to make sure your post didn’t get buried.
Once we edit your work, it will take another 1-3 weeks before it goes live on the site. That means if you have a certain date when you’d like your post to run, you should contact us about 4 weeks in advance.
What if I have more questions?
By all means, ask us! Our contact information is at the top of this guide.
Look forward to hearing your awesome pitch!