We invite guest blogs and case studies from members of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Below are the ALLi guest blogger guidelines to follow.
ALLi Guest Blogger Guidelines: Before Submission
- Only ALLi members are eligible to write guest posts. We welcome guest posts from all categories of ALLi member: author, associate, partner, authorpreneur, and organizational. If you're not yet a member of ALLi, now's a great time to join! Visit our membership website to apply: www.allianceindependentauthors.org.
- We are seeking posts that help other indie authors solve a problem, explain a how-to approach, or foster healthy discussion of debatable topics.
- We require posts to have tangible tips and takeaways actions that members and readers can go away and implement and experiment with. Posts that include tips in bullet form; short snippets of key information; or a summary of experience that may help others are all useful!
- We like posts that draw on personal details and experience. Our community is renowned for its collaborative spirit and our best blog posts reflect that. Personal opinions and case studies are prized.
- Posts and case studies must be original i.e. written especially for the ALLi blog, and must not have appeared previously elsewhere.
- Your byline will be included, together with one link to your author website, and/or other appropriate URL. Please note, we do not generally directly advertise or endorse a contributor's products or services. However, useful images and links for our members to find out more about you as a contributor will be included as appropriate.
- Guest posts are voluntary. As a non-profit organization aiming to keep our membership costs as low as possible, we do not offer an editorial fee for contribution.
- As author, you retain all rights. We ask that you include a link back to our original posting in any repost.
- Your post will be edited before publication. It will be formatted and sub-edited according to our in-house style as well as for SEO purposes. All editor decisions are final.
How To Submit Your ALLi Guest Blog Idea
We are always open to new ideas and different voices for our blog. If you would like to submit a post for the ALLi blog, Holly Greenland is the first point of contact: [email protected].
Email Holly with a brief outline of your idea, some information about you, and ideally a title and some bullet points about the areas of content you'd cover. Holly will reply to advise you on its suitability. If your initial idea isn't quite right, Holly may suggest some amendments that will make it suitable.
Holly aims to reply within three working days of an approach but may take longer, especially at busy periods. If you haven't heard from her in a week, please feel free to contact her again, in case your email has been trapped by a spam filter along the way.
What are We Looking For in an ALLi Guest Blog Post?
We accept two types of posts:
- Usually case studies are short paragraphs less than 400 words about a members experience on a very specific subject.
- Occasionally case studies will be longer upwards of 1000 words but these posts while drawing on a member's experience will be tips heavy.
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- Where a member has a significant expertise in an area, they may wish to write a longer piece for us 1000-3000 words.
- These posts will dive into detail about one specific area and create a more comprehensive article.
- The ALLi team will often add additional information, signposting or case studies to these posts, as well as editing layout of posts as needed.
Note that: if you don't want to write a post but would like to suggest a topic, you can also get in touch with Holly. We're always looking for new ideas to meet our readers' needs and interests. Questions are welcome, as well as answers!
If your blog post is accepted, the next steps are to:
- Email your completed post to Holly as an attachment, ideally as a Word document or plain text. Again, note that she will format and sub-edit it to match our house style and for SEO keyword purposes (we want your post to be found!). Note also that posts may be returned for editing with feedback if they don't meet requirements or don't have sufficient tips and takeaways in them.
- Email as separate attachments your headshot and up to 4 images to which you hold the rights, in jpg format, to be used as illustrations. Note: if you have an account for stock images, it does not mean ALLi has the right to post those images on our site. If any of your own books are relevant to the post, this should include a cover image for the appropriate book. If you are unable to provide illustrations, we may use stock photos secured from ALLi's respective account so we ensure we have the proper rights.
- Include with your post your author bio which will be edited as a byline, website URL, and relevant social media handles.
Many thanks for your interest, and for reviewing these guest blogger guidelines. Please keep your great ideas coming!
Don't forget to take a look around the blog for inspiration too: selfpublishingadvice.org/alli-blog