Write For Us
We want you to write for us! Are you someone who’s passionate about writing, publishing, marketing, or even business?
Can you write killer content that’s helpful, concise, and easily shareable?
Do you want to increase your exposure, link to your website or social platforms, and make money from your words?
If you answered yes to all of the above, then you’re in the right place. Here are Self-Publishing School, we want to provide our readers with the best content in the publishing, marketing, and writing industry.
Why Write for Self-Publishing School?
Aside from helping others accomplish their goals and dreams, there are many reasons to put your knowledge and skills to use in written form for us to share.
Understandably, you want to get something else in return, as well.
What you get when you write for Self-Publishing School:
- Your content featured on a site with over 150,000 unique organic visitors monthly
- Your very own Author Bio at the top of the blog post
- Up to 5 personal links to social or other within your author bio
- Internal links to your own content within your blog post
- Your blog post shared on our facebook group with over 114,000 followers (& our other platforms!)
- Your blog post shared to our email list of over 90,000 active subscribers
- COMPENSATION – that’s right, we pay you for your work, $150 per blog post that meets our submission guidelines!
- The satisfaction of helping writers, marketers, publishers, and book-lovers everywhere
How to Write for Us
If you know you’re ready to get started with us, please make sure you’ve thoroughly read over our submission guidelines.
Below those guidelines will be a portal to get started on the process with us.
This is how writing for us will work:
- You review our submission guidelines in full, understanding you’re responsible for executing on them completely before receiving compensation.
- Fill out the form beneath the submission guidelines in full after reading the instructions as this form will allow us to accurately keep track of who’s writing for us.
- After you’ve submitted this form, you will receive a confirmation email indicating that we received your application.
- Once you’re approved or denied to become a guest writer, you’ll recieve an email with Next Steps.
- If you’re approved, your email will contain steps for how to choose a topic (from an extensive predetermined list) that best fits your expertise. SAVE THIS EMAIL!
- Once you’ve chosen a topic, you will fill out another form confirming your chosen topic along.
- You’ll write up a perfect blog post (you have 3 weeks to do so!), complete with all of the guidelines we highlight below.
- Once you’re finished, you’ll refer back to your initial email with a link to your submission form, complete with your PayPal email information and Google Doc link.
- Your blog post will be thoroughly reviewed before approval and payment.
- If your blog post is good to go and gets approved, you’ll be paid! Easy as that.
- Your blog post will be published at a later date (this date will depend on our backlog of guest content as well as any other content we have scheduled to publish prior).
- You will receive an email when your blog post is live!
We take our content very seriously. Our mission is to provide those searching the best, most accurate, and highest quality content on the internet for that topic.
We maintain our core value of Best is the Standard no matter who’s contributing.
For this reason, we have strict guidelines when it comes to what we accept and therefore publish. And that means if you submit a piece that is not in line with these rules, it will not be approved and you will not be paid.
But we don’t want to waste your time—or ours—so here’s what each blog post must contain if it’s to be approved. If you’re not confident you can deliver on these, work on it and come back when you are:
#1 – Write your blog post in a Google Doc
In order to make editing and posting easier and faster, we only accept blog post drafts via Google Docs. If you have a @gmail.com email account, you automatically have Google Docs.
If you do not have a @gmail.com email, you will need to create one right here in order to use Google Docs to submit your draft.
Note: make sure you submit your Google Doc with the link granting “editing” access
#2 – A single blog post should be between 1200 – 2500 words
According to our experience, blog posts of this length perform better and we want to ensure our readers get full, thorough detail of the topics they’re searching.
Note: Don’t worry if you do go over 2500 words by a little bit, just don’t submit a whomping essay as your blog post 🙂
#3 – Your heading should be no longer than 160 characters
In order for your title to properly fit on Google, it has to remain under this character count. Don’t worry if it’s longer, as we’ll edit the title for what fits best.
#4 – Your blog post’s structure
It should be written in short paragraphs, subheadings, and/or numbered lists. Please pre-format your headings like in this blog post example using the “normal text” dropdown in the edit bar at the top.
All headings should be “heading 2”, but we may change this upon publication if we see fit.
- DO Use Subheads: Break article up into sections so the text is easy to scan at glance.
- DO Use numbered lists when appropriate.
- DO Motivate action; tell people what to do and how to do it.
- DO Make sure your blog post has a clear point.
- DO Make sure the post has a clear structure.
Example: See this blog post draft for an example of the proper draft structure.
Here are published examples of what those headings might look like compared to your topic/keyword:
#5 – Add Screenshots
When relevant (typically for reviews/instructional pieces), please use screenshots to help explain and inform our readers. You can add red boxes, arrows, and text when appropriate.
Example: This blog post is a great example of appropriate content with screenshots.
You can upload these to your Google Doc by placing the cursor where you want the image and going to:
Insert > Image > Upload from computer
#6 – Add relevant links throughout the post
This is another perk of being able to write for us. Embed links into your blog post that link to relevant content elsewhere on the internet—and yes, these links may be to your own content.
#7 – Include your author bio information
Another perk! Unlike many other sites, writing for us means your author bio, photo, and social links included at the top of your blog post.
Please include them on your blog post like in this example of a completed draft.
#8 – Make sure your blog post matches our example
We put together a sample blog post (from a post we’ve already published on our blog), for you to compare yours to.
- Does the structure of yours look the same?
- Is your author bio information in the same place?
- Are your social links added in the same way?
- Are your links embedded the same?
Note: If your blog post draft does not match our example and these guidelines, it may be denied and you will not be compensated.
#9 – Maintain our tone and style
We like our blog posts to be upbeat, punchy, and informative – with a little personality thrown in there so our readers aren’t bored to death with sometimes less-than-exciting topics 🙂
Use “you” when writing, like you’re speaking directly to someone.
- Do: be friendly, personable, encouraging, factual, and casual
- Do not: be condescending, inappropriate, or put people down
#10 – Submit your draft
When you submit your form below and sign up to contribute, you will receive an email with a set of next steps for working with us. Within that email is the link you’ll need to use in order to submit your draft!
You cannot submit a draft for acceptance in any other way.
Ready to Write for Self-Publishing School?
If you feel confident in your ability to produce the best blog post on a given topic and that you can fully commit to the submissions guidelines listed here, fill out the form below and let’s get writing!
FAQs for Guest Posts
When will my blog post be published?
Your blog post will be reviewed, accepted, and published in order we receive it. We cannot offer exact publication dates, but you will receive an email when the blog post is live.
What if I don’t have a blog post sample for you to read?
Make one! It can be something as simple as a “mock” blog post written in Google Docs—we just need to see your writing in some capacity in order to ensure you’re a good fit for our blog.
Why can’t I fill out the submission form?
If you’re having troubles filling out the submission form above, refresh your browser and/or clear your cookies. You can also try another browser if you’re still having troubles.
When will I be paid?
We pay out all of our guest contributors once a month. All blog posts accepted(meaning if your blog post does follow our guidelines) will be paid out the following month on the 15th.
Can I check the status of my blog post?
No. Because we want to make sure our blog posts are published as they come in, we cannot offer updates on the status of your blog post.
Does my blog post need photos?
If you’re writing an instructional blog post or a review of any kind, screenshot photos are accepted. We will add any other relevant images we see fit prior to publication.
Why didn’t I receive my follow-up email after submitting the form above?
Check your other folders, including spam! Sometimes our emails make their way there without us knowing.
Do I get credit for writing my blog post?
Yes! You get your photo, social link, and author bio at the top of your blog post.
Does my blog post get edited?
Yes. We edit all blog posts before they’re published and reserve the right to change/alter/edit its content to best meet our audience’s needs (and to help make sure Google sees the value of it and ranks it higher!).
What if I didn’t find a topic I could write about?
We’re always updating the list of topics you have to choose from (that you received in your initial email). If you didn’t find something this time, check back in a week or two to see if there’s anything that catches your eye.
Can I pitch my own blog post topic?
We do not accept single post pitches at this time. All blog post must be about one of the topics on our list.
Can I post this same blog post on my own website?
No. Once your blog post is published on our website, you cannot publish that very same piece anywhere else on the internet.