Guest Post Guidelines

(updated May 2017)

Yes, I am happy to publish a guest post every month or so.

Please read on if you:

a) have a blog or website in a related niche to Sustainable Suburbia and would like to submit a guest post
b) you don’t have a website at all but would like to write for SustainableSuburbia just because you have something to say.

If you are not one of these people, please don’t contact me with a guest post idea. If you wanting to get backlinks to your unrelated commercial website (or someone else’s unrelated commercial website), please don’t contact me.

Okay? Good.

Now, if you are in one of those categories, I would be happy to hear about your guest post IDEA (don’t send me the completed post). If we agree on a topic, I will then send you submission guidelines.

Guest Post Pitch Guidelines

1. I will only accept a guest post pitch from readers. So get to know the blog. Leave a few (non-spam) comments.

2. Include a specific pitch. This is not just a title and it is not a topic area. Give me your suggested titled and a few dots points of what the article will cover. Be specific: what is your angle?*

3. Include your ‘author bio’ including a link to your site (if you have one – if not your facebook, twitter profile etc will do), with your pitch.

4. Use Australian English and keep in mind that about half my readership is Australian.

5. Guest posts should be written from your personal perspective.

*NB if you don’t know how to write a query (pitch), take a look at this ebook, from the author of The Renegade Writer. You can get some excellent tips just by reading the kindle sample or the “click to look inside” extract (and the book’s only $2.99 anyway). You can also learn a lot straight from her blog.

Topic Areas I Favour

If you are a reader of this site you will probably have some ideas already, but specifically, I would love to see your pitch for posts with

  • gardening tips or how-tos for sustainable, organic, biodynamic or permaculture food gardening. These could be able growing a particular plant, using a particular technique or something else. *Your* experience and personal stories, that also give the reader useful information, are ideal (eg “How I learned what NOT to do when growing asparagus from seed”);
  • book reviews of relevant books
  • reviews of Norwex products you already have and love (I am not going to give free products in exchange for a review, sorry!)
  • Something else closely linked to the other content areas on this blog, that will help the readers find ways to live more sustainably.

Here’s What Not To Do

  1. Do not send me message that starts Dear Sir. I have a name, it is all over this website. Use it.
  2. Do not send me a guest post pitch if you want to link back to a totally unrelated website. Like on Insurance or something.
  3. Do not send me a message telling me you would like to write a guest post on a general topic, or with just a title: narrow it down to a specific pitch.
  4. Do not send me a message that says “I would like to write a guest post on your site. Let me know what you would like me to write on.” See #3.
  5. If you do any of these things, do not expect a response to your email.

How to Submit

After reading the whole of this page, use the Submission Form to submit a proposal covering your article idea in detail and your author bio, as you would like it to appear beneath your post. If I am interested in your idea I will send you contributor guidelines and let you know how to submit the article, or help you develop it into something more relevant.

Notes About Linking

This should be about publishing a quality, interesting article, not about getting ‘backlinks’ to your website. However, writers are encouraged to include a short bio at the end of their article, which may link back to your website or writing portfolio, or even your social media profile. Links to relevant sites are okay within the article.

Happy Writing!

Kirsten McCulloch
Non-toxic Cleaning Mum/Writer

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