Write for the Brazen Blog
Thanks for your interest in writing for Brazen Life. We relaunched the Brazen blog in October 2015 with a new focus on writing for recruiters, university professionals, and HR professionals. Please read through the following guidelines carefully before submitting your pitch via email to blogeditor [at] brazen [dot] com.
Contact information for editors:
blogeditor [at] brazen [dot] com
We accept posts in these categories:
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) 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?
What should my bio say?
A sentence or two about you, plus a link to your website, Twitter handle or wherever you want to send readers. Please send 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?
We’re glad you asked. Brazen content focuses on helping our readers connect more effectively with candidates, alumni, students, prospects, and more. Here’s a breakdown of the topics we cover:
- For university professionals: New admissions strategy? The importance of alumni-student mentoring programs? If you have an article that helps university professionals engage alumni, attract prospective students, and offer more effective career services, we want to talk to you.
- For recruiting and HR professionals: We’re looking for articles that help recruiting and HR departments attract, retain, and engage top talent.
- For marketers: Don’t you love to be treated like a human rather than a (gulp) “target audience?” Yeah, so do we. We love posts about how to bring humanity to the world of online marketing through engagement marketing, community management, and event marketing.
- On networking: Anything and everything about networking (with a special focus on online networking), as long it’s a fresh take.
Content should appeal to the demographics of our readership: innovative professionals in higher education, recruiting, and marketing roles. Our readers are looking for new tools to do their job better. Be helpful. Give advice. Offer an opinion.
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.
Are there any topics in particular you’re interested in right now?
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.
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.
- For additional tips, see this post: 2 Common Mistakes Guest Bloggers Make When Submitting to Brazen Life
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 700-900 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?
Yes, please. 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.
Do you need my email address?
Yes! At the top of your blog post please include your name (or the name of the author if you’re submitting it on behalf of someone else) and your email address (or the email address of the author).
Can I reprint the post on my own blog?
Brazen owns the rights to all content once it’s published, but we encourage authors to summarize and/or link to the post on their own blog.
Why can’t you republish the post in part or in full on your own blog? Because Google has penalized us for that in the past. We need all content to remain exclusive to our site. Thanks for understanding!
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 editing, we may send it back for you to work on.
To avoid driving your editor crazy, please use only one space between sentences. Please.
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 document 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.
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 @BrazenHQ.
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.
We look forward to hearing your awesome pitch!