I started the Indie Spotlight as a way for independent authors to introduce themselves to (possible) new readers and to share their expertise. And for my readers to be able to get to know new and upcoming authors a little better, as well as expose them to indie books and stories they won’t get from the traditional publishing industry.
A large percentage of my blog readers are book readers and have an interest in writers, writing, and the writing process—as well as the behind the scenes stuff that writers experience. While serious topics are okay to guest blog about, we want to keep the language light, upbeat, and conversational, as though you were talking to a friend.
Following are the specific reqs for guest posts:
- Post word count: 350 – 800 words
- A short book blurb: approximately 100 words
- A short author byline: approximately 100 words
- A high resolution (min. 300 dpi) author image
- A high resolution (min. 300 dipi) book cover image
- In your byline you may include one buy link for your book, your website link, and two social media links
- An excellent example of a great guest post is from Hope Clark here.
Topics for guest posts:
- Writing craft (books, poems, stories, essays) tips, tricks, and or process
- Marketing and promoting tips and tricks
- Social networking around books, writing, reading
- Inspiration and encouragement for writers
- The writing life
- Any topic related to creative writing
- Topics/themes from your book. For example, if a major theme of your book is mental illness, you could write a post about innovations in treatment, or a post that raises awareness of a specific mental illness.
What your guest post should not be:
A guest post is not an opportunity for blatant self-promotion. If you offer helpful and interesting information in your post, readers will want to learn more about you. But the post itself shouldn’t be “the story of why I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread.” If your post includes a personal story, make sure it has practical, and meaningful takeaways that a reader will appreciate.
- Short paragraphs, succinct sentences, and a upbeat touch will work better than long winded and heavy prose.
- Less is more. Give the readers a lot of information in as few words as possible.
- Write a great title for your guest post, so you can catch readers’ attention.
If you’re interested in writing a guest post for the Indie Spotlight contact me using the form below.