Writing_GuestpostIt’s always such a pleasure to feature authors on Literary Lightbox.

Once you’ve pitched your guest post idea here and I’ve confirmed you’ll be featured, you can start turning your idea into a great guest post. Being published on Literary Lightbox is a fabulous way to reach thousands of readers and inspire other writers at the same time. So, I’ve tried to make it straightforward and as enjoyable as possible.

Here’s what to do and expect from me…

How to approach your guest post 

Please take a look at past articles on Literary Lightbox here to get a feel for the types of articles readers enjoy and the house style although I encourage you to let your personal voice shine through. Unique perspectives and variety are so important!

There are just a few simple guidelines. Please…

  • Keep articles between 450 and 750 words because the aim is for most articles to be enjoyed over a cup of coffee.
  • Choose a catchy title, something which is clear, concise and will intrigue readers. We can help if you’re stuck!
  • Use subheadings, where you can, to guide readers through your guest post.
  • Make sure the piece includes some valuable tips, advice or inspiration for readers rather than being purely promotional. This way, they are more likely to read, engage with the piece and want to find out more about you.
  • Do mention your work where it’s relevant to your article. Readers engage best when this isn’t too forced. You’re welcome to include a ‘call to action’ at the end to encourage people to find out more about you and your writing.
  • Ensure all content is original and exclusive to Literary Lightbox.

How to submit your guest post

Please submit your article within the timeframe we’ve agreed to the email address we provide. If there’s a problem, please let us know and I’ll see if I can shift things around a bit for you. Please include:

  • At least one relevant photo. Ideally, at least one of these should be a headshot; one should feature you with your books, and any others are a bonus. Try to be as creative as possible and ensure you have full permissions for me to use the images. It’s okay if some of the images have been used elsewhere.
  • Links to your website and any books you mention in the guest post.
  • Links to your key social media profiles such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • A one-sentence bio that describes you to include with the piece.

What happens next

Once we receive your guest post, we’ll come back to let you know and give you a final publication date. We try to carry out minimal editing as we like to maintain each author’s individual style. However, if there’s anything we need to discuss or needs clarifying, we’ll be in touch. We’ll then let you know when the article is live and we will then share it with our readers.

On rare occasions, on receiving a piece, we decide it’s not quite right for Literary Lightbox. When this happens, we won’t mess you around. We’ll either discuss any changes, or will free up your piece so you can submit to another publication.

We look forward to reviewing your guest post and speaking to you soon.