Write for Us: Contribute to the Site

Chris Dove Writes welcomes guest authors on the website. I’ve found developing relationships with others, who are writing about the same or similar topics, valuable and rewarding. Because of this, I seek out, and embrace, opportunities for collaboration. Having guest contributors is a wonderful way to promote brilliant thoughts, ideas, and insights about the site’s topics: being or becoming an author, the joys and challenges of writing, developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, becoming the best version of ourselves, and awareness of the warning signs of various forms of abuse. By giving someone a platform to share their knowledge, I also enrich the experience of those who visit my website since they’ll be exposed to multiple voices and perspectives. For these reasons, and many others, I’d love for you to write for me!

You should write for us if you have something to share about wellness, wellbeing, and healthy living!
You could write for me if you have something to share about wellness, wellbeing, or healthy living!

Who Can Write for Me?

High-quality content will be considered, provided it meets the subject matter falls within the following topics:

I only accept submissions when the content is original and has not been published previously.

You should either be writing a personal account, describing your own life experience, or the information relayed in your post must come from reliable, credible sources.

Guest authors’ posts must be minimally 1,200 words and cannot exceed 3,000 words.

Crafting an Article that Draws Attention

It’s my hope, whenever someone writes for me, that their post will receive a lot of traffic and attention. Following these tips will increase the odds of success:

  • Make sure your article is Search Engine Optimized (SEO)
  • Solve a problem or answer a question for the reader (provide actionable information)
  • Stay focused, avoid going off on a tangent
  • Be sure the title tells the reader what to expect (don’t oversell, undersell, or beat around the bush)

What Do Search Engines Want?

To optimize your article:

  • Include a focus keyphrase in the title (this is the search term you’re hoping your post will rank for, show up in the results of)
  • Consider keyphrase density. It should appear around 5-8 times for a 1,200 word blog, 10-16 times if you’re closer to 3,000 words
  • The keyphrase should be distributed, so that it is found in headings, subheadings, paragraphs, and image captions (since I add images to contributors’ posts, I’ll add your keyphrase there for you)
  • Your post should include internal links (to other posts or pages on my site), and also external or outbound links (to popular posts from credible sources)
  • Add internal (minimally 4) and external (minimally 12) links that are relevant
  • NEVER use your keyphrase as an internal or external link
Be sure the content you submit is optimized for search engines, SEO friendly
Be sure the content you submit is optimized for search engines, SEO friendly

Types of Work I Don’t Accept

This site does not publish work that:

  • Contains profanity, nudity, or is not “family friendly”. Keep in mind that I write children’s picture books
  • Makes claims about practices, remedies, etc. that are not evidence-based, substantiated by scientific studies
  • Is taken, or adapted, from, other sources/sites (beyond a one or two sentence quote)
  • Is intended to sell a product, or contains affiliate links
  • Promotes a political stance, affiliation, or religion
  • Chases trends – 90% of the content on this site is evergreen (stays relevant across seasons, and over time)

Proposals and Submissions

First, you’ll want to make contact by sending me a proposal. Include a topic, short description, approximate length, tentative title, and an estimated timeline. If you’re given a “green light” to write it up, you’ll want to inform me of any changes to the original timeline or details.

The second step is to submit the finished article for approval. If you already have an article you’d like to submit, that has not been previously published, you could skip the topic proposal and just send it. Following submission, if the topic is a good fit, and the publishing schedule permits, you’ll receive one of following responses:

  • Your article has been accepted! I’m sending you an invitation to join my WordPress site as a contributor
  • Your article will be accepted, contingent on the following revisions being made…
  • I’m unable to publish the article at this time

The main reasons I’ve declined to publish an article are:

  • The content doesn’t line up with the values, intention, or topics of the site
  • I suspect that the article is, or is connected to, spam or scam
  • Your article was not created in line with the guidelines and suggestions specified here

Although I try to respond to every request, if I’m unable to publish an article, you may not hear back from me.

Joining the Site as a Contributing Author

If you don’t already have an account with WordPress, you’ll need to create one. Because there are multiple places in WordPress where you can add a profile and biographical information, I’ll send you a link to the specific page that will appear publicly on your post. This is a page that I cannot access, modify, or view, prior to the publication of the post.

Main Bio

The box at the top of this page provides an example of how the bio will look, if someone clicks on it. Notice that the web address Elena has included in the bio doesn’t come across as a link. For promotional purposes, it’s best to add an additional bio at the bottom of the article, which does link to your website and/or social media accounts.

When readers like the posts of guest authors, they often want to find their websites, or follow them on social media
When readers like the posts of guest authors, they often want to find their websites, or follow them on social media

Additional Bio (optional)

You may include a more extensive, abbreviated, or duplicate of the author bio at the bottom of your post. See this example.

Your articles will receive more traffic and positive feedback if you introduce yourself to the audience. Readers would love to know who you are, your background, what you write, and why. They’ll also appreciate knowing something fun, or quirky, about you.

For maximum reach, at the bottom of the article, provide:

  • Your name (or nickname)
  • Pronouns (optional)
  • 2-8 sentences of background, etc.
  • Contact information
  • Links to your website, social media accounts
  • Links to published work (optional)

Including a Picture (optional)

I typically choose, and add, the pictures for a guest author’s post. You may include a picture of yourself, so long as it can be cropped down to a thin landscape strip (see example below), to line up with the site’s photo theme. My preference would be one that spanned the length of the page. You will not be able to upload the picture into your article draft. To have it inserted, send it to me as an email attachment.

Should you become a guest author, you'll be invited to set up a bio for the site
Should you become a guest author, you’ll be invited to set up a bio for the site

Uploading & What Happens After

Once you’ve uploaded your post, let me know via email or (better yet) DM on social media.

Within 48-72 hours (ish), I’ll confirm that I can see the post on the site. I’ll most likely ask you to double check that your bio page is filled out. My next step is to schedule an appointment with my editor. Our schedules may line up the next day, or it may take a week or two. If you haven’t worked with an editor in the past, be aware that the number of changes suggested or made could be humbling.

Changes are suggested (if they impact the content) or made (spelling, grammar, comma usage, etc.) to polish the piece, and also to improve SEO.

When Will Your Article Publish?

Currently, a post is released on my site every 7-14 days. There are normally 2-3 articles finished, slotted, and waiting to go out.

Because I try to rotate through the topics, when determining a publication date, I take into account what subjects were covered in recent posts, and will be discussed in upcoming posts.

For these, and other reasons, publication of a submission could take anywhere from two weeks, up to two months.  

Can You Publish the Article on Your Site, Also?

Although I don’t accept previously published work, I have no problem with guest authors adding the post to their own blog, after publication. Articles written for me, and republished elsewhere, must include a  “republished from”, or “originally published on” statement (at the beginning or end of the post), with a link back to the original publication.

I want the experience, when you write for me, to be as warm and fuzzy as possible
I want the experience, when you write for me, to be as warm and fuzzy as possible

Write for Me, Contribute Again

It’s taken as a compliment when a writer chooses to maintain an ongoing relationship, because it indicates that they found the experience of writing for me both pleasant and rewarding.

Submissions are accepted from one-time, periodic, and regular contributors. After we’ve completed the process, once, by publishing your first article, let me know which degree of involvement you’re most interested in. It’s actually easier to collaborate the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time, since a relationship has been developed, and realistic expectations and protocols are in place.

How are Posts Promoted?

Each article, on the site, typically has minimally 1 or 2 Pinterest pins released for promotional purposes, every 2-4 months, or so. These pins are not released all at once. One or two will go out each week, for a few weeks to a month.

When new pins are released, a guest author’s article may be given a makeover or updated, to ensure the content is kept fresh.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, it’s important to realize that promotional efforts on that site are more “slow and steady”. Someone may save a pin, but not follow its link until months later. Also, a pin may be shared and receive lots of link clicks, long after it’s originally posted. Since pins are not ever completely deleted, people may stumble upon them, even years after they were originally posted.

I actually had someone visit my site, recently, through one of the first pins I’d ever made (one I actually “deleted” a few weeks after creating it). To my surprise, and slight embarrassment (not my best work), it’s still circulating, marketing my material.

Since 30% of my blog traffic comes through Pinterest, I spend a lot of time and energy marketing there. Articles will also be promoted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

You’re welcome, and encouraged, to provide additional promotion of the content!

I’d Love to Developing a Collaborative Relationship

All that is left is reaching out with a proposal. Just fill out this form, and begin writing for me, today!