Thanks for your interest in writing for Midtown Miami Magazine
Before you submit, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Added your name, email, website, Twitter handle, and Google+ profile link to the top of your post?
- Included your two-sentence bio at the top of your post? (HTML, please, if you know how!)
- Added two links within your post to other posts on Midtown Miami Magazine? (Use relevant keyword anchors like this.)
- Turned your post into an editable Google Doc? (Because Google can be finicky, that means creating your post as a Google Doc — cutting and pasting if you’ve written it in Word — rather than uploading a Word Doc to Drive.)
If so, you’re ready to submit!
Please share your Google Doc with firstname.lastname@example.org
No need to send us an email, too; we’ll get a notification when you share (and you can also include a message when you share the Doc by clicking “Add message”).
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I write about?
To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read our site! We like practical, actionable articles, posts that will help our readers on their own lifestyle journey under the categories of: News, Dining, Music & Nightlife, Shopping, Technology Real Estate and Events. Please write in the “you” voice as much as possible, then support your advice with facts, statistics and evidence. Remember to cite any sources.
Do you pay?
Typically, no, aside from the occasional assigned post. When you contribute to Midtown Miami Magazine, you’ll get a byline and two-sentence bio that includes a link or two to whatever you’d like to promote — your website, Twitter feed, latest ebook, company etc. We’ll also share your post in our newsletter, and on Twitter and Facebook, to help you reach as many readers as possible.
How long should my posts be?
Aim for 300-600 words.
Why do I need to submit via Google Docs?
We use Google Docs because it allows us to easily collaborate with several people without passing around new versions of a Word Doc. 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 Doc 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.
Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?
If you’d like to, go ahead. But we’re happy to consider a draft as well.
Should I include links within the piece?
Yes. 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. When you can link to other posts on Midtown Miami Magazine, that makes us happy, too.
Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re writing about networking. No HTML, please!
Should I write a headline?
That’d be great! 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.
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see our edits in your Google Doc.
Anything else I should keep in mind?
Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs and lots of white space. Including a few sub-headings is much appreciated, and please use only one space between sentences!
Should I include a photo?
No need. We’ll add one. If you still would like to submit photos please ensure you are providing images in which you are the only original owner or can validate that it is free to use. You will be held legally accountable for providing images that are copyrighted by others.
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there.
What should I do after I submit my post?
When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
We look forward to your contribution!