Spring Call for Blog Submissions: We Want Your Posts! by Lori Ann Palma

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It’s been a while since Lindsay and I put out a call for blog submissions, and now that we’re already into spring and summer is on the horizon, it feels like a good time to remind our readers that we’re looking for posts from your perspective.

If you’d like to make 2017 the year you expand your reach and wish to contribute to Eastern Penn Points, we’d love to see your post! Our themes are as follows:

  • May:“Bring May Flowers” Share your biggest triumph with writing or illustrating (finding a work space, finishing a draft/piece, publishing your work, getting an agent, etc) and what you learned along the journey.
  • June: “Summer Reading”What’s the best book you’ve read lately and why? A book on craft that you found inspiring? A summer sizzler that taught you to relax and enjoy quiet reading moments? A picture book that inspired reading or art-making in your child or class? Tell us about it!

If you have a great idea for a post but don’t feel it fits with the monthly theme, send it anyway! The themes are a guide, but they are not a rule. If you have an idea but you aren’t sure it’s right for the blog, send me an email (lu_lat@yahoo.com) and we can chat about it.

Because we know your time is limited, it’s important to let you know what you get out of submitting blog posts to Eastern Penn Points.

Save Time, Make Friends
Maintaining a blog is hard—if you run your own, then you know this is true! Coming up with ideas for posts, finding copyright free images or developing your own, plus keeping to a regular posting schedule can be overwhelming. By submitting an occasional post or a scheduled series of posts to Eastern Penn Points, you get the best of both worlds. Your thoughts about writing and/or illustrating reach thousands of people, and you don’t have to do any of the formatting or blog management yourself. To give you an example, I started out by submitting two posts a month, which was not only manageable for me, but also provided me with a chance to expand my reach on an established blog. It’s allowed me to connect with more people, which is always the best return for my time investment.

Build Your Online Presence
If you’re a writer or illustrator with the intention of querying agents in the future, or you’re currently querying, having a few articles on our blog gives you an online presence. Most agents will Google your name prior to offering representation, and while you don’t need thousands of followers on every social media site out there, it does help if you have a small platform to build on.

Fill In That Empty Bio
Blogging for Eastern Penn Points also provides you with a short bio to place in your query letter—you can say you are a contributor to the Eastern PA SCBWI blog. If you have no other publishing credits to speak of, this is a huge benefit because it shows you are active within a community of children’s writers and illustrators.

If those reasons haven’t convinced you to join us in the blogging fun, here are a few other points to remember:

  • Posts don’t have to be long…500 words will do it, with a maximum of 1,500.
  • If you can’t commit to one or two posts a month, that’s okay! One post every few months, or even less, works for us. We’re not going to hassle you!
  • Your perspective matters. Even if you think we’ve written about it before, your contribution is unique because it’s from you.

I hope you’ll start thinking up some blog ideas, because Lindsay and I would love to hear from you! Submissions can be emailed to me at lu_lat@yahoo.com, and you can look at our Submissions page for more information.

Happy writing!

 

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