I am now accepting guest posts for Missionary on Fire. I just want to make sure that the rules for submitting these guest posts are very clear. I may not be able to use every article that is submitted, and I will let you know as soon as I can whether or not I will accept your article.
Your post must be on the topic of missions and how to do missionary work. Every mission field is different, and every missionary is a unique individual. I will not accept any criticism of how other missionaries do things. If you want to criticize, make sure that you are criticizing yourself. Many times we can offer much more valuable advice if we tell people how we made dumb mistakes. Your post cannot be an advertisement for your product or the equivalent of a sponsored post.
- Your post must be original and not previously published either on the Web or in print.
- You agree not to publish it anywhere else, including your own blog or Web site. You may, however, post a brief “tease” or summary on your site that links to the post once it is published on MissionaryOnFire.com.
- You may provide up to three links: one for your blog or Web site, one for your bio or About page, and one for your preferred method of social media (optional).
- Your post should be at least 500 words long and no more than 800 words.
- If you include any Scripture in your blog post, it must be taken from the King James Version (1769) of the Bible.
- You should also read:
- “Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post” by Michael Hyatt
- “9 Ways to Become an Exceptional Guest Poster” by Darren Rowse
- “Seven Steps to Writing a Successful Guest” Post by Jeff Goins.
- 7 Crucial Tactics for Writing a Radically Successful Guest Post by Blog Tyrant (via CopyBlogger).
These all contain some very helpful tips to maximize your post.
- My wife will likely copyedit your post for grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. If we make any changes in the wording (unlikely), I will email the post back to you for your approval before posting.
- I may provide a short introduction or conclusion to your post to provide context or the rationale as to why I think the post is important. I will make sure that my comments are set off from yours stylistically so that my readers are clear that these are mine and not yours.
I understand the work that it takes to write a blog post. However, the fact that you have written a post and submitted it to me does not obligate me to publish it. The only guest posts I will publish are those that in my sole judgment add value to my readers. Furthermore, if I do not approve your guest post, I will not explain why I did not approve it or provide any detail.
If your post meets the above guidelines:
- Please email it to me for consideration.
- Please include a one to two-sentence byline that includes what you do along with your blog address and your Twitter and/or Facebook address.
- Please confirm that you are willing to engage with my readers in the comments about your post. This is hugely important and a non-negotiable.
- The best way to do this is to simply write the post up as a draft in your own blog – then copy and paste the html out into something like Microsoft Note and then attach that file to an email. If you’re including images, I generally would attach them to the email and indicate in the post where they should be inserted. If you do not wish to include any special formatting, just send the post to me in the body of your e-mail.
- If I reject your post, you are obviously free to do whatever you want with it, including publishing it elsewhere.