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Would You Like To Be A Guest Poster?

A photo of a window with a vacancies sign

This photograph was taken by Ardfern.

As long-time readers of this blog may remember, and newer readers will find out in the next clause of this sentence, the end of November plays host to my anniversary.

The past few years I have tended to simply leave the blog in silence, but this year, especially given my attempts at keeping to a schedule, I thought it might be an idea to ask if any of you would like to be guest writers. I think the blog could do with some different energy and having thought about guest posts for a while it seemed appropriate to use my holiday as a time when you all could run amok here and run me out of my own domain. The spammers that haunt my comment box will no doubt generously regail me of their adventures in drugs and fake designer handbags, so it would be nice to have some real good content to counteract it, and many of you are much better thinkers than I am.

So here’s the deal: I have 3 days up for grabs in late November: the 26th, 28th, and 30th, that I would love you to write for. And if I get more than three posts in response to this call, I have the week starting 2nd December that I could use a hand with, too.

I’m looking for any sorts of posts except book reviews, because this blog is going to become a review fest if I’m not careful. So if you want to write a book-related post, a bookish rant, a post about your life, a literary event, or even a look back at a holiday you took yourself, that would be great.

If you want to include a photograph(s) that would be great, too, though please make sure they are either your own, in the public domain (copyright exceeded), or from a photographer who has given permission in return for credit (in which case please include with your article the link you got the image from and the creator, if known). Of course if you’re talking about a particular book(s) you might want to include the book cover, which is fine. If you plan to use your own photographs and wish to watermark them that is of course okay, if you prefer not to watermark I’ll add a disclaimer to the end of your post/underneath the photo.

Write as much as you want. I’m prone to producing the odd 2000 word essay here, so by all means be as in depth or detailed as you like. Alternatively you can write something shorter, I’d give a rough guide of at least 300 words.

I would ask that you send me the finished articles before 22nd November so I’ve time to format and schedule them. If you want to pitch an idea before writing it, that’s fine. I’ll be linking to your blog and Twitter, and I’d rather like to include a short biographical note with the introduction to your posts, so if you’d like to write one yourself go for it.

You don’t have to be a blogger, but of course you might want to have some sort of online presence so that you can be properly attributed as the writer. I will aim to tweet the link to each post, but you may want to link to it yourself as well in case I can’t get online that day.

Please send all pitches, finished posts and extra information to

I’ve never written one of these request posts before so I’m hoping I’ve given you the right information without excluding anything. If I have, feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Thank you and I look forward to reading your words.


Tanya Patrice

November 9, 2012, 1:42 am

Hmmm – already trying to think of topics to send your way :-)

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