How to Pitch
Write an e-mail to Lauren Tharp (me), LittleZotz Writing’s owner, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words “LittleZotz Pitch” as your subject line. (If you don’t include those words, I’ll assume you’re spam and not read your e-mail).
From there, suggest at least one headline designed to make LittleZotz Writing readers want to read your post.
Follow the headline with the opening lines you’d use in the post. No less than 30 words, no more than 60. You DON’T need to write a whole post (or even a whole introduction) before your pitch — I’d like to give you feedback on your idea BEFORE you write a full draft.
After the opening lines, give me no more than six points you’ll make in your post, and provide a one or two sentence summary of each point. (If you plan to make more than six points in your post, only tell me the MOST important six in your pitch.)
Then explain in no more than three sentences why this is a great post for LittleZotz Writing and why you’re the right person to write it.
If I like your pitch, you’ll be asked to send in a full draft. If your draft is accepted, you’ll be put into the LittleZotz Writing publication schedule and given your publication date. Easy-peasy!
What You Can Expect from Me
I offer the following things:
You’ll be allowed to write an author bio about yourself to include with your post. This bio will include a picture of your beautiful/handsome face and any links you desire – this means you can promote your website and social media accounts to all of my readers!
I’ll be promoting your post on all of my social media accounts once it’s published. I want as many eyes on your writing as possible!
If you do a FANTASTIC job, you may also contact me (Lauren Tharp) after your post is published for a testimonial for your website about how great you are.
In other words, you’ll end up with a fabulous portfolio piece and plenty of exposure. Woo!
What I Expect from You
After your draft is accepted by LittleZotz Writing, I now own that piece of writing. It cannot be published anywhere else.
If you’d like to share it on your blog, you may only share the first three paragraphs, and then you must link to your finished post on MY blog for your readers to view the entire piece.
I’d also love it if you could share the link to your completed article on YOUR social media accounts, if possible.
I also expect you to HAVE FUN and be proud of your work for me! If your post has been accepted, you’re now part of the LittleZotz Writing legacy and I love you. <3
Ready to Pitch?
Great! Follow the pitching guidelines outlined in the section above and shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com.
I can’t wait to hear your ideas!
Thank you in advance for contributing to LittleZotz Writing.
Frequently Asked Questions
“What topics are you looking for?”
- Writing (Any type! Blogging, Fiction, Poetry… Send in your tips and tricks for success!)
- Blogging (I prefer it to be freelance blogging, but I’m open to suggestions)
- Freelancing (Usually related to writing/blogging)
- Productivity (Preferably related to writing/blogging, but I’m open to suggestions if you have some GREAT general “life tips” in this area)
“What’s the word-count requirement on my draft if you accept my pitch?”
800-1,200 words. You can go longer if you have a lot to say (so long as it isn’t filler). Shorter posts might be considered if they’re really, REALLY good. But, generally speaking, I’m aiming for 800-1,200 words. Thanks!
“How long does it take you to reply to pitches?”
I’m usually pretty quick about it. Keep in mind that I take Fridays and Saturdays off and I work a half day on Sundays (so if you write to me on those days, you’ll have to wait a little longer).
“Can I pitch again if my first one is rejected?”
“How long does it take you to publish my post, if my draft is accepted?”
It depends. I try to be pretty speedy, but I like to have a one-of-a-kind illustration to go along with each post, and sometimes that takes a while for my artist to produce, so it varies. It also depends how many other accepted posts are ahead of yours in the publishing queue. I’ll let you know, if I accept your draft, when I intend to publish it. If, at that time, you decide that it’s going to be too long of a wait, you can still back out and take your draft elsewhere.
“Is there anything I should keep in mind to NOT get rejected?”
If you follow the guidelines (and your pitch is relevant to the blog’s topics), I’m sure you’ll do fine. Not following the guidelines is a huge pet peeve of mine.