Guest Posting Guidelines and Suggestions

Crap photo of a Lamy Joy pen, originally uploaded to Flickr by vidalia_11 Please note, as of August 2012 we are no longer accepting guest posts.

Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for Corporette. Please note, first and foremost, that we do not allow guest posts from people who are affiliated with a company and writing a post about their company, product, or service unless it’s a paid advertorial. If you would like more information on such partnership opportunities, please request a media kit from [email protected]  (Pictured: Crap photo of a Lamy Joy pen, originally uploaded to Flickr by vidalia_11.)  This page was last updated Aug. 09, 2012.

If you’d like to submit a guest post for consideration on Corporette, the following is generally what’s entailed:

  • Writing at least 300+ words on a topic that relates to you as a professional woman, particularly regarding fashion and lifestyle advice (juggling a busy work schedule, finding a great suit, etc). Please note that your post will only be considered if we haven’t already covered the issue in the past 365 days, so please make sure to check the post archives.  (For purposes of this rule, I only mean the main posts that appear in the body of the blog, NOT the comments section.)  According to a recent survey, our primary readers are women in the beginning of their careers (ages 23-36, working in their career for 0-8 years), many of whom are married or in a relationship, who have no children. A little more than half of our readers have a JD or are in the midst of attaining one.  While we welcome posts from people outside this demographic (e.g., students, men, people who are more senior level), it would be great if your post could be primarily aimed at this demographic.
  • Finding at least one picture to illustrate the piece, either by suggesting a picture of a product for sale on the Internet, using a photo licensed under the Creative Commons (e.g., search Flickr for a topic then click “Advanced” and scroll to bottom and limit results to only those licensed under the CC), or a photo taken by you.
  • Submitting the piece in HTML. If possible, please write the post in your own blogging software, and then save the HTML version to a simple document — Notepad (it’s under “Accessories” on PCs) or Simple Text on Mac is great — Word is also fine (although sometimes it causes line breaks). All formatting (bold/italic/lists) must be done in the text.
  • Please note that here at Corporette, we would be adding in our own affiliate links to any products/services mentioned where possible.

At the moment, we regret that it will probably take us until March 2012 at the earliest to review and accept any new guest posts.

A very popular feature that readers have been clamoring for is the “360 Review” — if you would like to inquire about writing one of these posts (reviewing the clothes of a fictional character on television or the like), please note that in order to write the post you will first need to find a ready source (at least 6 clear images no larger than 200 pixels wide) of the character in clothes you’d like to critique.  I generally prefer that the images be elsewhere on the web (such as the show/movie’s promotional page); but screencaps taken by you are acceptable as well (or photographing your television, if the resulting images are of acceptable quality).  We do not accept 360 reviews for any public figure (e.g., a female politician or businesswoman).

I ask that the post you submit to us would be written exclusively for Corporette. (You can write on the same idea elsewhere, but my hope is that the post you submit to Corporette will not have been expressed by you or anyone else in the same form elsewhere.) (Incidentally, plagiarism is completely unacceptable.)

Bylines should be a sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do. Feel free to include up to two links in it. Your byline will appear at the bottom of your post, but we may also write a short introductory sentence that will include your main link, and will appear at the top of the post.  If you would like to publish your post anonymously, that is acceptable, but bear in mind that Kat may decline to run the post if she doesn’t know your identity.

Please note that we may not be able to use everything that’s submitted.  We may decline to use your post because of its quality, the relevance of your topic, because we have more posts than we can use, or because we’ve published a number of posts on the topic recently.  Unfortunately, we may not have time to explain why we couldn’t use your post.