The Story Behind ‘So You Want to Write a Guest Post’

You might think that when it comes to non-fiction books, there isn’t as much of a story behind the book there. Novels are magical things with magical inspirations and funny little things to tell your readers. Non-fiction? Non-fiction works are commissioned, about someone’s life (in which case, the story behind the book is the book) or don’t have much of a story behind them.

Well, not exactly.

For me and ‘So You Want to Write a Guest Post’, the story behind the book is filled with annoyance, inspiration and a genuine desire to help people. I’d been hosting people (authors and non-authors) on my sites for years and blogging for even longer. I had seen all sorts of guest posts from all sorts of people.

I also developed my preferences. Through research and experience, I learned what the ideal guest post is in terms of readability. But I didn’t do much with that knowledge other than set up a few guidelines for what I preferred for posts. Some listened, some didn’t, but I didn’t take it any further than that.

Cue inspiration.

On occasion, I would get posters who disregarded my preferences in a big way. Not only was this annoying for me but it also detracted dramatically from the readability of their posts, taking away the promotional power of their posts. After receiving one guest post that was only three sentences and, shortly after that, a guest post three thousand words long (and not broken up into parts or nearly enough paragraphs), inspiration struck.

Not everyone can afford to hire a marketing expert or the time to research these things, and it was obvious with these two posts that guest posts aren’t as easy as tapping out a few words and sending it off. Not only do you have to find the bloggers to accept in the first place, but you have to then query them, think of something to write about and much more.

‘So You Want to Write a Guest Post’ was born. An easy to follow guide from someone who has been on all sides of guest posting and values the little tips and tricks that make life easier. This ebook takes you through the basics – from before the query to after the post is live. Including things like word count. Haha.

Jaime McDougall is a citizen of the world, currently loving life in beautiful country Victoria in Australia. She loves eating sushi, kidnapping her husband and naming her pets in honour of science fiction authors. She has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: High School: The Real Deal and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Campus Chronicles. She has also enjoyed writing a column called ‘The New Australian’ in local newspapers as well as various articles online.

So You Want to Write a Guest Post is her first ebook and is available on Kindle and at Smashwords. You can visit her website at


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