Just Chick Flicks Guest Post Guidelines

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Thanks for your interest in writing a guest post for Just Chick Flicks

When I started this blog in 2008, it was just me and a keyboard writing about the movies I loved. But now I am getting requests from people who would like to join in the chick flick fun. I have received many requests from bloggers who would like to submit a guest post for Just Chick Flicks. I have accepted some and rejected quite a few.

I am always looking for guest posts that present new ideas, fresh perspectives, and innovative approaches on the topic of Chick Flicks and women in movies and television.

I have an editorial calendar and there are times when your post might not fit into my schedule. That being said, sometimes I will have to reject or decline a request for a guest post. It’s not you…it’s me.

To help you with your writing and to help me get your post ready for publishing on Just Chick Flicks, here are a few guidelines and suggestions for you:

 How to Get Declined

  • Write about something that has absolutely nothing to do with chick flicks or women in entertainment.
  • Don’t read this blog,  just send me some self-serving post to promote you or your stuff.
  • Fill your post full of links to your gambling site, pyramid scheme or other spammy websites.
  • Send me a poorly written post, full of spelling errors, typos, and bad grammar. I have a hard enough time proofreading my own stuff, I can’t work on your stuff too.
  • Send me a request for a guest post on a Monday afternoon and email me every day, twice a day until I finally just say NO!
  • Write a mean-spirited post, filled with ethnic slurs.

Before submitting a post for Just Chick Flicks, ask yourself:

Does this post reflect positively on the image of women in film, television and entertainment?

Are you willing to allow your blog post to be used exclusively on Just Chick Flicks?

Has this topic been covered on the blog recently?

Does the information, headline, body text, your byline, photos, etc. in your post infringe on any copyright laws?

The Rules

  1. All posts you submit must be written exclusively for use by Just Chick Flicks. It can not appear anywhere else online or in print. We don’t want to be punished by the Google-gods for Duplicate Content.
  2. The content on Just Chick Flicks is rated PG-13. I am not a prude or anything, but my mom reads this blog and I don’t want her calling me about someone dropping the F-Bomb. You can review R-rated movies, but keep the language clean.
  3. Posts must be a minimum of 500 words.
  4. Include relevant artwork, logos, and photos.
  5. Include a brief bio about yourself and your website/blog (where applicable). You may include 1-2 links to your site and/or current project. Do not include any affiliate links.
  6. When your post is published:
  • Promote your guest post on your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Mention your guest post on your blog and include a link to Just Chick Flicks.

Format: Submit your content in Word or plain text format.

Subheadings: bold them, so they stand out.

Links:  include the URL in brackets, immediately after the text you’d like to use as the link text. Again, I will not publish affiliate links in guest posts. If your post includes too many links back to your own blog, they will be removed, or I might reject the post. A high-quality, helpful post will get people checking out who you are more effectively than will lots of links back to your blog.

Nofollow links: We try as much as possible not to anger the folks at Google, therefore, we may add the ‘nofollow’ attribution to guest posts. See the article and related videos regarding nofollow links and guest posts.

Editing: It is a cruel fact of life that writers have editors. All posts that appear on Just Chick Flicks are edited. I  don’t edit them heavily, but I may have to change titles, rework openings or conclusions, or correct grammar and spelling. Don’t be mad with me, I am just trying to make every post published as successful as possible.

Byline/Bio: Bylines should be a sentence or two explaining who you are and what you do.  Your byline will appear at the bottom of your post, but I also write a short introductory sentence that will include your main link, and will appear at the top of the post.

Author Box & Google Authorship:  Just Chick Flicks will include an author box at the end of each post. Please provide  your Google+ ID if you would like to claim Google Authorship for your guest post. Include a brief bio about yourself and your website/blog.  Feel free to include 2-3 links to your site, social media profiles and/or current project.  Some guests bloggers include a link to an email opt-in page or other landing pages, which is OK with me.

Stuff You Can Write About

  • Chick Flicks in all its forms
  • Romantic Comedies
  • Tear Jerkers (Sad Chick Flicks)
  • Classic Chick Flicks
  • Women’s Roles in Movies (TV/entertainment)
  • UKTV (Popular television shows from the England, Ireland, as well  as Austraila)
  • TV Shows featuring strong roles for women, Like New Girl, The Mindy Project and Scandal.
  • Actresses or Actors

Topics that I’m particularly interested in  (but aren’t limited to):

What’s wrong with chick flicks today?

Why you love or hate: movie/actress/actor, etc.

Best chick flicks for: children/teenagers/men, etc.

TV series featuring strong roles for women

  • Outlander
  • How to Get Away With Murder
  • Poldark
  • Happy Valley
  • Bletchley Circle
  • Previews of upcoming movies, such as The Girl on the Train, etc.
  • Chick-Lit or other books that should be made into movies.

Please email me at: clarabela@justchickflicks.com with your request for a guest post on Just Chick Flicks.