Interested in writing for the Muck Rack Blog? Awesome! Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about submitting a blog post for consideration to Muck Rack.
How do I pitch Muck Rack?
It’s easy! Send a brief email with your idea and outline of the post to Jessica Lawlor, Muck Rack’s Features Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But wait! Before you hit send on that pitch, please read the below FAQs.
What reach and exposure do Muck Rack Blog contributors get?
- Social media promotion through Muck Rack’s channels with a total following of nearly 30,000 people across Facebook, Twitter and Google+
- Inclusion in the Muck Rack Daily e-newsletter, distributed to more than 10,000 journalists, PR pros and media executives
- A two-sentence bio at the end of your post with a link to your Muck Rack profile and 1-2 links to your own blog, website or social media accounts
- *As an added bonus, we give all Muck Rack guest contributors three FREE months of Muck Rack Pro Standard (a $597 value) . Guest contributors enjoy increased access to Muck Rack’s features including creating media lists, unlimited notes, receiving important alerts and more.
Who should write for Muck Rack?
Muck Rack is looking for guest bloggers who work in the fields of public relations or journalism. You should be a strong writer (that’s a given!), forward-thinking and understand new technology and social media. Our writers aren’t afraid to showcase their personalities, take an unpopular stance or share ideas that make our readers look at the industry in a brand new way. We’re looking for content from professionals of all experience levels, so whether you’re a VP or fresh out of college, we’d love to hear from you. And of course, you should be familiar with Muck Rack. Create a profile, read the blog and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
What kind of content is Muck Rack looking for?
We’re looking for fresh, practical and compelling posts from those who work in the communications field. Muck Rack posts are daring, smart and savvy; the content should demonstrate industry expertise and a deep understanding of the relationship between PR, journalism and social media. Whether it’s a post about a new social media trend, a how-to guide for PR pros or commentary on timely media news, Muck Rack is open to all kinds of content from media professionals.
To get your wheels turning, here are a few example headlines of posts we’d love to see on the blog:
How to craft the perfect Twitter bio
Best practices for pitching a reporter on social media
How to do PR for a client that isn’t on Twitter
Vine vs. Instagram Video: where should your client be?
Creative press kits: new ways to get the media’s attention
Ways to evaluate if a blogger is worth adding to your media list
Can you give me a few examples of really well-written Muck Rack posts?
Sure! The most successful Muck Rack posts push the envelope and make readers think about the PR and journalism industries in a new way. Here are a few of our favorites:
The big boys (and girls) still aren’t playing in the social media playground
How to effectively retweet a journalist on Twitter
Startups: stop wasting your press, focus on PR goals
It’s not a pitch: it’s a seduction
Tips for pitching bloggers: 5 easy ways to ensure your email doesn’t get deleted
Claim your content with Google author tags
PR pro tip: pitching after Sandy
Should I pitch you an idea first before writing the post?
Definitely. We’d love to hear your idea before you get writing to make sure it’s a good fit for Muck Rack.
Remember: do your homework! Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Muck Rack Blog before sending your pitch. Bonus points if you create a Muck Rack profile (you’ll have to do this before your post goes live anyway) and upload some of your favorite articles or blog posts that you’ve written for either your own blog or someone else’s to your Muck Rack portfolio.
How long should my post be?
Keep your post between 500 and 800 words. Of course, there are always exceptions, but this is a good rule of thumb for the Muck Rack Blog.
Should I include links to other websites or blog posts in my post?
Absolutely…in fact, we require it! All posts should contain at least 2-3 links. We love when you link to Muck Rack journalist profiles and other posts written for the Muck Rack blog, but you are welcome to include outside links or a relevant link to a post from your own blog.
How should I submit my post?
Please write and submit your post through Google Drive’s documents feature. When you share your post with us, be sure to give us editing power, so we can easily make changes.
Any tips for submitting posts?
- Please draft a headline for your post. We may change it, but we’d love to hear your suggested blog title.
- Consider formatting your post using bullets, a list or subheadings to break up the text for easy reading.
- One space between sentences, please.
- Muck Rack’s style is authoritative, but conversational. Don’t be afraid to show personality in your writing.
- Keep first-person references to a minimum.
- Please suggest an image to support your post- you can submit an original image or provide one from a free site with appropriate photo credit.
- Include a two-sentence bio at the end of your post. Please include a link to your Muck Rack profile and feel free to include 1-2 links to your own blog or social media accounts.
Do you edit submitted posts?
Yes, we reserve the right to edit all posts submitted for consideration to the Muck Rack Blog. If your post requires major changes, we will loop you in and work together on edits. If your post needs minor edits, we may make the changes without notifying you.
This doesn’t happen frequently, but we also reserve the right to not publish your post if we decide it’s not a strong fit for the blog. You are then free to publish it elsewhere.
After the post appears on Muck Rack, can I republish it on my own blog?
The blog post must remain exclusive to Muck Rack for 30 days. After that, you are free to republish your post, but make sure to note that the post originally appeared on Muck Rack.
Ready to pitch your idea? Send them to:
Jessica Lawlor, Features Editor