Got something interesting to tell our readers? Want to drive traffic to your site?
Greyhart Press invites you to guest post on our site.
What we’re looking for
There’s no set formula so long as it’s interesting. Our visitors include self-published and traditionally published authors, but are predominantly readers rather than writers. Greyhart Press publishes fantastic eBooks in the fields of science fiction, horror, fantasy, and thriller/ suspense. Although we publish novels and poetry sagas, we love short stories and novellas too. That doesn’t mean you have to write something about those topics, but that might tell you something about our visitors.
Here’s a sample of possible topics. Don’t let this limit you:
eReader devices, what you like to read, new authors you’ve discovered, what you don’t like to read, top 10 time travel books, 2000AD, novellas past and present, popular science, top 5 favorite fantasy series, Alan Moore and other sartorial beards, why fantasy lovers are geekier than sci fi, what’s with sci fi skiffy, SFF, specfic anyway?, writing tips, why you blog, B5 vs. DS9 discuss, why you write, top 10 aliens in films and books, book covers from the 70s, self-publishing: good thing or bad, your role-playing game experience, anything to do with the Big Bang Theory, philosophy, scariest horror scenes, what actually is YA anyway?, book bloggers: do you follow them and why?, top 10 favorite grammar mistakes.
Here’s what we don’t want:
Buy my book! By all means, plug your book, site, opinion, t-shirt in your byline where you can provide up to three links and a couple of images. (Links could be your book on amazon, your blog site, and your Facebook page). What we’re not after is a series of posts with authors describing why their book is great because (1) there are a lot of sites that already do that and (2) you can get most of that stuff by browsing Amazon anyway.
On the other hand… Say you’ve written a book about time travel. Don’t write about your book. Write instead about time travel, the problems of making a story credible but simple enough to understand. What research you did. Speculate. Entertain. Then plug your book at the end. That’s a far more interesting read AND you’re more likely to get traffic and interest in your book.
The best example I ever saw of this was a book plug at a science fiction convention by author Stephen Baxter. He’d just released a novel (Coalescent), which featured colony of eusocial humans (a hive collective, like ants) and was delivering the guest of honour speech. He was so brimming with enthusiasm to deliver his slide show on social insects and HG Wells, and other topics he clearly loved, that he barely mentioned his own book. I ordered a copy of Coalescent as soon as I got back home.
Here’s the full list of don’t wants:
- ‘Buy my book’ posts that are principally about you selling your book or product rather than entertaining our site visitors.
- Profanity, obscenity, nudity, and anything designed to incite hatred. Strong opinions are good. Strong opinions will wind up people who hold an opposing view strongly; that’s fine. But please make your case for why you are right rather than make personal attacks on people you don’t like. Don’t forget that we sell young adult (YA) books. Besides, my mother reads this site sometimes J
- Anything else I don’t want to publish on the Greyhart Press site.
Okay, I’m interested. Now what?
- Write your post. If you are unsure whether it’s what we’re after, ask us first (contact details are at the bottom of this post).
- Word count for your post is a minimum of 450 words. There’s no maximum, but over 1000 words will be a hard sell. 800 words is a good sweet spot to aim for, but write first at the length that works best for your post. We can discuss cuts later, if appropriate.
- In addition to the 450 word minimum for the main body of your post, you can have up to 150 words for your byline. That’s your chance to say who you are and anything else you might like to pass on (such as your book plug). You can include up to three links and two images with your byline.
- Email as a Microsoft Word format docx or doc file to firstname.lastname@example.org, starting your mail’s SUBJECT line with ‘GUEST POST’.
- Images are great for posts, but please check they are in public domain or that you have the right to use them. You can embed inside the post or attach separately. Include images for your logo, face, book, product if you like too.
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