Guest Post Submission Guidelines

About CarmaSpence.com

2019 and 2020 have been years of radical change for me, and this is being reflected in the content on this site. The direction of CarmaSpence.com is in flux and I’m slowly going through older content and reworking, merging, and deleting content that no longer serves my current direction.

So what is this current direction? The mission of CarmaSpence.com is to help people unleash their inner content creation superpowers and communicate their message with confidence so that they can create a fulfilling and meaningful legacy. At present, I do this by helping my clients become Authorneers (my term for entrepreneurial authors and authorpreneurs).

There is a journey one goes through in becoming an authorneer:

five phases of the legacy creation hero's journey

This journey is not as linear as it looks, but the various phases do inform the content of this website.

  • Your Call to Adventure:
    This is when you realize you have a message and that you want to get it out into the world. It is an awakening. In this phase, people often are seeking to understand their why and where there passions and purpose lie.
  • The Quest:
    This is the bulk of the journey. You meet and begin to work with your mentor. You get clear about your message. You work on your book. You build your business. And so forth.
  • Vanquishing Mind Goblins:
    Whenever you stretch and grow, you will encounter Mind Goblins. These are the limiting beliefs that keep you in the status quo. That is why it is always important to cultivate a growth mindset.
  • The Golden Fleece:
    There are many Golden Fleeces to be had when you are an Authorneer: A published book. A new client. A speaking gig. Your Golden Fleece is your next goal.
  • Reaping Your Rewards:
    Whenever you acquire a Golden Fleece, you need to take time to celebrate and enjoy them. Each one comes with rewards and benefits that you should acknowledge and savor.

The content on CarmaSpence.com addresses aspects of this framework inside and outside of what I call The C.A.R.M.A. Code. Here is a breakdown of the blog’s general topics:

  • Creativity:
    The first letter of the C.A.R.M.A. Code represents Creativity. To be an effective Authorneer, you need to embrace your unique expressions of creativity.
  • Authenticity:
    The second letter of the C.A.R.M.A. Code represents Authenticity. Be true to your values in life and business.
  • Relationships:
    The third letter of the C.A.R.M.A. Code represents Relationships. To be an effective entrepreneur, business owner, Authorneer, and person you need to be good at cultivating relationships. In regards to content, this means your subscriber list, social media, and building teams.
  • Mindset:
    The “M” in the C.A.R.M.A. Code represents Mindset. If you want to get anywhere in life and business, you need to cultivate a Growth Mindset.
  • Action:
    The second “A” in the C.A.R.M.A. Code represents Action. Nothing else matters if you don’t take action. But you want to take the right actions, the ones that move you closer to your goals.
  • Self Discovery:
    To understand how the C.A.R.M.A. Code works in your life, to discover your true authentic message, and to be a successful Authorneer requires that you know yourself. This content helps discover yourself more deeply.
  • Entrepreneurship:
    Authorneers are entrepreneurs. This content helps them be a better entrepreneur.
  • Planning:
    If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This content helps visitors to this website plan their books, their content, and their business.
  • Creating Products:
    You don’t make much money in your business from the book itself. You need to create spin-off products and services. This content inspires and guides you to create product relevant to your book.
  • Marketing & Selling:
    If no one knows what you have, they won’t buy from you. That’s where marketing comes in. And, of course, if people know you but don’t buy, you don’t have a business. That’s where selling comes in.

Who Can Write for CarmaSpence.com?

I’m open to all submissions as long as I feel they are in alignment with the mission of this blog and will be of value to its current and future readers.

I do not pay for bylined guest posts. I charge for ghostwritten posts. Contact me for the fee schedule.

Types of Content Accepted

  • Posts must be original and exclusive to CarmaSpence.com.
  • I do not publish press releases but am open to receiving them as a leaping off point for my own stories.
  • I only accept pitches, drafts will be ignored if not previously pitched.

Publishing Frequency

I publish one text story written by me on the second Wednesday of the month and one audio podcast on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Guest posts are added to the schedule at other times, usually on a Thursday or Friday. It all depends on my social media promotional calendar, which incorporates content from my other websites, as well.

Once a submission is accepted, it is usually published within two weeks — but no guarantees. Once I have the post scheduled, I will send you the date and URL of the post.

Post Guidelines

Post Length: For SEO, posts must be at least 500 words long. I’ll accept articles up to 1500 words long.

Image Requirements: You need not provide an image, but it is helpful if you do. Make sure you have permission to use the image on my site and provide the credits.

Citing sources: Be sure to cite your sources!

Links in Content: You are welcome to include one link to your site in the body of the article, as well as in your bio. A link to relevant content on CarmaSpence.com should also be included, as this helps with SEO.

Other Advice: Use active voice. Passive voice makes me cringe when used too much. Infuse your article with your personality!

Submission Guidelines:

Accepted Formats: Word or text document attached to the email.

Point of Submission: Send your submission to paulr[at]dragonwyze[dot]com.

Subject Line: Include “Blood Ogre” somewhere in your pitch email, or you run the risk of being ignored. Also, include “Golden Fleece” in your subject line.

Include a Byline and Headshot: Every guest post comes with an “About the Author” section. Please include a short bio and a headshot image with your submission for this section. Headshots should be at least 150 x 150 pixels.

I reserve the right to edit headlines, body copy, and author bio for grammar and SEO considerations.

General Considerations

Don’t worry if it takes a couple of weeks to get back to you. I’ve got a lot of balls in the air and guest posts are not a high priority for me.

I will respond to your email if you’ve followed the guidelines. If not, then I may ignore your emails and not respond.

At this point in time, I do not provide editorial commentary on rejected submissions.

Ready to Send Your Pitch?

Awesome! Send a concise pitch, with three possible article titles and a short 1-2 sentence description of each one to paulr[at]dragonwyze[dot]com.