Becoming a regular contributor for a site or blog will help you gain valuable experience in your field, plus, you will create long-standing relationships with other awesome creatives like yourself. Sounds awesome, yes?
- Find a site / blog that will add REAL value to your portfolio: Before you even start brainstorming, make sure you dissect the site. Remember: you are going to spend lots of time writing posts and possibly taking and editing photos, so make a list of all the possible benefits of this partnership.
- Create your pitch: This step is crucial; most times you only get one chance to impress the editors, so make it worth it!
- Create a list of ideas. Choose the best one for your pitch.
- Are you pitching for a single post? Or a series? If you choose the latter, be ready to come up with a list of content.
- Create a mock-up or mood board for your idea. Editors are visual beings, they need to see it to believe it, so give them eye candy!
- Write a short paragraph about your project and include the following: description, reasons why it’s different from others (your personal twist) and how this is going to benefit their site (new trend, original content, expert advice, etc).
- Send it: Before you press the Send button, make sure everything’s good to go. Even better: send a copy to yourself as if it was the real thing and go over it; download the image file, proofread, etc.
That’s it! Not too bad, huh?
One thing to keep in mind: editors are usually swamped with pitches and inquiries, so be patient and follow up a couple weeks after if necessary. If it’s a yes, arriba! You did it. If it’s a no, don’t give up – there are many opportunities out there, you just have to hunt them down.
Go get’em tiger!
Gabriel Cabrera of The Artful Desperado knows a thing or two about being a contributor. He has contributed or guest blogged on sites including Design For Mankind, Cargoh, ManMadeDIY and many others. Learn how contributing helps build your personal portfolio in Gabriel’s seminar “Using Your Blog To Land Your Dream Job“.