Advice from a lifestyle journalist and PR professional
I know a lot of new Medium writers would love to get featured in media outlets such as Business Insider, HuffPo, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, or Forbes.
Time to implement…
Let’s make 2023 the year of ACTION!
The year you do big, scary things and have your mind blown by the results.
2023 is the year for action-takers.
Getting published on Medium is similar to getting published in a major media outlet
She’s a new writer on Medium.
But she’s an experienced senior writer, author, and PR professional in the world outside of Medium.
The Medium writer I’m talking about is Ruth Houston.
She has worked for more than 30 years as a lifestyle journalist for major magazines and also has a lot of experience in the field of public relations (PR).
I recently shared how to get published in (big) publications on Medium.
Ruth shared with me that my tips are similar to how to get published in a major magazine outside of Medium.
3 Basic Steps to get published in a major publication outside of Medium
These are basic steps Ruth used during her 30+ years as a lifestyle journalist for major magazines:
- Locate and read in detail the “Writers Guidelines for the “target magazine.’
- Familiarize yourself with the magazine to get a feel for the magazine’s style (humorous, academic, casual, etc) and how they like their articles written (with or without statistics, anecdotes, quotes from experts, case studies, whatever- and how many of each- )
- Read at least 6 months of back issues to see what has recently been covered on the topic you want to write.
“There are no short cuts. You can’t skip any of the steps if you want to achieve (consistent) success.” Ruth Houston
In fact, almost every publication operates the same way
As a trained journalist, PR, and marketing consultant, I’ve learned a lot about the publishing landscape over the past 15 years.
Before you go pitching articles to a major publication, take some time to clean up your digital presence.
- Your email is going to hit the editor’s inbox.
- The editor is going to copy and paste your name into Google.
- If you look unprofessional (or worse, invisible), they’re going to delete your email, won’t reply, or send a standard rejection letter.
Your personal online presence matters more than you think
This is one of the biggest reasons you should invest a considerable amount of time into your own personal presence online.
When an editor searches “Kristina God” online, he will find my presence on Medium, check my follower count of 9,000+, and see that I’ve published more than 1,500 stories on this platform.
I’ve been doing this whole online writing thing for over two years now.
Besides my presence on Medium, I’m also on YouTube and I own a Substack newsletter.
My own website.
A hub where an editor can access all of my social media presence with one click and get an impression (I can manage and control) about who “Kristina God” is.
That’s why I’m in the middle of creating my own website where I will republish my (best performing) Medium stories in a blog.
8 Guest Posting Sites for New Writers
You'd like to get published in a publication outside of Medium but don’t know where to start.
If you write about #Health, #Food, #Lifestyle, #Self Improvement, or #Spirituality, I’ve got you covered.
Here are 8 publications that allow guest posts:
You can be your own publicist and pitch a story to one of these publications
This is an amazing opportunity for you.
Simply click on the links, check their Submission Guidelines for guest writers, and republish or write a story for them.
Don’t you think it’s great to get your name in front of MORE people than just the Medium folks?
I’ll soon share some success stories of Medium writers who also got published outside of Medium.
Plus, I’ll share a list of guest posting sites. Stay tuned.