- The WNBA’s Bookwoman Blog continues the mission of the WNBA to connect, educate, advocate, and lead in the literary community.
- The WNBA only publishes original content.
- Anyone who wants to volunteer to write for the Bookwoman Blog, must be a member of the WNBA in good standing (dues are paid).
- We are an all-volunteer organization, so we do not pay writers, but writing for us promotes the WNBA, you, your business, your industry, and our shared interest in books.
- We are an inclusive association and welcome posts from people of all races, colors, religions, sexes, genders, gender identities, gender expressions, ages, sexual orientations, marital statuses, and abilities.
- We accept work from published and unpublished writers. We welcome any clips or writing samples, but do not require them.
- While we welcome submissions and pitches, sending in a piece does not mean that it has been accepted for publication, even if it has been commissioned by a Bookwoman editor. The piece needs to be accepted for publication by the Editor in Chief.
- The author retains the copyright of the content, but the WNBA retains the right for first publication.
- The WNBA also retains the option to use your piece after its initial publication. That includes sharing on social media, using as evergreen content, taking down from our website, using in presentations within the organization, using excerpts, or reusing as needed. The author will always be given credit.
- After the content has been published on the WNBA’s Bookwoman Blog, the author may use the content on their own website with a link to the WNBA, in presentations, courses, and so forth, but we ask that it not be published on other websites.
- Each piece will be edited. The edit may be a copyedit or a content edit. You may be asked to do a revision(s), to add more information or to provide clarification.
- Before accepting content for publication, the Editor in Chief will decide if the content fits the WNBA mission and the format of the Bookwoman Blog, that content is appropriate for the Bookwoman Blog, and that content is written to the Bookwoman Blog’s standards. If the Editor in Chief decides that the content is not suitable for publication, the content will not be published on the Bookwoman Blog, and the author may do with it what they will.
- Check our website to get a feel for the content we publish.
- The WNBA’s audience is made up of booklovers. Our membership is comprised of a variety of professions such as writers, publishers, editors, librarians, booksellers, designers, and teachers, as well as bookish people in general.
- Our membership spans all sorts of book enthusiasts, which gives us flexibility with our content as we want to appeal to such a variety of people and professions. We publish a mix of literary and WNBA-supportive, such as content about books, writing, publishing, editing, libraries, bookstores, professional development, chapter management, and other similar topics.
- The WNBA only publishes original content related to books, publishing, writing, editing, libraries, bookselling, and the like.
- We publish posts specifically geared towards our membership as well as content that has universal appeal in the literary community.
- Our goal is to provide content that is engaging, thoughtful, educational, and entertaining.
- We publish posts that enhance our audience’s understanding and enjoyment of all things related to books. This can extend into personal growth and professional development if there is a clear benefit to our membership.
- We also publish content that supports our organization, our membership, and our chapters.
- Providing a mix of thought-provoking content and entertaining content, we endeavor to publish creative, inclusive, and intelligent content to support the Bookwoman community.
- We don’t accept content that:
- has been previously published.
- is not up to our editorial standards.
- is offensive or inaccurate.
- is overly critical of individuals, groups, or companies.
- expresses an opinion that the WNBA does not support.
- is plagiarized or thought to be plagiarized.
- is deemed inappropriate.
- Our tone is casual (“you” and contractions are acceptable), positive, helpful, and friendly.
Word Count and Format
- Pieces, except for poetry, must be a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of 3,000 words. The typical length is 750–1500.
- The Bookwoman Blog publishes a variety of content types including feature articles, how-to articles, lists, essays, short fiction, poetry, interviews, and literary criticism.
- Please include a bio (does not count towards word count).
- Give a 2–6 sentence blurb about you. You may include education, professional credits, any published work, hobbies, links to your website or published work, and links to any social media you would like to include.
- Please include a headshot.
- A photo that is at least 300 pixels x 300 pixels is preferable.
- Please don’t send a selfie unless you have no other option. It is helpful if someone could take the picture for you.
Fact-Checking & Permissions/Credit
- Double and triple check:
- quotes for attribution and for exact wording.
- spellings of proper nouns, websites, email addresses, and links.
- numbers, dates, times, addresses.
- Credit all sources and include links when possible. If credit is not given, the piece will not be published.
- Get permissions for anything not fair use or royalty free.
- Include any other images that would enhance your post, such as photos, graphics, infographics, charts, etc.
- Images should be at least 300 pixels x 300 pixels.
- If you mention a book title and would like it featured, send a photo of the book cover or capture it from IndieBound.
- Please make sure that you own the copyright to the images or that you have permission to use the images.
- Sites such as Unsplash, Pixels, and Pixabay provide images that are free to use.
- Include the appropriate credits and identify people in photos from left to right and back to front, and make sure the names match the people in the photos.
- Please include the URL in parenthesis after the anchor text.
- When referencing books, include the link from Indiebound if possible. If not, try to link to another independent bookstore before linking to BAM, B&N, or Amazon.
- If you are familiar with search engine optimization (SEO), go ahead and optimize your content. Please provide keyword(s) or keyword phrase(s).
- If you are not familiar with SEO, don’t worry about it.
- Send any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to “Julie.”
Created 4/9/2019 by JLF. Updated 5/14/2019.