Thanks for your interest in writing for The Muskette!
The Muskette seeks writers that are just as passionate about Elon Musk and his ventures as we are!
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions about submitting a blog post for consideration to The Muskette.
Frequently asked questions about pitching and submitting to The Muskette
What should I write about?
To get a sense for the type of work we publish, read our site!
As you can see, our posts cover all areas of Elon Musk, including: (menu items)
Should I pitch you my idea before writing the post?
Sure! Pitch your idea by emailing our managing editor Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note that we can’t guarantee publication though until we review a completed submission. We’re happy to evaluate your pitch though before you get to writing!)
We also consider fully-drafted pieces.
When will I hear back from you after I send my pitch?
Please allow up to one week for our managing editor to respond to your pitch.
Have any tips for ensuring my piece is a fit for The Muskette?
- Please write in the “you” voice as much as possible, then support your advice with personal experience or stories.
- Posts should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs, numbered lists, bullets and lots of white space.
- Including sub-headings is much appreciated (we love to use H2 and H3!)
- Only one space between sentences, please!
- We are fans of the hotly-debated Oxford comma, so please use it!
How should I submit my post?
Please submit your post as a Word document or Google Doc (make it editable)
How long should my posts be?
Aim for 500-1,000 words. From time to time, we’ll publish longer pieces, and if that’s the case, we’ll let you know.
Should I include links within the piece?
Yes. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to an appropriate post on your site or on any other site or blog. We ask that you aim to include at least two links within your post to other posts on The Muskette.
Insert links in your copy via anchor text or keywords, for example, like this if you’re linking to The Muskette. No HTML, please!
Should I write a title?
That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing.
Fun fact: We actually write approximately 5-10 titles before choosing one for a post. If you want to suggest one or two potential titles, that makes our job easier!
Will you edit my post?
Yes, we’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice.
Can I repost my submission on my blog?
No. If we run your post on The Muskette, we retain the rights to that content. We don’t allow republishing on your own blog or any other website. (Did you know reposting content can hurt SEO traffic results for everyone involved? We try to keep it tidy around here.)
Are you definitely going to publish my piece?
We reserve the right to not publish your post if we decide it’s not a strong fit for The Muskette. You are then free to publish it elsewhere.
Can I include a bio?
Absolutely! There are a few items we need from you to build your author profile.
- Add your name, email, website and Twitter handle to the top of your post.
- Include a 2-3 sentence bio at the top of your post. We’d love for you to mention how long you’ve been writing professionally + name drop a couple of places you’ve written for so we can showcase your expertise and experience.
Should I include a photo?
No need. We’ll add one.
What about my headshot?
Yes! Please send one. It’s nice to put a face with the writer!
What should I do after I submit my post?
When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. We also hope you’ll share your post on social media!
We look forward to your contribution!
Before you submit your piece, please run through this checklist. Did you…
- Add your name, email, website, and Twitter handle to the top of your post?
- Include your 2-3 sentence bio at the top of your post? We’d love for you to mention how long you’ve been writing professionally + name drop a couple of places you’ve written for so we can showcase your expertise and experience!
If so, you’re ready to submit!