blog post guidelines
Thank you for your interest in submitting a blog post for Felony Fiction!
Here are our blog post guidelines. Please read them carefully before submitting.
- Your post must be related to mystery, thriller, or suspense fiction (though correlations with TV, film and games are permitted).
- The post must not be a sales pitch. Do not link to your book in your post. There are plenty of promotions on this site already - this blog is intended to offer readers useful and insightful content.
- Your post must not have ever been posted anywhere else. (This is for search engine optimization purposes.)
- This is a reader-focused blog. The post must be aimed at readers, not authors.
- We have a diverse readership, including young people. Please avoid profanity and overly graphic descriptions in your post.
- You must hold the rights to all material including text and images, except for “fair use” policies. (This is for legal reasons.)
- Your post must not preach for or against any particular religious or political views. A discussion of real-life religion or politics in mystery/thriller/suspense books *may* be allowed on a case by case basis.
- If you post about a published story, please leave out any "spoilers" or exciting details about the story, so as not to spoil the book for others.
Word length: 500+
Title and bio do not count.
Please edit and proofread your post before submitting it. Posts with too many grammatical and spelling errors will not be accepted. I reserve the right to edit the title and post for search engine optimization purposes. This makes sure your post will be read by the widest audience possible.
Here are some blog post ideas:
- Interview with a character (ask your character questions as if you were an interviewer in in your book's world). It's intended to be a treat for your fans to give them more insight into a beloved character - please don't make it an ad for your book. If you'd rather do a book spotlight, go here.
- Introduction to the environment or world your favorite story is set in.
- The day to day life of one of your characters.
- Why you write.
- Your favorite mystery, thriller, or suspense books, and why (Top 10 posts work well).
- Interesting historical or current events pertaining to mystery, thriller or suspense books that would interest readers of those genres. Please provide legitimate, credible sources.
- Insight into your cover design process.
- Reviews of true crime books.
- The psychology of mystery, thriller, or suspense.
- If you have a background in law enforcement (a lawyer, police, court clerk, etc) or trauma medicine (EMT, orderly, nurse, doctor, ward clerk, etc) share some insight into your work within the legal constraints of your profession. Please avoid the use of jargon.
- Your favorite mystery, thriller, or suspense book to movie adaptations, and why.
- Favorite mystery, thriller, or suspense in audio (radio, audiobooks, etc.), and why.
- A breakdown of sub-genres in your chosen genre.
- A detailed exploration of one sub-genre, with classics and modern titles (including your own, if this applies).
- Anything that asks readers a question (to encourage comments and interaction).
- How you came up with the idea for your book(s) (since we often get asked where our ideas come from).
- Felony Fightclub! Write a short fight scene (around 500 words) between one of your characters and another character from a well-known series (books, TV, film, games, etc.).
All of the above can be reused by multiple writers, assuming that each can provide their own unique spin.
You are not in any way limited to the list above! They are suggestions only. They should, however, give you an idea of what we are aiming for.
Here is an example of a blog post which meets these guidelines. (link opens in a new window, close that to return here)
If you want to include a bio, make sure it is very short (two or three sentences), with just one link to your website's home page. Do not include a book link.
Submit your post to firstname.lastname@example.org with the SUBJECT: Felony Fiction blog post submission
Submitting a post does not guarantee acceptance. You will be notified within 7 business days if we can use your submission. You may be asked to revise, extend, or write a new post if yours doesn't fit our needs. Please do not submit the same post more than once unless asked to.
Payment (if accepted):
$5.00 USD per approved post, paid via PayPal or Amazon.com gift card (your choice).
Authors may choose to take $5 off selected book promotions per approved blog post. For more information, contact me or visit the Felony Fiction Authors Facebook group.
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