Introvert Whisperer is written for Ambitious Introverts by experts in personality types and soft skills, and we’d love to hear what you have to say! To learn how to submit a piece for consideration on our blog, we’ve put together this FAQ to guide you through the writing, formatting and submission process.
Please make sure to read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting, to better your own chances of acceptance and make this whole process easier for all of us. (And don’t we all want that?) We look forward to hearing from you!
Who to Contact:
Dorothy Tannahill-Moran, Introvert Whisperer
Founder of Introvert Whisperer
Dorothy Tannahill-Moran is the founder of Introvert Whisperer. Dorothy is the author of 4 best-selling, career success books and is devoted to helping people – especially introverts love their work through building skills to ensure success. Born an introvert and forged into a leader, Dorothy offers unique insight not often experienced for getting to the real “root cause” of career challenges with targeted advice that moves people forward (and upward) in the fastest time possible. Dorothy has over 21 years of real-world leadership at Intel and has worked with hundreds of professionals who have gone on to executive level positions.
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Ash “Asha” Stevens is a writer who doubles as a wannabe nutritionist, philosopher, psychologist, and shaman. When she isn’t writing her soul out on the web, she’s listening to the great minds (or great comedians) on YouTube, soaking up sunshine, dancing in her living room, or having yet another fascinating conversation with herself (she gives excellent advice, you know). Check out her blog, or find her on Twitter or Facebook and make a new friend!
FAQs for Guest Writers
What will I get as a guest writer?
As an Introvert Whisperer guest writer, you’ll get a byline and a 1-2 sentence bio at the bottom of your post, as well as exposure to our large and growing audience.
What should I write about?
Introvert Whisperer offers a unique and insightful perspective on skills and knowledge to support serious career development for people who are serious about their professional potential.
Specifically, we’re looking for posts that:
- Offer actionable, step-by-step advice
- Offer a unique viewpoint on Introvert issues and solution
- Discuss (and debunk!) common Introvert stereotypes
- Inspire our readers to take control of their careers and their lives
We reach a wide range of career-minded Introverts, from traditional 9-to-5 corporate ladder climbers to lifestyle designing solopreneurs. The common denominator is that they all aim high, work hard and come to us for advice that will help them solve their problems and/or achieve their goals quicker.
Our categories are:
- Career Development
- Emotional Intelligence
- Office Politics
- Body Language
- Dealing with Fear
If your post doesn’t fall into one of these categories, that doesn’t mean it’s off limits. We love creativity and want to hear what you’ve got to say, so feel free to pitch us something outside the box!
Should I clear my idea before I write?
YES. We highly recommend that you do. It helps us know where you’re coming from and saves you from spending a lot of time on a post we may not be able to accept.
When you pitch us, please tell us the topic you’d like to write about and a brief description of key points you’ll be covering. We also recommend you send us a link to some writing samples so we can get a sense of your style and see if it’s a fit.
Note: If we give you the go-ahead to send us a draft on your topic, that is NOT a guarantee that it will be published. We’ll have to see what you do with that topic before it’s officially approved. (We’re sure you understand.)
What style should I write in?
Introvert Whisperer posts are, first and foremost, about getting results. Posts should highlight a problem and then walk readers through solving it step by step, or provide a unique perspective that will help readers with issues they’re facing in their own careers and lives.
We’re pretty casual here. We like to keep the tone conversational and relatable. Nothing too stuffy, if you please.
Including video, images, screenshots, PDF downloads, audio, etc. is awesome. We all love multimedia, so if you’ve got it, please include it!
Biggest litmus test: If your post can’t help readers take an aspect of their careers and lives to another level, it’s likely not for us. Whether you’re telling readers why they need to speak up for themselves or showing them how to handle a conflict, the goal should be helpfulness, motivation and action. Tell us something we don’t know, present something in a new light or show us how to overcome on obstacle.
How long should my post be?
Length is less important to us than detailed, step-by-step posts that get results. That being said, if your topic requires a lot of detail, we may opt to divide it into a series (parts 1, 2, 3, etc.).
On average, quality, in-depth posts are usually anywhere between 750-1,000 words. Again, this is just a ballpark to give you something to work with, not a requirement or hard-and-fast rule.
Can I include links in my post?
Yes. Links to any other relevant Introvert Whisperer posts are always welcome, as are links to relevant news stories and other resources that supplement your post. And, of course, if you’re citing a study or statistic, please provide a link to back it up. That’s just good writing.
What can I include in my bio?
You can include 1-2 sentences about yourself. Your bio may include links your website, Twitter handle, etc. (within reason, of course). Please send us your bio along with your post when you submit it, as well as a photograph we can include with the bio.
Please note that if you submit a bio longer than 1-2 sentences, we reserve the right to edit it down at our discretion.
How much will my post be edited?
We reserve the right to edit submissions for content, clarity, etc. If you’re on the ball, we’ll make minimal edits and publish the piece without sending you the final version for review. If your post needs a significant amount of edits, however, we’ll send it back to you with a request for revision.
Please note that if we’re asking you to revise your piece, it means we want to use it. So please don’t take it too personally.
In what format should I submit my post?
We prefer to receive submissions via Microsoft Word Docs. Any version will work.
When can I expect to hear back from you?
It can take us up to a week to review your submission and get back to you with our decision. Please understand that no news is not necessarily bad news, and that you will not be forgotten. If you email or tweet at us compulsively (especially a day or two after sending your submission), you’ll lose serious professionalism points for getting all up in our grill. (Sadly, writers have done this. It looks amateurish and sad, so please don’t do it.)
If, after a week, you haven’t heard from us, please feel free to shoot us a note to check in. We may have gotten especially busy and will be happy to get back to you straight away.
When will my post run if it’s accepted?
Once your post has been accepted, it could take up to 4 weeks before it’s published on Introvert Whisperer. This is because we have a roster of regular contributors and schedule our posts out several weeks in advance. If you’d like your post to go live on a certain date, please make sure to let us know this when you submit your pitch and we will make all reasonable accommodations that we can.
What should I do after I submit my post?
We like our contributors to get in on the conversation around their posts. It’s kind of our thing — Introvert Whisperer is meant to be a community and a dialogue, not a one-way monologue. So, we ask that you please respond to comments on your post and share your piece with your social networks (please tag @IntrovertLeader when tweeting).
What if I change my mind and decide I don’t want the post published?
Once the post is up, there are no take-backs. It is legally our content. So make sure it’s everything you want it to be before sending it our way.
Can I reprint the post on my own blog?
Introvert Whisperer owns the rights to all content published on its site, and once your post is live, it must be exclusive to us for 30 days. However, you’re more than welcome to promote the piece on your own blog by summarizing it, providing an excerpt and/or linking to it, at any time after it’s gone live.
After 30 days, you are free to republish your post to your own blog or website, so long as you provide a link to the original post on our site and include the following blurb, either at the top or bottom of the post:
This post originally ran on Introvert Whisperer: smart, actionable career advice for ambitious Introverts.
What if I have a question you haven’t covered here?
We’re friendly — ask away! Feel free to shoot an email to our Editor-in-Chief (contact info at the top of this page) to ask for clarification on anything not covered in these guidelines.
We look forward to hearing from you!