Guest Posts

The Guitar Journal welcomes guest posts! Please follow the guidelines below if you’d like to get your post on TGJ.

General guidelines

  • Write a post with strong, useful content. Always ask: ‘How can the reader benefit from this?’
  • Write fresh material that hasn’t been published before.
  • Use examples and anecdotes to clarify your points.
  • Do not violate any copyright laws.
  • Send us a pitch only if you are a blogger with your own blog.
  • No freelancers or staff-writers, please.
  • If your post does not follow the guidelines, you may not receive a response from us.

How to Submit a Post

Please send an email to the Jesse: jesse[at]theguitarjournal[dot]com. Start the Subject line with GUEST POST (in ALL CAPS).

  • Tell me briefly who you are.
  • State the title of your proposed post.
  • Outline the topic with bullet points.
  • Include 1 or 2 links to other TGJ articles that you will use to supplement your points.
  • Tell us how TGJ readers would benefit from your post.
  • Add a couple of links to your best posts.

The Process:

Once you’ve submitted your post, you’ll receive confirmation of acceptance within 5 business days.  After your post proposal is accepted, please send us a word document – attach any images that are part of the post. I may recommend some changes but don’t worry, it’s not a bad thing!  I just want to make sure your post is successful. The post may be edited for greater grammar, clarity, organization, etc.

Your Post Must:

  • Have an introduction that attracts interest and makes the reader want to read further.
  • Use headings, subheadings, bold font for key sentences and bulleted lists so it is easy to read.
  • Have a conclusion.
  • Have a call to action for readers after the conclusion.
  • Be 800 – 1500 words long.
  • Be written in a style that fits with The Guitar Journal.
  • Have links to at least 2 posts already published on The Guitar Journal.
  • Have an author bio at the end (about 40 words). You can link to your blog and a product of yours that is offered free to TGJ readers. Please send us the links and we will add them. A sample author bio is: Jim Guitarteacher is a guitar instructor and blogs at yourblogaddress.com, a blog about hitting your guitar playing goals. Grab his free eBook, Blahdiblah.
  • Have a really, really, really great title. You can download a great resource for writing headlines, called “Why Headlines Fail” at Psychotactics.
  • Offer links to a few suggested images in your pitch email. A good source of images is: Bigstock.

Make Sure To:

  • Carefully edit and proofread your post.
  • If your post includes images, send them to us as attachments, indicating where in the text they should be located.
  • Be prepared to respond to comments in a timely manner over the next few days.

But Don’t:

  • Change the font or the font color, or use <span>, or <br> tags.
  • Include affiliate links.
  • Attach images to the post.

Thanks again for your interest in guest posting. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Note: We retain the copyright of all material published on The Guitar Journal. A guest poster cannot republish their guest post elsewhere; it must remain unique to TGJ.