WE’RE LOOKING FOR #COUCHKILLER WRITERS + THOUGHT LEADERS
Want to write or contribute to #couchkills? We welcome submissions on a variety of topics, health, nutrition, fitness, wellness, personal growth and more. And we’re always looking for submissions from communities + companies that embrace and support the #couchkills community.
WHAT WE OFFER:
- We are a “global moving” that is gaining a powerful and engaging community of wellness.
- Top posts will be promoted on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, and the writer’s social handles will be tagged along with each post.
- All writers will receive full credit through a byline at the bottom of the article with links to their site.
WHAT WE REQUIRE:
- Writers are encouraged to promote their articles through email, websites, newsletters and social media.
- Feel free to submit articles of all lengths as we do not have a minimum or maximum word count; however, we do prefer articles in the range of 250-900 words, as they tend to be more popular among our readers.
- Please note that we don’t post articles directly promoting products or services and will not include promotional links with the article content unless it is a product or service that #couchkills has reviewed and supports as a product or service that we feel will support our community.
- One space only after a period.
- We do allow links to make your post richer by supporting statements or serving as references, however, we do not publish external links that are promotional or commercial in nature within the article content. We reserve the right to edit all links contained within article content.
- Please submit your article as a Microsoft Word Document, with as little formatting (no italics, no center alignment, etc.) as possible.
- Please include a working title to your submission. We occasionally revise titles to make sure your article gets the most hits and reads possible.
- Please include a brief byline and photo of yourself.
- Use clear, concise language in your title and throughout your article. Articles that include numbered lists in the title and body of the text are often popular with our community (e.g. 5 Tips to Live Life Well, 3 Ways to Get Up Off Your Couch).
- Our editorial staff reserves the right to edit your text for grammar, clarity, punctuation and format.
- Word count: No minimums but posts typically run between 250-800 words. Please stay under 800 words.
- Tone: Inclusive, accessible and generally positive. Take a look around and see what we’ve previously posted.
- Original Content: Ideally we ask that posts submitted be unique and original to #couchkills. But we will consider that have already been published or submitted elsewhere online if we feel they will serve the community.
- We are not interested in SEO-driven submissions: If you work for a content farm or are a freelancer who writes articles for the sole purpose of linking up keywords in an effort to boost SEO, we are not interested. If your submission or bio references or promotes a business or service that is not in line with our philosophy (e.g. a weight-loss gimmick), then we are not interested.
- Bio and promotion: Since we do not compensate contributors for posts, we’re more than happy to include a byline and your brief bio containing links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts, which we will promote when your post goes live. Please keep your bio to just 2-3 sentences. #couchkills is a great resource to promote what you’re doing and don’t be surprised if your post turns into a book deal or some other awesome wellness-focused gig and career.
- Please send your post in the body of the message of an email. If you’re using Word, for example, you’d paste the Word document into your email.
- Once your posts go live, please share with your friends via email, your website, Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media. If your post performs extremely well and you become a regular contributor (one post a week), you can earn a spot as a highly-coveted “Wellness Thought Leader” on our homepage.
- We love connecting with new contributors. As we’re just starting up #couchkills consists of just a few people. As such, sometimes we don’t have the opportunity to respond to all submissions. We can assure you, however, that we carefully read every single submission that we receive. If your post has been accepted, we generally respond within 14 days.
- Please only submit one post at a time: Otherwise, we get inundated. You’re welcome to submit again with a different post after you’ve waited 14 days.
- By submitting to #couchkills you acknowledge that you accept our terms, and any form of editing that might occur on behalf of the #couchkills editorial team.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR IN SUBMISSIONS
- What we’re looking for: While there aren’t strict guidelines about the type of posts we feature, we find that recipe submissions, stories about a major transformation, relationship advice, ideas for personal growth, essays on unique experiences, household tips, nutrition tips and specific fitness routines work best. We love posts that help our readers connect with energy that enables growth, vibrancy and connection.
- What we look for in recipes: When submitting a recipe, please be sure to include an original, high-quality photo of your prepared dish. Please include serving size, ingredients (including measurements), clear directions on how to prepare the recipe, as well as an introductory paragraph explaining how you like to serve the dish or why this recipe has become one of your favorites.
- What we look for in workout or fitness posts: While a photo submission with these posts is not necessary, it is highly encouraged. The photo should be original, of you or a model completing the pose, sequence, or routine you’re writing about, and it should be high-quality. When submitting this kind of post, please provide specific instruction on exactly how to complete the activity. Assume your reader is fit, but new to this particular exercise. If you have a short video (no longer than 2 minutes) illustrating the activity, we are happy to include that in the post, too.
Photos: All contributors are encouraged to submit photos with their posts. Photos should be at least 850 pixels wide by 400 pixels tall (bigger in either direction, or both, is fine). For recipes, transformation stories, fitness posts and a few other exceptions, we will accept slightly smaller photos.
WHY WRITE FOR #couchkills?
Here are a few reasons why you should share your ideas with this exciting “global moving.”
1. You’ll change lives.
Even though we are just at the beginning of this “moving”, #couchkills is committed to be a positive force for worldwide wellness! People everywhere are hungry to learn how to live their healthiest lives, share tips with friends and clients, and discuss ideas here on the site. Writing for #couchkills gives you a chance to be part of this discussion, and to shape the way health and wellness is perceived around the world.
2. You’ll reach a global audience.
Once your piece has been accepted for publication, we’ll do our part to make sure it reaches as many people as possible. In addition to posting your work on our home page, we share most posts on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Published pieces will also live in our library of wellness content.
3. You’ll achieve your professional dreams.
It’s our intent to help our writers parlay success into book deals, speaking opportunities, and teaching gigs. As our site evolves we plan to create a separate connected community where writers and contributors can share how to attract more clients, book more coaching jobs, and grown their brands, simply by writing great posts that got people interested in what they had to say.
4. You’ll work with top-notch editors.
Our team of professional editors will edit your piece and give it a title to help it get seen by the largest audience possible. They’ll also choose high-quality photos to make your work look great!
5. You’ll set your own schedule.
You can contribute posts as often as you like. Which means: no deadlines, except the ones you create for yourself!
5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE SUBMITTING TO #couchkills
1. Is my piece inspiring, informative, and/or educational?
Posts featured on #couchkills are positive and informative. If your piece is snarky, or sarcastic, or not about healthy living, it’s probably not for us. If you’d like to write about news, or politics, please find the wellness slant.
2. Has this already been covered on #couchkills?
We intend to feature a wide range of topics on #couchkills and we plan to have a large library of great content. So no worries if you think your submission may be similar to another piece. Perhaps your submission can elaborate on one aspect that another piece didn’t elaborate on.
3. What’s a great title?
Remember: our readers are busy. A good title has the potential to grab their attention and make them want to read your piece. If you’re stuck trying to create one, ask yourself: What problem does my article solve? How will reading this article make someone’s life better? How would I explain this to a friend?
4. Is my first paragraph succinct?
You only get one chance to make a first impression! Does your introductory sentence make the reader want to continue? Does your intro paragraph tell the reader very clearly and succinctly what the article will be about?
5. Am I offering readers actionable tips?
Readers will come to #couchkills to find solutions to health and wellness issues. A great piece will provide tips that they can implement easily. Here’s an example of a tip that’s actionable: Inhale, count to ten, then exhale as you count to ten again. Notice how clear and precise that is? The reader knows exactly what to do. Here’s an example of a murkier tip: Let go. Okay, sure. But how? (See the difference?)
7 TIPS TO WRITE A GREAT POST
Here are few pointers to keep in mind when writing for #couchkills
1. Write in your own voice.
A great post will sound like a real person wrote it, and it will have a distinctive voice. If you’re not sure what “voice” means in this context, think about it this way: how would you explain your idea to a good friend? Use that conversational tone when you write!
2. Keep it short.
These don’t need to be long posts! Just 500 words is great! If you’re going to offer tips, include a short introductory paragraph at the top of your post explaining why you’re offering this advice. Are you an expert on the topic? Did you struggle to understand the topic and want to share your knowledge? For example, if you’re sending a recipe, take a few sentences to tell us why you like this dish and when you serve it.
3. Have you deleted needless words?
Sometimes people use several words when just one will do the trick. We recommend taking one look at your piece to make sure you’re only including words that are absolutely necessary.
4. Use an authoritative voice.
It’s understood that #couchkills posts are the opinion of the author. As the writer, you’re the expert on your own opinion! For this reason, you don’t need to use phrases like, “in my opinion,” or “I believe,” which detract from the idea you’re trying to convey.
5. Use plain English!
Many people who visit #couchkills are new to health and wellness, so we prefer to use plain English when describing terms.
6. If it’s a recipe, include an amazing photo.
Remember: people eat with their eyes, and an enticing photo of a dish can get people excited to try your recipe. While our editors can usually provide images for pieces, they can’t always do this for recipes, which include specific combinations of ingredients. If you’re sending a recipe, it will help your piece to include a gorgeous, professional-quality photo of your creation.
7. Show us your sources!
If you mention a statistic or a study in your piece, please include a link to that source. If you’re claiming that a certain food is healthy, tell us how you know. Ideally you’d link to peer-reviewed scientific papers, academic journals, and/or credible news outlets. This way readers can follow your line of thinking and investigate further if they want to know more.
5 TIPS TO WRITE A GREAT PERSONAL ESSAY
We love personal stories, and we’re always on the lookout for great ones. We’ve noticed that really great essays share these qualities:
1. Stay focused.
Keep the spotlight on one time in your life. And keep it on the shorter side. #couchkills essays are about 800 long.
2. Include a perspective shift.
Great essays illuminate how you’ve changed in one area of your life. Usually this requires some growth in how you view the world, so let us see that transformation! If you begin at Point A, your essay should wind up at Point B.
3. Don’t leave us wondering about your motivations.
Your choices are what make you interesting, so let us into your thought process.
4. Be really specific.
It’s ironic, but the more specific you are about your life, the more your story will resonate with others. It makes you seem more real! Being specific about details like who, what, and where will take your writing to another level.
5. Be, well … personal.
The more honest and vulnerable you can be about your struggles and victories, the more readers will be inspired by and empathetic to your story!
Please email us the following if you’re ready to submit your post:
- Your full post with a working title. Please send this within the body of an email.
- Any relevant images for your post (please send as separate files, not pasted within a doc). Please only send images that you own.
- Your brief bio (less than 120 words) with links to your website, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter pages. Please put any relevant links in brackets like this both in your bio, and in the piece: [http://facebook.com/couchkills]. Please DO NOT hyperlink.
- A headshot or photo of you to use for your bio.
All of the above can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org