How do you address that oh so important email to Arianna and her editors?
Well, guess what? It’s actually super easy!
There are several approaches you could take but I’m going to start with how I sent in my pitch
As I said it my previous post, I went straight in for the kill and sent my post directly to Arianna herself 😉 Being bold often pays off!
Here is a copy of my exact email to the First Lady of online content:
In my life I’ve always found that one of the magical keys to happiness is generosity, kindness, and helping others, so it’s no surprise to you that one of my absolute FAVOURITE things to do is help people, which brings me to my point…
It will be my youngest daughter, Honey’s, 5th Birthday on the 13th (yes Friday the 13th, but it’s lucky for us!) so today I decided it would be a good day to pop into the city and finish up buying her birthday presents. It was really cold today, about 2 degrees celsius, so I wanted to be super quick with my shopping and then have time to pop into see my Dad at his house and help him have a shuffle around of his lounge furniture, before I had to get back home to pick my girls up from school.
As I started to head up to the shops I wanted to go to I noticed a homeless man stood in between two shops, to shelter from the icy wind. He was trying to sell ‘The Big Issue’ magazines to make a little money. I smiled at him as I walked past and wondered to myself what I could do to help him, or at least make his day a little easy and a little brighter…
I kept thinking about what I could do for him while I was rushing in and out of shops picking out presents, when suddenly I noticed a whole shelf of thermal men’s gloves! My memory immediately flashed back to the homeless mans hands and how he he them tucked inside his sleeves to hold the magazines up. I looked down at my own hands, inside my own warm gloves, and thought I would be freezing without these on today! So without a second thought I popped a pair of men’s gloves into my basket, paid for my items and left the shop.
I started to head back down the road to where I had seen the man and was hoping and praying that he would still be there. And luckily… HE WAS! I went over to him, apologised for disturbing him and told him that I had seen him on my way past and didn’t want him to get cold hands so I had bought the gloves for him. His face immediately burst into a huge smile and he replied with “Oh my gosh! That’s wicked! Thank you so much. I LOVE YOU!” I smiled, and told him he was very welcome and then walked down the road to see my Dad and help him.
When I got to my Dad’s I realised that my smile, as always after doing something nice for others, was still plastered on my face. I felt lighter, happier and at peace knowing that I had helped that man and showed him kindness, showed him that people DO care.
Later on when I was collecting the girls from school, the icy wind had picked up even more and it had started to snow. I stood outside in the cold waiting for the school to open the doors and was SO SO glad that I had bought those gloves.
Wishing you love and happiness,
I hope you liked it, looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Annalise Green x”
And that Ladies and Gents was it! Yep, really!
If your content is good and something they are looking for then the content simply sells itself Easy peasy!
If, however, you are broaching a more widely covered topic or something more serious then I would follow the easy to follow guide I have created for you below:
- Start by introducing yourself. Keep it brief but include some interesting facts that will make you stand out from the crowd.
- Follow up by stating any experience you have (no matter how much or how little)
- Then talk about why the topic you have chosen is close to your heart or why it’s your passion and how this came about.
- Pop in a little compliment about HuffPost and why it would mean a lot to you to be featured.
- And…. hit them with your talent 😉
- Sign off by thanking them for their time and saying that you’re looking forward to hearing from them very soon!
Et Voila… You just pitched to The Huffington Post my lovely 😉
Be super proud of yourself and keep those fingers and toes tightly crossed!
I toyed with the idea of submitting several of my early blogs to the Huff Post but decided each time that they weren’t ‘good enough’ and the thought of having a post rejected made me think it would all be over… just like that.
Well… I was incredibly wrong!
No matter how many posts you send in that get rejected or ignored will NOT affect them publishing a post from you that they like… even if it’s 100-1 So never give up! Ever!
Eventually I did brave the ‘send button’ and hit it on a post that I was really proud of… and guess what… Arianna Huffington herself loved my post as much as me and invited me to be a Huff Post Blogger!
If it can happen to me, it can definitely happen to you!
To help you on your way to becoming a bonafide Huffington Post blogger here are my 5 Steps to Success:
5 Steps to Success:
Write an INCREDIBLE post! Don’t hold back any of your talent and really go for it. Write from the heart. Try not to sound like you’re purposely trying to get published and make sure your article is easy to follow and flows nicely from sentence to sentence and paragraph to paragraph.
Or if you’re a bit nervy still about writing something specifically for The Huffington Post go through some of your posts on your blog (or where ever you write) and submit a post that you really love and believe in… that’s what I did originally 😉 It could be a diary entry, an experience, a rant, a poem or a comedic blog… anything… if they like it they like it!
Luckily, Huff Po don’t mind if your work is published else where as long as it’s entirely your own work!
Tip: Although none of my posts have been in this style I have heard that ‘list’ style posts generally do really well 😉
Next you’ll need to decide which section you want to write for or be published in, here are the categories… don’t get intimidated, just pick which ever feels most suited to your voice:
Have a quick read through the section you’ve chosen and see if your topic has been written about before.
Don’t worry if it has, just tweak yours to include whatever you feel is missing or incorrect on the already published post! Plus you could include in your pitch that as the topic was popular once before the readers would respond well to it again
If your topic hasn’t been mentioned before, then YAY and, you can write in your email pitch how the Huff Post readers would love this topic and your information as it hasn’t been covered before.
It’s also a fantastic way to show Arianna and the editors that you’ve done your research and are serious about being published. It tells them that you’re not just a one hit wonder trying to self promote…
Of course subtle self promoting is fine, however, save it for your next Huff Post publication not the first bash!
Here’s the biggest and scariest bit… The Pitch!
I know of 3 ways you can submit to The Huffington Post:
1. You can send Arianna a direct email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. You can fill up their official post submission form if you’re in the US:
3. Or if you’re in the UK you can email the editors at: UKBlogTeam@Huffingtonpost.com
I sent an email directly to Arianna, so I’d advise you to go that route. However, many of those who used the other methods have been published too, so the choice is yours lovelies!
And finally…. Just wait patiently (as patiently as you can, I know it’s tough, I’ve been there).
If you haven’t heard anything within a week or 2, then send a quick follow-up message to Arianna. She usually replies quickly
If you still don’t get a reply or the HuffPost team send you a very polite rejection email, simply go back to Step 1. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad writer it just means that wasn’t the right post Pick another and repeat, but whatever you do… DO NOT GIVE UP!
It will all be worth it in the end
And remember, like I said, keeping writing and keep pitching and submitting until 1 sticks… they aren’t going to black list you just because your first pitches weren’t ‘The One’.
What are you waiting for? Go, Go, Go…
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