Editorial Guidelines

Welcome to the Be A Light team! As a contributor, you are the voice behind Be A Light, and we’re more than happy to have you. Here are some Editorial Guidelines to help you as you move forward. If you have any questions, feel free to reach us via email.

First, Welcome!

We’ve received over 250 applications, and 150+ submissions already, so since you’ve been selected, it means we think you’re filled with the positivity, encouragement, and light we’re looking for. We are delighted to have you as a part of our team!

First Steps:

If you haven’t already, you will soon be receiving an official ‘Invite Link’ to log into our site. Before officially submitting, you will need to log in and create your author profile. When you log in, you’ll see the Users > Your Profile section on the left-hand dashboard. Please edit this information, including a 1-2 sentence bio, good photo (no mirror selfies, please!), and any preferred website + social links you’d like to have included..

*Remember that your bio will reflect you, and link people to your sites. Please keep this bio short (100 words or less preferred) and engage people in the way you see fit!

How To Submit:

You can submit by uploading content onto the site in a post format. Please upload a complete article with a title. When you’re finished, please hit the ‘Submit for Review’ button. At this point, editors will be notified and look through + edit your submission. You will receive an email when your post has been scheduled, and another when it’s published + live on the site.

*Please be patient! We are small team and getting through the amount of submissions will take some time!

Articles + SEO Guidelines:

Please write your articles with the style + tone of the brand (uplifting, encouraging, positive tone is preferred). Please also select a title/headline that reflects your piece in a way that will compel people to click + read.

Please aim for posts between 400-1250 words. Essays or pieces broken into lists (listicles) with strong headers are preferred, but you are not restricted to those posts! The aim is to keep readers engaged and get them to share your work with their audiences.

SEO Guidelines:
To the best of your ability, please work on implementing strong SEO within your pieces. The title of your article should have the main keyword in it; this keyword should also be repeated throughout the article. Please use your keyword in the: title, first paragraph, headline within the post (H2 font), and one other time within the body of the piece.

*DO work on this, but don’t worry too much about getting it perfect—our editors will help fix any issues!

Content + Editing:

If you’re wondering what type of content we prefer, check out our founder, Marisa Donnelly’s blog. Or, if you’re still stuck, send us an email.

For now, we will be responsible for editing. However, please do your best to submit polished, error-free work. If issues/errors repeatedly arise in your submissions, we may have to restrict your submission access. [If you’re interested in working with one of our editors/writing coaches directly for help on your piece(s) please see our services page.]

Social Media + Sharing:

After your piece is live, share share share! We will also post content through our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as we see fit.

*While our goal is to publish and share your work, we cannot guarantee that every submission will be published through social channels. If you have questions regarding this, please email us.

We can’t wait to see your work! 💡🌞