If you would like to become part of Signature’s Liverpool, you can! To write for our online magazine, all you need to have is three things: a passion for Liverpool, a unique voice and excellent writing skills. If that describes you, please make an article submission today.
What You Will Need
You don’t have to be published to write for Signature’s Liverpool. All we care about is creating informative, entertaining guest posts for our readers. All you need is a brilliant angle, attention to detail, excellent writing skills and a passion that shines through in the article.
We don’t mimic. We create – and we expect you to do the same. Just think about what you would like to read in a Liverpool magazine – and write that! If you have a working computer, Microsoft word and are a bit of a wordsmith, there’s no reason why you can’t become part of our growing team.
Your First Article
We don’t expect your first guest blog to be perfect, which is why we’re offering some top tips to help you understand exactly what it is we’re looking for.
We want you to be as creative as possible when it comes to writing for us, but there are some ground rules you must adhere to.
Your Signature’s Liverpool article submission must:
- be 100% unique (we do check)be written to a high standard
- not feature any profanities
- have a unique voice
- focus on Liverpool’s culture
- be a minimum of 500 words
We’re not looking for one article style, nor do we want to replicate articles we’ve already done. We want unique topics that will have people flocking to our website – and here are some article forms we’re happy for you to write for us:
- List posts (e.g. 10 ___ ____ You May Have Missed in Liverpool)
- Reviews (on everything from bars and restaurants to theatre shows and events)
- Opinion pieces
- In-depth facts
- Behind-the-scenes looks
- Photography pieces
- Q&As with a local figure or celebrity
We don’t want articles we could easily find online. We want to hear about your experiences or learn about the best restaurants and bars, or little known hidden gems for everyone to enjoy. If you are passionate about a certain theatre, why not write us a review? If you love good food, tell us the best places to dine in the city.
Make it Special
Think about what can make your good article a great article. All that might be needed to take your copy to the next level is a quote from a restaurant manager, a fantastic photo that will draw readers in or an insightful opinion that will have our readers hooked.
We know you will probably be eager to get started, but don’t rush it. We would rather you spent two months perfecting an amazing 500 word guest article than a day to send in a mediocre 1,000 word piece.
Research is really important to us. We encourage you to do as much as possible before you even pick up your laptop or pen. Plan what you would like to achieve from the article, such as:
- A catchy title
- A fantastic image
- Quote from the manager/supervisor/company
The last thing you will want to happen is to visit a restaurant, event or show and forget everything you need to include in an article. A plan will ensure you have all your bases covered, allowing you to just write the article once you’re ready.
An article’s title is important. It can be the difference between a person clicking on an article or heading elsewhere.
According to David Ogilvy, the father of advertising, five times as many people read the headline as the body copy.
A title should make a reader ask a question, whilst the article body should answer it. It should make a reader feel they will regret not reading the article right away. Place yourself in a reader’s shoes. Would you click on an article if you stumbled on it on social media? If not, change it. Use words to hook readers in.
Your title has to be likeable, but the body of the article has to be loveable. It’s the very thing that will make people return. An interesting article will result in a reader remaining on the website a lot longer, as they’ll head from one article to another.
Here are some top tips for your guest post:
- Use short sentences, short words and short paragraphs.
- Write about a topic you care about.
- Avoid using fluffy language or jargon words.
- Write, rewrite and rewrite again.
- If in doubt, cut it out.
- Do not use too many exclamation points.
- Hear your voice.
- Ask someone to read your work.
Now you know just what to do, all there is left to do is write the article. So, what are you waiting for? Start writing.
Remember, you can take as much time as you need to write an article, as we’re looking for a high quality piece that will wow our readers. Once you’re happy, send it over to us at Signature’s Liverpool for our approval.