The Relationship Blogger is a quickly growing relationships, dating and advice platform based in the UK. It is owned and operated by Raymond Baxter. Hosted at therelationshipblogger.com, this site seeks to expand the insight it offers by hosting new and diverse voices on the topics of love, sex, relationships, dating and mental health. All perspectives are welcome as we do not believe there is one definition of love.
At its launch, TRB was unable to compensate writers. However, our site has grown. An opt-in pot is now established based on site revenues. That pot is currently $200 per month.
In order to receive payment, an invoice should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org which includes all pieces published in the calendar month with titles for which pay is being requested. The invoice must arrive by the first of the month following publication to be included for pay. If you do not invoice by the first, we will assume you are passing your portion along to other writers.
When formatting your invoice, each line item should reflect a value of 1 (one) rather than a dollar amount. Your total will be the number of pieces you submitted. PayPal is the preferred payment method, so please include your PayPal address on your invoice.
In order to keep pay meaningful, we will not be publishing more than 20 syndicated pieces per month.
Guest posts, as of July 1, 2017, will not be considered for pay.
Syndicated contributors will receive a quarterly syndication bonus (see below).
What We Are Seeking
TRB looks forward to expanding the conversation on relationships and mental health. We are currently seeking weekly and monthly columnists to provide personal essays, research-based articles, interviews, product reviews, fiction, poetry and vlogs (or a combination thereof–pitch your idea!). We also seek advertisers and volunteer editors. We request all writing be within the 1200-2000 word range.
Upcoming themes reflect relationships, mental health and their intersection. Themes can be used as suggestions; work need not strictly conform. They include:
July: belief, being single, queer issues, survivorship
August: dis/ability, gender roles, culture, food
September: self-love, parenting (single and co), power
Of special interest are diverse voices representing survivorship, LGBTQIA+ issues, male-identified voices, gender transition and people of color. We recognize that TRB needs to grow in these areas for broader conversations to take place.
What We Are Asking
TRB claims first digital rights, first anthology rights, and exclusive content rights for 30-90 days (specified upon acceptance) after which guest contributors can republish elsewhere.
Alternatively, TRB claims all rights to syndicated pieces. As compensation, syndicated columnists who have published at least 6 pieces over 3 months will be paid a quarterly syndication bonus based on their republished article earnings.
By submitting your work via form or email, you agree to these terms.
How to Submit
Please send original, completed pieces in the body of an email to Editor-in-Chief, Shawna Ayoub Ainslie. Email email@example.com or use the contact form below. Be sure to include a subject heading clarifying your query. Example: “Personal Essay on New Love for April Issue.” Include a summary, brief third person bio up to 50 words with social media links, and any images with sources you would like to include with your article.
If you have an idea for a column, submit one completed piece and pitch followup ideas. Submissions should be error free. Contributors must clearly indicate whether or not they wish syndication for their submission. Allow four weeks for response. Simultaneous submissions welcome.
Extra Help Submitting
To help you avoid common submission pitfalls, please be aware of the following:
- The TRB submissions email (firstname.lastname@example.org) is read at minimum on the first of each month. At maximum, it is also checked on the 15th. Allow a full four weeks for responses. If your piece is time sensitive (meaning it addresses a timely current event), please clearly indicate that in your subject heading. Example: TIMELY Essay on Violence and Brexit.
- Established artists/syndicated columnists will be given a TRB account and asked to upload their own work.
- Work for each month must be submitted by email or present as a draft on the site prior to the first of the month to be scheduled that month. (In other words, all work for June must be submitted by June 1. If it is submitted June 2, it will be considered for July.)
- Any links within your post should be relevant to the topic and not to your own site. We link back to all artists in their bios. If you want to link back to your own site and you are not an established, syndicated columnist, please query Raymond about sponsored posts: email@example.com.
- Please submit completed work in the body of an email or through the form below. If you are pitching, be sure your pitch clearly explains the piece you intend to write for the TRB.
We Want to Work with You!
Is all this nitty gritty intimidating? Don’t worry. Submit.
Raymond Baxter, TRB Owner
Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, TRB Editor-in-Chief