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Writing for Quips and Tips – Perks and Procedures

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Want to write for “Quips and Tips”, get online exposure, and practice your SEO skills? Sure you do! Here are the perks and procedures for writing for Quips and Tips.

First, here’s why guest posting is so good:

“The whole idea of guest blogging or guest posting is to get high-value backlinks pointing to your website,” writes James Martell in Cheat Sheet For Guest Writers. “Google sees backlinks as a vote of confidence…and as a result will rank your site higher. And, if you can target social media links towards your guest post, you’re helping it become be an even bigger authority, which benefits you even more…the whole guest posting strategy is really a symbiotic relationship that benefits both parties.”

And the beauty of guest posting for Quips and Tips is that it’s easy, fun, and helpful to readers!

The 2 Step “Quips and Tips” Philosophy:

  1. Share your tips for doing something specific: solving a specific problem or achieving a specific goal. We welcome anything from improving your relationships to saving money to getting healthier – as long as it’s specific.
  2. Include your own personal spin in each tip.

Here’s what an example of what we’re looking for: Should You Give Your Dog Away? 5 Things to Consider.  The specific problem is deciding if a dog is too much to handle. The personal spin is that I had to make this decision, and I learned a lot from this experience.

Guest articles are welcome on:

Perks of Guest Posting for Quips and Tips

  • Exposure! Spread your name and work around the web 🙂
  • Full credit for the article – your name at top, with a link to your own author page here on Quips and Tips
  • At least 2 tweets from my Twitter account @QuipsAndTips (currently, I have over 7,600 followers – my goal is 10,000 by January 2012)
  • 2-3 sentence bio at the end of your post, with 2 links to your blog, Twitter, FB page, etc
  • Your book or product, if you have one, mentioned at the beginning of the article. This must NOT be too “advertise-y” or spammy! It’s fine to say, “I’m sharing these tips on publicizing your book because I’m the author of Book Publicity for Beginners.


  • Write a 500-800 word article
  • Include at least 4 tips for solving a specific problem – with your personal spin in each tip
  • Send to me, and I’ll forward to the appropriate editor (my email address is at the end of this article)

If you don’t have a book or product, I’ll feature a book related to your article (all “Quips & Tips” articles feature a book). You’re welcome to suggest a book, but you don’t need to.

How Do You Find Article Ideas?

If you’re interested in writing a guest post, email me at the address at the end of this article.

About Your Article

Remember that the more original and unique your article is, the more likely it’ll be found by readers.

Specific, unique, and tightly focused articles are the best! For example, “tips for writing articles” is too general. “Tips for writing funny blog posts” is better, and more interesting.

It’s better for you not to send me articles you’ve already published online. I will accept previously published material, but ask you to significantly rewrite your article so it’s different from the original. That way, we increase our chances of being found on Google.

Feel free to link to other blogs or websites – this works best when you quote the blogger or refer to the website.

I may edit and tweak the article for SEO purposes, so readers can find it easily and quickly.

If you’d like to promote the article on your blog, please only include the first paragraph or two, with a link back to the full article on Quips and Tips.

Copyright stays with Quips and Tips for one calendar year, then reverts back to writer.

Quips and Tips Article Structure

The first sentence or two summarizes the article in a clear, relevant way. Here’s a good sample article, by Deanna Proach: Writing Historical Fiction? How to Write a Book Set in the Past.

Write a brief introduction, then transition readers to the article itself. 

Share 4 tips from your personal or professional perspective. The article should be 500-800 words in total (but it’s fine if you go over). Add a conclusion.

Invite the reader to respond, in bold, using a variation of the words in your title (eg, “If you have any thoughts or questions about these tips for bloggers who have no ideas, please comment below…”).

Insert your 1-2 sentence bio, in italics, with links to wherever you’d like. (eg, Written by Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, a Vancouver-based writer and blogger who created the “Quips and Tips” blog series. Visit her at Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals, or follow her on Twitter.)

Send me your article – lauriekienlen (at) yahoo.ca – and I’ll make sure the appropriate editor receives it.

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10 thoughts on “Writing for Quips and Tips – Perks and Procedures”

  1. Hi Laurie,

    I have an idea for a How-To article. I am a therapist and aspiring writer. Should I email the idea to you first?


  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Uppal,

    Yes, I do want the same format as my quips and tips articles. Feel free to send me your articles!

  3. Hi Laurie,thanks for inviting guest posts for your blog.I’m thinking of writing one. What do you think?

    Do you strictly want the same format as your quips and tips articles?

  4. Guest posting is much better than paid article writing because it’s a chance to get known by other bloggers and to build good links (not spammy stuff, though).

    I found out about guest posting only last month, but I’m loving it already. 🙂 So yes, I will definitely come to your blog when I have something very interesting to share, thank you!

  5. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Deanna ~ thanks for your email; I’ve emailed you back.

    Sharon ~ I’d love to publish a Quips and Tips guest post from you! Feel free to send one anytime.

  6. Laurie–I sent you an email a few days ago and haven’t heard back from you yet. I would just like to let you know that I’m fresh with new ideas after completing my new book, ‘To be Maria’ and am eager to start writing for you again. I look forward to hearing from you.

  7. Sharon Hurley Hall

    Oh great, you’re accepting articles again? That’s wonderful news, Laurie, so I’ll put my thinking cap on.!