Guest Post By Olga Mecking of The European Mama
A friend once told me that being an expat blogger doesn’t pay. In a way, she’s right but I found that with some creativity and persistence, expats can submit their writing and get published on expat sites, travel sites and even bigger sites and often get paid for it. Here’s how.[bctt tweet=”Expats can get published on bigger sites and even get paid for it @TheEuropeanMama”]
Many sites are very interested in reading stories from someone who lives abroad, and expats have a choice: they can either submit something that is absolutely un-related to their expat life: for example my post for Club Mid on Scary Mommy or they can write something that is specifically about their observations of living abroad- see my recent post on Babble.
Let’s look at some examples of how expats are writing on some well-known sites:
Huffington Post – Wikipedia described The Huffington Post as “…a liberal American online news aggregator and blog…The site offers news, blogs, and original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interests, and local news.“ Huff Post has a travel vertical and has been known to publish posts about parenting in other cultures as well.
Example: Australian expat Mihal Greener on why Dutch kids are so happy.
Babble – From Disney, this site is your “destination for parenting, beauty, home, food, travel and entertainment brought to you by the best voices online.” Many Babble writers (like Rachel Pieh Jones) either live abroad or know what it’s like to raise their children with multiple cultures (like Ana Flores). This site loves diverse content!
Example: my post about the amazing Dutch post-partum service.
Washington Post – Sections include Politics, Opinions, Local, Sports, National, World, Business, Tech, Lifestyle, Entertainment and more, each with multiple subsections.
Example: Jennifer Van der Kwast’s How pregnancy and birth overseas is so different from the US
Motherlode – The New York Times’s parenting blog, exploring the many ways we raise our kids.” This publication has some posts about raising children with multiple languages.
**UPDATE – The team from the former NYT Motherlode moved to the Well Family section of the New York Times in 2016. Well Family includes “expanded coverage of parenting, childhood health and relationships to help every family live well.’ New submission guidelines are pending. As of March 2016 – KJ Dell’Antonia is still reading submissions, though their publications slots are full for some time out, so most likely you may get a canned rejection. That said, they ARE still working with freelancers and accepting essays. Looking for 800 words give or take. (email@example.com)**
Example: Lisa Belkin’s Call Your Mother
SUBMIT: email Editor-in-Chief KJ Dell’Antonia firstname.lastname@example.org
The Atlantic – According to Wikipedia, “The Atlantic features articles in the fields of the arts, the economy, foreign affairs, political science, and technology.” The Atlantic has recently issued a call for submissions for culture stories.
Buzzfeed – “BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video across the social web to its global audience of more than 200M”. Buzzfeed loves all kinds of lists, preferably illustrated with gifs.
Example: 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Expats in East Asia by Kevin Tang
xoJane – “…personal stories told from a raw, honest perspective”. Popular topics include It Happened to Me, Unpopular Opinion, Beauty Dare, and I’ll Try Anything Once.
Example: I Had a Dutch Style Homebirth and Here’s Why It Was Awesome by Mihal Greener
Brain, Child – “an award-winning literary magazine dedicated to motherhood. The magazine strives to bring together the many voices of women from different backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences in a way that provides mothers with insight and perspective into real issues.” Brain, Mother is the signature blog for Brain, Child Magazine featuring short essays “…that spur thinking and conversation.”
Example: 5 Ways Living Abroad Changed My Parenting by Rachel Pieh Jones
Language and Travel Sites
Expats are often a great fit to write for travel-related sites because they tend to travel a lot. They look at everything through a traveller’s eyes and yet they have more experience of actually living in this country than a tourist or traveller may have.
Matador Network – “Matador is the world’s largest independent travel publisher, with over 12 million unique monthly visitors.”
Traveling Mom – “We want a BFF edge to our stories. We are not a travel guide. We are the place a mom would go to find out what works for kids, what doesn’t and what she needs to know before she goes. In short, tell our readers what you would tell your best friend if she wanted to take the same trip you just took.”
Viator Travel Blog: “At Viator we believe that travel has the power to make the world a better place. This is our place on the web to share our passion and inspire all of us to make that next trip.”
The Expeditioner: “The Expeditioner is a travel site for the avid traveler featuring travel articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe.”
Finally, there are sites just for expats!
WSJ Expat – “Expat is The Wall Street Journal’s hub for expatriates and global nomads – spanning the globe in expat hotspots like London, Paris, Hong Kong, Beijing, Sydney and many more. Here you’ll find stories about expat living – housing, education, healthcare and more – expat jobs and managing your finances abroad. Whether you’re an expat in Dubai or Delhi, Sao Paulo or Singapore, Tokyo or Tel Aviv we’ll bring you stories the world over.”
SUBMIT: email stories to email@example.com
Telegraph Expat – “News, features, blogs and advice for British expats.”
Expatica – “What started as a website providing news and information for the international community in the Netherlands rapidly developed into a much broader resource. Within a few years Expatica grew to include Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and later added Luxembourg, Moscow, Portugal, and South Africa to give a total of 11 country pages.” They re-publish some content of expat bloggers but also offer the possibility to write fresh content for a fee.
Use Your Difference – “UYD Media is a youth media and digital content creation platform by the Third Culture Kid, Global Nomad, and Millennial community and those who love them. We create and distribute authentic content across all genres and platforms that informs, entertains, and celebrates UYDers who are “using their difference to make a difference” in today’s increasingly interconnected and globally-oriented world.”
Expat Focus – “We believe that living abroad can be a positive, perhaps even life-changing, experience and we want to help people make the most of their life in another country.”
Transitions Abroad – “our editorial bent can be labelled “educational travel,” “(slow) immersion travel,” “cultural travel,” “experiential travel,” “expatriate living,” “responsible travel,” “conscious travel” or whatever terms you might favor, involving a combination of travel advocacy and actions that seek to benefit locals in their home countries at least as much as the visitor.”
Are you an expat who has a favorite place to submit writing? Tell us about it in the comments!
Olga Mecking is a Polish woman living in the Netherlands with her German husband and three trilingual children. She is a translator, blogger and writer. The European Mama is a blog about her life abroad, raising children and traveling. Her writings have been published on Scary Mommy, Mamalode and The Huffington Post. When not blogging or thinking about blogging, she can be found reading books, drinking tea or cooking. You can join me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.