Want to submit a guest post to the "Falling In Love With Bollywood" blog?
Please review the guest post guidelines below before submitting your post for review on the Falling In Love With Bollywood (FILWB) blog. We’ll know if you haven’t, trust us. We’re savvy that way.
We’re also picky. Really, really picky.
We will only accept posts that meet our blogging criteria. We also reserve editorial right to reject any post if we feel the content isn't relevant, unique, or informational.
Here’s what you need to know:
Your Guest Post Should be Relevant
The FILWB blog covers the best of Indian cinema in a positive way. This is not a gossip or rumor blog. We aren't looking for negative feedback about stars, stories, or songs - there are plenty of blogs and news sites out there that do that.
The primary purpose of the FILWB blog is to serve as a resource for those new to Indian cinema, particularly English-speaking, western audiences.
Stories should be written highlighting interesting facts, stories and information about a particular film, song, item number, or star to help new audiences discover the best of Indian cinema. Despite having "Bollywood" in the title of this blog, content extends beyond Hindi films to include Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and other Indian film industries.
Our audience wants unique and informative stories on popular films and stars as well as screen captures from those films. Links must be provided to all information culled from interviews or information found online and those links must be to authoritative resources.
We unfortunately can’t accept posts featuring gossip or rumors or full of personal opinion alone. While enthusiasm may (and should) be expressed, it should not be the sole content of the submission.
Submit Your Blogging Idea First
Before beginning to write, you must email an outline or summary of your blog idea for approval. In your message, tell us a bit about yourself and link to your site so we can check you out.
Here are some themes we've used in the past:
- Music Monday - focus on music. Either an item number, a soundtrack, or a song.
- Wednesday - focus on a film, a dialogue, a location, a celebration or a member of the film fraternity.
- Friday Five - 5 films, 5 item numbers, etc.
- Film reviews - reviews of new films keeping a western, mostly Hollywood film-watching, audience in mind.
- Films with themes that reflects common issues of basic humanity that unite all people.
Make sure to include the full names of films and item numbers using the English alphabet as determined by the film agents. It is also helpful to be able to include links to official YouTube video trailers or item numbers (English subtitles are preferred, but not required).
We will review outlines and, if the topic is relevant, we will make suggestions for changes or revisions.
We expect posts that demonstrate a good command of language, grammar, punctuation, organization, clarity, style and tone. We appreciate alliteration to a point.
So follow these tips:
Edit your post well, and rewrite it a few times. It’s a good idea to set your post aside for a day and come back to it with fresh eyes.
Use an outline. Try not to ramble and stay on track with your topic. Don’t riff off the top of your head – it shows through in your writing.
Have a well-rounded wrap-up. A good conclusion should end with a nice bang that encourages conversation and discussion.
- Title should be creative but relevant to post topic. Film, star and or item number name can be included in headline or in parenthesis after title.
- Quoted material: Must be identified as a quote (indented within story), with source information and a link back to the original source.
- Article length: 800 - 1300 words.
Your Guest Post Should Be Unique
It’s simple: think outside the box. Write a new perspective, different take or fresh angle about Indian cinema.
Be creative. There are plenty of posts about Bollywood - but think about what hasn't been written or what information can be pulled together to look at a film topic in a new way.
Be unique. Browse our archives, figure out what we haven’t written about yet and beat us to the punch. Read our Top 5 "Falling in Love With Bollywood" Blog Posts of 2013.
Be interesting. Share or highlight little known information and quotes.
The purpose of the blog is to get people interested in watching Indian films - not to give away the full plotlines.
- Focus on one small portion of a film or on one item number in a way that highlights its uniqueness, why it is a milestone in Indian film, behind-the-scenes information or quotes from cast and/or crew.
- When providing descriptions of films, make them short and highlight the film's problem, not the solution. Avoid giving away the film's resolution.
Include an author bio with your guest post. Make it fun and interesting. Include social media links.
Include links to articles that you reference in your post. It is important to give credit where it is due.
We’ll take care of finding screen shots to match to your post – no need to send them.
Submit your posts via email or in a Word .doc format.
Please credit all sources, use only official sources, and use common sense in choosing sources.
Any quoted material must include links back to the original source.
We reserve the right to make changes to your post so that it’s a better fit for our blog and audience. Relax – it’s nothing personal. You’ll have ample opportunity to review our edits before publication.
If your guest post is accepted for publication, we will alert you prior to posting.
If we accept your submission, you will receive byline credit and we will share the post on our FILWB social media networks; however, authors will receive no remuneration or payment for material posted on this blog.
Authors can re-post their content on other blogs, provided they include a reference to this blog as the original source of the post.
For any email submitted to us, use the phrase “FILWB-Submission” in the subject line or in your message. Otherwise we’ll know you didn’t pay attention and your email will most likely be ignored. You may also want to contact us via Twitter or Facebook to alert us of your interest and that you have sent an email.
If we accept your guest post submission for review, we’ll confirm with you, then add it to the editorial review process. During this time, please be patient: it may be several weeks before we can let you know if and when your post will go live.