Write for Introvert, Dear
We’re looking for highly engaging writers who can provide expert advice or share personal insights and experiences on topics that introverts care deeply about.
Before you submit, please run through this checklist. Have you…
- Added your name, email address, and 3-5 sentence bio to the top of your post? You can also include a link to your website or social media profiles (optional).
- Created a Gravatar profile? The email address you provide us should match the email address associated with your Gravatar account.
- Turned your post into an editable Google Doc?
- Included your PayPal email address?
If so, you’re ready to submit!
Please share your Google Doc with submissionsID@gmail.com. (Please note that we don’t publish sponsored posts or respond to article pitches.)
These are some ideas for writing topics, however, we consider articles that are not about these topics, too:
1. Time for a change
What’s one thing you wish organizations or institutions would stop doing that harms or overwhelms introverts? Why? And why is this thing particularly difficult for introverts? What could the organization or institution do instead that would be more introvert-friendly? Here’s a great example of this type of article.
2. An introvert’s nightmare
Describe a time that was an absolute nightmare for you as an introvert. Perhaps it was a wild party, a weekend stuck with relatives with no escape, or an uncomfortable situation at work. Why was that situation so difficult for you? How did you cope? What do you wish the people involved knew about you as an introvert that you couldn’t explain at the time? Check out this great example.
3. Calling all mental health professionals
Are you a life coach, therapist, counselor, psychologist, or other mental health professional? Write an article describing a common problem your introverted clients face. Why do introverts struggle so much with this problem? How does it negatively affect their life? What advice do you give them to cope? Here’s a wonderful example.
4. Confessions of an introvert
Write a very personal list of things you wish others knew about you as an introvert (or an individual of your personality type). These are aspects of yourself that you keep hidden from others or don’t usually get the chance to explain. Here’s a great example.
5. Calling all Myers-Briggs experts
Are you MBTI certified or very knowledgeable about personality types? Write an article about one of the eight introverted Myers-Briggs types.
Suggested headlines (feel free to swap out the personality types!):
What INTJs Do When They Get Stressed Out
12 Things ISTJs Wish You Knew About Them
12 Things INFPs Absolutely Hate
Why INFJs Struggle With People-Pleasing (and How to Fix It)
6. An aspect of your introversion
Explore an aspect of your introversion, for example, your penchant for overthinking, dislike of small talk, tendency to go quiet in groups, etc. How has this aspect been troublesome for you? Are there times it has been a strength? What do you wish people understood about this part of your personality? Check out this strong example.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I write for Introvert, Dear?
Introvert, Dear gets over one million page views a month and has nearly half a million followers on social media. And, Feedspot named us the number one publication for introverts on the entire web! Writing for Introvert, Dear is a great way to advance your career as a writer, get exposure for your book or business, send SEO juice to your blog — and most important, share your insights and empower other introverts.
What makes a strong article?
The best articles on Introvert, Dear have these things in common:
- They are deeply honest and personal. They don’t dance around the details or include vague references to the author’s experiences. They include strong examples and paint a vivid picture that other introverts can relate to.
- They dig beneath the surface. The advice isn’t oversimplified or clichéd; it’s insightful, empowering readers to understand their introverted nature on a deeper level.
- The article builds to a clear message/lesson for readers, something that might evoke an “aha!” moment for them.
- When applicable, they’re practical and actionable. Not all articles need a list of things to do — in fact, some are more powerful without one. But when the topic warrants clear action steps, the article delivers.
- They have a strong, clear connection to introversion or personality type.
- They avoid stereotypes and blanket statements about introverts.
Can I republish my submission on my personal blog?
Absolutely! We also accept submissions that were previously published on your personal blog. However, if we run your article on Introvert Dear, we ask that you not republish it on another major website.
Do you pay for submissions?
We do! If we publish your article, we’ll pay you $40. We use PayPal to send payments, so please include your PayPal email address at the top of your Google doc.
How long should my article be?
Between 900 and 1,100 words, please.
Can I include links within the piece?
Sure! Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader — they can be to appropriate posts on your blog or on any other site (the more reputable the source, the better). When you link to other posts on Introvert, Dear, that makes us happy. No affiliate or paid links.
Are there any style guidelines I should keep in mind?
Yes! They are:
- Where possible, include numbered lists, bullets, and subheadings.
- Remember that for online writing, clarity and easy reading are key.
- Use casual, everyday words rather than academic or formal language. Avoid overly promotional language.
- When applicable, include expert advice. Link to a study or expert source to help prove your point.
- We allow the use of “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.
- We spell “extrovert” and “extroversion” with an “o” not an “a.” Although both spellings are correct, “extravert” is generally used in the literature of psychology, while “extrovert” is the most prominent spelling in the United States today and the principal spelling in standard dictionaries.
- Because we’re based in the U.S., we use American spellings (for example, “color” instead of “colour”).
- Make sure you understand our definition of an introvert: someone who prefers a low-key, low-stimulus environment.
Are there certain topics you avoid?
Yep. Generally, we reject pieces that give oversimplified or generic advice. Make sure your article provides real value to the reader. You can do this by sharing your personal insights, citing studies/research, or providing expert advice.
Should I write a headline?
Please do! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style, or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier.
Will you edit my post?
We’ll edit for content and clarity, doing our best to preserve your voice. You’ll be able to see our edits in your Google Doc.
What should I write for my author bio?
Author bios can be fun and casual, or they can showcase what makes you an expert in your field. To get a better sense of what to write, check out some of the author bios on this site. Aim for 3-5 sentences.
What about my headshot?
Our system uses your email to grab your headshot from Gravatar, so make sure your photo is uploaded there. Important: Make sure the email address you give us is the same address associated with your Gravatar account. Otherwise we won’t be able to access your photo.
Will you respond to my submission?
We’ll email you if we plan to publish it. Unfortunately, we can’t publish every submission we receive. Because we have a very small editorial team, we don’t reply if we don’t plan to publish the article. Please know that it can take up to two weeks to review your submission; if you have not gotten a reply within four weeks, you can assume that it has not been accepted.
What should I do after my article is published?
Share it with everyone! Sharing your article helps Introvert, Dear grow. Also, when it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts.
We look forward to your contribution!