The Fat Girl's Guide to...writing for the Fat Girl's Guide to Living
Posted by Tee
We've got a great, growing family of bloggers here at FGG, with Michelle's yummy weekly Foodie Fridays food porn column, Peony's popular confessional, Sex and the Single Fat Girl, and now Charlie's new monthly hit, It's a Guy Thing.

Now we're ready to add another new voice to our clan - a weekly contributor who can help with everything from researching and answering ASK FGG questions to interviewing for/writing up full guides on topics like fashion, health, skincare, recreation and just about everything else under the sun as relates to overweight women who wanna get living now.

Most weeks we'll assign our new writer 1-2 blog posts based on reader questions or guide ideas already packed into our editorial well, but we'll also encourage great ideas that are a unique, compelling and relevant match for our audience and editorial mission. Pay right now is $10/post - a small token for the brilliant contributor we know you are (and hey, you'll be making more than we do) - but if you can hang tight with us while we're building FGG's potential, we promise our contributors will be the first to benefit in raises and other perks.

The writer we're crossing our fingers for is:

:: Smart and witty; a skilled researcher with a curious inner journalist who's not afraid to dig deep to get some great (and accurate) information, then present it with FGG's signature light, upbeat but practical, no-nonsense style.

:: Comfortable and conversational (but always professional) when interviewing sources. Knows how to weed out the marketing speak from the real nitty gritty, can draw out the good stuff.

:: Self-sufficient with information-gathering and meeting deadlines, but OK with being edited for spelling, grammar, content and style when/where necessary.

:: Subscribes to FGG's core philosophies and raison d'etre, and editorial policies, knows first-hand what it's like to be an overweight woman with body image challenges, but also has the desire to do more, be more, live more.

:: Has experience writing/blogging for lifestyle and/or fashion publications, OR is a new/emerging writer with a strong writing style and an intimate understanding of plus-size fashion and related topics (though not all assignments will relate to fashion).

:: Has an eye for what's fresh and unique, and/or can find a fresh/unique angle on just about anything.

What we are NOT interested in:

:: Angry, insulting (to anyone), "victim" or otherwise negative mentalities/material.

:: Excuse makers, serial deadline blowers or writers who need frequent prompting.

:: A writer who doesn't consider it plagiarism if you "just kinda re-word content from other places a little bit."


Send the following to [email protected] by Jan 29, 2010:

1. Forget your resume. Give us an introduction to who you are, an overview of what you've done that's relative to as many of the points we're looking for (above) as possible, and tell us what you find compelling about writing for FGG.

2. Two writing samples -- one short tip-style sample, and one longer feature-style sample. The more tied to FGG-style content, the better.

3. Three unique ideas for blog posts/guides that you feel would be a great fit for FGG. Include a title and short summary for each, along with your opening paragraph.

We'll notify finalists by Feb 2, send along any follow-up questions we have, and select the writer that's the best fit for FGG by February 5th. We'd like our new writer to be ready to dig in within a week or two after coming on board.

If you know a great writer who fits the bill, send them our way!