you for considering my blog Madam
Mayo for a guest-blog. You're not going to get paid and neither
am I, so this page is meant to keep the matter clear and simple.
"Madam Mayo" and Yours Truly, C.M. Mayo
is the name of the blog; no one actually calls me that except
spammers or, I suppose, people who imagine that I am a very high-and-mighty
eccentric and yet, undaunted, they address me! I am C.M.
Mayo, literary journalist and novelist. Through my works,
which include this blog, I
bring readers avid to learn more about Mexico and the world
to richer levels of understanding and an awakened sense of wonder
and curiosity. I believe
that through narrative we become more human; truth is beauty;
and exploration is endless. My most recent book is Metaphysical
Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and
His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual. Read about that and my
several other books, including the novel The Last Prince of
the Mexican Empire, on my website, www.cmmayo.com.
"Madam Mayo" has been
live since 2006 (seriously, this makes me one of pioneers of
literary blogging) with posts every Monday and oftentimes more
often, on books, Mexico, Far West Texas, (and on occasion the
the whole wide world + galaxies beyond), tips for creative writers,
cyberflanerie, and on Wednesdays, occasional guest-blogs. More
about the guest-blogs in a moment.
Generally, "Madam Mayo" steers clear of anything steamy,
current politics, and religion (other than Francisco
I. Madero's Spiritism in historical context). No doubt I
could attract more traffic with polemics, but life is short,
too short for trolls, and there are far too many joyous, fascinating,
consciousness expanding, etc-etc-etc-things to share. I delight
in sharing great links. Why? Because I love cyberflanerie, that
is, in California-speak, surfing great links. More about links
in a moment.
best way to get an idea of my blog is, well, read
my blog. Surf around in the archives. Grab the RSS feed,
subscribe, and/or get the best of the blog in my
For more about the history and philosophy of this blog, see
my talk for the Associated Writing Programs Conference 2014,
Blogs: Eight Conclusions After 8 years of Blogging."
On Wednesdays, when the
stars align, I host a guest-blog post. More often than not these
are by my friends or friends of friends who are promoting a new
book. But if I don't know you, or if you're not a writer with
a book, that's OK, I'm happy to consider your query for a guest-blog
post. Please note, however, that I do not offer payment, nor
do I care whether or not it is original (it's yours and if you
want to immediately repost it on your own blog, that's more than
fine by mewith a backlink to "Madam Mayo" much
appreciated). With search engine optimization in mind, I use
a specific 5-link format and request a maximim of 400 words,
and in fact, I prefer 300 words or less.
Mayo's 5-Link Format
So, dear potential guest-blogger,
you tell me and my readers something new, useful, fabulous, amusing,
inspiring, and/or surprising?
an e-mail, provide:
Your website and / or blog
address, and a brief (about 100 words) description of what your
new book (or whatever it is you want to promote) is about. I
will use this to introduce you.
A list of 5 links that are in some way relevant
to your new book (or app or whatever it is you are currently
promoting.) For example,
if your new book is about widgets, say, 5 favorite novels about
widgets (with links to read more about each).
Tell us why you recommend those
links. Just a line or
two will do; brief is best as blog readers aren't big on having
to scroll down.
those of us on the mossy side of 50...
It is sometimes a little difficult to
"get" the importance of quality links in a blog post.
Please keep in mind (and I myself need to be reminded on many
an occasion) that a blog post is very different genre than
an article for print publication because your blog post may
be read at anytime, anywhere, and readers may come in directly
from my blog's home page, or any one of a number of other pages,
including a "google" or other search. Therefore, for
your five links, providing one such as "www.wikipedia.org"
or, say, The Great Gatsby on www.amazon.com, is nearly
useless; everybody already knows about it, and a "google"
search with those terms will find your post buried on the the
dark side of Mars.
Links need to be specific. Just plain vanilla "www.amazon.com"
or www.goodreads.com or, say, your publisher's home page doesn't
do it. Think about it: you just mentioned a fascinating book
and a reader took the trouble to click on that link and, huh?
They're at amazon.com's home page?! They have to, like, actually
lift a finger and t-y-p-e in the name of the book? It's 2014,
folks. I don't mean to be unkind, but, sorry, that isn't good
enough. We're lucky when anyone clicks on our links at allso
let's make it worth her trouble.
A good link would be to the specific page for the book itself.
Here's what that looks like:
How do you get that link? Go go to that book's page, look in
the view finder up top, and you will see that. Right click the
line, save it, and then paste it into the text of your e-mail
to me. It's that simple.