In this post, you can read a quick guide on working with our editorial team to share your work, stories, and experiences in product management by publishing an article on the Mind the Product blog.
Read on to find out:
- How to submit a draft
- How to decide what to write about
- What the benefits are of publishing your thoughts on Mind the Product
We believe that product management isn’t an exact science. We all refine our own tools and methods and, to help share this broad range of practices with the community, we publish a wide range of content. We’d love to work with you to publish your thoughts and share this with our community to become more educated and informed about the product management craft.
How to submit your draft
- Email your draft to email@example.com along with your headshot and short bio (this is so we can set you up as an author on the site – you’ll get your own page and everything!)
- We’ll review your draft, let you know if we intend to publish it and provide you with feedback within 7-14 days of receipt. If we reach a conclusion where we can’t publish your article due to it not suiting our audience, we can still happily provide feedback as to why.
- If we decide to publish your article, once you’ve implemented your feedback and we’ve agreed on a final version, we’ll give you a publication date
- Your draft will get one final review from our specialist team before it’s published
Why publish your work on Mind the Product?
There are a plethora of benefits to sharing your story with our community. Your article will be shared with over 150,000 product managers on our public Slack group and on our website which receives over 110,000 page views every month. Not only does publishing your work on Mind the Product provide you the platform to share your words of wisdom with hundreds of thousands of product people around the world, but it also puts your name and product story out there, opening your experiences up as a collaborative opportunity for product managers all around the globe to embrace.
Our editorial guidelines
We know that everyone has their own individual, writing style and this we welcome! Our in-house editor will help you to knock your copy into shape.
Guest-authored blogs should be between 1000-1500 words. All posts, regardless of length, will be edited to our house style (where necessary) to ensure the number of words is optimised for the format.
Read more about our editorial style guide.
Articles published on Mind the Product must be original work. We take a strong anti-plagiarism stance. Plagiarised work will be removed from the site and we will not work with the author again in future.
Work that is your own should also be original to Mind the Product (ie. not published elsewhere, including your own blog). We also ask that we retain that exclusivity for a minimum of 2 weeks on all articles submitted by guest authors. After the 2-week exclusivity period on Mind the Product, your content can be published elsewhere with the following reference: Originally published on www.mindtheproduct.com, [enter the publication date here]. Please note: this does not apply to commissioned articles.
Unsure what to write about?
We recommend you write about topics that you—as a practising product person—find useful or interesting because they’re likely to be interesting to other product people too. However, we will prioritise topics that are relevant to people in product management roles. Below are some of our most popular articles that have been published by guest authors over the years:
- How to identify your North Star Metric
- Overengineering can kill your product
- How I Moved From Engineering Into Product Management
Understand more about our article formats!
We will also prioritise articles that provide actionable insights, enabling the reader to go away with clear, concrete ideas about what they can do next and how to do it. These articles focus on what the reader gains, teach or share new methods, help to refine existing methods, or broaden the reader’s mindset.
Read a more in-depth guide to writing with us on Mind the Product. We look forward to hearing from you!