Nearly 3 years ago, I sent out a call for The Lingerie Addict’s very first columnists. After going through several dozen amazing applications, I selected 5 writers and invited them to be regular contributors to the blog. Since then, I have been constantly amazed at their depth of experience, knowledge, and insight. They have all made TLA a better blog, and bringing them on board was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made about this site…second only perhaps to starting the blog in the first place. And while I hope Marianne, Karolina, Kristina, Holly, Laura, and Krista keep writing here for years to come, it’s also time to add to the TLA team.
Those of you who’ve been reading The Lingerie Addict for awhile know we’ve grown a tremendous amount in the last few years. What started out as just a hobby has become not only my full-time job, but also a genuine resource for millions of people around the globe. My site has been featured in several major publications, and industry heavyweights know who we are. Yet as TLA enters its 7th year, I feel driven to make my blog more inclusive, not less. A continuous and ongoing goal of mine has been making The Lingerie Addict relevant for women from all sorts of backgrounds…not just size and shape, but also age, ethnicity, sexuality, ability and gender identity. And while I am limited by the fact that industry at large is remarkably non-inclusive, I want to do what I can, as the editor of the largest lingerie blog in the world, to help make what I want to see a reality.
It’s also a fact that The Lingerie Addict is becoming a lot to manage, even with me working more than full time on it. Many blogs of my size and reach have an entire team of people behind the scenes, but TLA still has a full-time staff of exactly one (me). While I’ll never stop writing about lingerie (I have way too much to say), I also need to shift my focus to some longer term, behind-the-scenes projects that will make The Lingerie Addict the very best site it can be. And in order to take things to that proverbial next level, I need a few more writers so I can have more time.
I’m looking to fill 5 positions: 4 monthly columnists and 1 features writer. All 5 are paid per article. These are independent contractor, not employee, positions. No previous, professional writing experience is required, but you must be able to write cohesive, coherent articles in fluent English that fit with TLA’s style and voice. Nor do you need to be a “lingerie expert” (i.e. newbie perspective welcome!), but you must also be able to come up with your own topics and publish on a deadline. Familiarity with WordPress is a plus. Boutique owners, lingerie bloggers, designers, and others affiliated with the intimate apparel industry are welcome to apply, however this column is not meant to be a place for advertising your respective business or website. While applications are welcome from anyone, writers from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. If you are a person of color, an older person, a person with a disability, or an LGBTQI person, please consider submitting a writing sample. In addition, if you are writing from a country is that is currently underrepresented in the lingerie industry (particularly nations in Asia, Africa, and Central and South America), please apply.
To be considered for one of the available positions, you must complete the following steps. Note: I need to have all three components in hand to consider your application. All materials should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “TLA Writer Application.”
1) A C.V. or resume detailing any previous writing experience, lingerie experience, or other credentials you feel are relevant. Please include links to any blogs, websites, or social media profiles as applicable. If you have any references, please include them with this document.
2) A writing sample of at least 500 words that illustrates the individual point of view you’d bring to The Lingerie Addict as well as the subject matter you’d like to cover. While this article will not be published (unless you’re extended an offer to write for TLA), I encourage you to make it a unique and original piece of writing that’s specially tailored for The Lingerie Addict audience.
3) A brief explanation (200 words or less) of why you want to write for The Lingerie Addict.
Please send all materials by April 21, 2014. Finalists will be notified and offers extended by April 30, 2014.
Thank you and I can’t wait to read your applications!