Publish Your Ideas With the Tiller Writer's Community

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Tiller Money is launching a new initiative to publish and promote positive, thoughtful writing about personal finance, modern budgeting, and lifestyle design.

Launching this winter, and backed by a vibrant new website and paid promotion plan, we aim to grow the Tiller Writer’s Community into one of the internet’s most engaging destinations to read and write about money at the intersection of life.

Read on to learn how you can be among the first to have your ideas featured in the Tiller Writer's Community when it launches later this year. 

How It Works

Get paid to write and grow your audience by sharing your insights, ideas, and personal story about money and finance.

We're looking for writing about money that's honest, thoughtful, and useful. 

Tiller believes money matters because life matters more. While that perspective doesn't have to be overt in your writing, we’re not likely to publish work that contradicts this idea.

For more information, or learn how you can submit an article to the Tiller Writer's Community, email edward@tillerhq.com.

Topics

  • Personal essays and first-person tales about money, financial management, and budgeting. We're looking for a personal story + a lesson. (More on this format.)

  • Surprising data and observations - think “Freakonomics” at the intersection of personal finance.

  • Data and Research - driven posts about money management, consumer trends, financial trends

  • Budgeting tips and tricks - Everyone loves budgeting and money tips and tricks. Successful posts go beyond the standard “budget hacks” with fresh ideas, or an original approach or format, such as a Slideshare presentation or short video.

  • Family life + Money - What are you teaching your kids? How do you manage your family finances? What lessons did you learn from your parents (good and bad)?

  • Lifestyle design - How are you (or someone you interview) creating a dream life? How do decisions around money fit into this plan?

  • Spreadsheets - Tiller Money is the only service that automatically syncs your financial data into a Google Sheet. Naturally, we want to share as many Google Sheets tips and tricks as possible. We’re also interested in “spreadsheets as a way of life.” If you’re a spreadsheet nerd, share your story.

  • Behavioral  insights - If you’re a financial planner, money manager, or counselor, what insights about money and human behavior can you share?

Guidelines

  • We’re looking for original posts between 500 - 2500 words.

  • You can pitch previously published work, but we may request significant edits to these posts.

  • We publish positive, optimistic writing that applies growth mindset thinking to life’s inevitable financial challenges, big and small.

  • We love essays that highlight creative thinking and novel insights into budgeting, money management, and financial planning.

  • Tiller Money offers the only service that automatically syncs your financial data with powerful Google Sheet templates. Your writing can certainly include mentions of other financial products and services, but we’re not likely to publish an article about how another service is “the best financial service ever.”

Pay

We pay for every original post. We do not pay for previously published work. Pay is determined by a number of factors including your previous publishing history with Tiller Money.

How to Submit Your Article

  • Email your idea for a specific article to edward@tillerhq.com.

  • The email should include a brief (one paragraph) description of your idea.

  • It should also include who you are and if you have a blog and have published elsewhere.

  • In the subject line, write a very short description of your idea.

  • If you already have a draft of an article, please go ahead and send it.

  • We'll let you know if your article is selected within five business days.

  • Please don’t submit the same story to us and any other venue at the same time. We’ll let you know if it’s accepted within 5 business days of submission.

If Your Article is Selected for Publication

  • After we confirm that we’ve selected your article, it’ll typically be published with 21 days.

  • Payment will be issued within seven days of publication.

  • We'll source an image for your article (unless you have an original photo or graphic to offer).

  • We'll request a short bio, link to your social media profiles, and author image.

  • We'll edit the article to fit our publishing template and guidelines.

  • We'll craft a headline for your article.

Rights

In exchange for the fee we pay for your story, we ask for first North American serial rights and First Electronic Rights. Here’s a good, simple explanation of those rights:

  • Your article will be published on TillerMoney.com.

  • A link to your story will be distributed to our email list.

  • Your story will be available to our other channels, including social media, TillerMoney.com, RSS

  • Also, unless arrangements are made in advance, we reserve exclusive rights to published content for one year. This means no other posting of the accepted story anywhere on the web, or in print in the United States or Canada, for one year after its exclusive appearance on TillerMoney.com and related channels.

  • We are also asking for indefinite archiving rights, as the story may appear on TillerMoney.com and associated channels.

  • If the story is re-published after one year, we ask that TillerMoney.com be credited as the original publisher with a link to the piece on TillerMoney.com in the byline or the body.