Now Smell This is looking for guest authors, and guest hosts for the weekend lazy polls. We'd also like to find regular contributors to cover perfume books, home fragrances and shopping reports for brick 'n mortar (i.e., not online) perfume stores. We're also open to new ideas for perfume-related subjects we don't already cover here.
A few general notes for anyone who is interested in applying:
I am very sorry to say that it is highly unlikely that I'll have time to respond to everyone who applies, although I will do my best to respond to specific questions (and if you leave your question in the comments below, I'll be sure to answer it). Apologies in advance!
If you're not comfortable with having your writing edited, this might not be the best place for you.
If you decide to apply, whatever information you send me must be in the body of your email — I will not open attachments.
If you've applied to be a contributor in the past, feel free to send a quick email telling me which position you're applying for, and asking me to take another look at your prior application.
All applications should be sent to robin at nstperfume dot com.
Lazy poll hosts
We'd like to find Now Smell This regulars — the more the merrier — who would be willing to occasionally host lazy weekend polls. Hosts would facilitate conversation, answer questions, and make sure everyone complies with the comment policy. Hosts would not need to answer all the comments, but they would need to read them.
If that sounds like fun, send me an email and tell me how often you'd be willing to host a poll.
If you have your own website already but would be interested in writing a one-shot or occasional article for Now Smell This, just send a quick note with a link to your site. If you already know what you'd like to write about, mention that too, but it isn't necessary.
Posts by guest authors will include a link to the author's website.
Please note that we are not interested in publishing material that has already appeared on your site (or elsewhere), and Now Smell This will hold the copyright on any material that is published here.
Contributors are paid for their articles, but they're not paid well. If you need to earn money, this is not the right place for you. (Hint: if you have to ask how much we pay, then trust me, the pay will not be enough to make it worth your bother.)
Despite the fact that we don't pay well, we take blogging seriously. Please, don't apply if you don't really have the time or the inclination to write for us regularly. Also note that contributors (other than guest shoppers) will need to respond to comments, which can be time-consuming.
We are occasionally sent items for review, but most reviews that appear here are of items we obtained on our own accord. If you do not already acquire relevant products as a matter of course, it might be difficult for you to be a regular contributor.
Please don't apply if you are currently involved in any way with the retail perfume business, or if you are new to the subject matter.
It is fine if you already have your own blog, or contribute to a blog, so long as you don't already blog about the subject matter in question. In other words, if you already blog about home fragrance somewhere else, we would not be interested in having you cover home fragrance for Now Smell This.
A contributor to cover perfume books, new or old, and perhaps conduct the occasional online book club. You will need to write at least one article per month.
Update: this position has been filled!
A contributor to cover home fragrance of any and all kinds: candles, diffusers, room sprays, scented cleaning products, whatever! We'd like to cover items at a wide range of prices. You could also write do-it-yourself articles on how to make scented products for the home. You will need to write at least two articles per month.
To apply, please...
Send a 2 paragraph review of any home fragrance product (it's fine if it's one we've already reviewed here).
List a few of your favorite home fragrance products, and name a few products you'd like to review for Now Smell This.
Include your full name, and tell me the city and state (or country) where you live. If you are a regular commenter here, tell me your user name, and if you already have a blog or website (or are a contributor to another site), send along a link to that as well.
We'd like to find a few new guest shoppers for major cities in the US, Canada or Europe. You would need to write at least 1 article per month, and you will need to have a digital camera so that you can take pictures of the stores you visit. You can take a look at past guest shopper articles to get some idea of what we're looking for.
To apply, send me a short (1 - 2 paragraphs) sample of your writing. Include your full name, and tell me the city and state (or country) where you live. If you are a regular commenter here, tell me your user name, and if you already have a blog or website (or are a contributor to another site), send along a link to that as well.
If you have a great idea for a regular column on a perfume-related subject we don't already cover, and that subject is not related to your experience as someone new to perfume (sorry, but there are a multitude of blogs on that subject already) tell me about it, and send me a short (1 - 2 paragraphs) sample of your writing. Include your full name, and tell me the city and state (or country) where you live. If you are a regular commenter here, tell me your user name, and if you already have a blog or website (or are a contributor to another site), send along a link to that as well.