Get Involved Volunteer opportunities Guest write for our blog TYAC welcomes contributions from guest authors with relevant experience to share their thoughts, expertise and to prompt discussion of key issues in the field of teenage and young adult cancer care. Have a look at our Guidance for Guest Authors below and contact us to express your interest in becoming a guest author. Purpose of the blog One of TYAC's strategic objectives is to influence the practice of professionals working with young people with cancer. As the voice of multi-disciplinary professionals working in the field of teenage and young adult cancer care, one of the ways TYAC aims to achieve this objective is via its publicly available blog published on TYAC's own website. Guest blogs need to cover professional experience, contribute to new thinking, current issues or debates affecting teenage and young adult cancer care. Contributions may take the form of research, analysis, discussion, opinion and/or comment. This guidance is intended as an aid to would-be guest authors, some of whom may be new to blogging. Know your audience Consider who will be reading your post. Our blog will be publicly available and will be promoted to current TYAC members and to potential new members from the wide range of the multi-disciplinary professions involved in the treatment, care and support of young people with cancer. Bear in mind that not all readers will be medically qualified or have detailed knowledge of a particular discipline. It is also likely that the blog will be read by some young people with cancer and their families. Write for a short attention span People engage with online content in a different way to printed material. Most people scan text when reading online, reading on average just 28% of the words. You need to help your readers find what they are looking for by: Keeping your blog short - max 500 words (approximately the length of this guidance) Using sub-headings and bullet points to help readers scan your article Avoiding the use of jargon and acronyms. If you must use them, please explain what they mean. Style and tone Aim for a friendly tone and relatively simple language. The style should be conversational, rather than the style of an academic article. Remember, our blog will be publicly available, so readership will extend beyond TYAC's membership. The Plain English Campaign's guidance may help you simplify your language without affecting your message. Prompt readers to find out more Support statements of fact or quoted statistics by including a link to your source references. Our editorial process We may need to edit guest blogs to reflect TYAC's house style, whilst preserving the voice of the author. We will refer back to authors for any changes that alter meaning, but not for minor edits. On rare occasions, we may decline to publish content. Reasons for declining could include: Advertorial content that aims to promote products or services, rather than inform our readership A lack of substantive content. Your blog must cover professional experience, contribute to new thinking, current issues or debates affecting teenage and young adult cancer care. Contributions may take the form of research, analysis, discussion, opinion and/or comment. We welcome positive discussions with authors, however, TYAC's decision is final. Ownership of content Authors are welcome to post complementary content and to make links to the blog on this website, but we would ask authors not to reproduce the article in its entirety.