Girls Horse Club Blog

The Bigger Picture

Published by • Mar 20th, 2011 • Category: GHC News, LeadMare Tales

World of HorsesHere at the GHC blog, we support young horse girls with a platform for their writing talent and volunteers who offer their  expertise to showcase that talent. Our Submission Guide has information about the publishing process and tips for how to submit work that gets the attention of editors. But did you ever wonder how we think about what gets published from a bigger picture perspective? Well, now’s your chance to get a bit of history and information about our editorial process…

VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE. For several years, most GHC content came from our Junior Bloggers, a team of girls who earned their position by submitting top-quality non-fiction (poetry and fiction categories were added later). Relating this to the horse world, JBs were the elite riding team of our virtual barn.

As the program grew over the years, it became clear that, while the original intent was good, this approach was making some girls feel left out or less important because they weren’t on the Junior Blogger team. No one likes cliques, so in January 2010 I closed the JB program to focus on hosting events and with a more inclusive approach to who we feature.

Now when we look at submissions, edit them for publication, and add them to the publishing queue, we create a cadence that features a variety of authors representing a range of ages, writing ability, genres and horsey themes. After all…

THE MORE, THE MERRIER. When a publisher looks at a manuscript, they’re not just looking at the quality of the work. They’re also looking at it with an eye for the audience — who will ultimately buy the book, and how does that translate to a business? Large publishers have divisions that focus on a  particular group of people — like kids, young adults, women, etc. — or a particular category — travel, self-help, technology, etc.

Since Girls Horse Club is a labor of love, we don’t make money from anyone’s work, but we still evaluate submissions with an eye toward attracting the widest possible audience of readers — from horse girls who have never interacted with a horse in real life (but dream about them constantly) to those who have a horse of their own.

Our readers represent many cultures from across the globe, all with differing experiences, perspectives, beliefs, etc. Diversity is a beautiful thing. At GHC, we believe girls are connected to horses and horses connect girls, and that allows us to see beyond our differences to the one thing we have in common — our love for horses. By focusing on themes that appeal to young (and young at heart) horse girls everywhere, we attract a larger audience of readers. (For writers who want their work to be read, that’s a bigger bonus!)

I’m very impressed with the caliber of horse girls we attract, from the writers who share their talent to the readers who offer thoughtful comments. Your kindness and generosity toward one another is truly delightful.

I hope this helps give you a better sense of what Girls Horse Club is about.


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  1. Thank you for that piece, LeadMare. It made me realize how fantastic GHC is. How amazing is it that one website can bring together so many girls with a common love of horses, and an interest in writing about them? Very amazing, I think.

    Oh, and do you gals have any idea how to convince your parents that a horse is worth buying? My instructor is selling a horse (who I love!) and we could get a great deal on boarding. But I’m not so sure if they are convinced that Kohlie is a good horse for me. He is an even tempered piebald gelding, but with a couple kinks that are not really bad. Any advice you’ve got would be wonderful.

    Thank you, GHC!

  2. HF-
    Point out ALL the good features in this order(Or close)
    1A. His compatibility with you
    1B. The experience you will gain in training
    1C. His temperament
    1D(If they are the crazy((No offense) want you -to-be-perfect-in-everything type) How great a show horse he is

  3. I love GHC and it is a wonderfully made website. I’m so glad you decided not only to have it non-fiction. My life is exciting, just doesn’t revolve around horses.
    HF- I found this. Hope it helps!☺

  4. its soo awsome how so many people can express how they feel about horses

  5. Hey everyone, as someone who has been around GHC since the beginning, I can also say that the creative, original individuals are the writers who tend to stand out and become published. Just because someone else had a piece of her work published, does not mean you should do something similar in the hopes of also being published. Use that work to inspire you, but try to think outside the box. Editors are always impressed with new ideas. ;)

    Another thing to consider is your comments. Members who write insightful, grammatically correct comments as well as blogs/fiction are generally better received. The clarity and depth with which you write, pertaining to comments as well as submissions, will influence your readers. If you successfully convey a thoughtful idea in an easy-to-understand way, readers respond in a very positive way. (Also, try to stay on topic. :D)

  6. Leadmare, thanks again for this wonderful site! Its been great in the past being a blogger and contributing. I also think it was considerate and less time consuming to open the site to everyone, every submission opening.

    Anywho, I was wondering could I create a type of “Ask HorseFeathers” blog. I was wanting to write a little post to where gals could ask questions about poems/shortstories/nonfiction and helps and hints on how to write them and excel. I’m not a professional but I do take college courses in English and I love to write. Also I could help out on questions dealing with horse problems or questions relating to equine. I’m not professional but I do have a good amount of experience I’d like to share. If not, that’s fine just thought’d I ask! =0)

    GALS!!- While the submission is still open I would love to see more interviews, research articles about tack, horse breeds, ect. I know it sounds a lot like school but hey facts about horses are always interesting right?? =) Poems and fiction are always fun but I would love to see some good nonfiction thrown in the feed trough! =)


  7. HorsesForever- well what exactly are the couple of kinks that this horse has? It would be easier to give a little advise if I knew =). If its serious than maybe your parents worry for your safety and don’t feel that the horse is for your level, safety, ect. If its not serious than I suggest getting your parents to meet this horse, ask for permission to get them to experience riding this horse to show your parents just how wonderful he is! =)


  8. Well said Julia! Open submissions are a time to follow your muse and write from the heart. If you do that, chances are the result will be original (and a lot more satisfying than trying to be like someone else). Plus, our readers will get bored if all we do is publish poems about wild horses. ;-}

    HorseFeathers, we’ve done “ask me” blogs in the past, featuring established authors (like Terri Farley) or JBs. As this blog explains, we’re focused on supporting and highlighting a range of young authors with the emphasis on inclusiveness and equity. Your thought is appreciated, and we’ll keep this in mind if we decide to open it up for contributors to host their own forums in the future.

  9. Thanks LeadMare for the informative Blog.
    I can’t wait to see how GHC will grow even more in the years to come:)

  10. Thanks so much, everyone, for your advice. I believe I’m getting somewhere with my parents! I wouldn’t have that advice if LeadMare hadn’t created the site, now would I?

    HF, I like your idea about an ‘ Ask HorseFeathers ‘ column. I must admit, you do seem like the gal to run it. And maybe I will do some research on horses to come up with a fun and informative article… perhaps on an endangered breed? It should be a nice and refreshing change.

    Thanks, gals!

  11. I’m might do some nonfiction but I’m wondering which name sounds better? Natalie Willians, Suanna or Susanne Todd, or Jackie or Jamie Smith?

  12. Hi girls! I haven’t been around much in the past few weeks, but I’ve been checking in every so often. Just like HorsesForever, I’m going to try to get a horse. (Again, after trying before) But this time I mean really try. As in, ask my parents seriously, without joking, and have it all planned out. How much everything would cost, how a horse would be good, and how it would be bad and how I would fix the bad parts. So I want a bit of advice- if you’ve asked before, what are some things your parents said, or things they wanted to do? Or if you do have a horse, how did you get him/her? I’ve been riding for, gosh, 6 years now? And it’s not just the riding I love, it’s everything. I’d even rather be mucking out stalls and cleaning tack that being at home and watching tv or playing with the computer.


  13. Toppyrocks- You seem like you would make a wonderful horse owner. We’ve decided Kohlie is not perfect for me, and I’ve accepted that because I have another horse, my lovely Morgan. But I do know the in’s and out’s of getting a horse.

    FIrst, your parents will most likely go on about one huge aspect of horse ownership- MONEY. Luckily, it seems like you understand the costs of a horse, which is great, so make sure you let your parents know that. It will help alot. It’s good to have some money saved for just in case situations like veterinary visits. It will be a smart idea to discuss that with your parents, because the cost of buying a horse is the easy part. That’s what my parents said- alot.

    Second, try not to nag or beg. I don’t know about your parents, but mine do not take well to nagging. It just makes things worse. Instead, bring it up occasionally.

    Lastly, maybe try having your instructor or someone like that talk with you and your parents about buying a horse. An adult (that’s not stretching the truth to sell a horse) that is knowledgable about horses convincing your parents could really help.

    Good luck, Toppyrocks!

  14. One more reminder about how things work at GHC: If you submit, we assume you’ve read the submission guide and understand the difference between inspiration and plagiarism. We have a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism, so be sure anything you submit is 100% your own words.

  15. Leadmare, what about us older “Fillies”? I just turned 20, would I be allowed to submit something or am I considered too old to submit?

  16. GHC really is one-of-a-kind; I think I speak for many when I say that being able to visit here every day has become not only an enjoyment, but a privilege.

    Adding onto Julia’s wisdom – don’t forget that writing, including non-fiction, can be very diverse and embraces all styles and forms, from recounts of a favourite trail ride to observations of how horses react to their surroundings. Some of the best works come straight from the thoughts and emotions that aren’t being edited to how a poem usually rhymes or how a story is usually set out. This is when your personality and thinking process can show through, and that’s what intrigues a reader. Rhyming and descriptive language are only techniques which enhance them.

  17. I got about eighteen books on horses. Don’t ask me why I’m horse insane ☺ ☻. Anyway maybe they’ll give me inspiration to write a exciting fiction or non-fiction piece. Wish me luck!

  18. Gypsy Vanner, some girls here might consider 20 old, but to me it’s still young. :-) Although we focus the majority of our resources on younger writers (preteen, young teen), currently there’s no age restriction for submissions.