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Interested in Writing for Randomville?
« on: August 23, 2005, 03:43:19 PM »

[align=justify]The editors of Randomville have gotten together and drafted a Submission Guide to better serve everyone involved in the creative process of the site. This should help clear up any confusion as to what we're looking for, and should make the submission process that much easier.
 
Please have a look over the following and keep its contents in mind when writing for Randomville. A Word or .rtf file is available if you'd like one.
 
Thanks for your interest in Randomville.


RANDOMVILLE SUBMISSION GUIDE


MISSION
To present independent entertainment, without pretension, to an audience that might not be aware it exists. Our motto? Killing indie cred…one reader at a time.

CONTENT
The writer approaches the editor with a specific idea in mind, though there are occasions where we may ask if you’d like to cover something we’d like to see.  Don’t be shy about pitching ideas. We like to have as much content as possible and if you’re interested in something, chances are we are as well. Similarly, if you would like to write an article, but do not have a specific topic in mind, ask an editor and they will give you an assignment or help you develop a review, column or feature idea. If you want to contribute, we’d love to have you.

 Content areas include:

·   Music
·   Film
·   Comics
·   Pulp (books)
·   TV
·   Games (console, PC, internet and otherwise)
·   In Other Words (encompasses anything entertainment related not covered by the other sections).

Main article types are:

·   Reviews
·   Columns
·   Op/ed features
·   Interviews

However, we’re always on the lookout for fresh ideas and opportunities to expand our content.  We’re open to fiction, prose, art, recipes, comics, flash animation, or virtually anything else you think is cool.  

We strongly prefer original content as we are an independent entity and not a blog. At the same time, we understand that many of our contributors keep their own websites or blogs and that many write for more than one publication.  If you wish to reprint or draw heavily from an article, column, or review that has already been published or if you wish to simultaneously publish a piece please let us know so that we can protect your rights and ours.  Simply linking to our ‘zine is not a problem and is in fact, encouraged.

TONE
Light and conversational. Pretend you’re telling a friend about something cool, or not-so-cool that you just heard or saw. We’re trying to woo the casual reader, not the indie snobs. There are plenty of other outlets for that.

Swearing is okay, but it has to make sense. Don’t go overboard.
 
LENGTH/WORD COUNT
Reviews: 500-750 words.
Op/ed, features and columns: 1000-1500 words.
Interviews: Any length.

These are merely guidelines. If you need more or less, by all means.

DEADLINES
Since we’re a non-paying publication, enforcing deadlines isn’t a major sticking point, though we will issue one for each piece. We do, however, ask that if you commit to an article by a certain date, please follow through, as it helps us plan the updating of the site. Writers who are frequently late or don’t turn in pieces won’t be asked to contribute any further.

EDITING
Randomville reserves the right to edit articles for length, clarity, spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax. Keep in mind that we are a volunteer staff located all over the US and are unfortunately not able to work as closely with our writers as we would like.   In an effort to ensure timely updating, articles with minimal edits will be posted directly after editing. If you are unhappy with the published piece on the website, let us know and we will be happy to remove it or discuss/apply proposed changes.

If excessive edits are necessary, we will contact you with suggested rewrites and work with you to bring the article up to snuff.

RATING SYSTEM FOR REVIEWS
Randomville uses a five point scale. Zero is the worst, five is the best. Half-points are encouraged where necessary.

Example: 3.5 of 5 would be slightly above average. 2.5 of 5 would be just below average. The rest should be self-explanatory.

FORMAT
Each article should include the following information before the text:

·   Article Name
·   Deck (if any)
·   Byline
·   E-mail address the author can be reached (and that you don’t mind posting on the internet)
·   If it is a review, the additional information (depending on section):

Pulp:  Title, Author, Publisher
Music:  Album title, Artist, Label
Film:  MPAA Rating, Director, Production company
Comics:  Series Name or Novel name, writer and artist, publisher
Tv: Show, channel, day and timeslot
Games:  Title, Company, format

·   Rating (0-5)
·   All pieces are accompanied by a 150px width picture to the left of the article.  If you don’t have a picture, we will use a generic section picture or find one for you.  However, providing a picture (.jpg or .gif, please) makes the editors’ job much easier and helps keep the magazine colorful.  We will resize/crop pictures for you so long as they appear sufficiently clear at their final size.  You may also embed pictures within the piece itself, with a maximum width of 320 px.  Again-- none of this is necessary, but will earn you the grateful appreciation of the webstaff and editors.

Please format articles created in Word or as .rtf files using spaces between paragraphs, with no indents, and single line spacing (please, no before or after spacing either). This makes it easier to copy and paste once the article has been edited. 10pt Verdana is preferable, but font isn’t an issue.

Also, all product titles (films, album titles, TV shows, comic books, etc.) should be in italics. Song titles, story titles and the like should be in “quotes.”

WRITING TIPS
We can’t recommend enough, Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style. It has some incredibly useful information about how to make your writing pop. There’s a free version of it online here: http://orwell.ru/library/others/style/. Please give it a look. It’s relatively short, and new-writer friendly. There’s even a downloadable zip file with the entire book at that link.

For the sake of our purposes, though, one thing we strongly recommend is to do some quick research on what you’re covering. This not only ensures accuracy of the details you’re submitting, but can give you some quick tidbits of information to add into an article. Examples: the age of an actor or singer. An interesting job someone once held. How much product an author has published. That kind of thing. Only takes a minute to do a Google search and pick up some interesting bits to add to your article.

COMMUNICATION
We have a section on our message boards set up especially for writers to connect with editors and other writers to brainstorm ideas, talk shop, dole out assignments, and set deadlines. Your participation on the forum isn’t mandatory, but we strongly advise signing up to take advantage of this valuable feature.

This Writers Forum is private, so if you’d like access, contact an editor and they’ll set your permission. We do ask that those with access contribute at least twice monthly.

If the forums aren’t your thing, that’s fine. Just please keep up on e-mails so there’s no lag in communication.



Having read this guide, if Randomville sounds like the right place to showcase your talents, please don’t hesitate to contact an editor today at randomville@randomville.com. If you have clips of current work to show, please forward a link or send a small Word or .rtf file. Someone will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Thanks for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon![/align]
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