We’re getting awfully damned close to November (when we will turn 3 years old!), and November usually begins three traditions here at NCS that together take us on out to the end of the year and into the beginning of the next one.
The first is my long annual vacation, which cuts down on my blogging time and therefore leads me to beg for guest submissions so that our small cadre of regular writers don’t have to pick up the load all by themselves. The second, which usually begins by early December, is our series of year-end lists for best albums and short recordings. And the third is the daily rollout of my choices for the Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs of the year.
This year, unfortunately, I won’t be having a long vacation, or much of any vacation. A combination of family and work demands means I won’t be able to get away from Seattle in November like I usually do. BUT I’m going to solicit guest posts anyway. I’ve really enjoyed all the guest submissions we’ve gotten in previous years since starting this tradition, and I don’t see any reason to stop now just because I may not need them as desperately as I have in the past.
Besides, even though I won’t be fucking off someplace warm and sunny with beautiful clouds and turquoise water, your submissions WILL allow me to fuck off right here in Seattle, and that’s a plus.
So here’s the deal: If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of writing something for publication at NCS or some other metal blog, now’s a good time to give it a shot. Or maybe you’ve been generous enough to submit guest posts here in the past and might be willing to do it again. Or maybe you’re already writing for another blog and you’re willing to upgrade the content quality at NCS (good luck with that).
Regardless of your situation, we want your writing! Details after the jump . . .
What you submit can be long or short — whatever you have time to create. It can be a show review, an album review, a piece designed to bring a relatively unknown band to a broader audience, thoughts about the scene or about recent news blurbs, something in the vein of our “THAT’S METAL!” posts or one of our other regular features — or anything else that’s related to metal that strikes your fancy.
I’ll start posting guest pieces on November 5 and continue running them through November 20, or until I run out of material. You can send them to me any time from now through November 20.
Here are a few other things you need to know:
1. Send your submissions as some kind of document or text-file attachment to an e-mail, addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also paste the text into the body of the e-mail.
2. In your e-mail, tell me what name you want to use as your by-line (i.e., your real name, if you don’t care about trashing your personal reputation, or a nom de plume).
3. If you want to include a graphic or embedded video or a link to another web page, be sure to include web links in your text so I can embed them in the post. As you probably know, we like to include music in just about everything we publish here, so this is encouraged.
4. Though not necessary, it will save e a step if you include links to any graphics you want included with your post (such as album covers). If you don’t, it’s not the end of the world — I’ll hunt down graphics myself, though there’s a risk that a pic of my genitals will be illustrating your post.
5. We do have certain standards here at NCS. Granted, they’re pretty fucking low, but still, I have to reserve some small amount of discretion on the final publication decision. It’s either that, or I have to let the lorises decide what goes up on the site, and I don’t think they’re quite ready for that. Plus, I don’t trust the fuckers any farther than I can throw them.
6. Don’t expect payment. Think of your compensation as the warm, fuzzy feeling you will get from helping out a bro in need.
7. Don’t worry too much about showing your ass, because I’ll fix typo’s and and any ungrammaticalnessness that I see. And if your ass happens to look like this, showing it would be a plus:
So, don’t let me down. Write something!
P.S. I know my metalheads: long-range planning is not one of our strong suits. So, I’ll remind you about this again before November 5. And by “remind”, I mean “nag”.