I warned you I would nag, and I don’t lie. Okay, to be more accurate, I wasn’t lying this time.
Beginning on Monday, November 5, we’re going to start running guest posts here at NCS, as we have around this time of year in the past. The tradition started because yours truly usually takes a vacation in November, and guest posts help us keep NCS from going dark while I’m off lolling around like a walrus on some coastline. This year I’m going nowhere, but we’re doing a series of guest posts anyway, because they’re fun — new voices and new subjects spice things up.
We’ve already received a half-dozen submissions since I issued the invitation a week ago, and I know of three more that are in the works, but we want more.
So, to repeat: 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.
Regardless of your situation, we’re interested in what’s on your mind. What you submit can be long or short — whatever you have time to create. It can be a show review, a review of an album or EP that we haven’t yet reviewed, 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 typos and and any ungrammaticalnessness that I see.