Anyone interested in submitting something is urged to send a query first. Tell us a little about yourself, and what you hope to get out of this. We may not get back to you right away, but we will get back to you. Any unsolicitated stuff goes to the very, very bottom of my slush pile (or at least as soon as we have enough slush to make a pile...)
THE GROUND RULES
THE REAL RULES
- We're not paying anything at this time
(since we're not making anything off it).
- We're not responsible for someone ripping
off your piece, though of course we will try to track the bastards
down and kill them for you.
- The copyright will remain with the author.
- If the writer ever becomes a gazillionaire
or even just a big-shot blurb writer because someone spotted
his/her work here, he/she owes us a beer...
Have patience. We have real lives. We'll
keep doing this as long as folks submit stuff, but there are
a few things we should get straight:
- All non-fiction should be P.I.-related,
or at least relevant and interesting to the readers of this site.
If you're not sure what this site is about, come back when you
- All reviews should be fair and thought-out.
No hatchet jobs, if you can't back up your chops. It's not enough
to say something sucks, unless you tell us why it sucks. And
likewise, no brown-nosing, or sucking up. (see The
Ten Thrilling Commandments of Book Reviewing)
- Sorry, but we only want reviews and commentary
on books, movies, television shows, etc., that you've actually
seen. You want to spew all over things without actually having
any first hand knowledge of them, start your own site and/or
mailing list, or submit to Amazon.
- Reviews can be of any relevant book, tv
show, movie, etc., that fits the criteria of this site. We're
not only interested in new works, but also reviews of classic
(and not-so-classic) works.
- Please send a query first. No unsolicited
articles, please. We will hold unsolicited articles up to ridicule,
and we reserve the right to say rude things about your mother.
And absolutely no simultaneous submissions without
- If we are interested, you'll be dealing
with me, at email@example.com.
I shouldn't have to tell you this, since it should be common
sense, but be nice to me.
label all e-mail correspondence with THRILLING NON-FICTION:
in the subject head. (This is VERY IMPORTANT!) (Which, of course,
means very few of you bother to do it).
- If we bite, and ask to see your piece,
the best way to submit stuff is via an e-mail attachment, either
a Word or WordPerfect file, Mac or PC. The .rtf format seems
to work best.
- Don't go crazy with the formatting, because it doesn't impress
us. Absolutely no headers or footers. Please set
stories in 12 pt. Times, double-spaced.
include your name, address, your e-mail address and the date
of submission, RIGHT ON THE FIRST PAGE OF YOUR ARTICLE! That
will impress us. Also, the name of your word processing program,
which version, and which platform you're using, to simplify things.
- We're not paying anything (since we're
not making anything off it). But you'll get a chance for your
work to be published on-line and available to the world.
- Since we're really picky buggers, we may
ask authors to revise their work, or clarify some points. This
is nothing personal, but if you decide to take it that way, you'll
rue the day.
- The copyright will remain with the writer,
but the writer grants us permission to publish it on our website.
If you have any doubts about what we're looking for, please check out some
of our non-fiction.
The best writers show an ability to read.