Insider 1-20-2011

Freelancers are an important part of No Quarter Magazine, and many of the articles and features in the magazine depend on contributions from freelance writers, painters, modelers, and terrain builders. For those of you who may want to write for No Quarter, I’d like to give you a head start on getting published by telling you what types of material I want to see and what types of material l don’t want to see.

Let’s start with the good news. Most of what I’m looking for is already covered in the No Quarter submission guidelines, but there are two additional types of articles I’d like to see from freelancers.

Tactics Articles: Right now, what I need most are well-written tactics articles for WARMACHINE and HORDES. I’m looking for queries on existing features such as Campaign Terrain, Power Progression, and Strategic Academy, but I’m also open to one-shot article ideas or even new ongoing features.

Modeling, Painting, and Terrain Tutorials: If you’ve got both hobby skills and writing chops, I want to hear from you. Tutorial articles on painting, model conversion, and terrain are a constant need for the magazine. A word of caution: we have very high standards for this kind of material, so if you are going to submit a query, make sure your skills are up to the level of what we’ve previously published.

Okay, now the bad news. Here’s what I don’t want to see.

Fiction: Many of the queries I get for the magazine are instantly rejected because they are queries for fiction. All fiction for the magazine is currently written in-house. Until further notice, I am not looking for freelance fiction of any type.

RPG Material: No Quarter is no longer publishing material based on the d20 Iron Kingdoms RPG.

Okay, now that you know what I want and what I don’t want, here are a few tips to ensure your query or manuscript gets the consideration it deserves.

1. Be professional. This is simple advice, but you’d be surprised how many writers approach an editor via email or in person with an unprofessional attitude. Treat every email and conversation you have with an editor just like a job interview. This is especially true for first contact. The first email you send me about writing for No Quarter should not include anything you wouldn’t say if I were interviewing you in person. Also, spell-check your emails. Nothing screams unprofessional more than a query riddled with typos.

2. Know the material. If you want to write for Privateer Press, you should be well-versed in all things Iron Kingdoms, HORDES, and WARMACHINE. Writers who send in articles full of continuity errors create more work for the editorial staff. Making more work for the editorial staff is a very bad thing. Very bad.

3. What is a query? Some of you who have never submitted work to a magazine might be wondering about this. Here’s the deal. Most editors don’t have time to read whole manuscripts from every author who wants to write for them. So what we do is ask you to sum up what you want to write about in a short paragraph. That way we can decide if your idea is something we’d like to publish without having to read a whole manuscript. For No Quarter, I’d like your queries to be no longer than three or four sentences. You should be able to sum up your idea just fine within that space.

I hope this blog entry has been educational, and I hope it inspires you to send me some article queries. If you have any specific questions about submitting to the magazine, feel free to shoot me an email at submissions@privateerpress.com.

Aeryn