[Clipart] [Fwd: Calling for Tux articles!]
jon at rejon.org
Mon Jul 25 17:14:47 PDT 2005
Anyone up for writing a good howto and getting published?
I'm going to write a howto on using Inkscape to create a file that is
then finally submitted to the Open Clip Art Library. Each howto can get
you $300.00, so why not?
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> From: Tux Editor <ed at tuxmagazine.com>
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> Subject: Calling for Tux articles!
> Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 16:35:23 -0500
> You are getting this letter because you have either
> written for Tux Magazine, or we have gotten the
> idea that you have expressed an interest in writing
> for Tux magazine. Some of you are old-timers
> already, but it might be useful to read through the
> whole email anyway.
> This has been a bad month for me - I was sick 2
> weeks, full-time single dad, sob story, etc., etc.,
> The bottom line is that I'm behind schedule looking
> for articles for the September issue. If you have
> any original articles or article ideas you could turn
> around quickly, please write to me and let me know
> asap. If you have an article ready, it is important
> that the article has NOT already been published
> elsewhere. We get a lot of requests to re-publish
> something already published somewhere else,
> and I'm afraid we do not do that, not even if the
> article was published in a different language.
> I don't expect many (or perhaps any) of you to have
> an article ready. So I will follow up soon with a list
> of article ideas that are up for grabs. If anything in
> the list appeals to you and you think you are up to
> the task, then let me know asap. I will need these
> articles as soon as possible.
> I will continue to send you ideas, and in the future
> the short deadline problem shouldn't exist (at least
> it should be rare). Hopefully, we can get a nice
> backlog of articles piled up by getting submissions
> from many of you, which will make it unnecessary
> to go into "emergency mode" like this month. ;)
> Okay -- for the newbies -- please read the brief
> guidelines for writing for Tux below, and have a
> look at the sample assignment letter we will send
> you if we accept an article pitch (or if you agree
> to write an article in my suggestions list).
> Thank you all for expressing an interest in Tux! It's
> great to have a long list of potential authors we can
> draw upon!
> -Nicholas Petreley
> Here are some quick guidelines for writing for Tux:
> Keep it simple.
> Tux is for desktop users, many of which are newbies
> or Windows converts. Most of them use KDE, but
> we don't ignore GNOME entirely. If there is a way
> to do something point-and-click, then that's
> how to write it. Avoid the command line like the
> plague. Avoid hexadecimal numbers, etc., like the
> plague. Point-and-click is how to do it.
> Our readers are, for the most part, totally
> uninterested in open source issues,
> free software philosophy, programming,
> server issues, how something works under
> the covers, etc. They want to know what to
> click and when in order to do a certain task.
> In other words, if they want to remove red-eye
> from their photos, they want to use the
> easiest program for doing that, and they
> just want to know what buttons
> to click, which menu selections to make,
> how to select an area of the photo, etc.
> As for hardware, they want to know what
> works and what doesn't work. And if they
> already have something that doesn't work,
> they want to know if there is an easy way to
> make it work. When I say "easy way", I
> mean they REALLY, REALLY don't want
> to compile anything to make their hardware
> WRITING STYLE TIPS:
> Avoid Passive voice. Use active voice.
> "Color settings can be changed by..."
> "You can change color settings by..."
> "Here is how to change the color settings.
> First, click on X..."
> If your article has screenshots (and most of
> them should), then here's how to handle them
> in the text. Refer to them in the text so that
> the reader knows which picture to look for
> when reading that part of the article. Then
> place a marker in the appropriate spot within
> the text, identifying your screenshot file, and
> the caption that should go with it.
> ....article text....
> The Konqueror window should now look something
> like what you see in Figure 4.
> ....possibly a bit more article text, but not enough
> to lose the context....
> [insert konq_example.jpg]
> Figure 4. Caption: Konqueror Split Windows
> ....more article text...
> For those who haven't seen it yet, I've included a
> sample assignment letter below. Note that we
> prefer PLAIN TEXT articles. In a pinch, we can
> convert from almost any word processor format,
> but whatever you do, please!!
> DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE AS HTML!
> Okie dokie -- now here's the sample assignment
> Dear ____________,
> Your article "___________" has been accepted for possible
> publication in TUX magazine. We expect your article will cover the
> following: gadgets for use with Linux, and that it be kept
> around 1,000 or more words.
> In the following portion of the assignment letter, please be careful
> to use the correct email addresses specified. It is easy to confuse
> them because the email addresses are similar -- ed at tuxmagazine and
> editor at tuxmagazine. These are two different editors, however.
> The deadline for the final version of your article is ________. The final
> version of your article must be sent to editor at tuxmagazine.com. Keep in
> mind that we do not accept multiple drafts of articles, and therefore,
> we expect a complete and final version on or before the deadline.
> If your article is published, we pay $300 for "how-to" articles and
> $100 for reviews. If your article falls into another category, we
> will negotiate a payment.
> All writing is done on speculation. If TUX magazine decides to use
> the work, we will purchase first rights and compilation rights to
> the article. However, we are under no obligation to publish
> the work. If the article is selected for publication, your payment will be
> Your article will be copyedited according to TUX style, and
> English grammar and spelling, though we ask that you carefully review
> the materials you submitted for accuracy and completeness. We expect
> that you submit your article in text-only format and that any
> figures, tables, listings and sidebars be sent as separate files; provide
> titles or captions for all figures, tables, listings and sidebars, and
> indicate in the text where such items should be placed.
> Please insert the titles/captions and references to figures, etc.,
> within the text itself at the appropriate places. Place them on
> separate lines from the article text. For example:
> .....article text....
> [insert configuration.jpg]
> Caption: The configuration dialog
> .....article text....
> Please send a photo of yourself, a brief bio, and your mailing address
> along with your article.
> Once your article is submitted, it will be in the publication queue and
> therefore cannot be submitted elsewhere unless 1) TUX magazine formally
> rejects the article, or 2) the author notifies TUX magazine of his/her
> intent and TUX magazine agrees to release the article at that time.
> If you have any questions, please feel free to send email to
> editor at tuxmagazine.com, and please cc ed at tuxmagazine.com.
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