Writers Guidelines

Writer’s Guidelines

So you want to write for Slot Cars Magazine? Our Writer’s Guidelines are meant to serve as the basis for submitting articles to Slot Cars. We’re always looking for new and exciting articles and features on slot cars, anything from in-depth how-to’s and tips and tricks, to builder profiles, step-by-step build-ups, history features, tuning and hop-up tips, painting and detailing articles, and even tongue-in-cheek pieces that makes our readers laugh. Our philosophy is to let the writer tell the story in his or own words—we don’t like to tell you what to write, or how to write, or make you re-do an article over and over again because we don’t think it fits our readers. After all, our readers are you—otherwise they (you) wouldn’t be reading Slot Cars, right? Below are some simple guidelines to follow when submitting material to Slot Cars. Remember, just because you submitted something to SCM doesn’t necessarily mean it will be published, or will appear in the next issue. We look at all submissions with an open mind, but there are no guarantees! After all, there are only so many pages per issue. We hope to post a lot of the material we receive on our online, SlotCarsMag.com.

Submission

We prefer electronic files saved in MS Word format. We can read any format submitted, but we prefer your article as a Word file (.doc), or a basic text file (.txt). We do accept articles on paper, such as those done on a typewriter. Hand-written articles are the worse case scenario; hopefully we won’t have many more of those in the future! Send electronic files to gregg @ slotcarsmag.com. You can zip or compress your files when you email them. We have had great luck with Dropbox.com (email us to for the Dropbox information).

Subject Matter

It’s up to you. We don’t have any limitations on what you can or cannot cover. How-to’s are preferred, and are what our readers ask for most. If you have some ideas, don’t be afraid to throw them at us first. It never hurts to ask, right? We will be working on theme issues coming up, so that may give you something to think about as well. If you are doing a how-to or feature, please include all the source names, addresses, web sites, and phone numbers for any products that were used in the article. Don’t worry, we won’t edit out anyone just because they don’t advertise in Slot Cars.

Style

Articles can be written in the first person (I did this, I did that), or in the third-person (Jim built his model using…).

Formatting

A few simple formatting and style tips to help us out when we are working on your articles:

Spacing: Use only a single space after a period at the end of a sentence, not a double space. Don’t use spaces

to begin a paragraph, use the tab key.

Quotes: Don’t use quotation marks unless you are actually

quoting someone.

Photos

Your photos need to be high enough quality for print reproduction. Electronic files are preferred (.jpg). Shoot your digital photos at the highest quality setting that your camera has. Be sure the backgrounds are not cluttered (no “on the workbench” shots!), the shot is well lit, and in focus! If you’re shooting small details or up close, use the Macro setting on your camera. Remember, digital “film” is free! If your photo isn’t quite right, try it again. We can tweak photos to a point, but we don’t work miracles (unless we absolutely have to!)

Payment

We would love to pay for articles after publication, but if you can bear with us while we get our feet on the ground, any delay in submitting invoices for articles, or even allowing us to print the articles with your gracious consent, that would be great appreciated. We hope to be on our feet by the end of the year.

Where to Send Files

Send your electronic files to: gregg @ slotcarsmag.com.

Hard copies, photo prints or anything else on paper should be mailed to:
Slot Cars Magazine
P.O. Box 161179
Honolulu, HI 96816