Writing for Krypton Radio

If you’ve made it to this page, you have at least a passing interest in writing for Krypton Radio, or even becoming part of our regular writing staff. Here’s what you need to know.

The Basics

Krypton Radio is not only a living archive of geek music from every sub-genre, our web site is an independent news source in the world of geekdom. While others are supported by podcasts or film companies, our site is the only one backed by a full time radio station. We try to hold ourselves to a high journalistic standard. Unlike some of the popular nerd news sites and podcasts out there, we do not traffic in rumor, nor do we publish single-sourced news items unless we have done the investigative reporting to back it up.

Submitted articles should be between 400 and 1200 words (less is okay, more is okay – these are just guidelines). There should be at least one illustration or graphic of some kind, and we welcome your suggestions on illustrating the article.

Krypton Radio buys first world publication rights on articles. We pay a penny a word, to a maximum of $16. This means that if you need to go over 1600 words you may, but we can’t afford to pay you for any more than the $16 (until our Patreon campaign gets significantly larger in donations).

Writers retain their copyright to articles, which means that they can resell those rights to other publications. We prefer you not resell your articles to other sites, but that’s more of a guideline than a rule.

Topics

We look for articles not only about breaking news events, but so-called “evergreen” articles about topics fan grrlz and fanboys love. Any geeky topic is fair game, though we do have a few topics that are nearer and dearer to us:

  • Books (yes, books!)
  • Movies
  • TV shows
  • Games
  • Comics
  • Conventions
  • Cosplay and costuming (there’s a difference)
  • Science & technology
  • Space exploration
  • Editorials about any of the above

There should be a synopsis or abstract of the article somewhere around 140 characters long. This is the log line or buzz line for the article to entice people to read on.

Style

We like to use the inverted pyramid style for purely informational articles. If it’s hard news, the most important information goes at the top, followed by the next most important, and so forth on to the bottom. The reason is that if somebody has the attention span of a spastic gerbyl, they’ll still get the gist of a story even if they only read the first paragraph.

The titles of creative works are expressed in italics, not within quotes. We’re thinking of changing that to conform with the rest of the industry, but for now, that’s how we do it.

If information for your article comes from other web sites, you should attribute that article, preferably by providing a link. If the article you sourced got it from somewhere else in turn, follow the chain up to the original root stock article and link to that. Chances are good it will have lost something in translation anyway, and as a writer you want the best, most complete information you can get.

It should go without saying, but articles should not contain profanity. Likewise, if you are writing about a video that does, there should be a warning that the video contains profanity or adult themes and should not be played at work or when children are around.

If you have pictures for your article and you’re emailing your article to us, include them as attachments. Do not embed them in your word document.  Bigger images are better. We can take a big one and make it small, but going the other way usually looks pretty crappy.

We often write in a very informal, conversational style. This fluctuates considerably, depending on whether we’re reporting on hard news, or some sort of entertainment puff piece. If you are writing hard news, slanting it or inserting some kind of bias is a no-no, and the public will tag you on it.

Don’t use abbreviations of latin phrases. Write them out. We know this sounds pedantic. People abbreviations of latin phrases around without knowing what they stand for, or what they mean. If you’re going to use one, use it properly. For example, not Q.E.D, but quod erad demonstrandom; not etc., but et cetera.

Avoid using dashes if you can. Avoid using semicolons, because almost nobody uses them properly and frequently the two thoughts are best left as separate sentences anyway.

Get your apostrophes and contractions right.

Only proper nouns, the first word of a sentence, acronyms and the titles of creative works should be capitalized. Nothing else.

At the end of each article we post, we put -30- at the bottom, centered. It’s a journalism thing, and nobody knows for sure how it got started, but we like it.

How to Submit

Articles can be submitted by email to submissions (at) kryptonradio.com.  We’d prefer you ask us about your article first, and we will let you know if an article on that topic suits our current needs.

If submitting by email, do not embed the pictures directly an attached document. Instead, send them as attachments to the email. Don’t try to do your own article layout. We’ll just have to do it over anyway to suit our WordPress publishing format.

If you are writing from or about an MMO such as Second Life, Worlds Of Warcraft, Elite Dangerous, Star Trek Online, et cetera, please include your in-world avatar name when submitting articles,  or your pen name otherwise.

Authors of longer articles may be asked for a short 50-150 word biography for an “about the author” box at the end of the article when published.

Getting Paid

We pay immediately upon publication, and we mean immediately, usually within the hour. We do this via PayPal, so when you submit your article, you should also give us a valid PayPal address so that we can send you money. We pay a penny a word. Yes, we know that’s not much. The donations we get via our Patreon campaign dictate how much we can pay our writers, and right now, a penny a word is where we’re at.

We currently pay 1¢ per word, with a cap payout of $16.

Other Benefits of Writing for Krypton Radio

If this caught your eye first, go back and reread the first section. Yes, unlike the vast vast majority of internet news sites, and geek and nerd sites in particular, we actually pay you to write. It’s not a lot. We pay a penny a word, which is substantially less than some pro zines pay, but you will get paid for what you write. This makes you a professional writer by definition, and that alone can be more valuable than the token payment you receive from us.

However, the definition of a professional zine, according to the rules of the Hugo Awards as of 2013, is as follows:

A Professional Publication is one which meets at least one of the following two criteria:

(1) it provided at least a quarter the income of any one person or,
(2) was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner.

That describes us accurately.

That means that when you sell us articles, you’re being paid by a professional publication, and that carries some weight when you want to take the experience you’ve gained writing for us and parlay it into something bigger or better.

It also means that – if you write more than four articles per year for us – that you will frequently qualify for press credentials at some of the larger media or comics conventions. If you have written four or more articles for us over a year’s time and you want to use that influence to apply for press credentials at an event, contact us at kryptonradio (at) kryptonradio.com and we’ll provide whatever corporate corroboration the event requests of us.

And That’s It!

If you like writing for us, we can make you a regular author and give you an Author’s account here on the web site, so you don’t have to send your articles in via email anymore. We have an award winning team of writers (no kidding on this, two of us are Top Writers on Quora.com) and it’s something wonderful to be a part of. We think so, anyway.

Good luck!

— Gene Turnbow, Station Manager and Editor in Chief, Krypton Radio

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