Write For More Woodturning Magazine
We encourage all readers with good writing skills to contribute to More Woodturning Magazine. If you have a special skill, a unique interest, a turned piece you are particularly proud of, a new tool to tell readers about, or any other woodturning ideas, please consider sharing this information with other turners. We accept contributions in four sections of the magazine:
- project tutorials,
- product reviews, and
- artist profiles.
While we may pay a small fee for contributions in some categories, many of our writers tell us their true compensation comes from sharing information they have accumulated over the years with their fellow woodturners. All writers receive:
- a free, one-year subscription to the magazine,
- a listing in the writer’s profile section containing your bio, and contacts to your choice of phone, email and web site address,
- a link from each of your articles to your writer profile,
- a free, non-subscription set of links to your articles so that you can share your articles with friends and family.
Areas of contribution
Project Tutorials – Tutorials are step-by-step descriptions of how to turn specific pieces or create home-made tools. They include detailed photographs and/or drawings. Most run about 1500 words and are displayed in about eight computer pages (including pictures). Examples of previous project tutorials: “Turning Wooden Tulips”, “Making a Custom Longwood Twist Pen”, “Do-it-Yourself” Complex Woodturning Rig”.
General Articles – Articles provide woodturning techniques or general information about some aspect of woodturning. Most run about 800-1000 words and usually have a few pictures. Examples of previous general articles include: “Woodturning in Denmark”, “Opinel’s Woodturned Knives”, “2015 AAW Symposium Thoughts”.
Product Reviews – Product reviews provide opportunities to share your feedback about woodturning tools, equipment, or supplies. They contain a description of the product’s main features, what you can expect to get from the product, things to watch out for, and how the product helps turners. Note: While most reviewers comment on tools or equipment they already have, some manufacturers are willing to provide products in return for a review. MWT often assists with that process, but does not provide the product. Examples of previous product reviews: “Robust Tools Live Center”, “Pro-Forme Flexi Hollower”, “Rubber Jam Chucks”.
Artist Profiles – Also called “Meet the Turner”, these profiles are written in question-and-answer format by MWT based upon answers submitted to a questionnaire provided by the editor. Established as well as up-and-coming woodturners are profiled here. Examples of previous profiles: Beth Ireland, Rudy Lopez, John Beaver.
From a survey of past and current subscribers, April 2015:
The typical reader of More Woodurning Magazine is an experienced woodturner who has been turning over ten years, and has subscribed to the magazine for at least several years. He or she usually reads the magazine online, occasionally printing specific articles/tutorials in hardcopy format. By far, the most important parts of the magazine are the articles and project tutorials and the quality of them is very important to him/her.
What we need
Articles should be submitted in a text or word processing format which can be made in any text editor, Apple Pages or Microsoft Word. If you have any other format, please contact us to discuss compatibility. We use left-justified margins for paragraphs (no idents, no spaces at beginnings of paragraphs), we spell out numbers ten and below, and we use a single space between sentences.
In the article, the location of a photo or drawing should be identified with the words Photo 1, Photo 2, etc. or Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. (Photos for pictures taken with a camera; figures for drawings or charts). If you use a caption, place it on the same line in this format: Photo 1: This is a short caption.
Photos should be submitted separately in image format. Acceptable formats are .jpg, .png, .gif. Images should be cropped and sized for somewhere near 1200 x 1200 pixels. Each photo/figure should be sequentially labeled, matching the number in the text. Example: photo-001.jpg.
We can accept emails up to 20 MB so several emails may be required to send all the photos. Alternatively, you can use a web storage option like DropBox. If you share your DropBox directory containing all the materials for your article, we can download it with ease.
To create your artist profile page, we will need a short bio, and a personal picture (preferably while turning or in your shop). We would also like to have a few pictures of your work to go into the Writer's section on the web site (optional).
Some suggestions from readers:
- keep photo captions simple
- include links to products, books, or videos if appropriate
- add a few short tips and techniques
- use step-by-step procedures
- provide high quality color photographs without background clutter
- use clear, easy-to-read writing
- when considering a topic, think of fresh, new topics with interesting approaches
A note about the editing process: we will review your article/tutorial and make any minor changes necessary to conform to the magazine’s style sheet/conventions and correct any deviations from standard grammatical usage. While we won’t identify these minor changes, we will identify any changes to your content (usually made when a process is unclear or a product mentioned is no longer available). You will get a draft in magazine format before publication. We are always willing to change anything/add something at this point.
You may use this article draft to share with friends, family, or colleagues who do not have a subscription to the magazine; however, we ask that you wait until the magazine issue that contains the article is published, always on the first day of the month.
Past issues of the magazine are great resources for examples of how others have organized and presented their information.
While these suggestions should make your process and our process easier, we are very willing to work with whatever you are able to provide, including assistance with the writing.
Tips for writing product reviews for More Woodturning Magazine
To help you in writing a product review, we have summarized some key points from an article by Mark McNight, called "How To Write a Product Review" (for his complete template, see http://www.markmcknightblog.com/how-to-write-a-product-review-my-proven-sample-template/). While all of these may not apply to your particular review, they may help to get the creative juices flowing!
We hope this helps. And remember, we always give you a hand with the editing!
- Create an interesting title and description.
- Include at least two images.
- Write an introduction that creates a connection with your reader, tells them you understand their problem, and shows them you have a solution.
- Introduce the product telling readers what the product is and who made it.
- Create a bullet-point list of the main features and specifications.
- Describe why the product was created (what problem does it solve).
- Describe the results you can expect to get from the product.
- Describe what to watch out for.
- Give buying advice.
- Tell the last things they need to know: guarantees, best place to buy, shipping, discount coupons, etc.
- Conclude with two short sentences:
- a quick summary, and
- your recommendation to buy (or not).
(For example: 1."This product provides the ideal way to...." and 2. "I fully recommend buying xyz as I did..." and why.)