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Welcome to the Writers page where you should find an organized (hopefully) list of resources like guidelines, spreadsheets, sign up sheets, etc. Also, there are descriptions on how processes for the various article types go like a News post, editorial, etc.

Here is a link to the Google Drive. Here you should find everything we have policy/guideline/etc-wise. There will be more added as we go along. Below is a list of specific documents you will likely use on a regular basis.

First though, here is a list of Editorial Staff, their roles, and their contact information in case you have questions on anything below. Slack is usually the quickest for contact in most cases.

Rutledge Daugette—Founder and [email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]

Scott Rosenberg—Web Administrator and [email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]

Andrew Otton[email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]

Don Parsons—News [email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]  Skype: coboney

Travis Donnell—Creative [email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]

Travis Williams—Tabletop [email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]

Shaun Joy—Lead YouTube [email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]

Alex Santa Maria—Lead Game Reviews [email protected] on slack. Email: [email protected]

Guidelines/Policies

Writing Guidelines – These are the basic guidelines each individual article should conform to. They also serve as a basic how-to in getting an article ready to go in WordPress.

Stylebook – The Stylebook gets into the specifics on how we want the writing at TechRaptor presented. In it you should find an explanation and example on when and where to use various forms of punctuation. Also included are other stylistic items, such as italicizing titles. Coming in the hopefully near future will be a comprehensive list of terms, companies, brands, etc. and how they should appear in text, along with a short description on what/who they are.

Review Score Policy – Read this to understand how we determine scores.

Ethics Policy – Hopefully just about any question regarding ethics and how we expect writers to conduct themselves should be found here. This is what Editorial Staff will refer to.

Writer Pay Pogram – This details how TechRaptor currently pays writers.

Streaming Rules – How we’d like you to conduct yourselves while streaming, including other stipulations on things like the use of emulators.

Spreadsheets/Signups

Editorial Spreadsheet (Editorial Calendar) – This has a few different sections. The first is the “Calendar Ideas” sheet, which details editorials that usually have some significance tied to a particular date or time of month. This is also where signups/tracking of the Theme Week articles will be. Andrew Otton will be the one adding to it, so if you have any ideas that you think should be on there, let him know! The Editorial Calendar is where you can find things like when a theme week is, what cons are going on, big game release dates, anniversaries, and more.

The second is the “Editorial Ideas” sheet. Its purpose is to keep track of who is working on what while also being a place for people to collaborate on ideas and/or put them out there for others to grab onto if they’d like. More specifics on how it works are on the sheet itself.

The third is the “Investigative.” Anyone(s) investigating something, or would like to start investigating something, should fill out their name, the idea, and other additional information.

Finally, the Editorial Spreadsheet also includes a schedule for our weekly article content. If you’re interested in doing a weekly article, contact Andrew Otton.

Game Review Spreadsheet – Fill out the spreadsheet, making sure to keep it in chronological order of release date per game, and Editorial Staff will see if we can get a key for review. For now, it is first come first serve, so the first person signed up for a particular game will be the reviewer. If it is close to the release date, make sure to contact Rutledge or Don so they can ask for a key asap. Make sure to check out the Unclaimed Games Spreadsheet for games we have keys of already.

Unclaimed Games Spreadsheet – We get quite a few keys we don’t even ask for. Make sure to check your emails too as we send out ask about keys we receive regularly. You’ll find a list of games that need reviewers and you just need to ask if you’re interested in one.

Interview Spreadsheet – When you get an idea of interviewing someone, come here to this spreadsheet and fill it out. This is so we know who we are in contact with and so multiple writers aren’t reaching out for the same thing.

Hardware Review Spreadsheet – Fill out the spreadsheet, making sure to keep it in chronological order of release date, and Editorial Staff will see if we can get it for review. For now, it is first come first serve, so the first person signed up will be the reviewer.

Streaming Hours Spreadsheet – If you stream on our Twitch, don’t forget to log your hours here on the spreadsheet.

Self Promotion

There is going to be a full guide coming, which we’ll link but here’s some quick and dirty tips.

You can find said guide right here.

  1. Submit to N4G – do your best to follow their rules (ask Don if you need help) – don’t submit a story already there (make it an alt source), correct as they say
    • Username: techraptor
    • Password: TechRaptorNews!
  2. Submit to Gamewires – do your best to follow their nice and simple rules
    • Username: techraptor
    • Password: TechRaptorNews!
  3. If a review or first impression of a game on steam, post a steam review!

Publishing Process

News

  1. Find a piece of news.
    • Check out the channels articles-games and articles-tech on slack.
    • Keep an eye out for emails Don will send out.
      • Tell Don if you’d like to be a part of the News email group.
    • Check out this RSS feed.
      • Username: Techraptor
      • Password: raptors1
      • If you want the xml to import, contact Don.
    • Check out gamespress.com
      • We recommend you sign up for an account yourself to get a daily email linking you to all the press releases.
      • To download assets, or use an account in the meantime, you can use Don’s:
      • Username: [email protected]
      • Password: raptors1
    • Following a bunch of people/companies on Twitter is a good place for news as well.
      • Subscribe to this list created by Alex Santa Maria for a useful feed of news.
    • Search out your own news! Investigate!
  2. Write out the article, making sure it is in line with our Writing Guidelines and Stylebook.
  3. Contact Don (best to do so on slack) and have him take a look.
    • If he is not available, ask another person on Editorial Staff. Contact Andrew Otton first.
  4. Once you’re cleared by an editor, publish away!
  5. Go do self promotion – post to N4G, and Gamewires!

Editorials

  1. Get an idea, any ol’ idea at all.
    • If it has the chance to be too controversial or something similar, please contact someone on the Editorial Staff before you start writing.
    • This includes things like GamerGate.
  2. Check the Editorial Spreadsheet “Editorial Ideas” sheet.
    • Make sure nobody is writing about it already. But, if they are, maybe ask if they’d be interested in some collaboration.
    • If nobody is, fill it out as specified.
  3. Write out the editorial, making sure it is in line with our Writing Guidelines and Stylebook.
  4. Once it is complete, send an email to [email protected]
    1. Include any information you think is relevant in regards to scheduling. Is it time sensitive? Why?
    2. And anything else you feel Andrew needs to know.
  5. Wait for a reply from Andrew Otton or another editor.
    • Possibly fix some things/look at suggestions.
    • Email back with changes.
  6. Once approved, Andrew Otton will schedule it.
  7. Go do self promotion – post to N4G, and Gamewires!

Reviews

  1. Find whatever it is you want to review.
  2. Sign up for whatever it is on either the Games Review Spreadsheet or Hardware Review Spreadsheet.
    • Make sure whatever it is does not have a reviewer already.
      • If it has been some time and no review has come since it has released, contact the person that has signed up or someone on Editorial Staff to check its status.
  3. Write out the review, making sure it is in line with our Writing Guidelines and Stylebook.
  4. Once it is complete, send an email to [email protected]
    • Make sure to include the release date and any related embargo information.
  5. Wait for a reply from Andrew Otton or another editor.
    • Possibly fix some things/look at suggestions.
    • Email back with changes.
  6. Once approved, Andrew Otton will schedule it.
  7. Go do self promotion – post to N4G, and Gamewires, as well as do a steam review if applicable!

Interviews

  1. Figure out who you want to interview.
  2. Check out the Interviews Spreadsheet and fill it out.
    1. Make sure to send an email/contact someone on Editorial Staff as well just so we’re aware.
    2. Make sure to fill out who it is you will be interviewing AND the topic.
  3. Write out the interview, making sure it is in line with our Writing Guidelines and Stylebook.
    1. Not all interviews will be written only.
    2. You can do some over Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.
      1. Contact Shaun Joy if you do a video of an interview.
    3. If you do a video, please do a quick write up of it as well to publish to the site.
      1. This will just be a quick 300+ words to put it into contact/give background information regarding the interview.
      2. More people will see it this way.
  4. Once it is complete, send an email to [email protected]
  5. Wait for a reply from Andrew Otton or another editor.
    • Possibly fix some things/look at suggestions.
    • Email back with changes.
  6. Once approved, Andrew Otton will schedule it.
  7. Go do self promotion – post to N4G, and Gamewires!

Investigative Pieces

  1. These are the pieces that will take a fair amount of digging.
    1. If you find something amiss, look into it.
    2. Maybe you’ll get a tip, and often someone will send a tip to TR.
  2. Check out the Editorial Spreadsheet and fill out the “Investigative” sheet.
    1. Asking for a statement/clarification on whatever/whoever you are investigating does not require you to fill something out on the Interview Spreadsheet.
  3. Write out the piece, making sure it is in line with our Writing Guidelines and Stylebook.
  4. Once it is complete, send an email to [email protected]
  5. Wait for a reply from Andrew Otton or another editor.
    • Possibly fix some things/look at suggestions.
    • Email back with changes.
  6. Once approved, Andrew Otton will schedule it.
  7. Go do self promotion – post to N4G, and Gamewires!