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Write for Linux Format
Interested in writing for Linux Format? We're always looking for feature or tutorial ideas from developers, aspiring journalists and passionate Linux users. If you're working on an important new project, a crazy homebrew scheme or simply a new way of looking at Linux, and if you think you can put that experience into words, we want to hear from you. You don't have to be a professional writer; however, we ask that you follow some procedure (evil grin).
To start, you should send us a feature pitch. Give us 100 words on who you are (what qualifications you have, even if that's just little more than a passion for the topic), 200 words on what you want to cover (including length and technical depth) and a rough idea of when you think the piece would be ready. This should be addressed to the editor, Neil Mohr.
Before you submit your idea, the following points may be helpful:
- First, if you don't read the magazine, you won't write for it. We need people who understand our market, understand our tone and understand our style.
- Second, if your idea has been covered in the last year, it's unlikely we will cover it again (unless you really are doing it from a cunning new angle). See the LXF archives page to see what has been printed.
- Third, you must be experienced in the area you want to cover. We are not looking for articles on 'Linux by a newbie'; if we wanted that, we could find any number of monkeys off the street.
If your idea sounds good, chances are we'll give you the green light to write the piece. That doesn't mean we'll print it - just that we're willing to give you a shot at writing it. If it comes out good (or if it comes out average, but can be improved to 'good' with some feedback and amendments) then congratulations - you'll almost certainly make it into the magazine.
If we reject your idea - or if your piece is so horribly broken that we can't even give you feedback to bring it up to par - then relax, breathe and go back to the drawing board. Don't be discouraged, though: writing is easy, but writing well takes practice just like any other skill. Each time you try, you get better.