You heard me. You can write for The Modern Rogue right now, baby. And get paid for it. That's right, I said it. So to cut through all the intro BS and get right to the meat of it, here's how to do it:
1) Sign up at our forums right here. If it requires an activation and you don't see it in your inbox, check your spam folder or your promotions folder.
2) Read the forum rules. They're pretty short, but you really need to know them before you start posting things. They'll save us all a ton of headaches and misunderstandings.
3) Start pitching.
That's it! If that all sounds good to you, then you're on your way to being a rogue billionaire. Well ... probably not a billionaire, but you'll definitely make some beer money. You'll be a beerionaire. That said, here are some things you'll definitely want to know:
How much do I get paid?
It depends on how many articles you write and how much editing you need. All writers start out at $50 per article. But if you write enough of them, and your articles take a minimal amount of editing, we'll boost that to $100.
How and when do I get paid?
We pay strictly through PayPal, so if you don't have an account already, you'll need to set one up ASAP. Once an article has been accepted, you write the first draft. We then do a first-pass edit. Once that first-pass edit is done, we pay you. You don't have to wait until publication. You turn in your draft, we edit it, then we send you money. Many of our writers get paid the same day they turn in their draft.
I'm 14 ... can I still write an article?
Unfortunately, no. Because labor and contractor laws vary from state to state (and country to country), we can only accept articles from people who are at least 18 years old.
Can I post my accepted article on other sites?
No, once we buy the article, we own the rights to it. We can make exceptions on a case by case basis, but when you write your first article for us, we'll have you fill out and sign two forms. One is a tax information form. The other is a consent form, giving us the rights to the articles that we buy from you. This is standard with pretty much all websites and publications.
Once you fill out those forms for the first time, you won't need to do it again.
How many words should my pitch be?
There is no word limit in pitching, but try to keep it brief. We just need to know the core of what you want to write, as well as any interesting information that could sell us on the idea. So if I wanted to write about "5 Mundane Items That Are Considered Contraband In Prison," I'd outright say that. Then present the items, themselves, along with links that verify your claims.
All you're doing is trying to sell us on the idea of the article. If we like that idea, we'll ask for more specific information.
I wrote a whole article already ... can I just submit that?
Unfortunately, no. On any give day, I could be dealing with dozens of writers simultaneously over this forum, email, phone calls, etc. There is no way I'd have time to read entire articles, even with outside editorial help. This is pretty standard among all publications. Pitching is the way to go, and we can build on that once the idea is being considered.
How long should the finished article be?
This will sound like a cop-out, but the answer is: however many words it takes to make your point or tell your story. If it honestly takes 3000 words, then that's what it takes. I wouldn't shoot for that, though. Our articles typically fall somewhere between 1500 and 2500 words. The point is WE DON'T DO WORD COUNT, so don't worry about that part. Just try to write the best article you can.
Do you accept fiction or satire?
In short -- no. That doesn't mean I will never accept them, but those will be so rare, they'll be virtually nonexistent. I've learned over the years that if your site is fact and research based, and then you try to throw satire and fiction into the mix, the readers get confused and outright angry. The Onion can do it because that's what they are as a site. We're a fact and research based site, so we need to stick to that.
What perspective do I write from?
Unless you're brought in as a regular columnist, writing opinion-based pieces, always write from the "we here at The Modern Rogue" voice (as opposed to the "I" voice). We have also made a conscious decision to not curse in the articles ... or at least to not use any language that couldn't be used on prime time TV.
If you haven't read many articles on the site, please do that before pitching. You will learn more about our voice from reading than you ever will by trial and error.
How do I start a pitch?
Just start a new topic and start pitching. Don't try to come up with a cute, witty title for it. Just outright state what your article will be about in the subject line. At some point, I or another editor (their names are in green or maroon) will be in to give you feedback.
IMPORTANT: When we ask for tweaks, changes or updates to your pitch, just edit your initial post with the changes. Then reply to the thread, letting us know that the pitch is ready for another look. This keeps everything all in one place and easy to find.
I have 2-3 pitches in mind ... can I drop them all in the same thread?
No, please start a new thread for each pitch. Otherwise, things get extremely hard to keep track of on our end.