[ Writers' Guidelines to get published in DT&G Magazine! ]


Becoming A Design Center Writer

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The Design & Publishing Center Publications are constantly on the lookout for good ideas and input. If you would like to contribute your ideas, expertise or stories, please get in touch. Readers will love hearing about your success stories and victories.

      If your story is selected to be published in DT&G, you'll not only gain fabulous fame... you'll get a complimentary subscription to the Design Center Publications, as well as a well-earned trip to the Treasure Chest!
* Our Readers' Taste
* Book Reviews
* Software Reviews
* How-To Articles
* Initial Submissions
* Material Submissions
* Will you get paid?

For additional info
Contact us!
Writers Guidelines
      If you would like to write an article for any of the The Design Center Publications, wed certainly want to hear from you. Following is a collection of guidelines you should familiarize yourself with before sending us any materials. Be sure to read a few issues of DT&G for examples of the kinds of articles our readers like best.
      This is not to say that other articles are not welcome. If you have ideas, or expertise that you feel would be beneficial to Design Center readers and visitors, please send a query.
What is DT&G, and The Design Center Publications?
      DT&G is the electronic publication of The Design & Publishing Center, devoted to sharing ideas, practical information, advice and tips on how to increase readers' capabilities and knowledge in the visual arts. It has two supplements: Photoshop Tips & Tricks, and WebDesign & Review.
What kind of articles are needed for DT&G, or The Design Center Publications?
      Were open to just about any topic which deals with the graphic arts fields, desktop publishing, and visual communications of all kinds -- particularly how-to articles, product reviews, and your project success stories.

What do our readers like?

  1. First-person articles which explains the use of traditional tools or computers
  2. First-person articles on unusual or unique projects in the publishing field
  3. First-person articles dealing with problems, crisis projects
  4. First-person articles getting ripped off, or dealing with legal issues
  5. Experience, tips and tricks for finding clients, acquiring services.
  6. Know-how for effective business practices
  7. Articles which deal with starting, growing and marketing a business.
  8. Book or product reviews which have helped you with software or hardware
  9. Books, experiences relevant to business, marketing or online business marketing.
Book Reviews
Book reviews can be short and no longer than two pages. They should include a basic understanding of what the book is about, and how you felt about the value of the information and writing. If the product is not good, or you found it lacking in some way, by all means tell us. You must include:
  1. Name of publication
  2. Author's name
  3. Publisher
  4. ISBN number
  5. Number of pages
  6. Price (Cover price, and "street price" if available)
Also helpful to the reader is unique features like the inclusion of a CD, whether or not the book is illustrated (B&W or Color), etc..
      A scan of the cover or some graphic from the book is helpful, but not mandatory.
Software Reviews
Software reviews ideally should deal with a function of the software as it relates to the visual field. We generally do not use reviews of accounting, spreadsheets, database or specialized business software unless it can directly relate to our readers use. Reviews can be short and no longer than two pages. They should include a basic understanding of what the software does, and how you felt about the value in terms of functionality and productivity. If the product is not good, or you found it lacking in some way, by all means tell us. You must include:
  1. Name of Software and Version
  2. Author or Publisher name
  3. Platform
  4. Memory and Hard Drive Requirements
  5. Price (Cover price, and "street price" if available)
Also helpful to the reader is unique features like the inclusion of a CD, free clip art, whether or not manuals are included, illustrated (B&W or Color), etc..
      Most importantly are screen captures. The reader will get the most benefit if you show the software actually doing something, or menus, dialogs, etc. If you need assistance with this, just let us know.
How-To Articles
These are what we like best. Show your friends how to do something unique, or more efficiently. Show how you accomplished a unique technique, or a really time-saving, or profitable operation. Remember, most of our readers use software and computers in their business, and are eager to learn anything new that will make them more productive, or more capable. How-to articles should include
  1. Why you report on the process (briefly, personal use, client, etc.)
  2. The software you used
  3. Special commands, tricks or support software operations
  4. The results
Feel free to number the steps, and don't be afraid to be as elementary as you like. Many readers tell us to be more "basic" with our descriptions, particularly on difficult or lengthy processes.
Initial Submission
Briefly describe your article idea or success story and a bit about your background.
Materials Submission
All articles should be submitted electronically by email.
Articles should not exceed 2,000 words unless your topic is complex or requires many steps.
  1. If it is particularly lengthy, multi-part, or contains many graphics, we may request that you submit on disk. In that event, you will be reimbursed for postage, and the disk will be returned filled with "goodies".
  2. Article text should be saved as ASCII TEXT, and pasted into an email.
  3. Graphics should be in GIF or JPEG format, attached to the email.
  4. Graphic attachments larger than 100K must be broken into multiple files.
  5. Resolution for graphics should be no greater than 144 dpi, and no larger than 640 x 640 pixels. As you know, full screen captures can be quite large if not converted to optimized palette. In most likelihood the art will not run full screen, so reduction is acceptable. Most graphics can be 72 dpi, under 500 x 500 pixels. When in doubt, simply ask.
  6. If you are submitting a success story about signs, building or vehicle markings, sculpture, environmental graphics, and have only photographs, then we will be happy to scan them for you. Please inquire.
Be sure to include a brief biography at the end of your article which describes your business or profession along with an E-Mail address so readers can reach you if they have further questions.
      DT&G, or The Design Center Publications editors, reserve the right to edit any articles submitted due to space limitations or clarity.

Send inquiries, and submission ideas to: the DT&G editor.
If you wish to participate in our WebDesign Review Panel,
contact us.

Do you pay for articles?
While we currently cannot pay for articles at this time, we do welcome and appreciate your submissions. Any contributor who's article is published will receive a subscription to the publications, and/or other perks as they become available. We also believe writers in DT&G, or The Design Center Publications, have the opportunity to reach many readers and become established as experts. Many times readers contact the experts who appear in the publication and forge new business relationships. We have reports of some of these relationships being very profitable!

Please take advantage of everything we have to offer.

      It will only help you in your daily activities. Please also take advantage of all the opportunities that exist in the online community. Ask questions, offer feedback, and contribute your ideas and opinions. We're here for you, and we're all here for each other.

Thanks for reading
The Design & Publishing Center Staff


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