Geek Native is on the lookout for more writers and reviewers. Tempted?
Does this gig pay?
Not a penny. Geek Native doesn’t make any money.
Really, doesn’t it pay?
You’re very welcome to earn cash through DriveThruRPG/RPGNow affiliate links when you review RPG titles. Or you can check out what Geek Native does pay for.
What’s in it for the reviewers?
Writing for Geek Native is a real chance to get your name known and for you to build a portfolio of work. It’s a chance to take part in the community and be associated with a growing site.
All reviewers and writers are welcome to have a bio on the site. Expect your Twitter or Google+ following to increase in time.
What type of reviewers are you looking for?
- RPG reviewers – First and foremost reviewers who’ll be happy enough to select a title now and then from DriveThruRPG.
- Fiction and Comic Book reviewers – If you’re in the UK I can mail physical books to you. Other options exist for international ebook reviews.
- Computer Game reviews – Geek Native has access to the occasional press release of a computer game.
- Tech reviewers – Every now and then tech and electronic companies offer review-loan samples of yet to be released or newly released gadgets. This is a hard space to get into professionally and Geek Native would be your first step.
- Board game reviewers – If you’re in the UK then there is a small but steady supply of board and card games available to play, review and keep.
- Movies and Anime – If you’re in the UK then just released or yet to be released titles on DVD and Blu-ray are sometimes available.
- Whatever you can wrangle – The options discussed above represent those incoming opportunities. Once you’ve written a few reviews, earned some experience and the name recognition that comes with that you can contact suppliers and publishers directly.
The ideal candidate is someone who can cover RPG reviews while also being able to contribute to one or more of the other categories.
What type of writers are you looking for?
Geek Native’s primary target audience are roleplayers. Readers are roleplayers who have interests beyond their character sheet or roleplayers-at-heart who are yet to try the hobby. This means the site writes about anime, geeky memes, music suitable for gamers, tech, fashion finds, trailers and plenty of inspirational art.
If you’re a dab hand at curating wonderfully geeky content or have your finger on the pulse of the RPG industry and fancy a role as reporter then a writing role at Geek Native is for you.
If you’re in doubt into the sort of content that appears on the site then take a few minutes to have a random click about (perhaps on the recommended image links below) to sample the flavour.
Can I do both? Review and write?
What experience do I need?
Experience with WordPress is hugely helpful. You’ll be expected to add pictures, cope with adding links and if you’re sharing videos and other media then you’ll need to work with embeds.
What are the rules?
All review copies need to be disclosed as such in the review. This means a sentence at the end of the review just to make it clear the game/title was a freebie. It’s illegal to take cash for coverage/accept bribes so that’s not allowed either.
If the post is an advert – such as a plug for something, an article written just to link to a site or even reviews from a third party writer – then it isn’t allowed.
You should be posting once a month if you’re an RPG reviewer. That’s hardly very often but it is very easy for life events to overtake and steal your time. As long as you can keep the quality up then writing as often as you like is entirely possible.
Editorial pieces, opinions and insights are all welcome. Geek Native is not a platform for preaching or personal attacks though.
You may also write about projects you are personally involved in provided the topic is relevant to the site and your interest disclosed. These posts should not be the bulk of your contributions but a rare occurrence.
How will it work?
If you’re interested then get in touch. The first steps will see you emailing over pieces which will be published as either “Guest Writer” or “Guest Reviewer”. Once we’ve done a few of these then you’ll get a writer account at Geek Native and those previous pieces will be re-attributed to you.
This solution avoids creating user accounts for writers who test the water but then decide not to continue.
Update: Due to a great response; this writing call is currently closed.
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