Frequently Asked Questions
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Original Article Submissioms
Cover Art and Becky Beacon
Original Music Submissions
Webfiction Submissions for Readings
Submissions for Reviews
Product Reviews / Giveaways / Prizes
Donate / Flattr / Paypal
Press Releases / Product Announcements
We do not typically just let anyone on a podcast to talk about whatever, but we are not against it. One should, however, make a good case for yourself to either be interviewed or to talk about a particular subject or recent news article. That means your emails (to the appropriate show’s email) should be more than just a couple of sentences. Really present yourself and your case as to why you would be a good person to have on the show, as well as be enlightening, interesting, and/or entertaining. Tell us a bit about the subject you’d like to talk about, or why you want to discuss a particular news event (that relates to a particular show’s theme).
Submissions are currently: OPEN
The Webcast Beacon Network is open to original article submissions for tutorials, guides, event/convention reports, interviews, and editorials… perhaps other things as well.
You can submit articles here.
The WCBN does not make any claim of ownership of user submitted material.
We may also allow MP3 recordings of submitted articles. Verbal versions of articles will not be required, but can help give some extra pizzazz in some cases. In addition to actual articles, and possibly audio contributions, we will also look into original video submissions.
Ah, yes, Becky Beacon has been The Webcomic Beacon’s “cover girl” for over 3 years! She’s graced many episode covers of The Webcomic Beacon’s main programming, many of which have been drawn by over 100 guests and listeners!
Becky is our cover girl, of sorts. Normally she’s an average build, average height woman, with a bit of pudge. She has long brown hair and blue eyes. She’s also a non-verbal mute (but not deaf); she smiles a lot, but is socially shy. A nice seemingly average girl that can do anything, really!
Anyone can draw Becky for us. So far, we’ve used every single contribution for an episode cover. Well, some are in a waiting line until we get a show. Sometime we hold them because they may go well with a particular topic, or a guest may have made an art for a specific show.
Generally, there are very few rules for drawing her. If you go into more of a “adult” theme, please ask first. Becky is talented, but is socially shy. She is a non-verbal mute, so no word balloons (it’s ironic she works in “radio”). Text is not recommended. If you use background or include your own characters WITH Becky, keep it simple. remember we need to add our own text and information for the covers.
We may slightly edit the art to work better with the covers, but are left unaltered on the art Page for all to see the original. Artists are credited on the show post, the cover itself, and the art page posts. Draw big, with margins, so we can crop and resize as needed. Cover dimensions are a 16:9 ratio, with me usually sticking Becky on the left of the cover. I’d prefer a transparent background with just Becky.
► Email the appropriate program email, as listed on our contact page, with “Becky Art: [brief and specific info here]” in the subject.
Something new we will be trying to using original music in some of the programs. We already pick selection of music from Music Alley, The FuMP, and Lapfox Trax, which have podsafe music, which is license/royalty-free music for use on podcast (that aren’t selling the music). While we would accept submissions of original music directly, we are also looking for LYRIC-LESS music in a variety of styles and genres.
Music is selected on a per-episode basis. We try to find music that fits a specific topic or feel of a show. For the Lyric-Less music, the plan is to use portions here and there. It’s still an experiment in progress. Anything we’d use is obviously credited and linked to (by your choice), such as a storefront.
► Email the Webcast Beacon Network at WebcastBeacon-at-gmail-dot-com, with “Music Submission: [brief and specific info here]” in the subject. Submitting doesn’t guarantee use. The individual shows will decide what gets played, and what doesn’t. Either for content or time.
Submissions are currently: OPEN
Right now, for Webfiction World, we select readings that are public domain, creative commons (allowance to use), or works with permission specifically given to us to use. We’ve recently had to go on hiatus, to figure out the next step for the show. Part of that is to propagate a new webfiction reading list; another part is to find 1-2 new readers as well.
If you have your own writings that you’d like to offer up for readings, you may submit the first chapter or two of an on-going, or completed, story; as well as one-off stand-alone works. We are looking at things that would take 15-25 minutes to read, which is about 3000-5000 words. (minimum of 2500 words, unless we pair short stories together in a single episode) The idea is to allow Webfiction World to produce new listening material, while also promoting the works used for new reading material.
For now, the chapters or short stories we read on the show should be available to read for free online somewhere.
If you would rather submit your own reading of your own material; audio quality permitting, we can work with that too.
Not all submissions may get used, per our discretion.
This will be a License to Use for us, for using your material on our show. Writers maintain all of the rights to their work. If you would later need to have us remove our reading (like per agreement with a publisher), we shall comply. We also do not sell ads on the webfiction reading episodes. We add some site info, a musical intro/outro, read the fiction, and tell people where they can read more.
Additionally, if you are interested in being a fiction READER for the show, email us for details. We’ll basically need an example audio performance or reading from you (maybe 1-3 minutes), in order to gauge your ability to read a writing; as well as gauge the quality of the audio of your current equipment and abilities.
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► Email Webfiction World at WebfictionWorld-at-gmail-dot-com, with “Reading Submission: [Title of Piece]” in the subject (or specific question(s)).
Submissions for WEBCOMICS are currently: OPEN until Jan 7th
Submissions for webfiction are currently: closed
Printed materials, PDFs, or other forms not accepted at this time. All submissions must be free to read, webcomics.
If you want your webcomic reviewed, you will have to understand that your comic will be reviewed. That negative (and hopefully positive) means things will be said about your webcomic AND your webcomic WEBSITE. Yes, both the comic and website will be under review. I am expecting us to be critical, but I’m hoping that it will be a HELPFUL critical (in most cases).
So if you don’t want to hear negative things, then don’t submit. Understand that we may feel you are way too amatuerish or may just hate your comic. But I promise that we will try hard not to be assholes about it! Your ENTIRE webcomic may not be read if it is really long, but we will mostly look at the most recent work, and the earliest work, at the very least. We will also specify if we don’t read the whole thing, and what we read.
► You may also alert us and/or ask questions by emailing the Webcomic Beacon at WebcomicBeacon-at-gmail-dot-com, with “Review Request (Jan2013): [comic title]” in the subject. We reserve the right to not review submitted materials, based on content or legal concerns.
If you would like to submit products (hardware, software, books, music, etc) for use to use or for evaluation on a program, and/or to be used as a giveaway or prize, you can sent them to:
P.O. Box 22181
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
Additionally, email the appropriate program email, as listed on out contact page, with “Product Submission: [brief and specific info here]” in the subject; for further questions. Plus, please follow steps on sending us Press Releases.
Further questions can be directed here.
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