If you are thinking of proposing an article, e-mail the Editor
with an initial query of the idea - you stand a good chance of getting a response
regarding our interest. Keep initial queries short and to the point. We will ask from a more detailed proposal of up to one page in length (about 500 to 600 words). Do not be concerned if the response
is slow - the Editor may be away or particularly busy.
Chronicle's publisher and editor is Edward Zapletal firstname.lastname@example.org
(888) 326-2476 (extension 105).
The mailing address is: US inquiries: PO Box 194 Niagara Falls NY 14304;
or CDN or International inquiries: 505 Consumers Road, Suite 312, Toronto,
ON, M2J 4V8
Chronicle is published six times a year (January/February;
March/April; May/June; July/August; September/October; November/December)
by Moorshead Magazines.
Chronicle is available by subscription, on some newsstands
and a few genealogy bookstores.
Chronicle is based in Toronto, Canada. However over 90 percent
of the circulation is in the US with the balance in Canada.
We sell very few copies outside of North America and make
no pretence that we cover other regions.
- US-based authors are paid in American funds; Canadian-based authors
are paid in Canadian funds. Authors from other countries
are usually paid in US dollars but this is negotiable.
Payment is made 60 days after the issue is published (ie: payment for the Nov/Dec issue will be mailed from our office on December 15).
otherwise agreed, author payments will be for first world
serial and electronic rights. We also reserve the right to include a work in future collections or "best of" reprint editions. Authors (unless they are employees of the magazine) always retain copyright on their work.
Chronicle pays for articles. The current rate is $0.08 (8 cents) per word, plus we will pay $7 for each photo, image, visual etc. submitted, and used by us in the final layout. US based authors are paid in American funds; Canadian-based authors are paid in Canadian funds. Authors from other countries are normally paid in US dollars but this is negotiable.
is your deadline? We NEVER schedule articles from first-time
authors until we have the manuscript. The reality is that
only a fraction of people who promise us articles actually
come through. We also work well ahead. For example, by the
time one issue goes to the printer, we have pretty well firmed
up the content of the following issue. If you are a first
time submitter, send us the article when it is ready - do
not worry about deadlines.
would you like it submitted? After acceptance, we much prefer e-mail submissions
- send a covering e-mail with the manuscript as an attachment
and any illustrations, prefereably as high-resolution images in saved in JPEG format. If you have lots of images, include the extras in another e-mail with a subject line detailing the article name and magazine name. If you have
some reason to use regular mail, send to our Canadian address
with a printed manuscript and a disk. There is no need
to send an SASE or International Reply Coupon. We prefer Microsoft
Word or RTF (rich text format) formats.
Please include the following information with every manuscript. If you are submitting as a word processor file, such as Microsoft Word, the best approach is to add points 1 & 2 to the top of the manuscript and the bio information to the end of the article. Please supply a separate file for the image captions or add them to the end of the article after your bio:
1) Your complete name, mailing address and telephone number
2) Your e-mail address
3) Supply captions for all images, illustrations or photographs you supply
4) Supply a short biography of yourself in about 30 to 50 words that we can append to the end of your article.
long do you want it? This is tough to answer as it depends
on many variables. Our average article is 2,000 words but
rarely they are up to 7,000 words. We wish we had more submissions
of 7-800 words (with a picture this is a page) - if the information
is useful and well presented, an article of this length is
likely to be accepted. Many writers seem to believe that their
great idea is "worth" a lot of words; an article's popularity
bears little relationship to its length.
types of article are you looking for? A problem with this
question is that we haven't thought of the topics of some
of the best articles - that is why they have not been done
yet! Family Chronicle is generally a "how-to" magazine. Most
articles should give clear information about how the reader
can conduct their research. Just because we have already covered
a topic does not mean that we will not do this again - but
only if it was some time ago and/or a new slant is put on
articles do you NOT want?
Do you want to see a copy before submitting your proposal? Visit our website to purchase a print or PDF edition of our current issue.
article telling us how popular genealogy has become.
family histories that involve no unusual or useful techniques.
theses with loads of footnotes.
word articles that could be covered in 1,200 words.
specialized areas of research that belong in specialist
written on subjects of which the author has only a passing
Illustrations: PLEASE do not send us valuable
originals unless we ask for these. We hate the responsibility
(if we ask for originals we copy them immediately and return
them the same day).
Photographs and documents should ideally
be scanned and attached to an e-mail. The resolution we need
depends on the size of the original. If the original is 4in
wide or less, use 300 dpi. If it is over, use the formula:
Resolution in dpi = 300 x 4/width. Thus if it is 8in wide,
150dpi is fine. If this seems confusing, do it at 300dpi.
Scan black and white documents or photos in black and white
- scanning them in color only makes the file size bigger.
Send us the file as a JPEG - this is a compressed format.
If you are offered different levels of compression, choose
the least (best picture).
If you do not have a scanner, get the documents
copied on a color photocopier - regular photocopies are rarely
good enough. Color copiers produce a "line structure" but
we can get rid of that electronically.
Copyright. Please do not send us material
that is copyrighted without advising us. We can usually tell
if this is a problem - but not always.
If in doubt, ask. We LOVE receiving good
submissions while bad ones are boring - so we have a vested
interest in helping you get it right.
Why Articles are Declined
We have to decline quite a lot of articles that are submitted. Often an article is submitted on a subject that has recently been published or one that is coming up. In this case, we always tell the person the real reason for rejection.
It is not easy to know what to say to when you reject manuscripts that may have taken the author many, many hours. We usually say that we are unable to use the article and leave it at that - yes, it is a bit cowardly; we just want to avoid unpleasantness.
However, here are the most common reasons that articles are declined. If we have turned yours down, maybe the answer lies here:
- Ignoring our Author Guidelines and/or not bothering to read a copy of the magazine. Boring. We try to read fully all the material that is submitted to us but this is harder than it seems. If we find ourselves longing to get to the end, falling asleep or not enjoying it, we have pretty well decided that this is not something we wish to publish.
- Complexity. One of the most common reasons for rejection is when the author is describing people and their relationships. These can be VERY difficult for people, other than the author, to follow and should be kept to a minimum.Obvious errors. If a manuscript contains obvious errors, a red flag goes up quickly. Names being spelled differently in various parts of text, general spelling errors and factual inaccuracies are quite common. When we see these, we know the author is careless, at least in this area. Sure, we can catch the obvious errors but has the author also been careless in sections of the article that we might not catch? A single error is not, by itself, a reason for being rejected. Authors can usually avoid this by reading their submission, and getting someone else to read it, before submitting it to us.
- Including personal opinions unrelated to the article. If you believe that artificial sweetener Aspartame is a deadly poison or that President Bush has a low I.Q., keep your opinions to yourself when writing about genealogy - we are not interested in your crusade, even if we agree with you.
- Articles which are written to demonstrate what a great writer the person is. We suspect that these people have taken a writing course and are showing off their style. Good, even great, writing is irrelevant if there is no substance to the article. Don't misunderstand - we are not against good writing, in fact, we love it, but we shouldn't have to ask "Where's the beef?"
- Don't write about things you know nothing about.
Please understand that we are not trying to catch you out. Our overwhelming concern when we are reading an article is "Will the reader find this interesting - will it help them in their own research?"
We are looking for reasons to accept your work, not to reject it.