Love comics & libraries? Write for us!

Monday, July 29, 2013  By  Robin     12 Comments

NFNT_icon-02The time has come for we here at No Flying No Tights (NFNT) to recruit new reviewers and contributors. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at writing reviews or blogging about comics, graphic novels, manga or anime AND you are a working librarian or on your way to becoming one, now’s your chance!

We’ve been up and running in our current incarnation for over a year and a half, and we’ve had a great run thus far.  However, in order to keep up a steady pace of reviewing and coverage, we’d like to recruit a few more folks to help us out.

As we start getting applications for reviewers and writers, keep in mind we’re looking for a diverse array of interested reviewers interested in all kinds of comics, but we have a few categories of interest that we are especially keen to fill.

In terms of reviewers, we are looking for folks who are especially interested in:

  • Japanese manga (especially shonen; we do also have a little bit of yaoi to review)
  • Japanese anime
  • Literary comics from independent publishers (i.e. think Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, etc.)
  • The Big 2 superhero comics (DC, Marvel, and related imprints)

What do we expect from our reviewers?  The basic responsibilities are:

  • To turn in at least two reviews a month.
  • To participate in our weekly features (What’s Making Us Happy This Week, Hot Off the Press!)
  • To occasionally contribute special features, such as Classic Fantastic, coordinated through Robin

We are also looking for editorial help.  Responsibilities may include:

  • Copy-editing
  • Coordinating deadlines, reminders, and review assignments in consultation with our review editor, Snow
  • Sending out notifications to publishers about newly posted reviews

Keep in mind, reviewing takes time, including the time to read — and in the case of anime, watch — each title.  Think about whether you can keep up a schedule of reading or watching two titles, writing up solid reviews that speak critically to the positives and negatives of each title, and turning those reviews in promptly each month.

Please understand we’re only accepting applications from librarians or library school students as a way to keep the perspective of the site consistent and unique.

If you applied to write for us in our previous recruitment (way back in September 2011), please re-apply with your updated information and experience.

We can offer physical and/or digital review copies of titles (coordinated by our official Review Editor, the lovely Snow) and a chance to write for a professionally recognized resource.  I am still writing and reviewing occasionally, but my main job is to steer the site and work on our features and special content.

We cannot offer payment except in the form of the review copies of titles. (In the case of digital review copies, we have no guarantee that we’ll be able to get you a physical copy at a later date.)

If you are interested, please follow this link and fill out our official application form!

If you are interested in possibly taking on some editorial duties, please tell us a little bit about your previous editorial experience and your time availability.

DEADLINE: We will keep applications open until Friday, August 16th, 12midnight.

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  1.   July 31, 2013, 12:05 pm

    For a sample review, would it be possible to submit an updated review I wrote years ago? Its short the required number of words you requested and it has been on my Goodreads account since 2010.

    •   July 31, 2013, 12:53 pm

      Yes, that’s fine. 🙂

  2.   July 31, 2013, 10:56 am

    On my application, I left out my previous blog, Liberry Jam, which includes several reviews.

    •   July 31, 2013, 11:08 am

      OK, no problem!

  3.   July 30, 2013, 5:25 pm

    I have 2 important questions. Is this a paying position? How do reviewers gain access to the materials they are asked to review?

    •   July 30, 2013, 5:43 pm

      Hello Mallory!

      As we said above, unfortunately we cannot currently pay our reviewers. All we can offer is review copies and the prestige of writing for the site.

      In terms of review copies, depending on whether they are physical or digital copies, we distribute copies via periodic mailings or electronically.

      Does that answer your questions?

      •   July 30, 2013, 8:02 pm

        Yes, thanks for the clarification.

  4.   July 30, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Is there a due date for the application? I could not find one in the description above.

    •   July 30, 2013, 5:41 pm

      Hello Gloria!

      We had not initially included a due date, per se, but we will keep applications open until Friday, August 16th, at midnight EST.

  5.   July 30, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Ok, everyone, I appear to have been able to fix this problem, but do let me know if you have any problems with the application after this!

  6.   July 30, 2013, 12:17 pm

    I’ve been notified that some folks are getting error messages, but I at least am getting all the submitted applications! I tested the form myself, and it seemed to go through just fine, but I will investigate further. Thanks for the heads up!

  7.   July 30, 2013, 11:19 am

    I submitted the form and got a cryptic error message immediately followed by a notice that I would hear back. Hopefully it actually went through… 🙂

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