Submissions

If you have a great idea and would like to see it in print, here's some of the steps to take. You will want to throughly read all relevant information on the White Wolf Submissions Page. Follow directions, and all should be well. Below are a few additional notes and thoughts that may help.

A note from Nicky Rea on writing- cira 1999
The story is this: Many writers send proposals for books they'd like to write that they believe would fit well in the specific line (i.e. a book for Changeling). The proposal itself should contain certain elements -- a concise explanation of the book, its purpose (ST guidelines, setting, stuff for players, what?), the chapters you'd include and other such information. Possibly a fiction piece or short character write-ups. Frequently, just from seeing such an outline or proposal, developers can make the decision whether the writer has good ideas, if he or she has a good grasp of the English language and an eye for grammar and spelling, and if that proposal fits into the worldview of the line or if it is just too "out there" to be approved by Marketing. Occasionally, a proposal will look good initially, because the writer takes six months polishing that first little contact piece, but a request for subsequent elaborations shows the writer's flaws (we usually ask for further info and write-ups if we're intrigued at all just to test such things and ask for them in say, two weeks). That way, the writer only has a short time to produce more info on the proposed book and also "proves" he can write quickly.

If all goes well, the developer may be able to offer that writer the chance to write the book -- usually not for a lot of money, but certainly NOT for free -- do not even propose to write for FREE. If your material is worth producing professionally, it is worth being paid for it (not a lot, granted). That's what they mean by not "bothering" to send writing samples. The proposal IS the sample. If you don't have a specific book in mind (and proposals should cover books we wouldn't be producing anyway, not things like Kithbooks), you can send a writing sample should the developer request it. In either case -- even if said writing sample already appears on the web -- we need a signed form before we can look at it. I know it sounds weird, but too many people have sent some chaotic jumble to developers, or asked one to look at a story that rambles wildly and may have a certain element in it (for example, a chimerical elephant), then threatened to sue the company when someone else (who never even saw the sample) includes a chimerical elephant in a story about circus pooka she was contracted to write eight months before. We have to have that form and people have to trust us that it is NOT in the best interests of the company to rip fan's stuff or alienate potential writers. If you send something and something similar appears soon thereafter, it is simply synchronicity, not theft. Some books are in production for almost a year before they come out. But the important point is: we need the form so we aren't legally liable to every writer out there who includes a Changeling in her online story. NOT that I think you'd do that, but it's a "Banal legal thing." Bleecchht.

From the writing sample, we may decide to take a chance on you and give you about 5000 words to do on a book we have in mind at a pay rate of about 2 cents a word (told you it was a crummy payscale). And if you do well on that (turning in both drafts on time, with the requested material, following the developer's redlines in prepraring the second draft, spellchecking the document and writing in generally good english) we usually add you to our pool of writers. Voila! You're published and a world-renowned White Wolf (okay, Arthaus) writer. From there, we will probably give you bigger assignments, listen more closely to proposals for books from you, and tell other developers about you if you tell us which lines you'd like to write in. What we don't like are: people who have no clue what the basic rules and milieu of the game are all about (Yeah, he's an abomination pooka who kept his knowledge of true magick from when he used to be an Order of Hermes mage and he's also a hierarchy centurion!). You get the picture. Anyway, hope all that is helpful. Take care and thanks for being one of the folks who want to keep Changeling alive!

Nicky Rae,
Changeling Co-Developer Changeling: The Dreaming

A note from Mistypaw on art
As many of you probably noticed, Changeling is now Black and White. This means many of the White Wolf artists who use certain other color mediums won't be used for Changeling. I know there are a lot of you out there who draw VERY nice B&W changeling pics. I mean, look on Elfwood! So please, go ahead and give this a shot! Don't even offer to work for free... but you might mention that you're willing to work for Changeling fairly cheap. And of course, read all the official guidelines.