Hello, my name is Diego and I’m the founder of Into The Spine. Hope you are doing well today.
One of the first things I thought about when creating the site was the possibility of building a new place for writers from all over the world. I want people to contribute at their own pace, talk about the stuff they love and find stories about games. Into The Spine is primarily focused on indies, but that doesn’t exclude AA or AAA games.
I’m looking to build a team, an internal community of talented folks that want to shape their skills, exchange ideas and use their unique voices in each piece. Opinions about recent news, experiences that games evoke in players, and features that involve personal aspects of our lives. Don’t ever assume an idea might not “fit” the site. As long as it involves video games, we’ll work something out.
Pitches: Ideas must be between 100 to 300 words long, and please, don’t forget to add a brief introduction about yourself. Also, include some links to your previous work, either from a site or a personal blog.
Volunteers: Sadly, I can’t afford to have monthly contributors at the moment. Into The Spine is always open for people who want to contribute with pitches, and we’re always encouraging folks to pitch elsewhere if the initial idea is big enough and whenever they finished working on something.
Rates: When I started this site, I stated from the very beginning that all contributors will be paid for their work. This will always remain true. But, keep in mind that all payments are coming straight out of my own wallet. I don’t have the budget to get dozens of monthly writers per month, but given the case, I will always help freelancers to get their potential ideas someplace else.
For one-time pitches, the payment is $10. We’re not giving you a word limit, so decide how much that’s worth to you. Interviews are $15, and at the moment I can’t cover reviews. There aren’t any community or staff accounts whatsoever.
Note: Depending on the amount of pitches, we won’t be able to fullfil every request.
Collaboration with ProvingGroundsTV
We’ve started a collaboration with ProvingGroundsTV to give new voices a place for their ideas, regardless of backgrounds, nationality, skills, and language. We’re looking for pitches similar to what we do here on the site, along with incorporating esports-based content that could fit either Into The Spine or ProvingGrounds TV.
The other main difference is that it won’t just be me editing a piece. More people from the team will offer guidance and feedback during a tutoring process for as long as it’s needed to achieve the best work possible based on the original idea.
This also includes linguistic help to folks whom English isn’t their primary language. You’d need to know the basics, but don’t worry about not having prior experience or major expertise in English. Our idea is to help you exactly in those aspects.
These pieces will be paid $25 USD and we’ll offer feedback from a variety of freelancers to get your first byline, along with recommendations for when to keep pitching once the tutoring process is completed.
Persons of color as well as LGTBQ+ folks are more than encouraged to pitch. As for countries you come from, we receive people from all over the world, as long as PayPal is an eligible option for you in order for us to process payments.
Into The Spine is the place I’ve always wanted to write for when I started freelancing, and now, a potential site to showcase stories about video games. Plurality of voices and all kinds of backgrounds are, and will be, the source of this. I want to present people with a voice, an identity in each piece. Having the freedom to get your wildest ideas published, while building a portfolio and improving your skills at the same time.
Please, forward all pitches and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and feel free to contact us on Twitter or at email@example.com for any questions.
Let’s make it happen.