Writing Guidelines

If you are reading this, it’s either because you already joined the TBL Team or you are seriously considering doing so. It is a great honor to us, and we can’t wait to work together. Below, you’ll find some information about our requirements, the type of content we are looking for, guidelines, payments, and, in general, how to start blogging with us.

Requirements

All writers must have good written English, a lot of passion for videogames, and the ability to meet deadlines and respect any embargoes.

Type of content

Reviews, interviews, previews, lists, and all kinds of other articles, like “Top 10 … “, “Best Games of …”, “Games Like …” etc. This is the common content, but we are always open to suggestions and new ideas.

Guidelines for Reviews

  • We can only accept articles with at least 700 words count.
  • The intro of an article must answer this question: “What game are you covering?” and include info about platforms, release date and where you can buy it.
  • Using Headings is essential.
  • At a minimum, you must cover the story, the UI, the game mechanics, graphics & sound and anything else that deserves mention – by giving a detailed description of each component, as well as your personal opinion.
  • If possible – use screenshots from your gameplay and add captions to these.
  • Screenshots must include the game’s title in their name – something like “Karawan_1”.
  • Any images you use must be resized if they are too heavy or don’t fit the page very well.
  • Inside the REVIEW TAB, at the bottom of the page, you’ll find the SITE RATING. This is the score you want to assign to the game, from 0 to 10. Below this, there are also the GOOD POINT lines – add as many as you want. Same thing for the BAD POINT lines. Finally, don’t forget to add a summary of the review – it’s at the very bottom.
  • Do not use the column on the right of the page. (Categories – URL SLUG – TAGS – GENRE etc.)
  • When the review is ready, just save it as a draft. Our editor will double-check it, and then we’ll work on technical stuff like meta tags, links and SEO. For you, however, the job is done.
  • Do not publish the review on other websites – all articles must be exclusive.

Let’s talk about money

TBL is a small project, self-financed, for the most part, with only some income from ads and supporters. Still, we consider it our duty to reward our writers for their hard work!

  • 10 dollars per each article

You will be paid at the end of each month through PayPal – the only payment method currently available.

How to start & What games to cover

As the entry ticket, we ask for an article on any game (turn-based, of course) that wasn’t already covered on the blog, or, if you prefer, a list, like “Top 10 … “, “Best Games Of … “, or similar. You can send it to our email at info@turnbasedlovers.com or to our Discord – as a Word file.

After that, you’ll get access to the website’s back-end, where you can start writing directly. With login details, you’ll also get access to our Discord server and the dedicated writers’ room. There, you’ll find what games need to be covered, and you can request any of them. Or, you can even suggest your own!