Hi! I’m Loryn, the Executive Editor Boss-Lady of PopLurker.com. (Sounds fancy, right?)
I’m also someone who loves writing and the people who do it.
As someone who can’t draw worth a damn, my biggest creative outlet is writing. During my first year as an Internet Writer, I was not only lucky enough to actually manage to get pieces published, but I met the most incredible and supportive network of writers and readers in the whole freakin’ world! And for some amazing and humbling reason, many new writers I met while building my platform gave me the opportunity to beta read and critique their writing. The result?
I absolutely loved it.
My dream now is to open my blog to create a fully fleshed-out website covering multiple topics written by both myself and writers of all experience levels. If you don’t feel you have the chops to write for a big site, you can at least have the opportunity to get your thoughts out on paper with honest, straight-forward editorial feedback.
Questions You Might Have
Q: Why are you opening PopLurker to writers?
A: To build a network of writers! Currently, I update PopLurker once a week and I can only write about what I know, enjoy, or have done. I’m still going strong, but I would love to post 2-3 times a week. I want to hear your voice and if there’s anything I can do to promote you or boost your visibility, I want to do it! I also love the idea of strangers being brought together by the love of a website. This will be on a much smaller scale than a huge publication (initially), but the community of writers and readers will be present.
Q: What’s the difference between a Guest Spot and a Collaboration?
A: A PopLurker guest spot is where you pitch me a topic, I approve it, you write it, and you get full writing credit.
A PopLurker collaboration is where you have an idea, and think I’d make a good co-writer for the topic. We write the piece together, either half and half, or each taking separate entries. Either way, I will end up editing the pieces, but the writing is a team effort and typically less work than taking it on all by yourself. You can also get in touch with other PopLurker readers and writers and collaborate on a piece together!
Keep in mind that if I don’t have experience or insight on a topic, I wouldn’t make a very good co-writer, but I can still edit the piece in an exciting way.
Q: Does contributing to the website pay?
A: No. I’m sorry, I cannot pay writers, not even myself. My site is a labor of love that receives a few thousand hits per month, depending on the popularity of the topics. Currently, the site is newly monetized, but we have no funds at this time. Once we have a predictable and steady income, I fully intend to pay all contributing writers.
Q: What do I get out of contributing to your website?
A: Sometimes the only thing holding us back is the fear that nobody cares about what we have to say. With me, you don’t have to worry about that. By pitching to me, you’ll learn how to use your words to get me excited about what you want to write. You’ll get gentle, straightforward feedback about why your idea will or won’t work for my site. You’ll gain editorial feedback about your actual writing.
You’ll also have your own Author’s Page on the Site with direct links to the work you’ve written for PopLurker.
You can take advantage of my platform and gain new followers for your own website or social media. You can pitch as many or as few topics to me as you want. If you have the time and desire to become a regular, unpaid contributor, that’s beautiful and I love you. If you decide you want to do it once and it’s too much like homework, I get that too.
Work within your comfort level!
Q: What do YOU get if I contribute to your website?
A: I want additional content for my website that’s not written by me.
It’s really that simple.
I love reading about media and experiences I never would have thought about writing. Most important to me, I get to hone my skills at editing and critical feedback, which are things I really enjoy doing. If a writer is like an actor, the editor is like the director. I want to develop my directing skills.
Working with people from various backgrounds and experiences will help me do that. I want to be challenged with the opportunity to take your work and help you turn it into a humorous and exciting piece that will grip readers, make them think, and make them laugh! And lastly, as a writer, I’m always looking to expand my own readership and social network. Bringing on a multitude of writers will bring new readers and followers to me as well! Everybody wins!
Q: What are your qualifications to guide and edit my work?
A: I have 25 years of writing experience under my belt; I started writing when I was seven and haven’t stopped since. But less anecdotally and more specifically my qualifications are:
- I have a BA in Creative Writing from California State University Northridge.
- I wrote Training Manuals for Bank of America while leading a team of 60 specialists. I know how to organize individuals, conduct meetings, and communicate ideas to many varieties of people.
- I have written THREE Young Adult Novels, One of which is getting published!
- I developed THREE separate cartoon pitches. One I was commissioned to help with and it was optioned for pilot by Cartoon Network.
- I have experience writing cartoon scripts and episode pitches
- I am an experienced book reader and beta-reader
- I have brainstormed with friends in the animation industry on how to fix their scripts and stories
- My work has been featured on websites like Cracked.com, LoadScreen.au, and The Blog of Heavy Metal
- I have a really cool website of my own
- Hopefully, you like me! (No point to pitch to me otherwise!)
What I Am Looking For
- Fan Theories with or without concrete evidence. If you can carry your point through an entire post and it makes sense, I want to see it. If it’s a franchise I’m not familiar with, please be prepared to answer my dumb-dumb questions!
- Columns/articles about media, old and new. Television, anime, cartoons, pop culture, music, movies, video games, books, comics, etc. The catch here is they cannot be summary. I would love to see your unique perspective on something, even if it’s in the form of a venting rant. Even better if there’s a twist that a reader wouldn’t expect!
- Retrospective Columns (Nostalgia welcome!)
- Reactionary pieces to game and movie trailers (Currently not seeking)
- Food and beverage pieces with an interesting perspective. You know I have a love for coffee, beer, whiskey, and other tasty delights so I know someone could have a lot of fun with this!
- Columns that make fun of ridiculous products geared toward niche audiences (advertisements, catalogs, commercials, etc.)
- Unique Personal Experiences. I want to hear stories regarding your strangest jobs, hobbies, cosplaying, your weird collections, ghostly encounters, strangest things that happened on vacation, etc. I want deeper stories about your life as a member of a certain race, religion, sexuality, mental illness or disability, fetishes, drug use, loss, or parenting children with unique challenges.
- Easily digestible weekend content (Recommendations, best of, what to watch, etc.)
What I Am NOT Looking For
- Highly Fact-Based articles that require excessive academic research
- Countdowns of the best/worst of something unless they’re super weird, funny, specific, or have a twist
- Poetry or fictional short stories
- Advice columns
- Travel blogs without a personal, humorous, or anecdotal edge
- Columns or articles that summarize media without any personal thoughts, observations, or unique perspectives
- Articles that are staunchly political without any sort of tie in to a social issue/group/or piece of entertainment
- Writing about writing (tips and tricks)
- Hate propaganda that denigrates any religious or social group
- Personal stories about Rape, Murder, or Children getting hurt. Really…stay out of my bubble. Please don’t let me know you exist.
So…Are You Ready to Pitch to PopLurker!?!?!
If you have a topic in mind that you didn’t see above that you think would make a good contribution to PopLurker, give it a shot and just pitch it!
I’m open to seeing what nice little surprises lurk into my face! The worst I can say is No thank you and no one’s day is ruined. We’re all just people- let’s work together and throw an awesome party.
Send an email to PopLurker@gmail.com with PITCH in the subject line and your topic.
Just as a caveat: Please do not pitch if you cannot follow through with your article! If your article is approved, please make time to write it. PopLurker is open about our inability to pay contributors OR Staff. However, we adhere to a schedule and depend on the material we’re given to organize a publishing schedule.
Thank you in advance for your respect and consideration.
- When pitching, give me a brief overview of your topic, plus any helpful quotes/images supporting your subject. This does not have to be hours of work. After all, this is unpaid. However, it’s your job as the writer to help me clearly see your vision and get me excited for your article.
- You don’t need to have tons of jokes in the pitch, but I would love to get an idea of your voice. Jokes will be fleshed out and punched up when you get the chance to write the piece. After all, we’re all here for the lol’s, right?!
- People tend to like List-Based articles and columns. We’ll feel it out together if your pitch would work better in this format or not.
- If I dig on your pitch and ask you to write a spot for the website, I request that completed entries be between 1,500 – 2,500 words. If you can’t get your thoughts out in that many words, we will work together to boost it up, punch it up, or cut it down. Most people’s attention drops off around 2,500 words, but the meat of your point isn’t really hit until about 1,000 words.
- If you have any specific images in mind, you can send them to me before I edit your piece. Otherwise, I’ll find them myself. If your post requires personal images, I’ll ask for them before posting to the website.
- Once your piece is approved, make sure you provide all social media links you want me to use, IE links to your blog, Twitter, etc.
And that’s it! I can’t wait to see what’s churning through your incredible minds.
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