Please refer to the following for any guidance that you may seek when contributing to Kunzum Review. Most points are covered here – but do feel free to reach out should should you have any further clarifications.
Digital to start with; intention is to publish a printed magazine eventually.
Focus will be on the written word accompanied with suitable graphics and photos. When opportunity allows, we could even make audio / video content for podcasts, YouTube etc.
DISTRIBUTION / PROMOTION
The content will be posted across multiple platforms to include kunzum.com, Medium, Substack and LinkedIn. It will also go out as LinkedIn newsletters and extensively promoted across social media, mailers, WhatsApp broadcasts and paid digital ads.
The idea is to enable readers to make informed choices on what they could be reading next. And also get to know more about their favourite authors, the publishing industry and all things books. The content mix would include:
– Reviews and recommendations of books in the form of single title coverages and lists.
– Interviews with authors, editors, designers and publishers.
– Features and interviews for those aspiring to be writers themselves.
– Lists to include bestsellers, award winners, new releases and more.
– Book extracts.
– Fun in the form of contests, giveaways, challenges, games, activities, deals etc.
– Any other ideas that we come up with.
We would prefer all features to carry any suitable photos / illustrations. Contributors can arrange for those or suggest what would go well and we will try to source these at our end.
Also ensure that you talk about books that are available at Kunzum. You can check with our team before you write.
WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE
The contributors can be professional journalists and reviewers, or those who know their books and can express their opinions well. The number of pieces to be contributed and the content will be discussed with everyone individually.
There are no specific qualifications or experience that one needs. Even age is no bar. You may be based anywhere. Selection of contributions will be based strictly on merit keeping reader expectations in mind.
BRING YOUR IDEAS TO THE TABLE
We encourage you to pitch any ideas that you may have even if it goes beyond the brief shared; this is how we expect to bring in diverse voices, ideas and opinions into the mix. Don’t hold yourself back!
IT’S A TEAM EFFORT – DO SPREAD THE GOOD WORD
All of us are in it for the love of books and to spread the culture of reading. So do share links to posts amongst your circle of influence!
FREQUENCY OF PUBLICATION
It’s a digital ongoing mag. We will be publishing pieces daily. At some stage, we will come out with a print mag (say, 120 pages A4 size) which will be a monthly. But need many things to be in place before we commit to print.
QUANTITY OF CONTRIBUTIONS
Can be mutually decided. There is no minimum or maximum.
No rules here – whatever does justice to the topic. Since people will be reading on their screens, the length and the layout will matter to keep them focused.
To be decided on a case-to-case basis. You may opt for any of the following or even a mixed bag.
– Monetary Remuneration: Honestly, we do not have big budgets but don’t want to be unfair either. We prefer fixed amounts per piece than per word. We can have slabs depending on the nature of the piece.
– Review Copies: We will try to arrange for books to review, and these can be yours to keep!
– For the Love of It: No commercials involved. Of course, whenever feasible, we will show our love back by sending books, merchandise and store shopping credits from time to time.
We will pay monthly around the 7th for all pieces accepted by us during the previous month. As long we say it is accepted, you will be paid for the piece by the 7th of the following month – irrespective of when we finish editing and going live with it. Bank transfers / GPay work best so do share your account details.
We can share review copies received from publishers from time to time. We can also try arrange for any specific titles that you may have in mind.
YOUR PROFILE FOR PERSONAL BRANDING
While you will get a byline, we are happy to add to your personal brand by appending a photo, short bio, links, contact info etc. that you would like.
KUNZUM KEY MEMBERSHIP
As soon as we publish five pieces by you, we will extend a complimentary membership to Kunzum Key for Creators to you – check out https://kunzum.com/key. It comes with a host of benefits including 15 percent off on all purchases at Kunzum. Check out your privileges at https://kunzum.com/key-creators-terms.
We will facilitate meet-ups of all contributors on a monthly basis so we get to know each other better, ideate and feel elevated in the company. We understand those not in Delhi NCR may not be able to join, but we will stay connected through periodic online meets.