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STYLE RULES AND COMMENTS FOR WRITERS FOR
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The following style rules, in no particular order, will make my job easier when setting up your submissions for inclusion in the e-mail edition and/or on the website. Please read them over, and feel free to raise objections or ask questions. Many have to do simply with my own personal taste.

ABBREVIATIONS

Since the HOTLINE is international, avoid abbreviations whenever possible. DECEMBER (not DEC.) Saturday (not Sat.) The only exception is the names of states in the United States. In this case, use the official post office abbreviations.

Also, please do not use the following words: "nite" instead of "night," "thru" instead of "through," etc.

CAPS AND QUOTES

Just to be consistent, the name of a cabaret or theater venue should be in all UPPER CASE letters. The address should be in Upper Case/Lower Case format.

The title of a song, or the name of a cabaret show should be Upper Case/Lower Case, within quotation marks. The songwriters should be identified by last name at least, in composer/lyricist order.

DATES AND TIME

The date should be given either as "December 18th" or "December 18, 1999." The use of the "th" allows the reader to assume it is in the current year. Do not use 12/18/99 - always spell out the name of the month, and use the full 4-digit year designation.

Time of day should be in the following format: 8:00 pm - note that there should always be a minute designation, even if it is shorter to say 8 pm. Note as well that there should be a space between the time and the "pm" and no space between the "p" and the "m", and no period after "p" or "m" (unless it is the end of a sentence, of course).

ADDRESSES

The first time that the name of a club or theater is mentioned in an article or review, it should be identified in full in the following format the first time it is mentioned:

DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/ )

Note: Name of club, all caps. Then the address and phone number within parenthesis. Do not give the zip code, and where the name of the state, province or country is obvious, it can be omitted. Always include the area code in any phone number, in the following format: 555-555-5555. Include the website address when possible

PROPER NAMES

Pease set proper names in Upper Case/Lower Case format. Please make sure that the spelling is correct. You can write a very negative review and the performers might not complain, but spell a name wrong and you will hear from them. I count on the author of the article to include correctly spelled names at all times. In fact, I assume that the entire item has been spell checked, and grammar checked.

MISCELLANEOUS

Where necessary, your article, release or review may be edited, shortened and even re-phrased. If extensive changes are made, you will be sent a copy of the final product by e-mail (unless the article is extremely time-critical) before it is published to insure that the meaning of your article has not changed.

Please do not submit any reviews that have as their subject the performance of a close personal friend.

Try to include a reference to a performer's website, CD and/or future performance dates where possible.

While I have over 4000 photos of performers already scanned and on file, if you can include a recent gif or jpg format photo as an attachment, it would be helpful. Color is better. Please note that the size gif or jpg should be no larger than 4 1/2 inches wide, and no smaller than 3 inches wide when viewed, and should be at 72 dpi. If you need more specific information, please send me a note before e-mailing the photo.

Rule of thumb: there should rarely ever be more than one exclamation point (!) per paragraph.

Please do not use tabs, columns, charts, lists, etc. This all requires special coding for use on a web page, and never looks like it was meant to look.

Try to write in a conversational, personal style. Every review, good or bad, should have a constructive and/or instructive element that will be beneficial to both performer and reader. The goal is to make for better and better quality cabaret - not punish a performer (unless he appears in his underwear or less).

The "cabaret press" is well known for being kind to performers, offering help rather than hurt. Your review or article will be rejected if it appears to be mean spirited, destructive, and hurtful.

As with any creative work, you are free to break any rule, as long as you include an explanation or reason. They are not written in stone, and may be revised, amended or shortened at some future date.

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