RULES AND COMMENTS FOR WRITERS FOR
CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE
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
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.
please do not use the following words: "nite" instead of "night,"
"thru" instead of "through," etc.
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
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.
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.
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).
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:
TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - http://www.donttellmamanyc.com/
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
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.
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.
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.
of thumb: there should rarely ever be more than one exclamation point
(!) per paragraph.
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
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).
"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.
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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