Writers Resource

This is where the Contributors of Nightmare On Film Street can find answers to their burning questions in regards to content creation here on the website. If you aren’t yet a writer, why not apply?

 

What are the types of posts I can write?

NEWS POST (Min. 1 Per Week – 300-700 words)

Timely mainstream and notable Horror content only.

  • Trailers/Teasers
  • New Posters/Artwork
  • Film Festival News
  • Movie Stills
  • Release News
  • Noteworthy Horror News
  • Spotlighting a Noteworthy Horror Short
  • Spotlighting Noteworthy Fan-Made Content

EDITORIAL POST (Min. 1 Per Month – 1000+ words)

Mainstream and notable Horror content only.

  • Top ’10’ lists
  • Revisiting Vintage Horror
  • Second Opinions
  • Reviews
  • Interviews/Profiles of Noteworthy Horror Creators
  • Weird Web/Creepypasta Stories
  • Opinion Pieces
What am I allowed/not allowed to write about?
  • Only mainstream and noteworthy horror. Notable films with distribution. If featuring indie talent/kickstarters/fan-made content/short films – they need to have VIRAL potential, and be something really unique and amazing.
  • No self-promotion, friend/family promotion. Unless you are BFF’s with John Carpenter, we won’t accept posts of you interviewing friends/family or trying to plug your own stuff on the site. Please use your author bio for plugs.
  • Keep it professional. Please retain journalistic integrity in all of your content. Avoid biases, taking major stances on hot issues, and refrain from posting or promoting any content that incites violence, hatred, or bigotry. If a post veers too far into the category of ‘Controversial‘ – don’t post it.
  • Don’t Be a Negative Nancy. When posting editorial content, be a positive contribution to the site. Write about what you love. Excessively negative reviews and themed articles will not be posted.
  • Always give credit. If posting short films or fan-made content, always credit the artist. Link back to their youtube page, social media – whatever link you have.
  • Don’t Repeat. Use the search function before posting to ensure you are not submitting duplicate content. If you’re worried someone else is working on something similar, head to the Writers Facebook Group and ask there!
  • Be Timely. Internet news has to be fresh, or it will be ignored. Within 3 hours is BEST, Within 12 hours is OK, Within a day is SCRAPING BY. Any longer and it’s no longer news.
How do I pick a post Format?

We only use two different post formats when writing articles. (Select one of them on the right-hand side before starting your post. )

STANDARD 

Perfect for the majority of content. Use the text editor to create your post, and input any photos you have throughout your content.

Be sure to:

  • Add tags to your post
  • pick a category
  • create a compelling title
  • add a ‘widescreen’ featured image.

VIDEO

For any content with a video; Trailers, Short Films, etc. Use the text editor to create the content of your post. Copy the URL of your video, and paste it in the ‘VIDEO URL’ slot in the top right corner.

Be sure to;

  • Add tags to your post
  • pick a category
  • create a compelling title
  • credit the creator
  • add a ‘widescreen’ featured image. (Your video will appear in the ‘Featured Image’ section of the post, so if you’d like, you can also include this image inside your post.)
How do I Tag my post?

Tagging your post is very important. It helps your article appear more often across our website with related posts, and helps google to index your article quicker. Tags are added in the right sidebar.

  • The more tags, the better.
  • Separate each tag by a comma – like so; horror, horror new, horror article, nightmare on film street, horror trailer,
  • Use director’s names, film titles – any keywords within your article that someone may search.
Which Category do I put my post under?

These are the following categories, and what types of posts go under each;

Freaky Fun
Weird Web , Creepypasta, Paranormal , Horror-Adjacent content, Halloween, etc.

Horror News
Recent News posts- trailers, new stills, release information, etc.

Nightmare News
This category is reserved for news about Nightmare on Film Street.

Podcast
This category is reserved for podcast release articles from Nightmare on Film Street.

Recommendations
Posts that revisit non-topical horror films. List posts and editorial content.

Reviews
Reviews and opinion pieces.

Trailers
Trailers. When posting trailers, you may also categorize under ‘Horror News’.

**NOTE: Please limit yourself to ONE CATEGORY, unless posting a recent trailer, as mentioned above. **

How do I format Images?

GENERAL:

  • Every post must have a minimum of 1 image.
  • Always use as large an image as you can find. Do not upload grainy or poor resolution images. 800px wide is the minimum size.
  • Upload your images to the site, NEVER hot-link them from other websites.
  • After uploading your image, name it to something keyword friendly. If it’s an image of the killer from Scream, call it ‘GHOSTFACE KILLER FROM HORROR MOVIE SCREAM
  • Select ‘MEDIUM‘ when choosing the image size your your post. Your image should have a minimum width of 800px.

FEATURED IMAGE:

  • Every post must have a featured image.
  • Upload your featured image in the bottom right sidebar.
  • This image will appear above the title. Do not put this image in your post’s content or it will be a duplicate. (Except Video posts. Your video will appear in the ‘Featured Image’ section of the post, so if you’d like, you can also include this image inside your post.)
  • Darker images without text work best.
  • Use a landscape style image (an image that is wider than it is tall).
  • Always use as large an image as you can find. Do not upload grainy or poor resolution images. 800px wide is the minimum size.
The Lowdown on Post Statuses!

There are several different statuses for posts-in-progress before they reach the publish stage. Here’s a list of what they are and what they mean for you as a contributor!

PITCH

Pitching an article idea. Create a rough draft and idea to receive Editors Comments before proceeding to first draft. Great for controversial ideas that you may not be sure will be a right fit for the site. Pitching can also be done in our writer’s group for a faster response.

ASSIGNED

A holding status for an editorial or major story that’s been assigned to a particular Contributor. Pre-Draft Stage.

IN PROGRESS

Articles that are in pre-draft stage and still being worked on.

DRAFT

Articles are nearing final completion. May be checked on by an Editor and receive EDITORIAL COMMENTS at this stage.

PENDING REVIEW

Articles that have been completed and are Pending review from an editor before being published. When you are ready to submit a completed article, mark it PENDING REVIEW.

NEEDS REVISION

Articles that have been submitted for review and need revisions before being published. Author will receive EDITORS COMMENTS on the post. Once the post is revised, it needs to go to PENDING REVIEW to be added back to the queue.

PUBLISHED

Woohoo! This article is live on the site!

Basic Formatting Tips!

To prevent your post from sitting in the PENDING REVIEW box, here are some formatting tips (Kim and Jon will sing your praises if you do these)!

  • Film/TV Titles: Bold + Italic
  • Book/Other Titles: Italic
  • Important Dates: Bold
    Characters Names: Italic
  • Actors/Directors/Etc: No Change
  • If using sub-headers, use HEADER 3 in the formatting drop-down (It typically says PARAGRAPH). This is especially helpful for LIST POSTS.
  • When putting captions under images, put them in ITALICS.
  • When using longer quotes: give the quote its own paragraph, highlight the entire quote, then hit the QUOTATIONS BUTTON. Looks like < this guy.
  • Images should be CENTERED, MEDIUM SIZE, and LANDSCAPE (wider than they are tall – Exceptions made for poster art). To adjust: click EDIT (the little pencil dude) for a drop-down that says Small, Medium, Large, Original Size. At MEDIUM, it should be 800px wide, the perfect width for our site. If it isn’t after you select MEDIUM, your image file is too small!
  • Before submitting, don’t forget to PICK A CATEGORY, ADD PLENTY OF TAGS, SET A FEATURED IMAGE, AND CREATE A COMPELLING TITLE.
  • If your post is hasn’t been published after 24 hours, the post may have been updated as NEEDS REVISIONS. Check the post for EDITOR’S NOTES. Sometimes there are too many revisions for us to tackle without you, and we require you to do a second pass before re-submitting.
Readability and SEO

We added a new feature to the website that will improve our content, making it easier to read and rank higher in search engines. This step is integral for our new site to grow its audience and readership.

It’s a feature called SEO and READABILITY, and you’ll see it next time you hop on the site to write a post. It works with a red light/yellow light/green light system, and will update LIVE as you write and tell you any issues with the content of your post!

It’s a super intuitive feature and will tip you off for various things, like;
+ using the same word too often
+ having too many long sentences
+ article length too short
+ Etc.

For tips on your article, simply scroll to the box underneath the post section (should be right near where we leave Editor’s Comments)

Please aim for and ‘OK’ rating or better on all posts, BEFORE submitting it as ‘Pending Review’. It’ll really help us all in the long run; by both improving our writing, and creating a reputable news source out of our website!

How do I update my author card?

In the WordPress dashboard, you can edit your profile under USERS.

  • Create a short bio for yourself (Think Twitter-length, 140 characters or less)
  • Select your preferred name
  • Add any applicable social media links
  • Upload a professional(-ish) photo

You author card will begin appearing under your posts.

How do I know if my article will be Published?/ My Article Wasn't Approved!

Once you submit your article, please allow up to 24 hours for us to review it. We will then update the post and either PUBLISH IT, or mark it as NEEDS REVISION and leave EDITORIAL COMMENTS for you in the Post. You will then need to make updates and re-submit.

To avoid multiple revisions, be sure to proof-read and frequently Preview Your Post to ensure your formatting is correct.

Other reasons why your post may not be published;

  • Didn’t follow post guidelines. Posts must relate to Mainstream Horror, must refrain from extreme bias, not veer to closely into personal opinion (and when necessary must remain professional), posts cannot be excessively negative in tone, post cannot be self promotion.
  • Too similar to existing content. Always pitch your editorial ideas in the group – you’ll get feedback, and you’ll also learn if someone is already working on something similar. Use the search function on the site to ensure nothing has already been published of that nature.
  • Image Formatting Issues. Posts must contain well chosen images in landscape format (wider than they are long, wherever possible. Obviously not the case for Poster Art). Images must be high resolution, and a minimum of 800 pixels wide. Longer articles should contain several images to break up large chunks of text. More Formatting tips are located on this page, hooray!
  • Grammar/Format. Always proof-read your articles and check your post preview. It saves us boatloads of times when editing and approving posts if they are formatted correctly, and contain few errors. More Formatting tips are located on this page, hooray!
How do I maximise my and my articles exposure?
  • Write viral-worthy content. Be active on the Facebook group so you can grab the *biggest* news articles as they become available. For editorials, write concise, easy to read content. Follow our SEO guidelines, and create List style posts – readers love them!
  • Share on Social Media! When an article is published, it is automatically promoted on our Twitter and Facebook feeds. Articles that are relevant and exceed our expectations also get plugged on our Instagram feed and in our Fan Facebook Groups. You can help grow your article’s reach by also sharing the articles on social media. This not only helps your audience see your posts, but also helps it to rank higher in Google, as you are increasing the backlinks. Utilize your Twitters, Facebook Pages, and Tumblrs. Also, join some Horror niche Facebook Groups and share your new articles there.
  • Write Consistent. We try to internally link articles within every post we publish. If you write often, and even better- often about the same subject – your articles will get linked more often! Think of it as almost a web of content stretching out from the initial article. The more consistently you contribute, the more your articles will appear in that web!
  • Share your status! Tell your audience in your bio that you write for us! Most of our team uses “Contributor at Nightmare on Film Street“. If you click your name on either the Team Page or in your Author Bios – it will also take you to your article page, where all of the articles that only YOU have written are organized. You can set this link as your homepage, add it to your social media bios, you name it! Anyone that clicks on that link will only see the latest news you’ve contributed.
I have more questions!

Don’t fret! We created our Writers Facebook Group just for situations like this! Ask your question there and our community of other writers will be sure to help!