Writers Guidelines

A Publication of Trimbach Media

OUR AUDIENCE

The primary audience for COINage is coin collectors and investors. The magazine provides a refreshing review for the experienced collector and an introduction to key concepts for the less experienced. Our goal is to provide informative and entertaining articles for this audience and to draw new people to the hobby.

MANUSCRIPTS

We are particularly interested in fresh articles that put the past into perspective with the present. We also accept articles pertaining to coin auction and show coverage, currency, errors, modern and proof coinage, precious metals and bullion, commemoratives, ancients, colonials and historic numismatic figures. Also welcome are articles that educate beginning collectors or investors and promote active participation in the hobby.

Please provide your mailing address, phone number, email address and Social Security Number on each page, and, if possible, include a word count (2,500 words is the preferred length).

All authors accept responsibility for the accuracy of their facts. Please confirm any statistical or factual information with a reliable source before submitting an article.

QUERIES

You may contact the editor to ask whether your topic is suitable for COINage. After that, we want to see the completed story with photos.

ARTICLE SUBMISSION

COINage will only consider unpublished manuscripts of 2,000 to 4,000 words submitted via mail or email that include:
•a cover letter that includes your contact information (mailing address, phone number and an email address)
•a double-spaced printout of the manuscript and caption list that reflects any special text formatting (i.e. italics, super- or subscript letters, etc.) that should appear in print
•.doc or .txt files of your manuscript and caption list on a CD or separate page of the electronic file
•10 to 15 usable photos (see the section on Photographs)

Please do not fax  submissions.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Each article must be accompanied by 10 to 15 clear, digital photographs that illustrate the story. Digital art must be submitted as high-resolution (300 dpi and at least 5″ x 7″) JPEG or TIFF files and be accompanied by quality, color contact sheets. Label each file so that it’s easy to identify the image. For example, label a photo of a 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle as “1933 Saint.jpg.”

Not all photos will be used, so please do not refer to them in your story. We cannot use blurry or pixelated photos or articles without photos.

DO NOT send negatives or your only copy, as materials may become lost in the mail or corrupt.

COINage cannot use photos without captions. Captions must be typewritten and saved to your CD or included in your electronic submission package. A caption consists of one or two full, informative sentences per photo. (See Tips for writing Good Captions, below.)

Match captions to digital files by their file names (ex. 1933 Saint.jpg: Ten specimens of the 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle were turned over to the Mint.)

ACCEPTANCE

COINage does not send acceptance letters. When you submit an article, please be aware that you are submitting for an issue at least three months ahead. Your article may not be used immediately, but held for a future issue. Rejections will be processed in a reasonable time frame. Please allow us up to six months to use your manuscript before calling.

EDITORIAL CALENDAR

We do not lock ourselves into themes for every month so that we can respond to market and hobby news in a timely manner, when it is most topical. However, the following issues do concentrate every year on a special topic:
January          Coin Forecast
February        Typically gold
March               U.S. Coin Update: What’s Hot?
July                   Top 10
August             This issue is widely distributed at the annual ANA convention

RIGHTS AND PAYMENT

Rights and payment are outlined in the Contributor Agreement. Contributors must return a signed Agreement and completed W-9 form before the editor can consider their work for publication. Contact the editor to request these forms via email or mail.

Payment for published articles varies. Simultaneous submissions are not accepted. Articles are selected for publishing by the editorial staff and are subject to editing.

RETURNING MATERIALS

Due to the volume of unsolicited submissions received, rejected materials will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE). Please be sure yours is large enough and bears adequate postage for all the materials you want returned. COINage does not accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, unsolicited editorial contributions.

REJECTION LETTER

The editor is unable to make comments on every manuscript that is turned down. The form rejection letter is not designed to discourage the contributor, but outlines the general requirements for acceptance. Use the listed criteria as a guide when preparing future submissions. Please do not call the editor for further advice.

MAILING ADDRESS

Mail submissions to:

COINage Submissions
P.O. Box 7030
Ventura, CA 93006-9899

Send a self-addressed, stamped postcard for delivery confirmation.

CONTACT THE EDITOR
MGibbel@coinagemag.com
(805) 644-3824 x122

TIPS FOR WRITING GOOD CAPTIONS

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a good caption is worth its weight in gold. Photos are a critical element of your COINage submission, and it is equally important that you provide adequate captions for them. In fact, poor captions can cause your manuscript to be rejected.

COINage’s caption style is to use informative full sentences that tell the reader more than he could see by looking at the photo. The editor cannot write your captions for you. She doesn’t know why you took the photos you did, so she can’t explain to the reader what is relevant about them. Here are some tips to help you write acceptable captions that will draw readers into your story:

Captions must be meaningful full sentences, not merely identification. A caption should tell the reader why the photo is a good illustration of the topic of your article, not just identify a coin or person. Use complete sentences, not sentence fragments.

The coins, people, event, etc. are the thing. They are what’s important to the reader. What would you want to know about the photos if you were the reader? Put that information in your captions.

Your captions should be just as full of interesting information as your article. If you have trouble writing an original sentence, find a sentence in your article that relates to the photo and copy it to your caption file. It’s that easy to write good captions!

EXAMPLES

Poor: A 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle
Good: The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle ($20 gold piece) is considered one of America’s most beautiful coins.

Poor: John F. Kennedy (obverse)
Good: Gilroy Roberts designed the bust of John F. Kennedy as it appears on the obverse of the half dollar.

Poor: The author at a show
Good: The American Numismatic Association holds several conventions throughout the year.

Poor: The U.S. Marines at Harper’s Ferry
Good: In 1859, the United States Marines stormed the engine house at Harper’s Ferry, trapping John Brown inside.

Poor: U.S. special Mint set
Good: The 1966 Special Mint Set is considered by some to be the prototype of the “slab.”

These are very generic examples, but as the expert on your topic, you can include specific information that our coin-collecting readers will want to know. For more examples of COINage’s caption style, pick up any copy of the magazine. Read the captions and copy the style.

Please remember the following when writing captions:

1. Captions must be typewritten; handwritten captions are not acceptable. Type your captions at the end of your article or in a separate file on your CD.

2. Use filenames to match captions to digital photos. (ex., buffalo.jpg: Collectors of all ages still love the Buffalo nickel’s design.)

3. Give a separate caption for each photo, even if several photos are similar.