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Writing Guidelines

Writing for Rogue Comet

Rights

This is work-for-hire meaning I will own all rights on the final product, although I will of course give you credit in the final publication 🙂

Pay

Most products are fixed fee and are based on target word counts, rounded up to the nearest $5. For example, for a 1,200 word adventure at $0.02 a word, I’d pay $25 (0.02 a word = $24, rounded up to the nearest $5), regardless if the final word count of your adventure was 1,024 words or 1,315 words. Many times I’ll round up to the nearest $25 if it’s a small project.

 

I pay via Paypal after receipt of final product. Paypal takes out a small service fee of about 3%.

Word Counts & Format

Please use Google Docs to deliver your works to me, granted me editing privileges. Word Count is based on Google Docs reported word counts (different word processors may report slightly different word counts).

Writing, Editing, & Payment Process

The writing and editing process should follow these steps:

  1. First Draft — you write a first pass at the deliverable. I don’t need to see this version.
  2. 2nd Draft — You go back (ideally a few days later to clear your mind) and re-read and edit your first draft. Trim down the word count to avoid bloated sentences. Editing a 1st draft phrase like ‘you should get rid of words that you don’t need’ you could rewrite it to say ‘omit needless words’. Rule of thumb is ‘2nd Draft = 1st Draft – 10%’. Once you’re done with the 2nd draft (including a spell-check), pass it over to me.
  3. Final Draft — I (or possibly my editor Damien Goldwarg or other editor) will review and get back to you to ask for clarification on any points. We may ask you to rewrite a paragraph here or there if something isn’t clear or doesn’t quite work. Sometimes we don’t have any edits though. Once you’ve made any corrections or rewrites, we consider the work ‘final’ and you get paid.

Originality

Please avoid any trademarked characters or settings in your writing. Do not plagiarize any text from another source.

Style Guide

Please follow Pinnacle Entertainment Group submissions style guide for writing style:

https://www.peginc.com/about/writing-for-pinnacle/

One-Sheet Format

One-sheets are standalone adventures which generally range from 1,000-1,500 words (including stat blocks). They typically have about 5 scenes where combat or heavy roleplaying occurs. If it’s an exploration adventure, you’d probably have about 8 to 12 rooms to explore.

 

If you’re asked to write a ‘one-sheet’ it should follow the style and standards of Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s one-sheet adventures for Savage Worlds. Here are resources to review and understand one-sheets including some tutorials:

 

Plot Point Campaigns

Plot Points campaigns are a flexible adventure arc structure. Typically you have 8-12 Plot Point adventures which are essentially 1,000-1,500 word one-sheet adventures, each of which advances an overarching plot. In addition to this plot point arc, you have 8-20 ‘Savage Tales’ which can be short (500-1,000 words) and are standalone adventures you can insert whenever you want, and that don’t advance the plot point arc. This way you can shrink or stretch campaigns to run 8 to 30 sessions.

 

If you’re asked to write a plot-point campaign, I can send you samples of Plot Point Campaigns.

Here is an overview of how to write a plot-point campaign from

 

 

Supers Writing Projects

Target Product

I intend to publish a new multi-genre RPG that includes support for Modern, Supers, Fantasy, Pulp, and Horror games. It will be based on the D&D 5e rules but will be classless and concise (final product will be around 96 pages and comic book digest size for the core rules). For the public beta of this game I would like to have a few different settings, adventures, and pregenerated characters. These supers products would potentially be part of the beta, and very likely receive art and publication along with the final product (or supplement products).

 

I’ve got two projects.

 

Project #1: Supers One-Sheet

 

Wordcount: Approximately 1,200 words

Pay: $25 ($0.02 a word

 

Project #2: Supers Setting

 

In case it’s of interest, I saw these great write-ups on doing one-sheets.

 

Designing a One-Sheet

Savage Stuff: Designing a One Sheet, Savage Tale, or Plot Point Episode http://savage-stuff.blogspot.com/2016/06/designing-one-sheet-savage-tale-or-plot.html

Savage Stuff: Designing a One Sheet: Step-by-Step Example http://savage-stuff.blogspot.com/2016/06/designing-one-sheet-step-by-step-example.html?utm_source=sbn_feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=savage_bloggers_network