Write!

Automata Magazine needs writers. Come and be part of the adventure!

No magazine can exist without the support of its readers. For a magazine like AM, this means articles.

Writing for a magazine is the secret ambition of everyone (or so I am told). It’s not as difficult as you might think. We’ve prepared some submission guidelines for a variety of different types of stories. They are listed below (with links to downloadable PDFs), along with a partial list of the kinds of stories wed like to see.

Please consider writing about your projects, visits to places of automata interest, your collection, or what-have-you. Ours is a field that encompasses all skill levels, ages, geographical locations, and interests. Everyone has something of interest to say. Send us a note telling us what you have in mind.

Please note! You do not have to be an expert or fine craftsperson to write about your work. With automata, charm and concept are often as important as craftmanship (sometimes more so!).

Compensation: Since we’re unable able to actually pay authors at this time, we’re offering a year’s free subscription to Automata Magazine for each article published (i.e., two articles = two years of the magazine).

We need photos and descriptions of your projects for the photo gallery, too.

How to write for AM (downloadable PDFs)
General guidelines
How-to articles
Photo gallery
Photography
Your automata

A partial list of topics that you could write about
* Your latest project
* Construction methods
* Construction tips and tricks
* Collecting automata
* Tools and how to use them
* Materials discussion — wood, metal, plastic, ??
* How you solved a specific problem
* How-to
* How I did it
* Basic mechanisms
* Interesting, complex, specialized, or unusual mechanisms
* Using wind-up motors to power automata
* Using electric motors to power automata
* Using wind to power automata
* Planning complex mechanisms
* Project planning
* Making complex mechanisms
* History of autotmata and historical models
* Retrospective of a specific artist’s work
* Automatist biographies and/or interviews
* Using computers for planning automata
* Laser cutting and automata
* 3D printing and automata
* Mistakes you made and how you fixed them
* Concepts
* The art of the automaton
* Visits to places of automata interest
* Plans (i.e., blueprints) for automata
* Inspiration for projects
* Working with different kinds of wood
* Box-making techniques
* Pinwheel gears — how they work and how to make them
* Different kinds of gearing
* Philosophical points concerning materials and methods
* Carving figures
* Making figures from materials other than wood (polymer clay?)
* Bearings in mechanisms — wood vs. metal vs. plastic
* Lubrication of automata
* Automata maintenance