It's your Northwest control-line
Contributions of material for any Flying Lines feature are invited
from Northwest CL fliers. Articles, contest reports, calendar items, photos
and other items are welcomed! If you would like to submit an article, please
read the guidelines below.
Guidelines for submission of articles to Flying Lines
- Submit your article to the editor via e-mail. We can also accept material
- Text: The written part of the article can be simply the text of an e-mail, or as an attached document. If you send an attached document, first choice is a Macintosh Pages File. We can also accept a Word document and some other formats.
- Formatting: Since your article will be converted into html for
posting on the web, the formatting you use in your text will be mainly
advisory; we will make it as close to what you submitted as possible, but
it may not look exactly the same. Less complicated is easier!
- Photos and graphics: Send photos as jpg files and graphics (drawings, etc.) as gif files. Attach these to your e-mail. Do not embed graphics and photos in your text. Just put in a line saying "Photo of xxx goes here" where the item should go. A note about quality: Please submit high-quality photos taken by a conventional digital camera or scanned from film or print. Prints sent by hard copy are OK, too. Cell phone photos usually are not usable for publication.
- Tabular material: The software used by your editor to create FL web pages does not handle tab stops and tables very
well. Avoid using these if possible.
- Flyers and other downloads: If you are including a document
that you intend to be linked for download, such as a contest flyer, send
it in PDF form. If you are using a Windows computer, there is a
"save as" option for converting documents to pdf. If you are
a Mac user, it's a button option in the print dialog box.
- Style: Every publication has its own "style." This
is the general look of articles, as well as details of writing. Style is
a publication's effort to be consistent and predictable for readers. FL's
style is pretty loose, but we do try to make the articles look roughly
the same, and we try to prevent a semi-professional image to the world.
Please take a look at the articles already on the web site and try to
follow the general format. For example, you will see that we refer
to Control-Line and CL, not U-control or UC. You'll see that we have a
certain way of listing contest results. Certain words are spelled a certain
way. "Bellcrank," not "bel-crank." An ellipsis is three
dots (...) not 10 (..........). You get the idea.
- Pre-editing: Once you've written an article, please go back
and read it. Run your spell-checker. Correct your punctuation. Take out
random line breaks, odd capitalizations, extra spaces, etc. Send it to
FL as clean as possible. All of this saves your unpaid editor a
lot of time he'd rather spend in the workshop.
- Taste: Bear in mind that FL articles are posted on the
world wide web, and that is literally true. Anyone in the world
with a computer, including children, can read your article. Keep it clean,
try to be fair and accurate, and do not include personal attacks or insults.
Of course, humor is welcome; just use some good judgment.
- Relevance: Please keep all articles on the subject of control-line
Finally, we recommend that anyone submitting articles please read the
Flying Lines editorial policy
This page was updated Aug. 8, 2012