First of all, you do not have to be a professional writer. We suspect that most of you are not!
It’s the content that is most important to us. We want your old stories and pictures. If needed, we can edit the writing to make your story flow well and eliminate any grammatical or spelling errors. You will always have final approval before your story is published.
We are looking for personal stories about things that happened, places you went and things you did while involved with cars. In other words... what you did in and around the cars as much as what you did to the car.
The old photos we want to see are the ones you cherish and that relate to the story you are telling. See our content in Read Stories to get some examples.
The following are some guidelines for stories and photographs. Adherence to these few suggestions will increase the likelihood of your submissions being published.
Submissions must be in English. While we do edit, please try to use proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and structure. Tell the story fully and in order of what happened. Keep in mind, your reader hasn’t heard or read your story before.
Try to include as many facts as you can to support your story. Where were you, what time of year, who was there, who helped or encouraged you (the good and the bad), who did the things you would never do… pertinent stuff!
We suggest writing your story in a Word document or Open Office document.
Have fun! Dig deep and think of the stuff that sparked your interest in cars and the things that kept you playing with old cars. Whether you’re writing about hot rods, muscle cars, custom cars or whatever, inject some humor and a little irreverence in your words and pictures! We want to entertain your readers, right?
Pictures help convey the story, as well as the words, so please attach those old photos. There is no limit to the pictures we’d like to see. You must own the rights to use any images you send us. Do not use images you find on the internet.
High resolution digital images are required for print format. Due to the nature of the images we are seeking, most (not all) will have originated from an old (not digital) camera. When you scan or have your pictures scanned, make sure that they are in at least a 300 dpi (dots per inch) format. If you don’t know how to do this or don’t have a business near you to do it, ask a teenager!
We’d like to see people in your pictures along with the cars, if possible. Let us see what you and your buddies looked like when everyone was thinner and had hair!
Your submission(s) serves as consent for use and The Old Car Nut Book reserves the right to use your stories and images in print or online media, in the final publication or in any forum or format to promote The Old Car Nut Book project. Your submission further serves as your warranty that you have the rights to all stories and images submitted by you, your agents or assigns.
One final note:
Thank you and most of all I wish you continued enjoyment in the old car hobby as you share your time building stories with other Old Car Nuts!
Editor and Contributing Writer
The Old Car Nut Book series, published by Evancourt Press