Published Nov 04, 2008If youve been itching to drop some narrative science about one of your all-time favourite albums, now is your chance. Continuums 33 1/3 books announced Saturday (November 1) that it is now accepting proposals for future contributions to the series, in which authors/music nerds give commentary on a single album in any way they see fit.
Previous volumes have been penned by writers such as Mountain Goats John Darnielle, Joe Pernice, the Decemberists Colin Meloy and Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom, as well as a pile of authors who dont call rocknroll their day job. Albums covered by the series have included the Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs, Radioheads OK Computer, Joy Divisions Unknown Pleasures and Loves Forever Changes, among several others. (An entire list of writers and albums covered can be viewed here.)
So how do you pitch? First off, you must get your proposal in before deadline, which is December 31. Also, you can only send in one proposal, about one album, and if youve written for the series before, youre out. However, the old "one book per band/artist rule no longer exists, so despite there already being a book about Use Your Illusion you could pitch Chinese Democracy.
Theres a bit more to pitching than just this, but 33 1/3s blog lays it all out quite nicely.
And if those big writer names up near the top give you the fear, 33 1/3 says not to worry: "Absolutely anyone can submit a proposal, except for authors already under contract for the series. You dont need to be a professional music writer or a legendary rock flautist to be considered.