33 1/3 Series In Search of Authors

33 1/3 Series In Search of Authors
If you’ve been itching to drop some narrative science about one of your all-time favourite albums, now is your chance. Continuum’s 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 don’t call rock’n’roll their day job. Albums covered by the series have included the Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs, Radiohead’s OK Computer, Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures and Love’s 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 you’ve written for the series before, you’re 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.

There’s a bit more to pitching than just this, but 33 1/3’s 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 don’t need to be a professional music writer or a legendary rock flautist to be considered.”