What we’re looking for
- Short and long-form articles (750–3000 words) about the highs and lows of life and projects
- A feature interview or creative writing piece
Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need more crunch
Know what you don’t get to read much about on the internet? Crunchy content that wraps itself around the core of creating: the people who hold creative projects together. The psychology, the philosophy, the culture, the history of people working with other people to build cool things. What’s this, you say? Project management? Well, actually, we’re all project managers at heart. We complete tasks and do work every day, but more than that, we do it because we need to live and we only live because we matter (or maybe we don’t, but we’re here all the same). But then, that’s an even more interesting idea, isn’t it? These concepts we want to tease out of you are loveable and need a voice—the one nestled between your vocal chords.
Google project management and your eyes will fall right out of your skull. Images of young professionals in suits drawing black circles with lines stare pensively back at you. Articles about using the right Gantt chart, or thousands of Venn diagrams litter your page. This is NOT project management. It’s got no heart.
Let’s talk about the ability to combine the science of process with the art of people & things at the same time. Mixed together, they’re a wildly spicy cocktail that allows us to get things done and get our teams and clients excited. We need to rewrite the story of work.
We need less schtick
Know what we read enough about? Articles aimed at designers, developers, and writers that are saturating our industry with technical advice, SEO content marketing, design best practices and thinking, and self-promotional douchebaggery. We need less project management articles oversimplifying the processes involved in process and methodology, and more about the human hands implementing them. What do we care about processes if we don’t talk about the people holding our projects together?
It’s time to loop in the organizers, the planners, and the executors, dammit. There is a gaping deficit in quality content that project lovers can relate to, and Louder Than Ten is changing that.
But we need your help.
Let’s talk about the people that hold our world together.
Speak up. Everything is a project
We are not making a magazine for project management. These are not cardboard articles for a cookie cutter project management role.
We want to share new ways of looking through the lens of digital methodology and process. We want to tease out the curiosity of being human while getting work done. We want to examine all the pieces of the world that fit together around managing projects and curate them together.
- The moment you took on your first responsibilities (a new job, a puppy, taking care of your mom)
- What’s missing in the PM role or skill set
- How to be vulnerable
- How to be strong
- Keeping your team happy
- Keeping yourself happy and your stress in check
- How exponential technological growth is affecting our processes and standards
- Wading through the bullshit of what our industry keeps telling us is important
- The big conversations about trust and fear that we’re simply not having
- What it means to do work that matters and how most of us don’t
- How the future is going to axe our assumptions about work
We want you to write with your guts
This is what we need from your nimble fingers: the energy to entertain, inform, hold your stories under water till they wiggle, hold them under hot lights till they squirm. Write with your heart. We’ve all had it up to our necks with dry-as-toast articles. It’s time to eat a bar of soap and say something new.
The submission process
Let us know what you’d like to write about. Email it to email@example.com. If your idea is solid, we ask for a draft.
We take your draft content and run it through the editing ringer. We’ll send edits to strengthen your piece and ask you to clean up any untidy parts. You resubmit and we apply the polish.
We style your article and tailor it to fit the upcoming theme.
You get a chance to preview the final designed article before the issue goes public; then we schedule your launch.
We pay you for your submission. Get ’em tiger.
Want to keep writing? Have at it. We’d love regular contributors.
Can I republish my work elsewhere?
Yes. But here are some guidelines around that:
- Please wait at least one month from your article’s initial launch to republish it on your own or anyone else’s platform (e.g. Medium, personal blog).
- We’d greatly appreciate you including ‘originally published in Coax’ and the direct link to your original article in the intro or end of your article.
If all that sounds cool to you, have at ‘er, friend!
Write for the right audience
Do you get paid?
Short answer: yes.
We recognize that quality doesn’t come cheap and we don’t expect you to work for free. That said, we are facing the classic post-print publication quandary regarding how to sustain and honour the writing you submit without losing our shirts. We don’t want a paywall and we don’t want the site to be littered with irrelevant advertising in exchange for page views, so this is what we’re proposing at first:
Long form articles
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.