Do you want your product, custom toy or project covered on our blog?
Please email us with the following info to be considered for publication:
• WHO TO CONTACT
(PLEASE NOTE THAT BENNY KLINE DOES NOT POST FREQUENTLY SO YOU SHOULD PROBABLY EMAIL ONE OF THE OTHER BLOGGERS BELOW)
We currently have several bloggers actively blogging on this blog. Here are their names and email addresses:
- Benny Kline (me- the owner of Tenacious Toys. I am the slowest blogger here because I have to deal with other things besides blogging!)
- Mr. N Visible (production toys)
- Mark-Anthony Padua (all-around blogger)
- Thomas Foster (all-around blogger)
- Tasha Zimich (art and artists)
- Gavriel Discordia (stickers, street art)
- Jon McGrath
- Mario Mora
- Halo Seraphim
Attach between 1 and 5 .jpg images to your email. Each JPEG image should be 1MB or smaller. 600 x 800 size @ 72 dpi works fine.
Please do NOT send .zip files, sideways pictures, dark pictures or any image over 2MB in size as all of those things slow me down.
If you write well, feel free to compose some text for us to publish verbatim. We may or may not add to it or change it as we see fit.
If you don't write well, we can write up the text ourselves, but we WILL need some basic info to start with. What's your idea/concept/backstory? What is your toy made of? How many did you make? What's the price? Why did you create this project or toy? All this info helps us write an informative blog post.
You MUST submit some info to us about the piece(s) you want me to post so I don't need to search around on your various sites, shops and social media pages for info relevant to the pieces.
Where can readers find you on the internet? How should they contact you? Give us all relevant links. Don't make us search for them. Always include all relevant links to all of your site, blog, pages, social media. In fact, all of those links should be included in the signature of every email you send.
• MORE GUIDANCE:
The following principles of communication apply to ANY blog you might submit info to.
You should give the recipient all the info he or she would need to make a great blog post about your toy, quickly. To that end, in the email should be: images, text and links.
Sample text would be as follows:
TITLE: Write a good title for the post that includes your name or your company/ artist name, the name of the piece, and the release date if applicable
BODY: Here you will write one paragraph of text in perfect English, with perfect punctuation and capitalization. DO YOU SEE HOW ANNOYING IT IS WHEN I WRITE IN ALL CAPS? Don't do it. Write this paragraph in the third person so the blogger does not have to change the pronouns. I cannot make a blog post that reads:
"The concept to this toy came to me when I was taking a shower, so I immediately began sculpting it as soon as I got out. I am going to make 20 of them, and I am going to price them at $20 each. They will be available in my shop this Friday."
I'd have to change everything about that post, since it is written in first person.
Write like this instead:
"Benny Kline announces the release of his new toy. They will be $20 each and they drop in his shop this Friday at 2PM EST. The idea for this toy came to Benny as he was taking a shower, and he wasted no time sculpting it up that same day."
The above form of writing is called "third person" and it seems weird the first time you do it. But it allows the recipient of your email to copy the text and paste it into a blog post. If I am reading your email on my iphone on a city bus, I will be able to copy a passage written in the third person and get it up on IG, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr very easily. Editing all that on a bumpy bus on an iphone is hell on earth.
LINKS: List all relevant links at the bottom of EVERY EMAIL YOU SEND. Not just these emails to bloggers- every email. Change the signature of your email to look like this:
- Benny Kline
Benny's Toy Shop
That way the recipient of ANY email you send will have all the links they will ever need with no effort.