Submissions are welcome but I may require revisions, propose editorial changes, or simply say no thanks. Please try to adopt the house style, which is unfamiliar and demanding:
- Gloss discrete passages in the novel (from one word to a few sentences) that can be spotlighted with colored hyperlinks.
- Include some boldfaced quotation of the passage or passages to help users find what they are looking for in the note and save them from having to go back and forth between note and text.
- Start, in the first paragraph, by summarizing what's most
essential for a first-time reader who wants help with the
novel but does not want to be overwhelmed.
- Use later paragraphs to go into more detail, explore less obvious implications, draw connections to other passages in the novel, summarize scholarly findings and claims, and so forth.
- Present more objective information first and more subjective interpretation later.
- Frame notes that will be accessed from multiple passages in the novel in such a way that they make sense when opened from any of these locations.
- Make general observations about the book only in order to shed light on particular passages.
- Cite sparely, acknowledging relevant scholarship but not
clogging the note with too many sources of commonly available
- Move from point to point logically, avoiding merely associative connections.
- Avoid finality, remaining open to contrary viewpoints and interpretations.
Submit by email. I will respond as quickly as possible, and if I post your work I'll credit you at the bottom of the note and also on the Contributors page.