After a little bit of a break over the holidays and a slow start to January, we’re wading right back into One Beat business – so without much ramble, here’s a few news items for you:
1. One Beat Zines Call For Submissions
Our first call for submissions is now open! Before we go into any more details, here are the guidelines as to what we offer: if you submit something we’re interested in, we will give help and guidance with layout, design, and readying your zine for print, and we’ll offer free distribution over our One Beat Online Shop and any zine fairs, festivals and conventions we attend. You would be covering your printing costs yourself, but we won’t take any commission for selling your zines over our site (and we can recommend printers or methods for home printing – we want to add a resources part to our website with advice for people new to self-publishing soon). We’ll add reasonable packing and postage costs to the retail price of your zine so no-one ends up out of pocket. All the money we make off of the retail price of your zine goes back to you.
We’re looking for submissions primarily by women who are new to the scene and whose work we find interesting and/or challenging. So far we are already planning on taking on two different projects, one with a political and one with an academic theme. We are only looking for a few extra ones to take on at the moment, the exact number depending on the submissions we receive. We are a feminist zine collective, but not all submissions have to be explicitly political in nature.
If you are a writer and not an artist, we can try to put you in touch with illustrators who might be interested. Of course feel free to bring on board any illustrator you already know and want to work with – we’re open (and very much welcome and encourage) collaborations!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas – we promise to get back to you as soon as we can.
2. Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities To Love Zine
How excited are we about Sleater-Kinney touring again??? As you might have realised from our name, VERY excited (One Beat is a S-K song and album, what do you mean you don’t know it, go on out there look them up and give them a listen, chop chop). So excited that we are *basically* following the band across the UK so we can make the most out of this wonderful news. This isn’t sad in any way, but a cool thing to do, promise.
Aaaanyway, in celebration of the release of No Cities To Love, we’re throwing together a little anthology all about the new album. We’ve already got our contributors and we’re just working on the deadline and printing details now. Hopefully it’ll be out sometime in March!
3. Zine Fairs across the UK in 2015
Information pending as most fairs for this year haven’t been announced yet. We’ll definitely try to make it to the most popular ones in London and we’ll try out new ones, too. We’ll definitely, definitely apply to our favourite convention, Thought Bubble in Leeds, which takes place every November (it’s still a way off). The only thing we’ve got on the books so far is a small press fair in Newcastle in April, at which we will be exhibiting and doing a talk/Q&A around Double Dare Ya – details to follow soon! You can follow us on Twitter at @onebeatzines to be up on all the latest news and gossip.
That’s it for now – we’re very excited about your emails and there will be new and even more exciting things to announce soon. Thanks for following our work so far and we hope your 2015 turns out as rad as ours is shaping up to be. ❤
The One Beat Team