Write for American Bonanza Society Magazine
Your ABS Magazine is a member-written publication that tells your stories and what you’ve learned to benefit other Bonanza/Debonair/Baron/Travel Air owners and enthusiasts. ABS Magazine and ABS website are the best ways to regularly give and get information that benefits you and your fellow members – and that’s why ABS was founded.
We need you to make the system work, since the monthly magazine primarily relies on member written articles. Write about technical experiences, piloting, letters to the editor, travelogues or articles about your personal experience buying and owning your Beechcraft. You also can submit your aircraft for Beechcraft of the Month—the cover airplane!
This Is Your Magazine – It cannot exist without a steady stream of information flowing to and from the Society’s nearly 10,000 members. ABS members represent the greatest source of information, ideas and insights into safe and efficient use of Bonanzas, Debonairs, Barons and Travel Airs. All told, this amounts to millions of hours of flight experience, hundreds of thousands of years of airplane ownership and countless maintenance episodes. It’s clearly the best and most complete member-service coverage in the industry. Your support and participation make it all possible.
Let’s start with the cover with its signature Beechcraft of the Month, affectionately called the BOM. The opportunity to display your airplane is open to every member and features Bonanzas, Debonairs, Barons and Travel Airs.
There are three components to a submittal: (1) a cover photo; (2) an article – first-person experience (including an equipment list); (3) photos of exterior and panel. A professional-quality color photograph for the cover must be in sharp focus that will retain its clarity when it is enlarged to fit our 8 1/2 by 11-inch format. It needs to be in portrait view (not landscape).
Although airplanes usually look best when they are flying, we understand that getting good air-to-air photographs can be both time-consuming and expensive. So shots on the ground are also accepted. If you plan an air-to-air photographic mission, it pays to talk it over, plan it well and get it right the first time.
In the air or on the ground, the preferred format is with the airplane in the bottom two-thirds of the image area, which allows for the masthead at the top of the magazine cover. Interesting cloud formations or other unusual background add to its appeal.
An equipment list is required, as well as some background information about yourself and your airplane. For instance, tell the readers about when you learned to fly, how you became an owner, flying experience, how the airplane is used and any other information you care to share. The members especially enjoy variety in their BOMs, so personal experiences in your plane are appreciated.
You need not be concerned about your writing skills, since we employ professional editors and proofreaders. Just give us the facts and your best effort at putting your thoughts on paper, and we’ll take it from there! You do, of course, review the article as it is being laid out to make sure you’re pleased with the final result.
Other than the cover shot and an equally sharp photo of the panel, we encourage you to provide a variety of pictures that the magazine designer can choose from. For instance, include a horizontal shot of the airplane on the ground with you or you and your family or friends posed with it. Be sure all people shown in the photo are clearly identified, left to right.
Do not send your only copies of any photos, as they are not returned to you. Since people in completely separate locations handle the photos, please place a label on the back of the photo with your name and the tail number and model of your airplane. Do not write directly on the back of the photo as that can sometimes make the photo unusable.
We also can use digital photographs via electronic transmission (jpeg, tiff, etc.). These should be as high resolution as you can achieve for top quality.
The cover subjects are selected on a first-come/first used basis. Be sure to include e-mail address, phone and fax number. It may be several months from the time you submit your article until it makes its way into the magazine. Your article will be sent back to you by e-mail, fax or mail for your approval shortly before publication. This will give you an opportunity to update it or make corrections before it goes to the printer.
The questions that appear in Tech Tips are gleaned from member communications with the ABS technical advisors. The member receives a response when the question is asked, then selected questions and answers will appear in this column.
This is the letters-to-the-editor column and you are encouraged to submit reactions to articles or just about any other issue or point you wish to present to your fellow members. We also encourage you to provide input about aircraft service providers, products you have experienced or sources you have found and other helpful information.
The magazine has several regular columns. We encourage you to submit questions or suggestions for topics by these columnists – sent to the ABS office to the attention of the columnist.
We invite you to submit your own feature length articles of 500 to 1,000 words on a subject of your choice about your airplane, problem identification and resolution, restoration projects or interesting flights or destinations. If you submit a story concerning an especially challenging flight experience, be sure to pass along useful tips and information for others to use for the same type of flight. Send along any photographs, diagrams and charts.
Although what you send to ABS headquarters may need to be edited for clarity or for length, we will try to preserve the individual flair and flavor of your contribution. We will be in touch as the editing, design and layout progress to completion.
Though we carefully proofread your copy, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure people and vendor names are correctly spelled and their contact information, if included in the article, are correct.
Another writing opportunity is to submit articles on subjects listed on the Editorial Calendar, which is posted on the ABS website through a link on the Members Only page.
THE REVIEW PROCESS
All material for an upcoming issue must be received at least a full month ahead (example, January1 for the February issue). Although we frequently use articles in the next available issue, it depends on what is already slated for that issue. When your submittal is received at ABS headquarters, it is reviewed by editorial staff, then moves to our magazine consultants for further editing plus design and layout before going to reviewers from the ABS Board of Directors. This extensive process may mean your article will not appear in the ABS Magazine for two to three months. We may also hold the article if it fits a theme planned for a particular future issue of the magazine.
SENDING YOUR MATERIAL
When you send a story, a feature or a manuscript of any kind, we prefer it double-space typed in standard upper-and-lower-case format. However, in the absence of a typewriter or computer, legible handwriting is also accepted.
Photographs and drawings that are mailed should be packaged to protect from damage. Do not staple or tape pictures, although picture descriptions can be taped to the back.
Mail: ABS Magazine, P.O. Box 12888, Wichita, KS 67277
CHECK OUT THE ABS WEBSITE
The ABS website offers opportunities to submit letters, ask questions and make comments online. Selected questions and responses may appear in the Forum or Tech Tips, while general comments and/or questions may be referred to the various columnists for use in their articles.
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS WELCOME!
The purpose of the magazine and its staff and contributors is to serve your aviation interests as an ABS member. If you have questions or requests, please let us know. We’ll do our best to ensure your ABS Magazine provides information you need and want.