Hello and welcome to the Secjuice guidebook, your guide to how we roll here at Secjuice and how we do things. If you are reading this then you are already a member of our Slack, so if we missed anything please just ask, everyone here wants to help you be a writer.
We are infosec people of letters, a writers guild and the only non-profit publication in our industry. We love that you wanted to come write with us!
Your work will never be monetized here, each of us write and contribute to Secjuice here because there is magic in being published alongside your peers and also because maintaining your own blog is hard. We prefer to write together.
Our leadership team consists of Guise Bule, Paul Dannewitz, Miguel Calles, Jamie Collier, Arif Kahn, Andrea Menin, Alessandro Innocenzi and Abartan Dhakal, you can ask them for support, advice or about anything in general.
Because we are people of letters and a well educated, civilized bunch of people, we do not have a code of conduct, but we have one rule.
No drama, no hostility, maintain civility.
Stick to this rule and you will never be excluded from our group. We will warn anyone who breaks it once before kicking them, we just do not want to deal with hostility or drama. Secjuice is a fun hobby for most of us and we want to keep it that way.
How Does The Process Of Writing & Publishing Work?
We use Ghost as our publishing platform, you can access it by clicking this link and then just click on "New story" in the sidebar on the left to start your journey of getting your first article on Secjuice. If you don't have an account yet, @Bule and a couple of other people including me (@paul-dannewitz) can invite you. Just let us know!
When you want another pair of eyes to take a look at your article, the #peereview channel in our Slack is the place you go. Just post your articles preview URL in there and everyone will be glad to give you some feedback before its published.
When you think your article is ready, put EDIT in the title of the article, so the editors know the article is ready to be finally reviewed. Our volunteer Editors will then see your article, polish it adding images and then schedule your article for the next #SecjuiceSunday, Sunday is our only publication day unless your story is #hot.
You also don't have to search for a cool picture for your article, this is our editorial teams favorite task. When your article is published, Secjuice will then promote it on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Reddit for the following month or more.
Remember to fill out your profiles with social links and a nice picture, these will populate the 'About The Author' part at the bottom of your articles and drive traffic to your social media profiles over time. Write a nice little bio too!
What Shall I Write About. Any ideas?
You can write about anything as long as it is related to security in some way! We have a dedicated channel on Slack for #inspiration. Head over there to look for topics you could write about, if you do have an idea for an article but don't know enough about that specific topic you can ask others for insight there too.
Can I Make Money Here?
Yes, from time to time we are approached by businesses who are looking for freelance writers for their projects. We post all of these opportunities in our #getpaid channel on Slack, so head over there if you are looking for work.
We never introduce you to opportunities directly, nor do we get involved in any commercial transactions, we simply post the details. It is up to you to write and properly introduce yourself to the opportunities, ideally with evidence of your previous writing work. Everyone gets an equal shot at these opportunities.
Do I Have To Write Regularly?
Because we are a writers guild, a community of people who write, we ask you to publish at least four times (once every three months) a year in order to maintain your membership. We remove non-contributing lurkers periodically.
We understand that there are times when you're busy and writing an article is the last thing you are thinking about, so if you can't make it you can always reapply with a new article and come back and join our community with no problem.
If you write more than ten articles, you will become a lifetime Secjuice member and we will never exclude you for not publishing on a regular basis.