you have enjoyed our tour of the Burroughs Bulletin and have discovered
the advantages of joining the Burroughs Bibliophiles. If you have any further
questions, about either the Bulletin or the Bibliophiles, you may contact
the Bulletin editor, Henry Franke. If you wish to submit an article to
the Burroughs Bulletin, or if you wish to discuss the subject for a possible
article, you may contact the editor at:
Henry G. Franke III
318 Patriot Way,
Yorktown, VA 23693-4639
Many Bibliophile members have created
regional groups. These fans get together from time to time, talk about
ERB, swap tales of their collections, and even circulate newsletters. Contacting
your local group might be a good way to introduce yourself. As more of
these groups go online we will post their addresses here. Currently, two
of our groups have Web sites:
The National Capital Panthans
The Chicago Muckers
For questions or technical comments
regarding this site, you may contact the Burroughs Bibliophiles webmaster
Bill Hillman at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some guidelines for those
who want to try their hand at writing about Edgar Rice Burroughs. We'd
all love to hear from you!
Burroughs Bulletin Submission
The Burroughs Bulletin is a quarterly
journal devoted to studying the life and works of American writer Edgar
Rice Burroughs (1875-1950). Those who wish to submit articles for possible
publication will please read the following guidelines.
The editors of The Burroughs Bulletin
will happily review any articles that are placed before them, whether they
are of a scholarly or of a more relaxed nature. (Sorry to disappoint the
budding novelists out there, but we neither review nor publish pastiches.)
The important criteria for ultimate acceptance are quality and originality.
Even though the focus of the journal is a single author, the field in which
contributors have to play is wide. Previous articles have covered such
diverse topics as motion picture production, fine art, paleontology, western
American history, feminism, racism, Mormonism, evolutionary theory, African
wildlife, Doc Savage, two world wars, and why no one can make a decent
Tarzan movie. Prospective authors may wish to query the editors first,
but please bear in mind, the acceptance of an outline does not mean acceptance
of the final article. If such a thing can happen to Burroughs (see what
happened when he submitted The Return of Tarzan) it can happen to the rest
A few more helpful hints: Articles
about other authors, whether predecessors or imitators of Burroughs, are
welcome, but they must include a Burroughs slant. For example, an analysis
of Leigh Brackett's work (and we would dearly love to see something like
this) would probably compare Brackett's Martian stories with Burroughs'.
A straight bibliography is an iffy
matter. "A Complete Listing of All Tarzan Editions in Tagalog" wouldn't
thrill the editors (or the readers) unless it were accompanied by an article
detailing the history of Tarzan books in the Philippines, their popularity
(or lack thereof), and examples of any unique ways in which Tarzan manifested
himself in Philippine culture. See "Burroughs in Argentina" by Fernando
Garcia and Hernan Ostuni (January 1994 issue of The Burroughs Bulletin)
for an example.
Personal reminiscences of your interest
in Burroughs are welcome, but before revealing your story be honest with
yourself: Is your tale really unique? "My Summer in Used Book Stores" would
probably sound like everyone else's anecdotes, but "Burroughs Book Hunting
in Nazi Germany" has a definite cachet about it. (Okay, we were really
stretching with that one, but we exaggerate to make a point.) Please see
Robert R. Barrett's "The Holy Grail: A Personal Odyssey" (Winter 1997 issue
of The Burroughs Bulletin) for an example. Also, you may want to check
out some of the book collecting magazines such as Biblio or Firsts to see
how others have handled their personal tales.
All articles submitted to The Burroughs
Bulletin must follow these basic format rules: typed (minimum 11-point
font), double spaced on bonded paper (no onionskin!), with footnotes (if
any) at the end. Do not submit hand-written articles. The editors cannot
read their own handwriting, let alone yours, and these articles will not
be read. Unless it's late at night and there's nothing else to read in
Those with word processors will please
avoid any fancy layout and design. Do not continually change fonts, do
not place pretty borders around every third paragraph, and do not shift
from full page to columns then back again. (Hey, do you think we're making
this stuff up?) Editors are notoriously feeble-minded, and if our eyes
can't follow a sentence because the format keeps changing then we won't
read the article. If you have something of interest to say then say it;
fancy graphics will only get in the way.
One more addition to the litany of
"do nots": Do not submit your only copy of an article to us. Accidents
happen. Editors immediately start to write on whatever is placed before
them. Coffee gets spilt. Keep a copy for yourself, in one form or another.
If you wish your manuscript returned, please include sufficient postage
to bring your baby home.
Oh, as this is the electronic age,
we can accept articles as e-mail attachments -- usually. You can query
us through e-mail, too. As this saves you and us money we heartily suggest
those with the capability follow this route. Although we still get a thrill
when we find stuff in our mailbox.
And a final guideline: We do not
have a specific word limit for submitted articles, although if you've hit
page thirty of your treatise and you still have a long way to go we suggest
you start cutting. Quality is more important than quantity. We'd much rather
see a 1,000-word article chock full of info than a 5,000-word article that
says little. The readers would, too. They are the ones for whom we are
working, so if you think what you have to say will be of interest to others
-- start writing.
THE WORDS OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS...
|" For me, temperance is essential to
good work. Simple amusements are the most desirable, and so far I have
successfully avoided the acquisition of any sort of a hobby. My own observation
leads me to believe that a single hobby is too narrowing an influence for
a fiction writer and I should rather suggest the greater value of an interest
in many things. I find that it is better to have a little knowledge of
many things than an expert knowledge of one... "