Become A TRO Road Rep

Here's your opportunity to do something you love while getting paid for it!

Thunder Roads Ohio is now scheduling Informational Seminars for ROAD REPS. This is a great opportunity for those interested in making some money riding and representing Ohio's #1 Motorcycle Magazine this upcoming year. NO SALES EXPERIENCE is necessary - just a love for the open road and ability to talk with others. A motorcycle, camera, and computer are the tools of the trade; and we offer free training!

Email us for more information at: ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail.com

Please include some information about yourself and why you think you would be a successful ROAD REP. Feel free to include pictures of your bike or from the road. We look forward to hearing from you!

TRO Contributor/Photographer

Have content you think needs to be seen? Here's how you can contribute to the Magazine!

Thunder Roads Ohio (TRO) is a monthly magazine featuring entertaining and informative articles for riders, collectors and motorcycles aficionados. Our readers range in age from their early 20s on up, and while many have been riding motorcycles for years we want Thunder Roads Ohio to appeal to new riders as well. Our readership spans a diverse range of motorcycle owners, from European vintage riders to the most hard core American V-Twin riders, from metric sport bike stunters to drag bike racers. TRO seeks to constantly expand it's base and the interests of its readers by presenting a diverse selection of relevant articles.

Thunder Roads Ohio also publishes a variety of regular features and is interested in the following subject matter, as it relates to motorcycle riders in Ohio:

  • Motorcycle Reviews
  • Riding Destinations (can be national in scope)
  • Event Coverage
  • Custom Motorcycle Builds
  • Vintage Restorations
  • Interesting Reader's Rides
  • Technical Features
  • Product Reviews
  • Tattoo and Ink Culture
  • Military and Service Articles
  • Shooting / Concealed Carry Articles
  • Music (Southern Rock, Rock, Folk, and Country primarily)
  • Fashion
  • Cooking Recipes

Ride Reviews

Thunder Roads welcomes "Ride Reviews" (profiling events, rides, and rallies) and stories regarding suggested riding destinations in particular. Many of our feature articles are written by freelance writers, and we're always looking for solid writers. In most cases, we do not assign articles and contributors must be self-starters. If you have an idea for an article or feature for Thunder Roads Ohio, send us a summary of your story along with several photos. Succinctly outline your subject and proposed article - and explain why our readers would be interested.

We are ALWAYS looking for quality, original photographs, and for photographers interested in shooting photos as assigned. High-quality photos or original prints accompanying articles are critical. When submitting scanned 35mm prints or digital photos, please send in .jpg file format at high resolution (300 dpi or larger) as an attachment via e-mail or on a disc via mail. To submit by U.S. mail, send materials to the address below. Tips for potential contributors: Please, PLEASE read and familiarize yourself with our magazine. Articles should be concise, well-written, informative, energetic and well-researched. Photographs should be dynamic and thoughtfully composed, showing an appreciation for the subject matter while conveying necessary information.

Your Article / Submission

All submitted articles should be original, carefully researched and accurate, and of top literary quality. We also expect First North American Rights in both print and on the Internet unless otherwise negotiated.

Write to your readership. Motorcyclists like most other people, for the most part, are not English scholars so use words that are common English and understandable without running for the dictionary.

Small stories can be 600-800 words while travel features might run into 2,000 words. The copy editor will determine the final length after editing. We appreciate sidebars. Sidebars may a little off topic but still pertinent to the story. For example, a short history of the area visited, or some specific details on the motorcycle pictured are much appreciated.

Do NOT write an article about the feelings you get when you ride. Don’t bore us with what it’s like to throw your leg over the seat, push the start button and ride off into the sunset. Our readers already know the virtues of motorcycling. However, adding into a story how warm the sun was on your face in an otherwise cold, miserable day during your weeklong adventure is different; that can add detail and draw the reader in to understand your day’s experience.

Without writing a novel, articles should have enough detail and description to take the reader to where you are writing about. They should be able to experience the ride and stops, the people you met and the road conditions, scenery and smells. A little humor, good storytelling, and texture always helps but sounding like a tourist brochure doesn’t.

We don’t want to hear about the runny eggs you had for breakfast, or even what you had for breakfast for that matter, but it might be helpful for the reader to know if the restaurant was a dive and the waitress only had one tooth that made you run for your rain gear every time she spoke.

Please remember, that while we are a motorcycle magazine we are a family friendly. Our readers should not be worried about their children or grand kids picking up a copy of the magazine. We will not publish any materials considered to be slanderous, hateful, profane, or overly offensive.

Photographs

Photos are extremely important to an article, therefore Thunder Roads Ohio prefers digital images and fully expects high-resolution photos, preferably higher than eight megapixels, and preferably from a DSLR camera. Point N Shoot cameras are fine for quick pics of your kids or your dog, but the quality just doesn’t cut it for high quality printing on glossy pages in magazines. Images from phone cameras are often difficult to use as well - but not always.

Photographs and images are an important - if not essential component of the magazine. It is difficult for us to run an article without any photos or illustrations to accompany it. In some cases, such as a Tech Article or Product Review, we can secure suitable images from another source. However, we have had to refuse many good articles because the images weren’t good enough or didn’t exist.

Please don’t digitally manipulate images. Shading, framing, or cropping limit our ability to lay out the magazine and should be avoided. Basic Photo Guidelines:

  • All photo submissions should be done as 300dpi JPEG's, no larger then 8x10"
  • Turn the date in your camera OFF if it has one.
  • If at all possible use a DIGITAL SLR camera. If you must use a Point-N-Shoot, use a tripod. Do not hold the camera at arms length as this makes it impossible to take a steady shot.
  • Fill the frame of the photo with the subject. If a motorcycle is the subject, don’t have the bike small in the corner of picture with most of the photo consisting of the background. That may be OK if the subject is the scenery behind the bike though.
  • Do not use overly complicated backgrounds or include other components that detract from the focus of the image. Do not have your house, an open garage door, junkyard, neighbor mowing the lawn, kids toys or your minivan, etc. in background.
  • You could, however, shoot in a junkyard if the bike suited the picture - for instance, if the bike was called Junk Yard Dog, or made from a collection of found parts.
  • Allow for some contrast. Don’t put a green bike against a background of trees.
  • Use a good camera and minimum of 8 megapixels.
  • Clean the lens.
  • Set your camera on its highest resolution and highest quality. In other words, set your camera to hold the least amount of images on the card installed – few images equal big files, this is good.
  • Do not tag the photos. (ie., Photo by Bob's Photography). We will give photo credits on the page or elsewhere in the article. Photo tags limit our ability to edit and layout the magazine.

If accepted by Thunder Roads Ohio, you can be assured that you are being published in a quality magazine distributed throughout Ohio and recognized nationally as one of the premier regional motorcycle magazines. Thunder Roads is distributed through over 1,000 locations, as well as our paid subscription base.

Thunder Roads Ohio is also part of the Thunder Roads family of publications - the Nation's largest motorcycle magazine network. Over 300,000 issues of Thunder Roads are published every month and distributed Coast to Coast. Submissions to Thunder Roads Ohio will be considered for national distribution as well.

The Editor, Publisher, and our publishing schedule will determine when an article runs. Space constraints and other demands may force us to table an article for a period of time.

Thunder Roads Ohio does not regularly offer cash compensation for articles or photograph submissions. TRO will send several copies of the magazine to the author of published work and ensure proper credit is given in all versions of the magazine.

For those submitting regular features or committing to an ongoing staff position within the magazine, Thunder Roads Ohio offers some additional consideration - including: barter, gear, possible consideration for expenses, and additional privileges associated with being involved with a nationally established media outlet.

Thunder Roads Ohio
12467 Kinsman Rd
Burton, OH 44021
www.thunderroadsohio.com
thunderroadsohio@gmail.com

Publisher: Derek Smith

Thunder Roads Ohio cannot be responsible for returning manuscripts, photographs, CDs/DVDs, illustrations, or other materials. Submitted material does not guarantee publication in the magazine, nor for a specific issue.

Become A TRO Road Rep

Here's your opportunity to do something you love while getting paid for it!

Thunder Roads Ohio is now scheduling Informational Seminars for ROAD REPS. This is a great opportunity for those interested in making some money riding and representing Ohio's #1 Motorcycle Magazine this upcoming year. NO SALES EXPERIENCE is necessary - just a love for the open road and ability to talk with others. A motorcycle, camera, and computer are the tools of the trade; and we offer free training!

Email us for more information at: ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail.com

Please include some information about yourself and why you think you would be a successful ROAD REP. Feel free to include pictures of your bike or from the road. We look forward to hearing from you!

TRO Contributor/Photographer

Have content you think needs to be seen? Here's how you can contribute to the Magazine!

Thunder Roads Ohio (TRO) is a monthly magazine featuring entertaining and informative articles for riders, collectors and motorcycles aficionados. Our readers range in age from their early 20s on up, and while many have been riding motorcycles for years we want Thunder Roads Ohio to appeal to new riders as well. Our readership spans a diverse range of motorcycle owners, from European vintage riders to the most hard core American V-Twin riders, from metric sport bike stunters to drag bike racers. TRO seeks to constantly expand it's base and the interests of its readers by presenting a diverse selection of relevant articles.

Thunder Roads Ohio also publishes a variety of regular features and is interested in the following subject matter, as it relates to motorcycle riders in Ohio:

  • Motorcycle Reviews
  • Riding Destinations (can be national in scope)
  • Event Coverage
  • Custom Motorcycle Builds
  • Vintage Restorations
  • Interesting Reader's Rides
  • Technical Features
  • Product Reviews
  • Tattoo and Ink Culture
  • Military and Service Articles
  • Shooting / Concealed Carry Articles
  • Music (Southern Rock, Rock, Folk, and Country primarily)
  • Fashion
  • Cooking Recipes

Ride Reviews

Thunder Roads welcomes "Ride Reviews" (profiling events, rides, and rallies) and stories regarding suggested riding destinations in particular. Many of our feature articles are written by freelance writers, and we're always looking for solid writers. In most cases, we do not assign articles and contributors must be self-starters. If you have an idea for an article or feature for Thunder Roads Ohio, send us a summary of your story along with several photos. Succinctly outline your subject and proposed article - and explain why our readers would be interested.

We are ALWAYS looking for quality, original photographs, and for photographers interested in shooting photos as assigned. High-quality photos or original prints accompanying articles are critical. When submitting scanned 35mm prints or digital photos, please send in .jpg file format at high resolution (300 dpi or larger) as an attachment via e-mail or on a disc via mail. To submit by U.S. mail, send materials to the address below. Tips for potential contributors: Please, PLEASE read and familiarize yourself with our magazine. Articles should be concise, well-written, informative, energetic and well-researched. Photographs should be dynamic and thoughtfully composed, showing an appreciation for the subject matter while conveying necessary information.

Your Article / Submission

All submitted articles should be original, carefully researched and accurate, and of top literary quality. We also expect First North American Rights in both print and on the Internet unless otherwise negotiated.

Write to your readership. Motorcyclists like most other people, for the most part, are not English scholars so use words that are common English and understandable without running for the dictionary.

Small stories can be 600-800 words while travel features might run into 2,000 words. The copy editor will determine the final length after editing. We appreciate sidebars. Sidebars may a little off topic but still pertinent to the story. For example, a short history of the area visited, or some specific details on the motorcycle pictured are much appreciated.

Do NOT write an article about the feelings you get when you ride. Don’t bore us with what it’s like to throw your leg over the seat, push the start button and ride off into the sunset. Our readers already know the virtues of motorcycling. However, adding into a story how warm the sun was on your face in an otherwise cold, miserable day during your weeklong adventure is different; that can add detail and draw the reader in to understand your day’s experience.

Without writing a novel, articles should have enough detail and description to take the reader to where you are writing about. They should be able to experience the ride and stops, the people you met and the road conditions, scenery and smells. A little humor, good storytelling, and texture always helps but sounding like a tourist brochure doesn’t.

We don’t want to hear about the runny eggs you had for breakfast, or even what you had for breakfast for that matter, but it might be helpful for the reader to know if the restaurant was a dive and the waitress only had one tooth that made you run for your rain gear every time she spoke.

Please remember, that while we are a motorcycle magazine we are a family friendly. Our readers should not be worried about their children or grand kids picking up a copy of the magazine. We will not publish any materials considered to be slanderous, hateful, profane, or overly offensive.

Photographs

Photos are extremely important to an article, therefore Thunder Roads Ohio prefers digital images and fully expects high-resolution photos, preferably higher than eight megapixels, and preferably from a DSLR camera. Point N Shoot cameras are fine for quick pics of your kids or your dog, but the quality just doesn’t cut it for high quality printing on glossy pages in magazines. Images from phone cameras are often difficult to use as well - but not always.

Photographs and images are an important - if not essential component of the magazine. It is difficult for us to run an article without any photos or illustrations to accompany it. In some cases, such as a Tech Article or Product Review, we can secure suitable images from another source. However, we have had to refuse many good articles because the images weren’t good enough or didn’t exist.

Please don’t digitally manipulate images. Shading, framing, or cropping limit our ability to lay out the magazine and should be avoided. Basic Photo Guidelines:

  • All photo submissions should be done as 300dpi JPEG's, no larger then 8x10"
  • Turn the date in your camera OFF if it has one.
  • If at all possible use a DIGITAL SLR camera. If you must use a Point-N-Shoot, use a tripod. Do not hold the camera at arms length as this makes it impossible to take a steady shot.
  • Fill the frame of the photo with the subject. If a motorcycle is the subject, don’t have the bike small in the corner of picture with most of the photo consisting of the background. That may be OK if the subject is the scenery behind the bike though.
  • Do not use overly complicated backgrounds or include other components that detract from the focus of the image. Do not have your house, an open garage door, junkyard, neighbor mowing the lawn, kids toys or your minivan, etc. in background.
  • You could, however, shoot in a junkyard if the bike suited the picture - for instance, if the bike was called Junk Yard Dog, or made from a collection of found parts.
  • Allow for some contrast. Don’t put a green bike against a background of trees.
  • Use a good camera and minimum of 8 megapixels.
  • Clean the lens.
  • Set your camera on its highest resolution and highest quality. In other words, set your camera to hold the least amount of images on the card installed – few images equal big files, this is good.
  • Do not tag the photos. (ie., Photo by Bob's Photography). We will give photo credits on the page or elsewhere in the article. Photo tags limit our ability to edit and layout the magazine.

If accepted by Thunder Roads Ohio, you can be assured that you are being published in a quality magazine distributed throughout Ohio and recognized nationally as one of the premier regional motorcycle magazines. Thunder Roads is distributed through over 1,000 locations, as well as our paid subscription base.

Thunder Roads Ohio is also part of the Thunder Roads family of publications - the Nation's largest motorcycle magazine network. Over 300,000 issues of Thunder Roads are published every month and distributed Coast to Coast. Submissions to Thunder Roads Ohio will be considered for national distribution as well.

The Editor, Publisher, and our publishing schedule will determine when an article runs. Space constraints and other demands may force us to table an article for a period of time.

Thunder Roads Ohio does not regularly offer cash compensation for articles or photograph submissions. TRO will send several copies of the magazine to the author of published work and ensure proper credit is given in all versions of the magazine.

For those submitting regular features or committing to an ongoing staff position within the magazine, Thunder Roads Ohio offers some additional consideration - including: barter, gear, possible consideration for expenses, and additional privileges associated with being involved with a nationally established media outlet.

Thunder Roads Ohio
12467 Kinsman Rd
Burton, OH 44021
www.thunderroadsohio.com
thunderroadsohio@gmail.com

Publisher: Derek Smith

Thunder Roads Ohio cannot be responsible for returning manuscripts, photographs, CDs/DVDs, illustrations, or other materials. Submitted material does not guarantee publication in the magazine, nor for a specific issue.

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