The Otaku Exhibition was established in October 2020, but the idea’s much older than that. Hi, my name’s Jake, and I’m the author and creator of the Otaku Exhibition. If you’ve ever wondered how or why I do particular things, this is the right page for you.
To start, I review about five anime per season. Doesn’t matter if it is sequels, originals, whatever, it just has to pique my interest. As for my essays, I generally only write an essay about something if I think I can approach it in my own way. Reviews tend to be generalized, scanning an anime for its quality, while my essays are all about discussing what makes this anime different.
As for me, I’m from Michigan, I’ve been writing for half my life, and I’ve been pretty good at it for maybe a tenth of that. If you think I’m good too, then you’re free to leave requests, make an inquiry, or commission from me.
Requests, Inquiries, and Commissions
For all inquiries and related messages, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @ExhibitionOtaku.
A request is exactly what it sounds like. If you think I should talk about a particular anime, you can comment on the blog, send an email, or a DM. There’s no guarantee that I’ll write it, but I’ll take a crack if there’s a good idea there.
Commissions are paid projects, and if you’d like to commission a piece from me, the best way to do it is by email. Even if you get ahold of me on Twitter, I’d still prefer if you sent the query in my official email format, just so we can keep things simple. I’ve included a sample email.
Subject Line: Guest Essay Commission Query
Prompt: Anime that draw on Japanese folklore
Minimum/maximum wordcount (if any): 1,000 – 2,000
Deadline (if any): October 18th, 20XX
Summary: Good afternoon. I am interested in commissioning an essay about anime that draw on Japanese folklore for my blog, the Weeb Gallery. If you’re interested, please send a quote and any relevant info to me on Twitter @GalleryWeeb. Have a nice day!
Generally, I will send back a quote based on the word count, the subject matter, the difficulty of writing the piece, and the amount of research that needs to be done. If we agree on the price, half of the commission will be paid upfront. I will complete an outline of the final piece, and the second half of the commission will be paid before I submit a final draft.
You will have the chance to give your feedback before I write the outline, after I write the outline, and after I submit the final draft. Please reserve your biggest changes for the first step, and only minor alterations after that. Don’t ask me to include Chinese or Korean folklore into the example essay after I’ve already written 1,900 words on Japanese folklore.
The good news is that you have complete control over the direction and viewpoint of your commission. If you want me to write something I don’t personally believe, or some blatant propaganda piece, then yeah, it’s your essay or short story. You bought it, you ought to have a say over what it contains.
If you want to purchase the publishing and intellectual property rights to the piece you commission, that will be factored into pricing. Buying the publishing rights allows you to post it freely on your website, while the intellectual property rights mean you can change the essay as you wish, even claim authorship. However, if possible, specify that you want a ghost writer ahead of time.
There is no bargaining, haggling, or discounts. I do not have a friends and family discount because my friends and family would pay me fairly for the work that I do. If you know someone who will do it cheaper, that’s fine, contact them instead. I am not willing to undersell my writing simply because it is your goldfish’s birthday.
The only time a refund will be given is if I cannot deliver a commission in the timeframe I agreed to. If you wish to cancel your commission, the down payment is nonrefundable. If you are not satisfied with the piece, it is nonrefundable. It’s a shame if you aren’t happy with what you paid for, but there’s a lot of people on the internet who will lie about their satisfaction just to save some money.
And finally, there is content that I am simply unwilling to write about. Remember that I am not just making you a product, I am creating something that has to take up a significant amount of time in my headspace. If you want me to write about something that makes me uncomfortable, then your commission will be denied. This includes:
- Graphic sexual content: I am not an erotica author, and I don’t plan to be for the moment. Any sexuality in your short story will be modified to my comfort level, or not included.
- Targeted violence or harassment against groups of people: Yes, BMW drivers suck, but I’m not going to write a story where you hunt them down for sport. I don’t condone violence, discrimination, or mob justice, so even if you’re targeting bad people, I will not write a fluff piece on why they deserve to be killed.
- Anything glorifying taboo topics such as bestiality, necrophilia, sexual violence, etc. I trust you to use your best judgement. I understand fiction can and should be used to address uncomfortable subjects, but there’s a clear line between depiction and approval.
- And literally anything that makes me uncomfortable. This is a blanket rule, as I’m sure there are things outside of what I’ve listed that are beyond the pale.
Simply follow the guidelines and be respectful, and we’ll have a great working relationship. I get along with people of all backgrounds, and if we can agree on everything listed above, this will be no exception. Failure to abide with the guidelines will result in a permanent blacklist from the commission. Until next time, thanks for reading.