by Barry Cauchon
“The subject of history is vast and offers immeasurable opportunities for new discoveries”.
Hi all: Many of you have great ideas or theories about history-based subjects that you’ve always wished to share with the public but did not have a place to do so. Perhaps you’ve wanted an expert to review your work so you could get friendly, professional advice from them. Or, you feel that you are ready to present your great discovery to the world and are prepared to get it out there for all to see and react to. Well, if any of these scenarios sound familiar, then this might be the place for you. STATE YOUR CASE wants to give you that opportunity.
If you are a student (from 1st grade to university), amateur or junior researcher, who wants to get your ideas published, then I’d like to speak with you. Currently STATE YOUR CASE is searching for individuals to share their ideas and theories on history-based subjects and prepare them for publication on this blog. Experts will be invited to view your presentation and make appropriate comments. Even if you haven’t done this before, I’d like to hear from you and about your idea. If you are the parent or guardian of a young student who you think might enjoy this, I am particularly interested in seeing submittals from them. If you have a theory to present or even an idea for one that you’d like to just talk about, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss it further.
What type of history are we talking about? Any subject is open for consideration as long as it relates to history and you have an interesting theory to present.
Topics such as the ones below are a great place for ideas:
- Historical photo analysis
- Presidents and world leaders
- Art and literature
- Ancient civilizations
- King Tut
- Outer space
- etc, etc, etc.
If you are interested in putting forth your theory for others to consider, then please read the rules of submission below. I really look forward to seeing your work.
RULES OF SUBMISSION:
1. How to apply:
- Contact me by email at email@example.com with your initial proposal. Your email header should say STATE YOUR CASE. Keep your email short, briefly explaining what you are interested in presenting. At this stage, do not send photographs or attachments until requested to do so. Upon considering your request and topic, I will reply by email whether your submittal is appropriate for STATE YOUR CASE. If so, I will invite you to send additional information.
2. What happens once your initial proposal is approved:
- Upon approval to proceed, you will be asked to submit the evidence you’ve gathered to support your theory. For instance, if you believe you see Abraham Lincoln walking down the street in an 1860’s photograph, you will need to submit more than just the photograph. Believing you have found a famous person in a photograph is an extremely common claim, but completely subjective without additional evidence. Just saying “It’s him. I just know it” will not be enough to move forward. You will need to back up your claim with hard evidence or at least present a solid logical argument about your subject. Otherwise, it will not stand up to public and professional scrutiny and unfortunately, cannot be presented here. If you believe that you have this evidence or logical argument, then STATE YOUR CASE will give you the opportunity to present your theory.
3. A Guide to what you should submit once accepted:
- Mandatory: A statement in writing that claims the work is your own creation and not plagerized.
- One short paragraph summarizing your case and what you will be presenting.
- A written document stating your case with a logical argument and evidence presented (if appropriate, include sources for your research in typical bibliographic format).
- If your case is image-based, submit the photographs or images (no more than 8 per case is recommended). Be sure your photos are in the public domain and not copyright protected.
- The final presentation will be sent to you for final approval before posting. No article will be posted without your final approval to proceed and written statement that claims the work is of your own creation.
- From start to finish, the process may take anywhere from 3-6 weeks.
- Your presentation will be posted as scheduling allows and will remain as the top story for approximately five or more days.
- Feedback and comments from both the public and professionals will be encouraged, invited and posted. The better your argument, the better your positive feedback.
4. Things to avoid if possible:
- Avoid written documents that are too long. Keep your written presentation as short as possible. Although your experience and presentation skills will dictate this, for those of you just starting out, be concise and to the point is the recommended approach (1-3 pages is ideal).
- Avoid subjective statements. “I see Lincoln in the photo and no one can tell me otherwise” will not win favor with me or my readers. Please avoid such claims unless you have rock-solid evidence to back it up.
- Avoid a subject that has been already beaten to death unless you have a new approach or evidence to support your case.
- Avoid covering more than one topic per presentation. If necessary, break up the content into more than one submittal. The more the merrier.
- Avoid tunnel vision. Just because you believe something is true, does not mean others will buy into it. Your job is to present a solid case to back up your beliefs. Be prepared to accept criticisms for weak arguments as well as receive praise for well presented work.
- Avoid assuming that everyone knows about your subject. You may need to educate them before explaining your case.
I encourage you to present your thoughts and theories on historical subjects on STATE YOUR CASE. Keep it simple and easy to understand and see what my reader’s think. Keep an open mind and learn from the experience. Feedback will give you some new ideas to further develop your research and make it even stronger.
I wish you well and look forward to hearing what you have to offer. If you have any questions, please feel free to write me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.