Submission Guide


First Timers

Site
Get familiar with the content, style, and tone of Carbon Costume.

Admin Site
Log into the admin site.

Author Profile
Click on Profile to enter your email address, homepage, Twitter, Facebook, bio, what nickname you want displayed on the site. This will show up in a box at the end of all your posts.

Avatar
Set up your avatar by registering with the same email address at Gravatar.


Picking a Character

Costume Ideas
Search the site (on both carboncostume.com and the admin backend) to make sure it hasn’t already been done, and check that pre-made “Halloween” costumes aren’t easily available. The best costumes ideas are:

  • Fringe or niche characters who are beloved with unique looks
  • That don’t have pre-made costumes readily available
  • But whose look can be recreated with household items

Items
You should use about 2 to 12 items to create the costume. It doesn’t have to be a perfect replica, but should definitely capture the spirit of the character.

It’s nice if all of the items are from Amazon, but sometimes you do need to go to a different site to find the right item. Etsy and eBay are good alternatives that can have the harder-to-find pieces.


Creating a Costume Guide

Carbon Costume admin guide

1. Add New Costume

When you’re ready to add a new costume, click Costumes > Add New in the sidebar.

2. Screen Options

If you see other sections besides the ones in this screenshot, such as “All in One SEO Pack” or “Open Graph and Twitter Card Tags”, you can hide them by clicking the Screen Options tab at the top of the window and unchecking those items. You can also move sections around, such as dragging the “Author” box to the right column.

3. Costume Title

Enter the title of the costume. Usually this will be the character’s name and where they’re from, like “Mercy from Overwatch”.

4. Character Image

Upload a character image at 975 x 600 pixels in JPG format, taken from as high a quality source as you can find. Ideally the image shows the complete outfit from head to toe, but work with the best you can find. See this guide on how to resize images.

A good way to find high resolution images is to search on Google Images and then in the search results, click Tools > Size > Large.

Google Image Search

Also enter the character title (e.g., Mercy from Overwatch) into the “Alt Text” and “Title” fields.

5. Costume Image

Upload a costume image at 975 x 600 pixels in JPG format. The items should be arranged in an aesthetically pleasing layout. Don’t forget to enter the costume title (e.g., Mercy Costume from Overwatch) into the “Alt Text” and “Title” fields.

For this image (but not the character image), you should also add a watermark by scrolling down below the “Alt Text” fields and clicking the “Apply Watermark” link. It’s important to add the watermark before clicking the Select button when uploading an image. If you click Select first, adding a watermark later will not work.

6. Item Name and URL

Click Add Row until you have enough rows for your items. For each item, enter a name and URL. If the item is from Amazon, enter the 10-­digit ASIN found in the URL (e.g., B007G6VAGO). If the item is from elsewhere, enter the full URL.

You can also add or remove rows by clicking the + and – buttons that appear on the right side when you hover over a row. You can reorder rows by dragging their numbers on the left side.

7. Item Coordinates

Next, enter the coordinates of the item in the Costume Image. These determine where the red dots show up on the costume image.

To do this, click on an item in the Costume Image (#5). Then click in that item’s row for the X or Y fields. Both the X and Y fields should automatically fill with those coordinates. You can check the location of the coordinates by hovering the row now and seeing a red dot appear on the Costume Image.

When choosing a location for each dot, for smaller items you may need to aim for a corner so the dot doesn’t block them. Also try to keep the dots spread out from one another.

8. Character Excerpt

In the Excerpt box, enter a 2 – 4 sentence description of the character. This description should say a bit about who the character is, what they’re from, and what kind of clothing and makeup style they have. This is also where you can mention and link to related posts (e.g., Mei from Overwatch). Add tips about making the costume. Have fun with it!

If you don’t see the Excerpt box, click the Screen Options tab in the top right and enable it.

9. Categories

Select 1 or more categories for the post (“TV”, “Cartoon”, “Movies”, etc). Also select “Men” or “Women” if one or both is appropriate.

10. Tags

Enter tags in all lowercase that describe the character. Tags determine which other posts should up as related at the bottom of the post. Tags to add:

  • Show (e.g., stranger things, game of thrones)
  • Actor (e.g., tilda swinton, bill murray, jackie chan)
  • Director for auteurs (e.g., wes anderson, quentin tarantino, coen brothers)

11. Save Draft

Go back to the top of the page and click the Save Draft button to keep your progress.

12. Submit

Click the Preview button to see how the post and check for any mistakes. If it’s ready to go, hit the Submit button. Your post will then be reviewed by an admin and put in the queue to go live.


If you have any questions, just reach out. Happy publishing!