Frequently Asked Questions
If the article has direct relevance to understanding how gay coaches understand and support themselves while working with outside (or with other gay men) then I should think the article could be included. It all depends on the article and how it fits within the GCA's mission for the book. If you have a published article, which you would like us to consider, please write a proposal that identifies the overall message and tells us why you think that article should be included.
Copyright issues may also become a factor; so we cannot guarantee that we can include all previously published articles and yet, we are also not closed to the idea. Keep in mind, the GCA book project is trying to support original writing that meets today environment; so fresh writing about our current environment is generally preferred. (edited)
Allied professions are of course welcome; the GCA understands that the conversation about LGBTQ concerns is a multi-dimensional conversation and that additional perspectives (beyond coaching) are necessary. However our first priority is to support our members explore the experiences which they have and how they might inform and support those who follow them.
There are two basic categories of chapters that will reflect the diverse practices of our members in this book:
- Anecdotal Reflections and
- Method & Theory
These are narratives of an experience or observation relevant to this book’s focus. It is written in first-person voice (like a blog post).
For anecdotal reflections, think about these sorts of narratives:
- Observations and experiences regarding gay men working with a gay coach.
- Observations and experiences of gay coaches working with non-gay clients.
- Coaching gay men searching for fulfillment, better life balance and/or better process clarity around areas of decision-making.
- Coaching gay men working through relationships with other people, with systems beyond their control, or a higher power.
These chapters describe a methodology, application, or theory relevant to the book’s focus. Chapters should demonstrate rigor, but not be too academic. It is written in third-person voice.
For chapters on method and theory, think about this sort of content:
- Best practices, helpful methods, and useful frameworks for use with gay men.
- Comparative explorations about potential processes and tradeoffs while working with gay men.
- How being gay affects shapes the experience of coaching.
- The translation of expertise into direct applied practice is paramount. Articles are not intended to be solely theoretical or self-promotional.
For Anecdotal Reflections the length is 600-800 words.
For Method & Theory Articles the length is 1,200-1,800 words.
Members of the Gay Coaches Alliance can submit an article proposal though the submission form
The following is drawn from https://www.bu.edu/com/files/2019/04/WC_apstyle.pdf
Below is general guidance on the treatment of specific types of text, the use of punctuation, and other “writerly” issues which may come up as GCA Members write their articles.
Use the standard US spellings for all English words. English and Canadian spellings while common should be corrected to their US equivalents. The default dictionary with MSWord will correct most of these.
- Spell out the numbers one through nine; for 10 and up, use Arabic numerals.
- Spell out numerals that start a sentence; if the result is awkward, recast the sentence: Twenty-seven detainees were released yesterday. Yesterday, 993 freshmen entered the college.
- The one exception to this rule is in a sentence that begins with a calendar year: 1938
was a turbulent year for Leon.
- Use Roman numerals for wars, monarchs and Popes: World War II, King George VI, Pope John XXIII
- The figures 1, 2, 10, 101, and so on and the corresponding words — one, two, ten, one hundred one and so on — are called cardinal numbers. The terms 1st, 2nd, 10th, 101st, first, second, tenth, one hundred first and so on are called ordinal numbers.
- For large numbers: use a hyphen to connect a word ending in y to another word:
twenty-one, one hundred forty-three, seventy-six thousand five hundred eighty-seven
- Do not use commas between other separate words that are part of one number: one thousand one hundred fifty-five
- Spell out casual expressions: A thousand times no!
- Proper names: use words or numerals according to an organization’s practice: 3M, Twentieth Century Fund, Big Ten
- as a noun, United States: The prime minister left for the United States yesterday.
- as an adjective, U.S. (no spaces): A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad yesterday.
- as part of organization names (see the AP Stylebook under “U.S.”)
- Spell out the names of the states in text when they appear alone: Wildfires continued to rage through southern California yesterday.
- Abbreviate them when they appear in conjunction with the name of a city, town, village or military base: Needham, Mass., Oxnard Air Force Base, Calif.
- Do not abbreviate Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah (the two states that are not part of the contiguous United States and the states that are five letters or fewer)
When abbreviating U.S. states, do so as follows:
Place one comma between the city and the state name, and another after the state name, unless at the end of a sentence or in a dateline (e.g. She traveled from San Diego, Calif., to go to school in Kansas City, Mo. Now, she’s thinking of moving to Santa Fe, N.M.)
- Avoid abbreviations: Billy Bob, who has a doctorate in philosophy.
- Use an apostrophe in bachelor’s degree, a master’s, etc.
- There is no apostrophe in Bachelor of Arts or Master of Science.
- Use abbreviations such as B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. only when the need to identify many people by degree on first reference would make the preferred method cumbersome; use the abbreviations only after a full name and set the abbreviations off with commas:
Samuel Cotton, Ph.D., lectured yesterday on bioethics.
- Always use Arabic figures, without st, nd, rd or th.
- Capitalize months.
- When a month is used with a specific date, abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. (e.g. Oct. 4 was the day of her birthday.)
- When a phrase lists only a month and year, do not separate the month and the year with commas. (e.g. February 1980 was his best month.)
- When a phrase refers to a month, day and year, set off the year with commas. (e.g. Aug. 20, 1964, was the day they had all been waiting for.)
- Use figures except for noon and midnight
- Use a colon to separate hours from minutes (e.g. 2:30 a.m.)
- 4 o’clock is acceptable, but time listings with a.m. or p.m. are preferred
- For plural nouns ending in s, add only an apostrophe: the girls' toys, states' rights.
- For singular common nouns ending in s, add 's: the hostess's invitation, the witness's answer.
- For singular proper names ending in s, use only an apostrophe: Descartes' theories, Kansas' schools.
- For singular proper names ending in s sounds such as x, ce, and z, use 's: Marx's theories, the prince's life.
- For plurals of a single letter, add 's: Mind your p's and q's, the Red Sox defeated the Oakland A's.
- Do not use 's for plurals of numbers, or multiple letter combinations: the 1980s, RBIs
- Capitalize the first word after a colon only if it is a proper noun or the start of a complete sentence: He promised this: The company will make good all the losses. But: There were three considerations: expense, time and feasibility.
- Colons go outside quotation marks unless they are part of the quoted material.
- Do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series: John, Paul, George and Ringo; red, white and blue.
- Use a comma to set off a person's hometown and age: Jane Doe, Framingham, was absent. Joe Blow, 34, was arrested yesterday.
- Make a dash by striking the hyphen key twice. Put a space on either side of the dash:
Smith offered a plan — it was unprecedented — to raise revenues.
- Use a dash after a dateline: SOMERVILLE — The city is broke.
- Use a hyphen for compound adjectives before the noun: well-known actor, full-time job, 20-year sentence
- Do not use a hyphen when the compound modifier occurs after the verb: The actor was well known. Her job became full time. He was sentenced to 20 years.
- Do not use a hyphen to denote an abrupt change in a sentence—use a dash.
- The perceived need for parentheses is an indication that your sentence is becoming contorted. Try to rewrite the sentence, putting the incidental information in commas, dashes or in another sentence. If you do use parentheses, follow these guidelines:
- If the material is inside a sentence, place the period outside the parentheses.
- If the parenthetical statement is a complete independent sentence, place the period inside the parentheses.
- Use a single space after the period at the end of a sentence.
- Do not put a space between initials: C.S. Lewis; G.K. Chesterton.
- In dialogue, each person’s words are placed in a separate paragraph, with quotation marks at the beginning and end of each person’s speech.
- Periods and commas always go within quotation marks.
- Dashes, semicolons, question marks and exclamation points go within the quotation marks when they apply to the quoted material. They go outside when they apply to the whole sentence.
- Use single marks for quotes within quotes: She said, "He told me, 'I love you.'"
As much as possible reduce the use of computer jargon when there are alternatives available. The default MSWord dictionary may not be able to identify the technical terms. If you select the term, and right click – you can get a “Rewrite Suggestion” from the Editor you will have an opportunity to reconsider the importance of the technical word.
Of books, computer games, movies, operas, plays, poems, songs, television programs, lectures, speeches and works of art:
- Put quotation marks around the title.
- Capitalize the principal words, including all verbs and prepositions and conjunctions with more than three letters
- Translate a foreign title into English, unless the American public knows the work by its foreign name: Nietzsche’s “Thus Spake Zarathustra”; Mozart’s “Magic Flute” BUT keep the foreign name “Amores Perros”; “The Bhagavad-Gita.
Note: This is a significant difference in treatment from more academic treatments. To present all of these creative works in the same way simplifies the readers job to make sense of the work being offered.
- Do not place in quotation marks
- Capitalize the in the name if that is the way the publication prefers to be
- Lowercase the before names if listing several publications, some of which use the as part of the name and some of which do not: Time Newsweek, the Washington Post, and the New York
- Where location is needed but not part of the official name, use parentheses: The Huntsville (Ala.) Times, The Toledo (Ohio) Blade.
- The best reference for all place names is the “U.S. Postal Service Directory of Post Offices.”
- The best reference for foreign geographic names is the most recent edition of “Webster’s New World College Dictionary.” The second-best reference is the “National Geographic Atlas of the World.”
- Lowercase compass directions: The warm front is moving east.
- Capitalize names of U.S. regions: The Northeast depends on the Midwest for its food supply.
- The “Middle East” applies to Afghanistan, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Yemen, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. The term is preferable to “Mideast.”
- The preferred usage for African Americans is “black.” The term is not capitalized.
- Preferred usage for Caucasians is “white,” also not capitalized.
- Preferred usage for Asian people is “Asian,” capitalized. Please note that in British usage the term applies only to people of the Indian Subcontinent.
- “American Indian,” capitalized with no hyphen, is preferred over “Native American.”
- Lowercase “spring,” “summer,” “fall” and “winter” and derivatives such as “wintertime” unless part of a formal name: I love Paris in the springtime; the Winter Olympics.
Additional Required Writer Details
Accepted authors will also need to submit:
- Color photo of the author.
- Completion of the author and article details form .
- Completion of the article agreement terms.