The HOLIDAY WISH GUIDE™ (Gift Guide) is evolving this year with a pretty big change: It will not include toys and games. For the best in toys and games, please check out The Toy Insider's 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, for which The Rock Father™ serves as Senior Editor.
Much like the paper catalogs of old, the annual Holiday Wish Guide™ has become a digital tradition the features items that families wish that they had. In past years, Holiday Wish Guide™ features have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers from the U.S. and around the globe.
Submissions for the 2019 HOLIDAY WISH GUIDE should be in by November 1, 2019.
Due to demand, late submissions will still be considered this year.
Send Pitches to: james [at] therockfather.com
When Submitting Material for Review: Please keep in mind that due to the volume of items received, coverage is not guaranteed. Items will be accepted into the Holiday Wish Guide™ at The Rock Father's sole discretion. This is entirely subjective and comes down to the decision of James Zahn.
So you've got a new crowdfunding effort going on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or a similar platform? Very cool, and I'm glad you've thought of The Rock Father™ now that it's come time to promote it. Within the few years of doing this site, I'd heard from hundreds of eager crowdfunders looking for help in bringing exposure to their projects. Some that have been featured by The Rock Father™ have successfully met their goals, while many have not. By 2014, my experience as publisher of The Rock Father™ Magazine coupled with my previous editorial work led me to the conclusion that crowdfunding is not news.
No matter what the project, at the end of the day, approaching me to post a "news item" on your Kickstarter (or similar) effort is asking me to help someone that I don't know ask other people (my readers) for money. That said, my time is valuable, and going forward, all crowdfunding efforts will fall into the same general category of a "sponsored post" or "advertorial."
I will gladly consider featuring your project if it fits within what I usually do here on The Rock Father™, and if it's of interest to me. This is completely at my editorial discretion, which means that few will likely be given the opportunity to be featured in my virtual pages for a nominal fee (again, on a case-by-case basis). I do not feature many crowdfunding projects, and when I do, it needs to be something that I'm genuinely interested in first and foremost.
If interested in submitting your project for potential coverage, please email james [at] therockfather.com. Again, an inclusion fee will be required.
News Items and Pitches: The Rock Father™ Magazine focuses on Music & Lifestyle for Families that Rock. Submissions will be accepted in the categories of music, automotive (Rock Father Rides), home & garden, DIY, tech, fashion, food & drink, health & wellness, travel, sports entertainment, family events and Chicagoland local.
Review Materials: For physical items email james [at] therockfather.com for a mailing/shipping address. With certain exceptions (such as vehicles that are on loan), review materials will not be returned.
Music: We are not currently reviewing music.
When Submitting Material for Review: Please keep in mind that due to the volume of items received, coverage is not guaranteed. Follow-ups on news submissions and review materials are not necessary and are strongly discouraged.
If you're here, I'm thrilled that you're considering advertising with The Rock Father.
Since 2011, as my site has grown, so have the opportunities to work with select advertisers, brands and partners. While basic display advertising is certainly available in a variety of standard sizes and options, custom campaigns are also available.
Beyond the standard, The Rock Father is interested in creating engaging, original sponsored content. This includes sponsored posts, advertorials, contests, giveaways, sponsored tweets and social media actions, video creation, commercials... anything we can come up with that will be a benefit to my readers and your company.
Would you like to talk? If so, email james [at] therockfather.com
Over the years, James Zahn aka "The Rock Father™" and/or his work have appeared in the press and mainstream media on occasion. In 2020, this continues as part of his role as Senior Editor of The Toy Book, The Pop Insider, and The Toy Insider.
James is available for interviews, television appearances, and public speaking engagements with a focus on entertainment, family, parenting, fatherhood, music, toys, and culture along with retail and consumer products trends.
Created on November 2, 2013 | Updated April 7, 2015:
I will preface this by stating that this page was originally posted based on a massive influx of bogus entries toward the Fall of 2013. It has since been expanded upon based on personal experiences, and discussion with both sponsors and entrants. Every point addressed here is done so based upon a real-life experience that has prompted it...
Contests and Giveaways are presented on THE ROCK FATHER on a regular basis. These are posted as, and meant to be, fun and engaging opportunities on behalf of my sponsors. There's few things that I enjoy more than bringing some joy to a family or child by being able to provide some cool prizes from time-to-time. Happy families and happy kids is what THE ROCK FATHER is all about.
What I'm not about is providing opportunities for those who choose to abuse or make an attempt to game the system through fraudulent entry methods, multiple "dummy" accounts, or for those who do not follow simple rules. I am also not here to provide income-fueling items for the so-called "professional" sweepers (what that term entails seems to be open to interpretation by many) - but regular contesters or enthusiasts are certainly welcome (as long as they follow the rules)! While most of my promotions feature winners chosen at random (via Rafflecopter and Random.org), each winner will be vetted for authenticity and to see if they've followed the rules. THE ROCK FATHER reserves the right to cancel or void any and all entry methods, and will choose an alternate winner at his discretion, or at the direction of the sponsoring party, if any.
Please be aware that Rafflecopter and other entry devices employed by THE ROCK FATHER do log IP addresses. Bottom line: If I see six different accounts with the same IP addy - you're out.
The Internet (and the World in general) is not a very fair place. These checks and balances have been put into place to ensure that THE ROCK FATHER - my corner of the World - is as fair to all as possible. No promotion will every be 100% perfect, but I'd certainly like to try getting them as close to that as possible. Real Fun. Real Readers. Real Human Beings. No B.S.
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