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Beta Reader Requests and Offers!

Hi, folks!

Please feel free to use this post as an advertising space to both find beta readers and offer your services as a beta reader! Anyone can comment (anon commenting is on!), but if you're posting anon, remember to include a way for people to contact you!

Here are some suggested guidelines for your adverts:

LOOKING FOR A BETA READER:



OFFERING BETA SERVICES:



Feel free to mingle in the comments, and good luck! :)
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Secret Mutant 2015 Sign-ups are open!!

Sign-ups for Secret Mutant are open!

What's Secret Mutant? It's an XMFC Trilogy (ie: XMFC and DoFP) exchange for artists and writers. Participants can sign-up from now until October 12. October 18th, all participants will get their assignment--a username and four prompts which they will use to create a gift. Gifts will be uploaded to AO3 and the archive will anonymously open on November 30th, with participants revealed on December 7.

Intro
FAQ
Rules

Please read the FAQ and rules before sign-up, but highlights:
Anyone can participate including new people and anyone who dropped out in past years.
Open to all pairings and gen prompts, but each sign-up will require at least one gen prompt.
Gifts due November 22, so there's lots of time to finish up before the deadline.
Writers and artists are both welcome!

If that all sounds good and you've read the FAQ and the Rules, then go ahead and click here to sign up!

Click here for a sign-up tutorial if you've never signed up for an AO3 challenge before!
Click here for advertising banners!
Click here to sign-up to pinch-hit!
Click here to link to your Dear Secret Mutant letter!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
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Dear Secret Mutant letters!

As secret_mutant is taking place on AO3, there's a slightly more limited space to write about prompts and likes and dislikes than there is otherwise. Taking a cue from other anonymous exchanges hosted on AO3, we thought we'd offer you the opportunity to get a little more in-depth about your requests, if you so choose, and write a letter to your gifter.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, your Dear Secret Mutant letter will be a post hosted at your blogging platform of choice (LJ, DW, tumblr, whatever other hip thing the kids are using these days) that generally lays out what you like to see in stories, what you don't like, some additional ideas you have, etc. Some writers/artists find an exact prompt easier to create for than a more general one, while others feel the opposite way, so it's just another way of making it clear what you like and giving your gifter some options. They're also helpful if you know you're going to be busy or out of town during when gifts are posted, so your gifter knows not to expect a thank you comment until you return.

The best way to get an idea of what to include in your letter is to browse others. Here is a link to the 'Dear Secret Mutant' post for last year's exchange. Feel free to browse some of those to get a feel for how letters are composed.

"Dear Secret Mutant" letters are totally optional. If you feel like your sign-up stands on its own, don't feel obligated to write one!

If you do decide to write a letter, please leave it in the comments on this post in the following format:

AO3 name:
Link to letter:


NOTE: Sometimes LJ marks legit comments on a high-traffic post such as this one as "suspicious." I'm going through a few times a day and approving all the suspicious comments, so if your comment doesn't come through immediately, never fear--I will get to it the next time I check!

(If it's been a couple days and it's still not showing up, shoot me a comment/email/ask on tumblr and I'll see what's up.)

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!
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Secret Mutant 2015 Timeline

The official Secret Mutant 2015 timeline is as follows:

Sign-ups begin: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Sign-ups end: Monday, October 12, 2015
Assignments go out: by Sunday, October 18 at the latest
Assignments due: 11:59pm on Sunday, November 22
Archive opens: Monday, November 30
Authors/Artists revealed: Monday, December 7
Secret Mutant Madness open for posting: mid-November to Monday, December 7

All of those dates are contingent on gifts getting in on time. If we have outstanding pinch-hits, the archive won’t open until they’re all in. I know people have questioned the long wait between stories being due and the archive opening in the past, and that’s the reasoning behind it: I won’t open the archive until every single person has a gift, so we need to build in time for pinch-hitting.

The rules are basically the same as years past, and the usual information will be forthcoming when sign-ups open. Until then, feel free to spread the word! Sign-ups begin in about two weeks!
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Brotherhood* of Evil** Beta Readers

* Actually more likely to be a sisterhood with a few brothers, and also siblings not bound by a gender binary.

** Not actually evil. Unless you misuse apostrophes.

Hello, secret mutants! Here is a post where we can offer our beta-ing skills to mutants in need.

Since we can't reveal details about our fics publicly when looking for a beta, we can come here instead to find a contact list of people who are willing to beta!

Please remember, of course, that the people on this list may have already received some other requests, so don't be insulted if the first person you contact can't do it -- just move onto the next person.

If you would like to offer your beta services, please reply to this post with:

Contact email:
Beta Superpowers:
Estimated Turnaround time:
Other Details: (Include things like any DNWs, maybe a link to your fic, etc.)
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Dear Secret Mutant Letters

As secret_mutant is taking place on AO3, there's a slightly more limited space to write about prompts and likes and dislikes than there is otherwise. Taking a cue from other anonymous exchanges hosted on AO3, we thought we'd offer you the opportunity to get a little more in-depth about your requests, if you so choose, and write a letter to your gifter.

For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, your Dear Secret Mutant letter will be a post hosted at your blogging platform of choice (LJ, DW, tumblr, whatever other hip thing the kids are using these days) that generally lays out what you like to see in stories, what you don't like, some additional ideas you have, etc. Some writers/artists find an exact prompt easier to create for than a more general one, while others feel the opposite way, so it's just another way of making it clear what you like and giving your gifter some options. They're also helpful if you know you're going to be busy or out of town during when gifts are posted, so your gifter knows not to expect a thank you comment until you return.

The best way to get an idea of what to include in your letter is to browse others. Here is a link to the 'Dear Secret Mutant' post for last year's exchange. Feel free to browse some of those to get a feel for how letters are composed.

"Dear Secret Mutant" letters are totally optional. If you feel like your sign-up stands on its own, don't feel obligated to write one!

If you do decide to write a letter, please leave it in the comments on this post in the following format:

AO3 name:
Link to letter:


NOTE: Sometimes LJ marks legit comments on a high-traffic post such as this one as "suspicious." I'm going through a few times a day and approving all the suspicious comments, so if your comment doesn't come through immediately, never fear--I will get to it the next time I check!

(If it's been a couple days and it's still not showing up, shoot me a comment/email/ask on tumblr and I'll see what's up.)

If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask!
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2014 Pinch-hit sign-ups!

If you're interesting in being put on the pinch-hitter list, this is the place to sign-up!

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, pinch-hitters are called in one at a time as participants default. We'll email the whole list with the sign-up and the first person to email back claiming the request gets it. There will probably be a couple right after assignments come out and a few more along the way, but the bulk will come on November 30 when gifts are due and we see who hasn't finished in time. Those pinch-hits will need to have a super fast turnaround time--the gift needs to be back in our hands six days after we give you the request in order for the archive to open on time.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in helping us with, please comment here with the following information:

AO3 name:
Email address:
Pairings you'd be willing to write:



Comments are screened to keep email addresses private :)
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Secret Mutant 2014 is here!

Hello, internet! Welcome to Secret Mutant, a Secret Generic Holiday Figurehead exchange for all the X-Men: First Class trilogy fic/art your little heart could desire. WE WILL MAKE YOUR HEART GROW THREE SIZES.

Those interested in writing an XMFC/DoFP fic or making XMFC/DoFP art for someone else and receiving some in exchange will sign up from September 28 to October 11. After sign-ups close, the mods will match participants based on their likes and requests and you'll have six weeks to work to fill your recipient's request. The works will then be posted anonymously for everyone to lavish with praise. On December 13th, the creators will be revealed and we'll all pat each other on the back for being super awesome.

Sounds great, right? I certainly think so! If you think so as well, read on for more information!

Sign-ups: September 28 - October 11
Assignments Out: October 18
Assignments Due: November 29
Archive Opens: December 6
Author/Artist Reveals: December 13

Assignments will go out on October 18, after which you'll have six weeks to work a present that fits your recipient's request. Once all assignments are in, we'll start the pinch hits going and posting will be the following week.

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Rules
1. Don't be a jerk. The number one rule for all fic fests, I feel. Remember you are making a present for someone else and someone is making one for you, so please be courteous both to your recipient and to your gifter.

2. Building on that, no character bashing, please. For anyone. Don't request it and please don't write it.

3. If you purposely write a story/make a picture that is intended as malicious towards your recipient, you'll be be banned and a pinch-hitter will be called in.

4. Moving away from the jerky rules, fic length is a minimum of 1000 words. Feel free to write more, if you wish!

5. You can request up to four things but one of them MUST be gen.

6. Your story MUST be complete. No works in progress, no prologues to a longer fic, no chapters of a larger story.

7. Gifts must be in by 11:59PM EST on November 29th. Anyone who does not have a gift uploaded by that time will be automatically defaulted and the assignment will be given to a pinch-hitter.

8. The exchange is anonymous, so please don't reveal who you're writing for until it's officially revealed on AO3!

9. Understandably, then, don't post your fic/art elsewhere until after the reveal, at which point you should feel free to post it wherever you'd like!


And that's that! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! Otherwise you can sign-up here!

Click here for a sign-up tutorial if you've never signed up for an AO3 challenge before!
Click here for advertising banners!
Click here to sign-up to pinch-hit!
Click here to link to your Dear Secret Mutant letter!