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Once Upon a Time Big Bang - Frequently Asked Questions
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tromana wrote in onceuponabang

What is a Big Bang?

A Big Bang is where authors, artists, betas and cheerleaders all come together to create a huge volume of fanworks. At the end of it, we get a load of brand new Once Upon a Time fanfiction and art. Which is awesome, right?

Authors are expected to write a minimum of 10,000 words for Big Bang, with no upper limit. Artists are expected to produce at least three 'quality' pieces of artwork.

What are the Mini and Little Bangs?

They are all exactly the same concept, except with slightly different requirements. Mini and Little Bang allows authors to commit to shorter word counts and artists to less fanart. All the fun, but for less of the pressure.

Authors are expected to write a minimum of 1,000 words up to a maximum of 5,000 words for Mini Bang. Artists are expected to produce at least one 'quality' piece of artwork.

For Little Bang, authors are expected to write a minimum of 5,000 words and up to a maximum of 10,0000 words. Artists are expected to produce at least two 'quality' pieces of artwork.

Are the sign up dates different for Big Bang, Little Bang and Mini Bang?

No! We want as many people as possible to feel able to participate. This allows people to join in whether their style is long epics or shorter, powerful pieces.

What kind of stories are allowed?

Virtually anything you can think of. This includes AUs, crossovers, sequels etc. The one exception is RPF. Sorry if that is your kind of thing. If you are unsure, please contact the mods here

What kind of artwork is accepted?

Anything from vids to fanmixes to drawings to graphics to gifs. There are no limitations on the type of artwork you can do to accompany the fics. If you are unsure, please contact the mods here

What are the deadlines?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 - Sign-ups and writing begins
Monday, May 28th, 2012 - 1st author check in (suggested word count for Big Bang 3K); author sign-ups close
Monday, June 25th, 2012 - 2nd author check in (suggested word count for Big Bang 7K)
Monday. July 9th, 2012 - Story summary due; artist sign-ups close
Monday, July 23rd, 2012 - Artist selection post goes up 
Monday, July 30th 2012 - Artist/Author pairings revealed
Monday, August 6th, 2012 - 3rd author check in (rough draft completed.)
Monday, August 20th 2012 - Posting date selection begins
Monday, August 27th 2012 - Posting begins

Can I start posting early?

Yes, but only under ‘private’ on your journal. We do not want you to share your work with anyone other than your artist, beta and cheerleaders until your posting date. We understand that formatting, especially longer fics on LiveJournal can take a significant amount of time. We do ask, however, that you set the calendar date of your entry to your posting date too.

What do you mean by posting date?

To avoid an influx of fics clogging up people’s friends-list in a very short period of time, we will be having 1 fic posted a day. The author gets to choose which date this is starting from Monday August 20th.

How do I post everything?

Post your finished fic/artwork to your personal journal. On your posting date, set the entry to public. Then, the author will post a master post to the community linking to the fic and artwork. It is the responsibility of the author and artist to ensure that the author has all the links required to post the master post on their selected date. After everyone has posted, a master list of both art and fiction will be compiled and posted to the community.

Can I sign up for more than one position?

Of course, but please be careful not to bite off more than you can handle.

I’ve signed up for too much! What do I do?

Let us know as soon as possible. We request that authors let us know at the latest by Monday, June 27th (the second check in). This is so that artists can be assigned to authors committed to completion. Artists, we request you let us know by Monday, August 20th so that we can endeavour to find a suitable replacement artist, if possible, for your author.


I started my story just before you announced Big Bang. Can I use this WIP?

If you wish to participate using a WIP, we ask a couple of things of you.

1. That it is less than 3k for Big Bang, 2k for Little Bang and 1k for Mini Bang.
2. That you add at least the minimum requirement of whichever category you sign up for to your existing word count. (1k for Mini Bang; 5k for Little Bang; 10k for Big Bang)
3. If you have already started posting it, you take it down.

Can I write more than one fic?

You can sign up to write as many as you like. It's up to you and you alone to know your limitations. Please do not sign up for more than you can handle -- and if you need to drop out, do so before June 25th. Though we understand that life can be unpredictable at times, please try your utmost not to drop out after your artist has been assigned. It's highly unfair on the artist in question.

Does my fic require beta reading?

We highly recommend having your fic beta read, but it isn't essential. If you do not have a beta, feel free to look in the beta pool and ask people in there.

Can I use my own beta?

Of course. However, if you haven't got a beta and are looking for one, please check out our beta pool.

My fic is going to be too long/short to fit into the category I originally signed up for. Can I change it?

Yes. We ask you to do this before Monday June 23rd, in order to ensure the fic is the right category for the artists to choose from. We don't want artists who only have time to make art for a Mini Bang fic, for example, ending up having to deal with something that is Big Bang length.

I haven't met the word check in requirements. Help?

The check in requirements aren't a hard and fast requirement. Many people write in different ways and therefore, your schedule may be vastly different to ours. These are also just our way of making sure that people are still with us and haven't dropped out for one reason or another.

I haven't quite made the word count. Does this mean I'm disqualified?

Not at all - just change the category you've signed up for! 

Is there an upper word limit for Big Bang?

Absolutely not. I love big, sprawling epics!

Why do I have to send in a summary? Can't it wait until it's posted?

The summary we ask for isn't necessarily the one you have to use to accompany your fic. This is to give the artists a brief glimpse into the different fics available to make art for. It just needs to be representative of the project so that artists can tell whether or not it is their cup of tea.

Can I tell my artists what to make me?

You can give them a small amount of guidance, such as preference of type of art you're looking for or scenes you are particularly fond of. That doesn't mean the artists have to follow your exact guidelines, however. Whilst the writing is the author's domain, the art is under the control of the artist.

What do I do when I've finished?

Feel free to post to onceuponavent to celebrate and encourage others to do the same. Post it on your LiveJournal under the PRIVATE setting, so nobody but you can see it. Then, talk to your artist(s) and try to figure out what posting date will be best for you. When the posting date comes around, then you can reveal all!


I'm not sure my art type qualifies...

Contact the mods here. You will most likely be fine, but they can give you peace of mind.

Is there a size limit on the art?

For Mini Bang, we ask for at least one 'reasonable' sized piece of art. For example, a wallpaper, a banner, a fanmix, a batch of at least five icons or a drawing. Little Bang requires two 'reasonable' sized pieces. For Big Bang, we ask for three of the above. Of course, you are more than welcome to include much more than the minimum - one, two or three pieces, depending on your signup size is just the minimum! Please let your judgment guide you; authors will have been working on these fics for a considerable amount of time and we believe the art should reflect the effort put in.

For mixes, we ask for a minimum of five tracks. We ask that you make a youtube playlist (or the like) so that people can listen to it without having to purchase. For videos/trailers, we ask that they are at least one minute long.

How will I know what story I am working on?

We will collect summaries from the authors Monday June 9th, 2012. These will be posted anonymously 2 weeks later (or sooner, if all the authors comment before this time), on Monday June 23rd, 2012 where artists can pick the summaries of the stories they would most like to work on. Shortly after, the mods will pair up artists and authors and will reveal as soon as all the artists have commented.

Do I have to host it myself?

We have hosting space, which we can offer you if you do not wish to use your own. As stated before, we ask that fanmixes come in the form of youtube playlists. Videos are also welcome to be hosted on there.

Can I sign up for more than one fic?

Like the authors, you can  sign up for as many as you want. We're not here to tell you how much you can and can't do in the allotted time. However, we request that you make sure you do all that you sign up for -- it's not fair on authors who'll have worked incredibly hard if you let them down.

What do I do when I'm done?

If you wish us to host it, contact the mod here. We will then organise uploading for you, and eventually send you links to post. Post it on your LiveJournal, in a PRIVATE setting until the posting date comes around. Feel free to post on onceuponavent to celebrate!


What will be required of me?

You can do whatever you feel comfortable with. In your signup, there will be space for you to state what you feel you are best at doing so authors can match themselves to the most appropriate author for their needs.

How do I contact an author?

Authors contact you, via the beta pool.

I didn't get picked as a beta, what do I do?

This may happen, as the beta pool is a resource for authors. If you're really interested in promoting yourself as a beta, feel free to post on onceuponavent to indicate your willingness and availability. Authors may notice you there.


What is a cheerleader?

Cheerleaders are people who encourage authors when they get a little stuck. This may come in the form of a brainstorming session, plot advice, or simply silly pictures to make the author smile. You are not expected to serve as a beta, but are more than welcome to sign up for that position as well.

How do I contact an author?

Reply to authors via the cheerleader pool.

There's no authors left in the cheerleader pool but I still want to cheerlead. What do I do?

If you're interested in promoting yourself as a cheerleader, feel free to promote your availability on onceuponavent. Authors may notice you there if they are looking for a cheerleader.

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So happy you made this. I was contemplating making a fairytalebigbang just for this fandom lol (might still making one on fairytales in general)but I'm excited for this one :)You want to affiliate with heroinebigbang and cwbigbang?

Sure thing! I also moderate mentalist_bb and skins_bigbang. Would you like to affiliate with those too? :-)

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