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2016 Yule Fic Exchange: Questions post

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Please post any questions about the exchange to THIS post, as comments are screened on the sign-up post

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lotrcom_mods
Nov. 4th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
People can always check the archive(s) where the assigned author posts at to see what she likes or writes. At MPTT you can check both the story list of an author and reviews to see what they like. You can't call that detective work to be honest. A quick look t the archive will already be quite telling. What makes this exchange so great is that people will claim prompts: not knowing who is behind it initially. That is very different from exchanges where pairings and genre writing should be matched to an author. Also usually those preferences are already required in the request people can write for, in single fandoms Dear author posts are hardly used in that respect.

Also making listings of likes and dislikes in a 'dear author post' will limit some authors, pointing them to such entries can work disencouraging to them. We hope that you can understand that as well: others need that freedom and free reign, others can always check an author profile to see what they love to write and read about.
indy1776
Nov. 4th, 2016 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm moving this over to email so I can quote some things discussed via email earlier this year.

Two things specific to this comment first, though: I've participated in single-fandom, book-based exchanges before, both Tolkien and non. Letters in such cases are useful for pointing what parts of canon someone loves (themes, characters, etc.) and things in canon to avoid that may not be obvious at a glance through someone's profile and story listing.

That is very different from exchanges where pairings and genre writing should be matched to an author.

I honestly don't see a difference between the Yule exchange and other exchanges save that the person picks out a prompt versus choosing to write a specific character or relationship. Fix exchanges are in my experience universally blind matching; people don't know who they're writing for until the assignments are emailed out.

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