October 4th, 2011

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issue 33 reminder and beta signup

Dear monsters great and little: the Myths and Monsters issue deadline is Tuesday, October 18, which is two weeks from today! Thus, this is the beta signup post! If you would like to beta-read for the upcoming issue, comment here with the number of stories you're willing to handle, any other notes on your betaing style (e.g., if you're willing to help with issues other than spelling/grammar, such as plot, characterization, prose flow), and the best way to get in touch with you.

You may comment here also if you need a beta reader for your submission, particularly if you have specific issues with your story that you think might benefit from a new set of eyes. Please indicate clearly whether you're seeking a beta or volunteering as one.

To avoid blind-leading-the-blind situations, please volunteer as a beta reader only if you yourself are confident of your spelling, grammar and syntax, and that words mean what you think they mean when you use them in sentences. As a minimum, you must be able to fix the majority of the problems listed in the resources linked from the Writing Aids and Standards post.

As with illustrators, please contact beta readers by responding directly to the comments.

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Don't forget, too, this issue's special feature: the 'happy ending!' guideline has been temporarily ... not suspended, precisely, but definitely softened. Creepy, unsettling, ambiguous endings may not be the order of the day in BL manga, but they're definitely a staple of monster movies and horror novels. If you want your characters to end happily ever after, by all means, bring on the cheer! But if you've been itching for something with a little more Hitchcock, this may be just what you're looking for.

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The Artist Special #1 was a beautiful and touching success on many levels, and if you haven't gone over to see all the pretty yet ... well, what's stopping you? Read, love, and leave comments, as positive feedback is not only a great way of showing appreciation, it's pretty much the only way you have to convince authors and artists whose products you enjoyed to keep producing the work you love to see.