November 21st, 2011

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issue 34 reminder and beta signup

This is the beta sign-up post for the December theme-free issue; the deadline for that issue is Tuesday, December 13. 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.


This beta signup is going up a little early -- just a touch over three weeks ahead of the deadline, in fact -- for two very good reasons. The first is that it's the end of the year, time slips away so fast, and doing things ahead of time is sometimes the only way to keep from getting behind, especially in the midst of everything else that needs to happen.

The second is a bit more serious: lifting the upper bound restriction means that even if fewer stories come in this issue, more text will -- and if a longer-than-standard story needs more than ever-so-slight tweaking (a typo here, a homonym there), it will get bounced back for the author to fix. The end of the year also means the end of the semester, which means I will not only be editing, I will be grading final undergraduate papers, and I fear the quality of my mercy may be already strained. I don't expect things to be perfect, of course, but the longer they go, the better they'd better be.

So! If you feel like being someone's not-so-secret Santa, please consider signing up to help your fellow contributors. 'Tis the season, after all!