What is a bigbang?
There are many different types of bigbangs, all varying slightly, but generally a bigbang is a process in which authors write long fics (10,000 or 20,000 words) over a period of about 3 months and artists make art for them.
How do I sign up?
When sign-ups start, there will be one post for authors and artists. Later a post will open for betas to sign up.
What type of requirements are there for a fic?
Your fic must be at least 15,000 words long and, preferably, beta-read before the posting date. It must focus on or revolve around the Harry Potter series. Any pairing, story type, and time frame is allowed. So if you wanted to write a Charlie/Hermione fic set after Hermione is out of school and cross it over with Buffy you are absolutely allowed to.
I've already been writing a Harry Potter fic -- can I use that?
You are allowed to use a WIP in this bigbang, but half the words in the fic must be entirely new and unseen for it to qualify. Also, we prefer you either remove or lock what you've already posted but you are not required to (we are writers too, we'd hate to part with comments and reviews).
What genres/pairings are allowed?
You may write/create art for whichever genre and/or pairing you choose. Crossovers and AUs are allowed as well as RPF.
I've got two ideas in my head ... can I write both?
Yes you can, as long as you think you'll be able to finish both by the deadline and that both will be more than 15,000 words.
Can I write with someone else?
Yes, you may co-author your bigbang if you want to.
How do I know what I'm making art for?
When the writers turn in their rough drafts, we'll make a claims post. In this post we'll include the story summary, the pairing and the fandom, as well as any warnings the author gives. You can choose which fic you'd like to create art for, and then that person's fic will get crossed off the list.
What are the requirements for art?
You can make whatever kind of art you feel like, in whichever medium. Drawing, painting, digital, manips, anything you can think of. We just ask that you put some time into it, as our authors have.
How do I make a claim?
Claims are done on a first come, first serve basis. We will be putting up a f-locked post and the artists will reply to it with the story they want to claim. Comments will be unscreened so artists can see if something has already been claimed.
What happens if the number of authors doesn't match up with the number of artists?
We will do several rounds of claiming so that EVERY fic has art and in the event that fics outnumber artists. If it's the other way, we may open up the fics so that more than one artists is assigned to the same fic. Either way, everyone who wants to participate will get to participate.
What kind of timeline will I be under?
Author Sign Ups – July 30th, 2010 – October 18th, 2009
Artist Sign Ups – July 30th, 2010
Checkpoint #1 – August 20th, 2010
Checkpoint #2 – September 24th, 2010
Checkpoint #3 – October 29th, 2010
Rough Drafts are Due – November 17th, 2010
Artist Claims Post – November 22nd, 2010
Final Fic & Art Due – January 7th, 2011
Posting Period Starts – January 14th, 2011
What's a checkpoint?
These aren't mandatory. They're something to give you a feel on where a typical author should be at in their writing process. They're used for encouragement and motivation only.
Will artists get checkpoints?
We will be making sure everyone's on the right track and are able to finish their art/fanmix before the deadline, but these checkpoints will be less formal, as there is no wordcount for a piece of art.
What should my rough draft look like?
It needs to be at least 10,000 words, or 70% of your fic. You do not need to have your fic finished by this time however, you may still work on it and get it beta-read until your final fic and art is due. We just need to be able to reasonably verify that you are going to be able to post on your assigned date.
Can I have an extension?
We will be granting extensions on a case-by-case basis for rough drafts as long as your final fic or art is in by the due date. We would hope, however, that you use the checkpoints and all your available writing time to it's fullest.
Can I join this comm?
Yes you can join the comm!, whether you are signing up or just want to write it. If you sign up as an Author or Artist you HAVE to join the community, this is so you can stay up to date on any posts made by mods.
The claims posts and checkpoints will be locked so you need to be a member of the community to view them.
What types of requirements are there for me to post my fic?
You must include a header with all regular information on it. This includes warnings. Not all of our readers like the same thing, so you are required to warn them. Besides that, you must include the fandoms you're writing in if the story is a crossover.
You also must include the art made for you in your masterlist.
Can I post it to my journal a few days early to show my friends?
No, the first time you post this bigbang must be on your reveal day. You can however post your fic to your journal in advance and have it locked for your eyes only.
My fic exceeds the character limit for a single post, what do I do?
Most people choose to break their fic up into 2 or more parts (whatever is best for you) and then create a master post that links to all the parts and the art from one place.
Where can I post?
That is up to you. We prefer you have your master post on LJ but you can post your story to dreamwidth or Archive of Our Own if you prefer it there.
Where can I upload my graphics?
There are several free resources such as Tinypic for images or .gif files, along with Photobucket.
How will I get my graphics to my author?
We will provide you with contact information once you are committed to an author. From their you can contact them to find out more about their interests, or simply send them the links to your final art.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask them below or contact a mod.