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2 months 3 weeks ago #66026 by marie7342231
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One quick note from a fan sharing joy for this process. I have never seen it as a closed or elite group of authors, just excited for more content.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66028 by elrodw
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Just a note - the Gen 0 route mentioned above is always open, not just now. If you're busy with projects, life, work, etc, but will be free in a few months, you might want to try the Gen 0 route. Ask. We'll get answers.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66031 by Kristin Darken
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marie7342231 wrote: One quick note from a fan sharing joy for this process. I have never seen it as a closed or elite group of authors, just excited for more content.


It IS closed. As much as some people see a closed canon as being elitist, that level of exclusion is necessary for the effort of maintaining continuity and for keeping the communications and review process from swamping the progression of writing. I can't imagine having a viable ongoing storyline over more than a decade with an open company of authors contributing. We'd need a full time editorial staff.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66036 by elrodw
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Kristin, I didn't interpret the comment the same way you might have.

To me, the comment seemed to be saying that we weren't an elitist group, which implies snobbery and nose-in-the-air. Yes, we are a closed group of canon authors, but we aren't insular. We interact with the fans quite a bit. We react to their comments, we (mostly) welcome any comments that aren't nasty or snarky or mean. We are pretty open in our opinions that we appreciate our fans and let them know it. We encourage WhateleyIF. That's what I interpret from the comments.

We've had fans in the past with whom we had HUGE battles about haven an open writing universe, and it is a very sensitive point with us authors. (I don't need to mention names.) And yes, for the reasons Kristin mentions, we have to remain a closed group of canon stories. Canon stories. I think all the fans understand the need for us remaining a small, closed group. But it seems apparent that the fans also note that we encourage microscenes, WhateleyIF, and so on. We let them know that there IS a path to becoming a canon author.

So Kristin is right, and I believe my comments are right. It looks like we're talking about two different things.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66037 by null0trooper
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elrodw wrote: - A Whateley short story – Think longer than a standard (not Bek-length) microscene. A vignette or so. The key is to use an author POV character as prime, and to also use two or more existing Whateley characters as supporting cast. This is primarily to show a prospective author's ability to 'play well with others' and to help further the storyline for ALL POV characters. It is not expected that a prospective author will write the supporting characters exactly like the original author – no one will write Phase like Diane, nor Laura like ElrodW writes her. It is mostly about being able to reasonably use the characters as supporting cast with reasonable characterization that doesn't make the canon group or original author cringe.


Would that be a current author POV character (Jak, Lanie, etc.), or does it include POV characters that were one-shots or whose authors have moved on (Chaka, Tennyo, Reach, Jimmy T, etc.)?

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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #66039 by elrodw
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null0trooper wrote:

elrodw wrote: - A Whateley short story – Think longer than a standard (not Bek-length) microscene. A vignette or so. The key is to use an author POV character as prime, and to also use two or more existing Whateley characters as supporting cast. This is primarily to show a prospective author's ability to 'play well with others' and to help further the storyline for ALL POV characters. It is not expected that a prospective author will write the supporting characters exactly like the original author – no one will write Phase like Diane, nor Laura like ElrodW writes her. It is mostly about being able to reasonably use the characters as supporting cast with reasonable characterization that doesn't make the canon group or original author cringe.


Would that be a current author POV character (Jak, Lanie, etc.), or does it include POV characters that were one-shots or whose authors have moved on (Chaka, Tennyo, Reach, Jimmy T, etc.)?


I strongly suggest characters who have an active author, but any character who is the POV focus of several stories also works. I have used Tennyo as supporting cast a few times. I have used Reach as supporting a few times. For the audition, using a few is good. Once an author becomes canon, the more that are used (in various stories, not all at once), the better.

If you use a character with an active author, you can communicate with that author to get feedback during the development process, BTW. With other authors, you may not have that benefit.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66043 by Kristin Darken
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Ya, I recommend that you DO take advantage of working with active PoV characters in supporting roles, because unless you purposely jump on our toes while you work with us; interacting with us can't help but improve how much we care about you succeeding. :)

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66045 by elrodw
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I'd say avoid one-shot characters like the plague, too.

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66047 by Anne
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If I wasn't utterly swamped by life I'd be jumping up and down to get Kelly moved over to be a canon character. I think that I could maybe learn to write well enough to extend the few thousand words I have about her trip to Whately to be a story rather than a bare novella...
Of course that would depend on me having time and the canon cabal being willing to work with me... I tried to write something for Amelia Hartford, but haven't got more than a title, at this point, Amelia's Change....

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2 months 3 weeks ago #66055 by Kristin Darken
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Anne wrote: If I wasn't utterly swamped by life I'd be jumping up and down to get Kelly moved over to be a canon character.


But see... this is what we "don't" want. Stories that are already released and out there are already released and out there. Sure, they'd probably get 'some' changes to match continuity, but the last thing we want to do in trying to bring new authors into the mix is for you to spend your first year or two learning continuity and rewriting something that everyone has already read. We want people who are willing to come in, learn what's happening behind the scenes and start something fresh that doesn't have to be adapted.

That's not saying that 'Kelly' couldn't be canon. But its not what we're asking for when we say we're looking for authors to help create new ongoing canon content.

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