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Boundbooks ([personal profile] boundbooks) wrote in [community profile] otterandferret 2012-04-07 12:58 am (UTC)

Yes, re-uploading newer versions is absolutely allowed! Not a tactic I suggest for everyone as the main plan, due to possible high levels of stress, but it's totally allowed! :)

Going to copy and paste my newest response to the other participant, as you both asked the same question! :)

Regarding the "So as long as SOMETHING is uploaded on the 16th, I could, in theory, keep re-uploading newer versions up to the 27th," you are mostly correct!

"The 'mostly' is just due the fact that while you can submit what you have on the 16th, it must be a complete story. So, that what that means from my end is that if you were theoretically run over by a bus sometime between April 16th and April 28th, what you'd have posted would be perfectly fine for the exchange. So, in the case of a longer work, tactics I'd suggest would be excising and posting a scene that would work as its own short story or posting an edited down version of the work.

Example of posting a scene: Find a scene which would make you go 'oh, what an interesting/cool/entertaining short fic/idea' and just submit that, using your best judgement. Because of the nature of fanfic and having a shared background canon knowledge between author and reader, single scenes from a larger fic can often stand on their own.

Example of edited down version: Story has plans for scenes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Scenes 1, 3 and 5 are critical scenes and finished. Post scenes 1, 3, and 5, which do read like an entire story, and continue to polish the unfinished scenes 2 and 4.

If these suggestions don't fit your writing process at all, then defaulting would be an option. Even though it's now after the default deadline, even in the absolutely worst case scenario of having to hit the default button on April 16th itself, as long as you use the default button, it's just one penalty strike. As soon as anyone hits the default button, they no longer have to stress about their recipient, because I will absolutely make sure that your recipient does receive something. I don't want people to feel overly stressed by the process. :)"

Let me know if you have further questions!

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