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Otter and Ferret Forever 2013 Revealed
Works have been revealed at Otter and Ferret Forever 2013. Otter and Ferret Forever 2013 will remain open for submissions until January 14, 2014!

Recommendations
Seeking links to recommendations of Otter and Ferret works! This is to try and get Otter and Ferret works listed as a 'Hot Rec' on the Daily Snitch ([community profile] daily_snitch), which requires three separate recs ("with an explanation why they're being recommended" - The Daily Snitch) of a single work.*

If you rec'd an Otter and Ferret work, please leave a comment with a link to the public post or email otter.and.ferret.exchange@gmail.com

Author Revealed
Authors have been revealed at Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013 and Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013.

Cross-posting
As authors have been revealed, all authors are welcome (and encouraged) to cross-post their work!

Otter and Ferret is officially affiliated with Hawthorn & Vine (H&V), a Draco/Hermione exclusive archive. If you are an H&V member and wish to submit your Otter and Ferret work to H&V, Otter and Ferret has a dedicated sub-category under Challenges, then Off-site Challenges and then at Otter and Ferret.

All works created for any Otter and Ferret exchange, Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest or Otter and Ferret Forever collection are eligible for submission to H&V's Otter and Ferret sub-category.

Banners & Promotion
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LJ/DW/IJ/etc: Check out the promotion banners tag!

*Unfortunately, only recs on LiveJournal, InsaneJournal and Dreamwidth count towards the required three recs. However, if you've rec'd on tumblr or twitter or elsewhere, you remain an awesome person! :D
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ebooks

All Otter and Ferret works can be downloaded as ebooks in the following formats: mobi, EPUB, PDF, and HTML. This is because everything on Archive of Our Own (AO3) can be downloaded as an ebook.

How to Download ebooks on AO3
  1. Go to the story you want to download.

  2. Look in the upper right-hand corner. Click the 'Download' button.

  3. Click whichever file format you prefer.

  4. Save the file to your computer. You're done!

How to Download ebooks on AO3: Pictures )

Podfic

"Podfic: it's an audio recording of a fanfic, like an audiobook...Fans from all over put their voices out there so you can enjoy fanfic on the go or just in a different way." - PodAware Day 1 - Podfic 101/Why We Podfic

Unlike ebooks, Otter and Ferret doesn't have the ability to auto-provide podfics of entries. However, here is some information that may be helpful if you're an author or reader who's interested in podfic.

If you're an author and interested in podfic of your work, you can help encourage podfic of your work by explicitly granting permission on your fic's notes or your archive profiles. Some authors chose to only grant permission for certain fics (Limited Permission), while others grant permission for all of their work (Blanket Permission). Blanket permission, if you're comfortable granting it, is often the most useful kind of permission for podficcers. Blanket permission allows podficcers to begin work on a podfic immediately, and time is often a factor in fests, challenges, and exchanges.

"Blanket permission is a way for fan artists to let other fans know their comfort with others playing with their works. It's particularly helpful to podficcers when authors give blanket permission for anyone to podfic their works without having to ask first." -PodAware Day 2 Blanket Permission



If you'd like to make your work available for podficcing, after putting a statement on your archive profiles and/or making an announcement, you might want to add your name to this list of Harry Potter podfic-friendly authors (Dreamwidth | LiveJournal) compiled by [personal profile] fire_juggler. If you're interested in checking out a current list of podfic-friendly Harry Potter authors, [personal profile] fire_juggler has a master list posted at their journal.

If you're interested in listening to already recorded podfic, check out [community profile] amplificathon/[livejournal.com profile] amplificathon, a multifandom podfic community.
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Just a quick reminder that Sunday, May 5th is the deadline for thanking one's gift-giver.

Exceptions are granted for anyone who gave notice of their absence on the The 'Let your Gift-Giver Know You'll be AFK' Post! :)
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Otter & Ferret
News Community | FAQ | AO3 Collection
Otter and Ferret 2013 has arrived! Works revealed on the following dates:

April 29, 2013: Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013 and Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013
May 6, 2013: Otter and Ferret Forever 2013

In addition, Otter and Ferret Forever 2013 will remain open for submissions until January 14, 2014!


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Works have been revealed!

Reveals

Check out Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013 for this year's exchange works!

Tiny bite-sized fics can be found at Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013.

Read, enjoy! Participants, please remember to leave a comment to thank your gift-giver! Gift-givers, if you don't hear from your recipient, check the I'll be AFK post.

Author reveals will occur on May 6th!

Other Items

Otter and Ferret Forever 2013 is now open for submission of any length. Works for Otter and Ferret Forever 2013 will be revealed on May 6th.

PS

Sorry for the delay in going live! I suppose if one thinks in terms of days, it's still 'around' 9am EST! X_x

edit - Author, as long are you are signed-in to your AO3 account, your replies will be anonymous! Feel free to respond to reviews while signed-in, as AO3 will keep you anonymous for now and reveal your name on your comments after author reveals.
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Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013 and Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013 will be revealed around 9:00 am EST (13:00 pm UTC) on April 29, 2013.
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Just a quick reminder that today is the last day to submit for Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest!

P.S.

If your plot bunny has gone rogue and your fic is 1,000 words or more, you can submit to Otter and Ferret Forever.

P.P.S.

After April 28th, fics of any length can be submitted to Otter and Ferret Forever. Got a 400 word fic that wasn't done by the end of April 28th? Feel free to submit it to Otter and Ferret Forever! :D
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Otter & Ferret Mini-Fest
On Dreamwidth | FAQ | 2013 Mini-Fest Details & Prompts
April 16 - April 28: Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest is a low-key mini-fest of small works of 999 words or less. No sign-ups are required and prompts may be filled multiple times.


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Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013 is here!

Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest is a prompt pick-up mini-fest, whereby all prompts from sign-ups and those left by pinch-hitters are offered up as free-game for the week or so prior to Otter and Ferret works reveals. The intention is to have a fun, low-key mini-fest of small works.

Sign-up date/deadline: N/A

Due date: April 28, 2013

Reveals date: April 29, 2013

No sign-ups are required. One simply needs an AO3 account so that one can post work to the collection. Works should be posted as a gift to the prompter. There is no limit to how many times a prompt may be filled.

All Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest works must be under 1,000 words. If a work is 1,000 words or more, it should be posted as a gift to the prompter as part of the Otter and Ferret Forever annual collection.

Also, exchange participants can fill their own sign-up prompts. If you're filling your own prompt and think that your prompt can be identified or just want to throw people off the trail, go ahead and gift your fic to yourself! (AO3 will let you enter your own username into the "Gift this work to" box).

On Dreamwidth

Let the fest begin!

Prompts!

Go to the list of exchange requests at Archive of Our Own, and check out the post of pinch-hitter prompts.

I need an AO3 invite! Help!

Leave your email address in the comments or send an email to otter.and.ferret.exchange@gmail.com and I'll send you an invite!

How to Submit

Submission Instructions )

Graphical Tutorial for Submission

Pictures! )

My work is 1,000 words or more! What should I do?

Submit it to Otter and Ferret Forever! Otter and Ferret Forever collects works that were written in response to an Otter and Ferret prompt. Basically, if it doesn't go in the Otter and Ferret exchange or Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest, it goes in Otter and Ferret Forever 2013! The collection opens on April 16, 2013 and closes on January 14, 2014.

Submission Instructions )

Otter and Ferret Forever works will be revealed on May 6th, along with the author reveals for the Otter and Ferret exchange and Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest.
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Pinch-hitters are fantastic, so they're offered an extra treat as thanks for pinch-hitting for the Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange! As a pinch-hitters, they're eligible to submit bonus prompts for Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest and Otter and Ferret Forever.

Listed below are the bonus prompts written by authors who are pinch-hitting for Otter and Ferret 2013.

Pinch-hitters' Bonus Prompts

AO3 Username: MiHnn

Requested Rating: Any Rating

Prompts:

1. Angsty - Hermione and Draco go through a painful break up with each other.

2. Romance - Trapped together for 24 hours with no way out. A
friendship had to be created. At the end, maybe it's something more.

3. Hurt/Comfort - After the end of the war, Draco finds out that he's
got an incurable illness. He asks Hermione to help him with his final
wishlist (bucket list).

4. Humour - A spell goes wrong and Draco becomes Hermione's guardian
where her fate is tied to him. He becomes the over-possessive
bodyguard she never wanted. Their bickering gets worse.

Likes : UST, witty banter, hurt/comfort, humour, angst, flangst (fluff
& angst), strong Hermione, moody and snarky Draco, plot, great
supporting characters, having a history, changing minds, traditional
DHr with a twist. For this fest I would like a happy ending.

Dislikes : Extremely hard kink like bloodplay, breathplay, non-con,
chan etc. Besides that, go crazy!


AO3 Username: dormiensa

Preferred Rating: any

3-4 Prompts: 1. the ministry tests out a magical twitter to replace the paper interoffice memos. fic should read like a series of tweets.

2. food allergies make for a disastrous date. especially during a double-date with george and luna/harry and pansy/blaise and ginny.

3. sex for the first time after the birth of their first child.

4. a distant cousin is after the malfoy fortune and reminds draco of an old clause that if the heir cannot produce an heir by his twenty-first birthday, he forfeits his inheritance. so, now draco is scrambling to find a witch willing to marry him and have his heir. and time's running out.

Dealbreakers/Likes and Dislikes: adultery/infidelity, cross-gen, watersports/scat, non-con/rape, mpreg, bloodplay, incest, character bashing (esp ron and astoria, if epilogue-compliant), ron with lavender

AO3 Username: UnseenLibrarian

Preferred Rating: Any

3-4 Prompts:

1) Draco and Hermione are married, with offspring. It is time for one or both of them to have the Birds and Bees talk with said offspring. :) How will it go? Number of kids/awkwardness/etc. is all up to the author. :)

2) Draco and Hermione are married and have just learned they are going to be grandparents. What are the circumstances? Happy? Sad? Disbelief? Relief? Tell all!

3) Several years post-war, Draco and Hermione independently attend dancing lessons with friends. They run into each other at the class. How do they react to being partnered up?

Dealbreakers/Likes and Dislikes: No main character death. I LOVE clever humor. Angsty stories are also fine as long as there is a happy ending.
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The deadline for the Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013 has come and gone, but there's plenty more to come. Before moving on, let's wrap-up last year's Otter and Ferret Forever.

Otter and Ferret Forever 2012 was a nine month-long prompt fest that used prompts from the Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2012. There was no word-minimum or word-limit on works. No sign-ups were required, and the fest was not anonymous.

Otter and Ferret Forever 2012 had one fic, which has been posted below!

Otter and Ferret Forever 2012 Master List

Witch's World (4637 words) by scarlettcat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson
Additional Tags: Humor, Romantic Comedy, Explicit Language, Alcohol, Alternate Universe
Summary:

Hermione and Draco get caught up in a battle of the sexes but not everybody is playing fair.

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Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013 works are due on April 15, 2013.

You do have the entire day to submit. I will not be checking until April 16th.

When I check, any assignment which is either not submitted or incomplete will be automatically defaulted and put up for pinch-hitting.

Here are the submission and defaulting instructions.

Extensions
Unfortunately, extensions are not possible, for reasons given in this comment thread from the 2012 Exchange. If you find yourself in a pickle with your story, that comment thread also offers possible solutions.

If no solution is possible, please follow the defaulting instructions. Defaulting via AO3 will only result in a penalty strike. Defaulting without notice (I wake up on the 16th and discover no fic or an incomplete fic) results in a ban.

Pinch-hitters
Pinch-hitters are still needed! Check out the information post for details. Currently, pinch-hits are due on April 25th.

As always, please feel free to leave questions or feedback in the comments or via otter.and.ferret.exchange@gmail.com
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Otter and Ferret asks that all participants in the exchange to comment on their gift and thank their gift giver within one week after works are revealed.

However, life happens! Sometimes people are traveling during the reveals period, Internet connections aren't available, or work-load won't allow for the reading of the exchange during that first week of reveals.

The first week of reveals: April 29th - May 5th.

So, in order to accommodate these circumstances, here's the 'Let your Gift-Giver Know You'll be AFK*' post.

If you know (or think) you won't be available during the first week after reveals, or longer:

  1. Leave a comment on this post.

  2. In that comment, leave your AO3 username.

  3. In that comment, also include the rough time period that you think you'll be AFK, if you feel that it is appropriate.

That's all! :)

*AFK - Away from Keyboard
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As the default deadline is coming up, here's a quick reminder for exchange participants about extensions.

Extensions
Unfortunately, extensions are not possible, for reasons given in this comment thread from the 2012 Exchange. If you find yourself in a pickle with your story, that comment thread also offers possible solutions.

Anyhow, it is time to call for pinch-hitters! If you're interested in pinch-hitting, here's the relevant information from the main FAQ:

"I'd like to participate in Otter and Ferret as a pinch-hitter. What should I do?
  1. Make sure you have an AO3 account or request one at the request post, so that you can post your finished pinch-hit to the collection.
  2. Sign-up for the pinch-hitter mailing list.

  3. Click here to sign-up with a Gmail address or Click here to sign-up with a non-Gmail address

  4. If you claim a pinch-hit assignment, be sure that you can deliver it in time. While pinch-hitters can default, since life happens, and there are no penalties for pinch-hitters defaulting, it's preferable that this not occur."


Pinch-hit assignments will be sent out via that mailing list, and claiming of pinch-hit assignments is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Currently, pinch-hit assignments are due on April 25th.

Pinch-hits must meet the original criteria of the exchange, namely "you must produce an original to the exchange, non-WIP story of at least 1,000 words which incorporates at least one of your recipient's prompts, and submit it to the Otter and Ferret collection by the submission deadline." The FAQ and this post with assignment requirement clarification may be helpful to you.
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Although works are not due for another two weeks, it's now time to strongly consider whether or not you think you'll be able to make the April 15th deadline.

If you don't think you'll be able to make the April 15th deadline, please consider defaulting. There's no penalty for defaulting before the deadline, and defaulting by the end of April 6th will give me plenty of time to find a pinch-hitter! Don't sweat the exact hour of the deadline, it's really more of a 'when I get around to checking the list of defaults on April 7th' kind of deadline.

If you need to default, but would still like to give your work to your recipient at some future date, there are two official options.

  1. If it's a shorter work and completed before Otter and Ferret 2013 works are revealed, post it during the Otter and Ferret Mini-Fest 2013, which is for works under 1,000 words. The Mini-Fest will be open for posting from April 16th - 28th.

  2. If it's a work that's 1,000+ words and/or completed after Otter and Ferret 2012 works are revealed, post it to Otter and Ferret Forever 2013, which will open on April 16th and have works revealed on May 6th. This collection will be open from April 16th - January 14th, 2014.


Of course, writers not participating in the exchange are welcome to submit to the the Otter and Ferret AO3 collections or not to submit. However, posting to those collections will allow you to notify the recipient and make it easier for more readers to find you. :)

On to the submission and default instructions! These should work, but I'm not able to test them myself. If you run into any problems, please leave a comment!

How to Submit:

Submission Instructions )

How to Default:

Default Instructions )
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We're about four weeks away from the due date for Otter and Ferret works!

Some things to keep in mind:

1) Don't panic! Don't panic if you're still drafting. In fact, don't panic if you don't have a single word written! You still have time, works are not due until April 15th, and you only have to write a minimum of 1,000 words.

2) We're about three weeks away from the default deadline on April 6th. The default deadline is the deadline by which you have to let me know if you need to drop out of the exchange. As long as you let me know that you have to drop out before/on April 6th, there are no penalties.

If you want to know more about possible penalties, check out the FAQ on Penalties and Permanent Bans.

Quick Summary: Don't worry, you still have plenty of time before the deadline! If you do need to drop out of the exchange, it's not a problem, just let me know early enough that I can find a pinch-hitter for your assignment.

Questions? Inquiries of (almost) any kind? Leave a comment!
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Otter and Ferret assignments have been finalized over at AO3, which means you should be receiving your assignment via email within the next twenty-four hours. I had a great time reading everyone's sign-ups, and I think that we'll see some excellent stories in April!

Some Quick Reminders

Remember, you only have to incorporate a minimum of one prompt; you don't have to use all of the prompts. Also, you do not have to incorporate all of their likes into your fic.* Presumably you might wish to use whichever of their likes/preferences inspire you, but there's no hard-and-fast required number.

However, please do not include any of their 'do not want's/triggers/dealbreakers.

Finding Your Assignment

Your assignment should be in two places:
  1. Your email's inbox; specifically, the email associated with your AO3 account.

  2. On AO3. Sign-in to AO3 and click your user icon. Look at the list of navigation links on the left. Towards the bottom should be 'Assignments'. Click it.

How Assigning Worked )

Questions and Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about your assignment (and which are specific enough that you feel leaving a comment would tip off your recipient to your identity!), please email me at otter.and.ferret.exchange@gmail.com

If you have a general non-identity revealing question, feel free to leave a comment! :)

Happy writing! I'm so excited to see what everyone writes! :D

*Speaking as the person who read all of the sign-ups, given how varied the likes have been, if everyone tried to incorporate all of their recipients' likes into each gift, it would probably result in a rather high amount of crack-fic being written for this exchange!
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Dear Authors,

Unfortunately, due to some real life events, there's going to be a roughly one week delay in sending out assignments!

Assignments were originally going to be sent out on February 10, 2013. Instead, they will be sent out on February 17, 2013.

Apologies for the delay, I hope it won't impact anyone's writing schedule too badly. Along with the delay, I'll be incommunicado for a while, so don't worry if you don't get a response for about a week and a half, I will eventually see your email!
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Authors! There's an unexpected consequence of sign-ups now being closed, namely that it apparently dis-allows editing. I've got ahead and opened sign-ups for the time being (until the end of February 2, 2013) so that authors can edit their sign-ups.

Alternately, just email me your edited sign-up at otter.and.ferret.exchange@gmail.com and I'll manually enter it for you.
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Sign-ups are now closed for Otter and Ferret Gift Exchange 2013!

Authors
Authors, you may still edit your sign-ups through February 2, 2013 (in light of the error-correction).

Pinch-hitting
If you missed sign-ups or weren't quite sure about committing to a sign-up, pinch-hitters are always welcome! Sign-up for the pinch-hitter mailing list in order to be informed of needed pinch-hits.

Click here to sign-up with a Gmail address or Click here to sign-up with a non-Gmail address

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