FAQ

Bang FAQs
Reverse Bang FAQs

This is just a list of things that we have come across so far. If you want to know something and it’s not answered anywhere else on the site, just comment below.

BANG FAQS

  • What if I don’t have an AO3 account?
    • If you don’t have one and still want to participate, we will work on getting you an invite. The turn around is pretty quick but if we have a lot of people who want to do it and don’t, AO3 has a procedure for that. Just drop us an email if you want to go that route.
  • What are the minimum and maximum word counts for stories?
    • The minimum is 5,000 and there is no maximum. There is plenty of time to make some longer fics but we know that a few people are trying this for the first time so we felt a lower count just to be safe. We want everyone to try!
  • How many fics can be written by a single author?
    • Two.
  • How many pieces of art can be done by a single artist?
    • As many as they want? I’m serious. I don’t know how many stories we are going to have attempted but I’m hoping we have some nice artists that will help if we have a deluge.
  • Can I do both a story and art?
    • Yes, you can but you can’t do art for your own story.
  • What exactly do you mean by art?
    • Anything that you want. A manip, a hand drawn or computer drawn piece of pretty is all that is needed. Some of the artists may just feel comfortable about making a banner for a story.
  • Are artists creating art work for the stories or doing art prompts for the writers?
    • That’ll be up to the artist for the most part. If the artist isn’t comfortable coming up with art on their own, they can talk with the writer and they can figure out something that makes them both happy.
  • How are artists and writers being paired up?
    • In February, artists will get a list of summaries and it will be a first come first serve basis. More information on the claiming round will be given to artists closer to the claim day.
  • So what happens if I don’t finish my story?
    • No one gets to read it. Seriously, trying is half the game here. You never know until you do. We want people to have fun and not stress.
  • How do I get added as a member of the collection?
    • We will add each author and artist as a member as soon as they sign up. If you have signed up and we haven’t added you within a few days, please email us!
  • How do check-ins work?
    • The Mods will send out a reminder email for authors/artists to check in and they response with exactly where they are in the process. Half way done? Most of the way? 7,000 of roughly 10,000 words? 80%? Anything like that works.
  • What counts as Criminal Minds?
    • That’s easy! The original show as well as the two spin-offs: Suspect Behavior and Beyond Borders. Crossovers will be welcome as long as the BAU or a member of the BAU is the main character. AUs are more than welcome as well.
  • If I sign up for 1 fic and want to do 2 what do I do?
    • If you need to change the number of fics in either direction, please email the address above before the end of writer sign ups if you want to go up in fics. Tell us your email you used to sign up and how many you subscribed to write and how many you now want to write. There is no shame in going down. Life changes.
  • Do I have to post here on WordPress?
    • No. The Mods will just post the links to story and art when it’s the posting day. AO3 doesn’t allow for subscription to collections at the moment so this is a nice place to subscribe and get emails in Inboxes when news or stories are posted.
  • Will betaing be offered?
    • No.

REVERSE BANG FAQS

  • What’s a reverse bang?
    • Check this out here!
  • What are the art requirements?
    • Well, that’s easy! The art can be hand drawn, a manipulation, a banner, pretty much anything goes.
  • Is there a size requirement? 
    • Answer coming soon!
  • How many pieces of art can an artist do?
    • One
  • What if I don’t have an AO3 account?
    • If you don’t have one and still want to participate, we will work on getting you an invite. The turn around is pretty quick but if we have a lot of people who want to do it and don’t, AO3 has a procedure for that. Just drop us an email if you want to go that route.
  • What are the minimum and maximum word counts for stories?
    • The minimum is 3,000 and there is no maximum. There is plenty of time to make some longer fics but we know that a few people are trying this for the first time so we felt a lower count just to be safe. We want everyone to try!
  • How many fics can be written by a single author?
    • Unsure as it will depend on how many writers we have compared to art. We might fall even and we might even have more writers than art where we would allo more than one claim for each author. We would like to stress that writers should only take on what they feel they can do.
  • Can I do both a story and art?
    • Yes, you can but you can’t do art for your own story.
  • How are artists and writers being paired up?
    • In August, artists will send rough drafts of their art to the Mods and from there it a document will be made that writers will then be able to choose from. It’s a first come first serve basis. More information on the claiming round will be given to writers closer to the claim day.
  • So what happens if I don’t finish my art/story?
    • No one gets to see it or read it. Seriously, trying is half the game here. You never know until you do. We want people to have fun and not stress.
  • How do I get added as a member of the collection?
    • We will add each author and artist as a member as soon as they sign up. If you have signed up and we haven’t added you within a few days, please email us!
  • How do check-ins work?
    • The Mods will send out a reminder email for authors/artists to check in and they response with exactly where they are in the process. Half way done? Most of the way? 7,000 of roughly 10,000 words? 80%? Anything like that works.
  • What counts as Criminal Minds?
    • That’s easy! The original show as well as the two spin-offs: Suspect Behavior and Beyond Borders. Crossovers will be welcome as long as the BAU or a member of the BAU is the main character. AUs are more than welcome as well.
  • Am I allowed to title my work?
    • You can have a placeholder title for the piece of art but the final title of the fic will be in the hands of the writer.
  • Do I have to post here on WordPress?
    • No. The Mods will just post the links to story and art when it’s the posting day. AO3 doesn’t allow for a subscription to collections at the moment so this is a nice place to subscribe and get emails in Inboxes when news or stories are posted.
  • Will betaing be offered?
    • No.
  • Any rules on how graphic the art can be (either sexual or violent)?
    • There are no rules on how graphic the art can be either sexually or in violence. However, the more graphic the smaller the audience that might choose your art is.

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