FAQ – Authors

Authors

How long does it take for a story application to be approved?
What do I do if my story has been deemed not transit-ready?
What is the New Learners group?
I have worked with another beta on previous chapters, or I have posted several chapters already. Can I start working with you at chapter five?
Will Project Team Beta edit more than one story for me?
How do I submit a chapter into transit?
Can I resubmit a chapter into transit?
I wasn’t particularly fond of one of my betas. What do I do?
Do I have to be on Permanent Assignment by chapter five?
If I have a story on Permanent Assignment, can I fill out a Story Application for a new story?
Can I submit my One Shot for a contest or event?

How long does it take for a story application to be approved?

Please allow up to seven days for your story application to be processed. If you have not heard back from a PTB moderator in seven days, please email StoryApplications@ProjectTeamBeta.com.

What do I do if my story has been deemed not transit-ready?

“Not transit-ready” means your story application contained multiple instances of a number of different basic grammar errors. PTB’s transit standard is that all chapters sent in must show a thorough self-edit by the author that demonstrates basic grammar knowledge. At this point, the PTB moderators feel that you are not quite at that level yet.

If your story is not transit-ready, you will be invited into the New Learners group, where PTB moderators will work one-on-one with you and help you learn the basic grammar concepts needed for a thorough self-edit.

What is the New Learners group?

This group is for new PTB authors who are working toward being transit-ready. You will be provided resource links to study from and one-on-one help with PTB moderators. Once the PTB mods feel you are ready, you will “graduate” from the program, and will then be able to send in your chapters to be beta’d via transit.

I have worked with another beta on previous chapters or I have posted several chapters already. Can I start working with you at chapter five?

In order to work with PTB, we must start with your story at chapter one. This allows us to provide you with the best possible feedback throughout the entire story.

Will Project Team Beta edit more than one story for me?

Project Team Beta allows each author to have one story in transit per fandom and one one-shot at any given time.

How do I submit a chapter into transit?

After you receive notification that your story has been accepted, you are ready to submit your first chapter into transit. A chapter is submitted to transit by sending it to Admin@ProjectTeamBeta.com. Chapters must be self-edited to the best of the author’s ability, they must contain the appropriate information piece, and they must be in .doc format, which is compatible with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice, a free software package available online.

Can I resubmit a chapter into transit?

Yes. After you have edited your chapter according to your beta’s comments, if you feel that your chapter is not yet ready, you may submit it again into transit. Please tell the moderators in your email that your chapter is a resubmission so that there is no confusion.

I wasn’t particularly fond of one of my betas. What do I do?

Not all betas and authors will mesh. You could come across a beta that you were not particularly fond of. If this happens, please politely and respectfully tell a moderator. We will mark it in your info to not to send your future transit chapters to that particular beta.

Do I have to be on Permanent Assignment by chapter five?

No. PTB will not force authors to go on Permanent Assignment. However, we do encourage it. Sometimes finding the right betas takes a little longer than most, and we will continue to accept your chapters into transit while you are looking.

If you are looking for a particular type of beta, email PermanentAssignment@ProjectTeamBeta.com. A PTB moderator will put beta suggestions in your record.

If I have a story on Permanent Assignment, can I fill out a Story Application for a new story?

Yes. Once your story is put on Permanent Assignment, it is no longer considered a transit story. Your information is moved to the Permanent Assignment tracker, and you have a free space in transit to submit a new multi-chapter story.

Can I submit my One Shot for a contest or event?

Yes. We welcome all one shots, whether or not you have a WIP with us. However, you are still only allowed to have one chapter in transit at a time.

If you are writing for a Contest or Event, there are also time constraints to consider. We suggest that you fill out a Story Application at least 3 weeks before the contest/event deadline (even if your story is not yet finished), and then once accepted, send in your story to be beta’d at least 1–1.5 weeks before the contest/event deadline. The earlier the better though.

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