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Calling All Reviewers!

Release Date: 29 Oct 06
Category: Reviews

HASA needs to reviewers to help cut down a backlog of submitted stories.


We need reviewers!

As usually happens at this time of the year, HASA has had a surge of stories submitted for review over the last few weeks. There has been at least one story submitted every day in October. The Review Admins have sent out a call asking for HASA members who are reviewers to please log in and review a story or two to help cut down the backlog.

In particular, there are several novel length works in need of reviewers. These are more challenging stories as they often take a few days to read through and think over. Most of our readers prefer shorter works that can be finished in a single sitting. Please, if you have the time and the interest to take on the big stories, we definitely need you!

Without mentioning story names or authors, here is what we have:

  • 3 novel length works, ranging from 43,500 up to 63,300 words. For those of you into epics, here are three to sink your teeth into. Our novel length stories have been sitting the longest and one is in danger of timing out - going over the official 45 day review limit. Please help give these longer works a good read.
  • 4 multi-chapter works that are not quite novel length. The shortest is 3,600+ words, the longest is 10,900+. Multi-chapter stories are sometimes shorter than single chapter works. Be sure to check the word count on the overview page.
  • 12 single chapter stories, ranging from a few hundred words to a 9,000+ short story.

For those of you who are Elf Fanciers (pervy or otherwise) there appear to be a large number of elf-centric stories, about ten of them. There are several Fellowship works and five that are focus on men. There are some humor offerings, a few dramas, a couple of romances, and several general works.

Are you a reviewer?

If you have been a member of HASA for at least 30 days and are a Writers Workshop level member, you are elegible to be a reviewer. What does it take to be a reviewer?

  • Love for the genre
  • A reasonable grasp of the basic rules of English grammar and syntax
  • Familiarity with some part of the Tolkien canon (LotR or the Hobbit or Silm or HoMe). It is not presumed that you are an expert.
  • A willingness to read a complete work with an open mind, and to make a judgement about its quality

If you are a logged in member, you can read the review criteria and guidelines here. It explains the capsule decisions you choose from when making a decision about a story, and provides some guidelines of how to think about a story.

If you would like to review, go to My Stuff/ My Profile/ Reviewer Status. If you are a Readers Club level member, you will have to upgradeyour membership (Don't worry! It doesn't cost anything and you can do it with a click.) and then activate your status. A Writers Workshop lelvel member can activate at once. The activation is effective immediately and you can begin reviewing that very minute. There is a link from the Reviewer Status page to the list of stories in review.

If you change your mind about reviewing, simply click to deactivate your status. You can reactivate at any time.

What are reviews?

Reviews on HASA are like the ultimate challenge. Authors submit stories to the review process. The stories are pulled out of sight and are available only to reviewers. No obvious identifying information is allowed in the story, such as the author's name or links to other works, and the stories are as anonymous as possible. Nine reviewers will choose a story at random from the review list. No reviewer knows who the other reviewers are. They read the story and vote "Accept" or "Decline". They have to provide a "capsule comment" which identifies the biggest reason for their decision, and can provide optional comments to the author if they desire.

Five or more Accept votes and the story becomes generally available to the public. Five or more Decline votes, and the story is returned to the author. The ratio of accepts to declines has remained steady over the last four years. 60% of submissions are accepted and 40% are declined. While we don't have exact figures, a significant number of works that are declined the first time they are submitted are reworked, resubmitted and accepted at a later date.

Even so, it is not a sure thing for a work to be accepted. Authors have to put in additional effort, go over the stories with a fine-toothed comb, and then have to wait for an outcome. This is what each public story has gone through. This is another reason we encourage our readers to post a comment or send an email to an author. A lot of work has gone into every story to provide you with the best fanfic experience around.

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