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[personal profile] paraka posting in [community profile] pod_together
The written component of pod_together is due Sunday (unless you've made arrangements for an extension). If the written component is already completed, feel free to upload early, here are the submission instructions. They're basically the same instructions we've always used so most of the pictures will say 2011, please mentally substitute 2013 instead. :)

We're going to be hosting the final products on AO3. This means that you can hand the fic portion of your project in before the podfic part. If you don't have an account with AO3, than please let me know, I'll send you an invitation.

Handing in Projects through AO3 - Written Component
We'll start off by uploading the fic to AO3. Head over to the Pod_Together Collection on AO3 and click "Post to Collection":

This will take you to the upload page. Many of you have already used AO3 so it should be familiar to you. Most of the fields are self explanatory but some of them are not so much. Below I'm going to provide some general info for those new to AO3, as well as some suggestions for all. You can fill out the fields however you'd like, however I've also included some suggestions:

For those new to AO3: The "Additional Tags" field allows you to put any additional information not covered in the main fields. If you want to include genre information (AU, mpreg, H/C, etc.), warnings not covered in the main archive warnings (ie. drugs, suicidal thoughts, etc.) or any other info you think people might use to find your project, this is the place to put it.

For all: At the very least you should include the tags "Podfic" and "Community: pod-together". You might also want to include: Audio Format: M4B, Audio Format: MP3, Audio Format: Stream.

The Next section of the upload form includes Title, Author, Summary and Notes. For the author section, it's really important that you select "Add co-authors?" and add in the name of your partner(s).

I know the term "co-author" doesn't fit this challenge very well, however listing podficcers as co-authors will give them access to the project. This will mean that they have editing access (which will be important later) and that they'll get comment/kudos notifications.

In this section there's also the options for notes, either at the beginning, end, or at both locations. I'd suggest that you clarify who the author(s)/podficcer(s) are in the beginning notes as well as any author/podficcer notes you may have.

The end notes are generally used for long/spoilery notes you may want to add. It would also be a great place to talk about the collaborative experience of [community profile] pod_together, like if you've noticed interesting ways that working on this piece was different from your normal experience writing fic (or podficcing, in the case of podficcers).

In the "Associations" section, it is super important "pod_together2012" is listed in the "Post to Collections/Challenges:" field. If you clicked through the collection page to submit, it should already be there. If for any reason it's not, please add it.

And in the last section you simply add the text of the fic.

Once you're done, you'll have the option to preview and then submit the fic.

When you're finished and have submitted, you'll be brought to the page for your story. At the top you see a message reading:

It is very important that you get this message! If you don't get it, your story is most likely publicly posted and anyone will be able to see it, rather than waiting for reveals with the rest of the [community profile] pod_together collection.

You should be able to see your work, but others will see it as a "Mystery Work"

Podfic Specific Instructions
Please email the mods a link of the podfic to: pod.together at gmail dot com. If you have cover art please send us that file as well.

Podfics should be mp3 files. You're welcome to send an m4b file as well; otherwise, the mods will create one for you. All podfics will be hosted on [personal profile] paraka's website so we can ensure active downloads/streams when we post. We ask that everyone leave their podfic up for at least 6 months, however after that if you ever want/need to have it taken down, please email [personal profile] paraka at parakaproductions at gmail dot com and it'll be removed right away. Also remember that, if an emergency ever arises where the link needs to be made unavailable immediately, you will be able to edit the AO3 post to remove the embeds and download links to the podfic right away.

Because we're going to be offering a streaming option (which will run off the mp3 file) it would be helpful if the mp3 is a single file.

If you feel that your podfic would benefit from multiple streams, please specify in your email when handing it in (for example, previously, one group did an anthology and requested that each story have it's own stream, another group did filk and asked that the song have it's own stream, etc.).

Once your podfic (and cover art, if you have it) has been uploaded, the mods will send you links as well as code to add to the AO3 entry. Since podficcers are listed as co-authors when the fic is uploaded, you will have access to edit the project.

You will be able to add any tags you think are missing, your own reader's notes and/or thoughts on your experience with [community profile] pod_together.

You can add the stream/download code at the top (and/or throughout as required), save your work, then sit back and wait for reveals.

Date: 2013-07-26 04:02 am (UTC)
jedusaur: A hockey stick with the paddle wrapped in rainbow-colored tape next to a puck, lying just above the blue line on a rink. (hockey)
From: [personal profile] jedusaur
Our project is going to be audio-only, without a text component. Do you need me to send you the script privately to prove I have it or whatever?*

*I do not have it. I will by Sunday, though.

Date: 2013-07-26 04:24 am (UTC)
klb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klb
Hm... maybe you could set up the AO3 page and put the text in there for *now*, but delete it and replace with the audio when the audio is ready (and before posting, of course)? Would that feel okay to you?

Date: 2013-07-26 04:42 am (UTC)
akamine_chan: Created by me; please don't take (Default)
From: [personal profile] akamine_chan
Oh, good. I have the same issue with one of my projects.

Date: 2013-07-26 10:29 am (UTC)
pennyplainknits: abby (abby)
From: [personal profile] pennyplainknits
Sorry to be awkward, but do I have to allow streaming of my podfic? I'd prefer to host it at the audio archive (I'm weird about having my podfic hosted in multiple places)

Date: 2013-07-26 11:25 am (UTC)
klb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klb
I'm sorry, but yes, it was in the Rules/FAQ and it is a requirement of the challenge. But depending on the source of your discomfort, there are some options that might help:

-Paraka can set up a domain on her webspace for you that you control, so even though it would be hosted somewhere other than the audio archive, you would have the ability to take it down yourself at a moment's notice in case of emergency.
-As per the rules post, after 6 months of it being hosted for streaming, you can request that the file being taken down (or take it down yourself if you've gone with the first option and gotten your own domain) and remove the streaming option.

If you'd like to discuss more about what is making you uncomfortable via email and talk through ideas for addressing it, you can contact us at Or, of course, we can continue discussing it here if you'd prefer.

Date: 2013-07-28 01:28 pm (UTC)
serene: mailbox (Default)
From: [personal profile] serene
We're having a party this afternoon, and I still have some cleanup to do on my final drafts, so mine will be in tonight (Sunday; possibly late tonight). Just letting you know.

Date: 2013-07-28 05:28 pm (UTC)
klb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klb
Okay, that will be fine. Thank you for the heads up :)

Date: 2013-07-28 06:23 pm (UTC)
puckb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] puckb
Still need to re-read and correct mine so it'll be up late tonight UTC time. (or early night gmt if I'm not wrong.) c:

Date: 2013-07-28 08:24 pm (UTC)
klb: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klb
That's fine—as long as it's up before I wake up tomorrow morning, I will not fret :)

Date: 2013-07-29 05:12 am (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
I've got mine up, and only have author's notes to tweak yet, though I am debating turning it into a "chaptered" piece for the three stages with in the poem. I don't think it will cause an issue to change it to a chaptered piece for the poetry though, as I've done that before with little issue.

Date: 2013-07-29 09:15 pm (UTC)
gala_apples: (Default)
From: [personal profile] gala_apples
Both are posted. One following all the rules, the other will be edited once my partner tells me his ao3 name so I can add him as cowriter.

Date: 2013-08-08 04:16 pm (UTC)
pensnest: small animal with widespread forepaws, caption Hug? (Hug?)
From: [personal profile] pensnest
I have a technical problem—ridiculously, my audio program refuses to save my files as mp3s, even though the option is available on the menu. I have no idea why this is happening. I can save them as mp4 files via iTunes, which I have done.

Will it be all right for me to send through the mp4 files to you?

I have two versions of one of the stories, as the full version contains background music and I know some people have issues listening to that. There are, therefore, three audio files to come from me.

Sorry this is a rather belated plea—I assumed my pesky program would actually manage to save the files as mp3s for me!

Date: 2013-08-08 04:38 pm (UTC)
pensnest: Joey Fatone being happy (Joey yay!)
From: [personal profile] pensnest
Aha! Brief consultation with Resident Expert and a nice chap on an iTunes forum, and I've been able to use iTunes to create mp3s after all. They will very soon be on their way to you.

Date: 2013-09-05 09:43 pm (UTC)
busaikko: a girl on the beach with a heart-shaped lollipop (x heart lollipop)
From: [personal profile] busaikko
Can I follow this procedure for party favors? Do I need to add additional tags/remove tags?

Date: 2013-09-06 08:34 am (UTC)
busaikko: Something Wicked This Way Comes (Default)
From: [personal profile] busaikko
Thank you! I just posted, hope that works!


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