April Fools Swap 2017?

1 month ago | mathtans (Member)

Is anyone interested in trying the swap again this year? For those who don't know, the idea is that on April 1st, you post an update to your serial that is non-canon... and not written by you. You would write the update for someone else's serial! That's right, a bunch of authors sign up, get assigned one of the other author serials involved, and write them an April Fools update. The reveal is made at the end of the post, where there's a link to your serial from theirs, as well as to the post written by the usual serial author. Make sense?

We'd probably want to get this off the ground in the next week or two, so that people still have 5-6 weeks to read the serial they end up with, not to mention create their own entry, and coordinate the posting. (April 1st is a Saturday this year.) If anyone wants to see the last two years to get a better sense:
http://forums.webfictionguide.com/topic/2016-april-fools-master-list
http://forums.webfictionguide.com/topic/2015-april-fools-master-list

With Alex maybe being a bit busy doing the Worldbuilding(?), I'm willing to help coordinate this through emails (I did post the master list last year, and have a pretty free month coming up)... though I'd need some help with setup, from Alex or otherwise, because I don't know how to co-ordinate the initial assignments. Particularly since there may be some who won't want to write for more risqué serials, etc. Anyone able to help me avoid reinventing the wheel? Also, there's no point doing it unless there's enough interest. So, are people interested? Or does anyone have other thoughts?

Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca

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  1. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 1 month ago

    I think it would be fun.

  2. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    I think it would be fun if I could swap with someone writing a similar genre, but I wouldn't want to have to bang out a sub-par piece of writing in a genre I have no skill in.

  3. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Jim, are you back in this year? YEEHA!

    Thanks for being the poking prodding Jiminy Cricket on this Gregory. I was JUST talking to a friend about the swap this weekend, because I've registered an EIN for my own publishing for an llc, and an EIN for Serial Swappers, which I want to use as that Serial Novel advocacy group that was under discussion last year. So I plan on using it as a group label for the April Swap, an imprint name for the Anthology ( Which I need to work on stat as well, sigh. ) and other pro serial novel efforts going forward.

    I will have an interest form out TONIGHT on this post and out to everyone that has been part of it before.

  4. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    https://goo.gl/forms/ym7w6qa8efig0amG3

    please share the link around! Emails in the morning.

  5. thelonewanderer (Member)

    Posted 1 month ago

    Ooh, I was just making a point about something like this in one of the forum posts, but only canon. Had missed reading this before I posted there.

    This is certainly an interesting proposition.

  6. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Just bumping this thread, as assignments will be formalized at the start of March (presuming there's enough who signed up). Even if you're reading this after February, you can definitely still participate, but if you want in on the ground floor -- follow the link Alex posted just above. Thanks!

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  7. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Yes please! And please spread the link around! I'm sending out first assignments tommorow, we only have 7 sign ups so far. I've emailed everyone involved previously, and put comments into a few serials that I read and enjoy.

  8. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    @Holly So you're not reading my serial anymore. That hurts. </3

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  9. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Comments into serials that I knew the authors might not get the message here or in email! silly. (although, i am a month or so behind... i need to catch up. )

  10. unice5656 (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    So, is this going to start soon or what? It literally takes me a month to write a chapter.

  11. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Yes, sorry, family health issues ate my last two nights. I will get them out tonight. sadly, we only have six signups so far.

  12. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    Alex - I can help as needed with mails, once the "matching fu" is figured out. I wonder if the issue is fewer serials running at the moment, workload issues for those who are writing serials, a general disinterest due to this becoming routine after a few years, or some combination. (I noticed Jim posted in RRL, so the word got out...)

    Writing a Time Travel serial: http://mathtans.wordpress.com
    Writer of the personification of math serial: http://www.mathtans.ca
  13. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 3 weeks ago

    I appreciate the offer. I sent out all emails last night, let me know if you didnt get it and you signed up!

    Gregory, I made a form, same as always , and went through copy and pasting, heh. took me like 10 minutes, and mostly just double checking them all to make sure I ddint screw up and send double (again)

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