Calling All Reviewers!
- 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 In the Reviews section. Click on the "Sections" button,
click "Reviews" in the menu, then look for "Review Criteria" in the
left-hand menu once you are in reviews. 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
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.