[personal profile] leaflitter's totally unofficial FAQ: writing Yuletide treats in the AO3 era

Dec. 24th, 2011 07:54 am
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Cross-posted from [community profile] yuletide.

There doesn't seem to be a single unified post on this anywhere and people keep asking. I'm SO NOT A MOD, but thought a SO NOT A MOD writeup might help people with the treats puzzle.

What is a treat?

A treat is a Yuletide story for someone who wasn't an assignment, ie you weren't assigned them in the main Yuletide assignments and you aren't their assigned pinch hitter, but you wrote a story to match their prompt anyway. Thus a treat: an extra present!

How do I find out what their requests are?

1. A lot of people made their Dear Yuletide letters public, see comments here and spreadsheet here. You can look over those for requests you like.

2. You can look at the prompts coming through the pinch hitter list. Even if you don't get (or don't even ask for) the official pinch hit, you could write that person a treat.

3. You can watch [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_admin for the publication of the Yuletide Madness prompts, which will be the prompts of people who don't yet have a > 1000 word story uploaded.

Do I have to be signed up for Yuletide to write someone a treat?

No, but you will need an AO3 account to post your treat.

Do I have to have permission to write someone a treat?

No, you can just do it.

Can I write a treat for someone who already has 1 or more Yuletide stories?

Yes. (You can make a good guess before reveal about how many stories someone has by looking at the number of gifts listed in their profile sidebar versus the number of gifts that show up if you go to their gifts page.)

I defaulted, but I can finish my story now, can I post my story as a treat for my original assignee?


I didn't default, can I write a treat?


Do I have to write a treat?

No, they're a completely optional part of Yuletide.

Can I write 2/20/200 treats?


When do I post it?

If your treat is > 1000 words, you post it any time before story reveal.

If your treat is < 1000 words, you post it after Yuletide Madness opens, until story reveal.

How do I post it?

If your treat is over 1000 words, post it to the main Yuletide collection:

1. Go here: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2011

2. Hit "Post to collection"

3. Put the prompter's user name in "Gift this work to"

4. Fill in the rest of the form as appropriate.

5. Post it.

If your treat is under 1000 words, post it to the Yuletide Madness Collection.

1. Wait for Madness to open.

2. Go here: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletidemadness2011

3. Hit "Post to collection" (which will appear when Madness is open)

4. Put the prompter's user name in "Gift this work to"

5. Fill in the rest of the form as appropriate.

6. Post it.

Will I be anonymous like a real Yuletide fic?

Your story will have the usual Yuletide secrecy: it will appear as anonymous for one week after story reveal, and then your name will appear on it after author reveal.

Won't I annoy the person's assigned writer?

This varies, but most people seem to be on the side that treats make Yuletide more fun. You can optionally tell your recipient that it was a treat: just put it in the notes and/or use "Yuletide Treat" as a tag. Then they can thank their assigned writer especially, if they choose.

What if I don't have time to write it before story reveal?

When you do have time, post it as a New Years Resolution fic:

1. Go to http://archiveofourown.org/works/new (ie the normal place to post works to AO3)

2. Put the prompter's user name in "Gift this work to".

3. Tag your fic "Yuletide 2011" and "Yuletide New Year's Resolutions Challenge".

4. Fill out the rest.

5. Post it.
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