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FAQs: Everything You Need To Know Here!
mentalist_bbmod wrote in mentalist_bb

What is a Big Bang?

A Big Bang is where authors, artists, betas and cheerleaders all come together to create a huge volume of fanworks. At the end of it, we get a load of brand new Mentalist fanfiction and art. Which is awesome, right?

Authors are expected to write a minimum of 10,000 words for Big Bang, with no upper limit. Artists are expected to produce at least two 'quality' pieces of artwork.

What is a Mini Bang?

Mini Bang is exactly the same concept, except with slightly different requirements. Mini Bang allows authors to commit to shorter word counts and artists to less fanart. All the fun, but for less of the pressure.

Authors are expected to write a minimum of 1,000 words up to a maximum of 5,000 words for Mini Bang. Artists are expected to produce at least one 'quality' piece of artwork.

Are the sign up dates different for Big Bang and Mini Bang?

No! We want as many people as possible to feel able to participate. This allows people to join in whether their style is long epics or shorter, powerful pieces.

What kind of stories are allowed?

Virtually anything you can think of. This includes AUs, crossovers, sequels etc. The one exception is RPF. Sorry if that is your kind of thing. If you are unsure, please contact the mods here

What kind of artwork is accepted?

Anything from vids to fanmixes to drawings to graphics to gifs. There are no limitations on the type of artwork you can do to accompany the fics. If you are unsure, please contact the mods here

What are the deadlines?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011 - Sign-ups and writing begins
Monday, Oct 3rd, 2011 - 1st author check in (suggested word count for Big Bang 3K); author sign-ups close
Monday, Nov 7th, 2011 - 2nd author check in (suggested word count for Big Bang 7K)
Monday. Nov 21st, 2011 - Story summary due; artist sign-ups close
Wednesday, Nov 23rd, 2011 - Artist selection post goes up Monday
Dec 5th, 2011 - 3rd author check in (rough draft completed.)
Monday Dec 26th 2011 - Posting date selection begins
Monday Jan 2nd 2012 - Posting begins

Can I start posting early?

Yes, but only under ‘private’ on your journal. We do not want you to share your work with anyone other than your artist, beta and cheerleaders until your posting date. We understand that formatting, especially longer fics on LiveJournal can take a significant amount of time. We do ask, however, that you set the calendar date of your entry to your posting date too.

What do you mean by posting date?

To avoid an influx of fics clogging up people’s friends-list in a very short period of time, we will be having 1 fic posted a day. The author gets to choose which date this is starting from Monday December 26th.

How do I post everything?

Post your finished fic/artwork to your personal journal. On your posting date, set the entry to public. Then, the author will post a master post to the community linking to the fic and artwork. It is the responsibility of the author and artist to ensure that the author has all the links required to post the master post on their selected date. After everyone has posted, a master list of both art and fiction will be compiled and posted to the community.

Can I sign up for more than one position?

Of course, but please be careful not to bite off more than you can handle.

I’ve signed up for too much! What do I do? Let us know as soon as possible. We request that authors let us know at the latest by Monday, November 7th (the second check in). This is so that artists can be assigned to authors committed to completion. Artists, we request you let us know by Monday, December 26th so that we can endeavour to find a suitable replacement artist, if possible, for your author.


I started my story just before you announced Big Bang. Can I use this WIP?

If you wish to participate using a WIP, we ask a couple of things of you.

1. That it is less than 3k for Big Bang and 1k for Mini Bang.
2. That you add at least the minimum requirement of whichever category you sign up for to your existing word count. (1k for Mini Bang; 10k for Big Bang)
3. If you have already started posting it, you take it down.

Can I write more than one fic?

You can write up to three stories. If you choose to sign up for two, this can be two Big Bangs, two Mini Bangs or one of each. If you choose to sign up for three, this can be three Mini Bangs, two Mini Bangs and a Big Bang or One Mini Bang and Two Big Bangs. You cannot sign up for three Big Bangs.

Does my fic require beta reading?

We highly recommend having your fic beta read, but it isn't essential. If you do not have a beta, feel free to look in the beta pool and ask people in there.

Can I use my own beta?

Of course. However, if you haven't got a beta and are looking for one, please check out our beta pool.

My fic is going to be too long/short to fit into the category I originally signed up for. Can I change it?

Yes. We ask you to do this before Monday November 21st, in order to ensure the fic is the right category for the artists to choose from. We don't want artists who only have time to make art for a Mini Bang fic, for example, ending up having to deal with something that is Big Bang length.

I haven't met the word check in requirements. Help?

The check in requirements aren't a hard and fast requirement. Many people write in different ways and therefore, your schedule may be vastly different to ours. These are also just our way of making sure that people are still with us and haven't dropped out for one reason or another.

I haven't quite made the word count. Does this mean I'm disqualified?

For Mini Bang, we ask that you are within 20% either way of the word count. (so, from 800 words to 6,000 words). For Big Bang, we ask that it is over 7,500. However, please bear in mind we would prefer it if they did fit within the word counts specified. Remember, if you're not going to make it, you can always ask to change categories.

Is there an upper word limit for Big Bang?

Absolutely not. I love big, sprawling epics!

Why do I have to send in a summary? Can't it wait until it's posted?

The summary we ask for isn't necessarily the one you have to use to accompany your fic. This is to give the artists a brief glimpse into the different fics available to make art for. It just needs to be representative of the project so that artists can tell whether or not it is their cup of tea.

Can I tell my artists what to make me?

You can give them a small amount of guidance, such as preference of type of art you're looking for or scenes you are particularly fond of. That doesn't mean the artists have to follow your exact guidelines, however. Whilst the writing is the author's domain, the art is under the control of the artist.

What do I do when I've finished?

Feel free to post to mentalistbbvent to celebrate and encourage others to do the same. Post it on your LiveJournal under the PRIVATE setting, so nobody but you can see it. Then, talk to your artist(s) and try to figure out what posting date will be best for you. When the posting date comes around, then you can reveal all!


I'm not sure my art type qualifies...

Contact the mods here. You will most likely be fine, but they can give you peace of mind.

Is there a size limit on the art?

For Mini Bang, we ask for at least one 'reasonable' sized piece of art. For example, a wallpaper, a banner, a fanmix or a drawing. For Big Bang, we ask for two of the above. There is no limit to how much you wish to make and icons can be included, provided you have already met the above criteria. Please let your judgment guide you; authors will have been working on these fics for a considerable amount of time and we believe the art should reflect the effort put in.

For mixes, we ask for a minimum of five tracks. We ask that you make a youtube playlist (or the like) so that people can listen to it without having to purchase. For videos/trailers, we ask that they are at least one minute long.

How will I know what story I am working on?

We will collect summaries from the authors Monday Nov 21st, 2011. These will be posted anonymously 2 days later, on Wednesday Nov 23rd, 2011 where artists can pick the summaries of the stories they would most like to work on. Shortly after, the mods will pair up artists and authors.

Do I have to host it myself?

We have hosting space, which we can offer you if you do not wish to use your own. As stated before, we ask that fanmixes come in the form of youtube playlists. Videos are also welcome to be hosted on there.

Can I sign up for more than one fic?

Initially, you can sign up for up to four. There will be space on the form to indicate how many fics you wish to work with. If you finish your original sign up in good time and want to work on more, feel free to come back and we will see what we can do.

What do I do when I'm done?

If you wish us to host it, email it to us at We will send you the links to then post. Post it on your LiveJournal, in a PRIVATE setting until the posting date comes around. Feel free to post on mentalistbbvent  to celebrate!


What will be required of me?

You can do whatever you feel comfortable with. In your signup, there will be space for you to state what you feel you are best at doing so authors can match themselves to the most appropriate author for their needs.

How do I contact an author?

Authors contact you, via the beta pool.

I didn't get picked as a beta, what do I do?

This may happen, as the beta pool is a resource for authors. If you're really interested in promoting yourself as a beta, feel free to post on mentalistbbvent to indicate your willingness and availability. Authors may notice you there.


What is a cheerleader?

Cheerleaders are people who encourage authors when they get a little stuck. This may come in the form of a brainstorming session, plot advice, or simply silly pictures to make the author smile. You are not expected to serve as a beta, but are more than welcome to sign up for that position as well.

How do I contact an author?

Reply to authors via the cheerleader pool.

There's no authors left in the cheerleader pool but I still want to cheerlead. What do I do?

If you're interested in promoting yourself as a cheerleader, feel free to promote your availability on mentalistbbvent. Authors may notice you there if they are looking for a cheerleader.

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I can't wait! Last year was a blast, can't wait for this year.

I'm ridiculously excited too! Hopefully we will be able to encourage a lot more people to join in this year, that'd be brilliant.

Perhaps I'm blind, or blonde, or both, but I can't see the word requirement anywhere. What would they be please? (and sorry if I'm just being dim!)


The word requirements for Mini Bang are 1,000 - 5,000 words. For Big Bang, it is a minimum of 10,000 words, with no upper limit. I hope that helps! :-)

It does indeed! Thank you!

you know, Tromana, you may have find another writer for this year.... and I even have an idea for what it could be.

Very excited to hear that! :D Not long til we start now...

yep, and I even started putting on paper few ideas here and there... and, it could turn out as definitely not my usual piece of cake...

I've had my ideas planned for a while now (yes, I'm writing two. Eep.) It'll be exciting to get them started. :-)

I'm very glad to see this happening again this year. I won't be signing on as a writer since I'm still working on finishing the fic I started last year, but I might sign up as an artist.

Also: One, I hope you don't mind that I pimped this over at Fandomcalendar on Dreamwidth, and two, would you like to affiliate with redjohnlovesyou? :)

I'm glad to see people want it to happen again this year. I hope you can sign up in some capacity, it'd be great to have you on board.

Thank you for pimping and would love to affiliate!

Okay, question.

It's required that we post our fic on LJ, correct? And can we also post it at

After it's been posted on LJ on your posting day, yes. :-)

I just found yew, i'm a writer - keen to jump on in, i work fast as well.. is that still possible??

I've been talking to you as my artist... but if you really want to write too, I can add you to the end of the posting dates and I'll make art for you too? I do digital art...

Oh that would be so cool! :-)

Is it like just off the cuff that i wrote like w/out prompts and stuff i have a few ideas floating around in my head - THAT WOULD BE SOOOOO COOOL! SQUEEEEEEEEEE.


Yep, it's whatever you want it to be! I often use prompts as a starting point, even for Big Bangs. Though only one of mine came from a prompt this year. :D Excited to have you on board as an author too. :D

Oh absolutely - i'm thrilled and so excited about this!

Is there a particular date i need to have it done by? Tehe your art first then writing AH even have a particular song and plot in mind i was gonna do it anyway but YAYYAAY :-) So excited to be part of this community, i love it!


Yep, you need to have it done by 27th Jan, which is now your posting date. here Bear in mind that I'll probably need a couple of days to make your artwork too...

More info on how to post is: here.

Fantastic! I'll have something written up for you - in about 10 days, gives me plenty of time to play around with it and gives you 10 days for the art YAYYAYYAY :-)


Thank you again so much for these wonderful oppourtunitys!

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