Hey all! As most of you may know, I moved to another DA account some time ago. As such, I am not on here nearly as often as I need to be to manage a group. I was apart of this group for some years now, and have become the sole admin to it after my co-admin left.
Sadly since I am not only nearly enough on this account, I can't manage submissions or inquiries or anything. I once logged onto here to find a handful of submission requests had expired, and I felt awful.
That being said, I am looking to see if anyone could take over this group for me in my absence. If anyone is interested, please note me! The group link is below, and requires submissions of ONLY literature.The-Unreal-Writers REQUIREMENTS.
You MUST have a background of writing - any kind of writing. Poetry, original stories, fanfiction, etc.
You MUST also have a good grasp on personal judgement and a mature attitude - you will be getting requests to submit items to the group, but you must be able to analyze a submitted work for the group. The group takes all kinds of literature, but we mostly focus on original works, so fanfiction needs to be added sparingly. Try to focus on the structure of a story or poem.
You MUST be active on DA. If you're only logging onto your account say, once or twice a week, this is not for you. Management of a group is serious, and although you won't find your inbox full of hundreds of submission requests, they come in enough times to need attention. So if you want to take over this group, you need to be a frequent Deviant.
You MUST have a mature outlook. Although it has yet to happen, if you reject a submitted piece, the person who submitted it may retaliate. If there is hate or nasty comments on the page, DO NOT REPLY. We take offensive comments seriously, and if someone leaves a rude comment on the page, flag it as spam and hide it. If the person in question is a repeat offender, block them. If they block evade, report them. (Block evading is a serious offense on DA and clearly written to be against the rules)
You MUST be attentive to the group itself. Don't just wait around for submissions to come in. Go to the age itself and check it out! Make sure everything is organized and such. I will admit, when I first started, I was very unorganized purely because I did not know how to put things in certain categories and such. The group is a bit of a fixer upper as well, a little scattered at the moment, but if you are serious about running the group, this should not be an issue for you. So keep it clean!
Other things to know. We have no real specific focus int he group itself. The only requirements required to submit to it are that the piece in question HAS to be a story or poem or other written work (fanfiction counts, but only sparingly and usually limited to one-shot stories or a limited amount of chapters).
We also like to keep things mostly clean. For instance PWP (porn without plot) is NOT welcome. The-Unreal-Writers
is a group to help writers improve and showcase their work, most of which they put serious effort into. This is where analysis comes into play; if the story seems to just be about sexual gratification or a singular goal without a true, set plot, it's not allowed. So anything with no plot and is just for the pleasure of...well, you know - it's just not allowed. FAQ.
If I reject a submitted piece, do I have to tell the submitter why it was rejected?
No. Simply click the 'decline' button, and that's it! There is no confrontation.
How many submissions will I get, say, per week?
It's a bit sporadic really. Some weeks are better than others. Other times you may not get any submissions over the course of a couple months.
Is it hard to manage this group?
Not at all! As I said, submissions are sporadic, not too frequent, and overall management is very easy.
Do I need to pay for anything to run a group?
Nope. It's all free. However, you need to pay with points or money to 'upgrade' a group. Standard group form is free.
Do a lot of fights happen in this group?
Surprisingly no. All our group doe sis feature literature, so comment wars don't happen on the page itself unless they go onto the front page.
What happened to the creator/your co-admin?
Honestly? I am not too sure. He kind of just vanished. He started a new account, but deactivated it not too long after creating it. 8(
What about the other co-founder(s)?
One is deactivated (he's also the one who helped start the group) and I sent a message to the other inquiring if they would like to take the group about a month ago. They never got back to me.
Do song lyrics count for submission?
Yes and no. Yes, in that if it is original song lyrics, they are accepted. But you CANNOT submit plagiarized song lyrics. If it's already been written and owned by someone, it will not be accepted.
Can anyone run this group?
No and yes. Technically anyone can run this group, but also no because I would like the next founder to have experience int he writing industry. You cannot run a literature group if you yourself have never taken up the challenge of writing yourself. Being a leader of a group takes understanding of those apart of it. If you cannot relate to or empathize with the writers, it won't end well. It's like going to a concert but not knowing hat the band is and what they are about. You not only look stupid, but your involvement will end VERY quickly.
If I get to run the group, and run into a problem, can I go to you (me) for help?
Of course! I am not overly active on this account, but should I deem you a good candidate to this group, I will provide you with the link to my new DA page for any questions you may have 8)
Can I turn this group into something else?
NO. If you're just looking for a freebie group to convert into something else, just turn around right now and perish the thought.
Deleting submissions, can I do that?
Within reason, yes. If something from waaaaay back int he day seems to lower standards that we have in the present, you may delete it. Cleaning up a group gallery is VERY hard work, because you need to go over and read each piece to see if it is up to group standard. It's not like looking at images, where you can scan them for five or ten seconds, then decide. So you need to be ABSOLUTELY SURE when removing a piece from the gallery.
So, how do you work the categories? Why is a lot of the gallery unorganized?
The categories are more up to your first judgement. Ont he other hand, most people who submit a work are smart enough to submit their work into a specific category for you. Other times, they just submit them to the gallery, where you will need to place them in a category manually. And due to my lack of activity on this account, even before I moved, I had sadly neglected the group and just did not care enough to organize and place pieces in their correct categories. So if you take on this group, you have some cleaning up to do, but it is your choice whether you want to organize it or not. It's more for the visitor's benefit if they are looking for something specific.
Can I submit someone else's work?
NO. Even if you have this person's permission, we don't know if you are honest or not. For all we know, you're submitting something that was written by an actual author, or you maybe stole it from some kid's backpack at school. Writers submit int heir own time, so if you're just that friend who is pushing to get his/her friend to submit something they deem private, please refrain from doing so. It is NOT going to make them happy.
I believe that is it! If you have any questions regarding this group, please comment! And if you are interested in taking over the group, NOTE ME.
Thank you for your time guys!