TIPS FOR CONTACTING CREATORS
After we connect you to your creator, it’s time to start prompting and talking about the auction you’ve won!
Please make sure to review your creator’s auction page to check what they are and aren’t willing to create. Here are some things to keep in mind as you’re contacting them:
- Respect your creator’s rates. For example, if they promised a 30k word count for your bid amount on their auction page and you want two 15k fics instead of one 30k fic, check to see if they’re okay with that. However, please be mindful of them and their preferences when doing so.
- Check in with your creator about their preferences. Some people prefer flexible prompts, some prefer detailed prompts, and some don’t care either way. If you want the best work your creator can make, ask them what works best for them.
- Let them know your own likes and dislikes. You don’t want them to accidentally include one of your “do-not-wants” in their work.
- Consider giving your creator multiple prompts/options to choose from. However, if you’re desperate to see them create a specific piece of work and it follows all of their requirements, then go for it! If you’re stuck for prompts, we have a prompts channel on our Discord server. You can also ask your creator if they have any ideas they’d really like to work on.
- Be open-minded and trust their judgment. If they think the work will be more successful if they change parts of your prompt, then consider it. However, you don’t have to agree to it, and they should let you know if they stray from your request.
- Please be patient! Remember, people might have busy schedules around the end of the year, so make sure to talk about availability. Feel free to ask your creator for updates on their progress once in a while, but keep in mind that they volunteered their free time and services for a charitable cause and aren’t being compensated in any way. There’s a soft deadline of November 2020 for the work, but if your creator hasn’t specified when they expect to be finished, you should check in with them, especially if it’s a long and more time-consuming work.
As a reminder, we’re merely the organizers of this auction and won’t be involved in communications between you and your creator once we put you in contact with each other. We hope that you and your creator can work things out between yourselves. However, we want this to be a good experience for everyone so if any problems arise, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to work something out.
If everything goes perfectly and you receive your requested fanwork, we’d love for you to let us know. We’ll happily reblog your Tumblr posts about filled auctions, share your AO3 links, or post thank you notes to creators on your behalf!