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Requesting Critiques

Adepta-Librica is now offering to provide critical assessments of peoples' literary work.
To do so is simple: just send a note to the Librica, including links to which of your pieces you wish to have reviewed and commented on, and within a week of agreement one of our staff should be able to provide you with commentary on at least one of them.
Things you should know:
You do not need to be subscribed to receive critiques. We will provide a thorough analysis regardless of whether you have access to the critique feature or not; comments, after all, were originally meant for this.
We will not be merciful, but we won't be cruel. Our aims are not to mock you or bash your work, but know that we will be dispassionate, honest and blunt. If you are going to ask us to critique you, then you'd better be ready to receive it.
Pageviews are irrelevant. We will not take into account the number of views you have received when we consider your works.


:bulletred: Read the Rules & FAQ to the right before submitting anything, please!
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We mean it: Submission without reading these rules results in immediate Denial.

Greetings from Adepta-Librica!
Here are a couple of things you'll want to know before you submit to the vaults of the Librica:
The Librica focuses solely on superior prose, because we are supercilious pricks. We will not accept any half-assed work.

When submitting, one must follow these rules :
1.: Submit what you have determined to be genuinely good material, i.e material that has been proof- or Beta-read, has a clear plot, interesting characters and that conforms to Warhammer 40k canon as well as possible.
2.: If you're going to submit it, then be sure it's something people would want to read. Make sure that you think it would have been worthy of publication, forgiving a few artistic liberties.
3.: Episodic content (larger works in progress divided into parts) will be permitted, but no half-done pieces. I can't imagine this being necessary to say, but you never know...
3b.: In regards to series - that's chapters which are part of a longer running series - we only admit the first 3 parts. This is to keep the Adepta's gallery relatively clean and easy to browse.
4.: Take a step back and evaluate your work dispassionately and objectively. Even better, have somebody else do it. If you're a Subscriber, use the Critique function!
5.: After all that, submit only what you're truly proud of! We in the Adepta want your best work, not the things you write in an off-hand manner in an afternoon.

Adepta Librica FAQ
Failure to read this before complaining to the Group Admins will result in censure.

How do you define quality literature?
Literature that isn't full of typos, has proper grammar, follows the rules for writing a story and has a certain level of quality in the prose. It also comes down to how well characters are constructed and if the plot follows the canon of Warhammer 40k.

Wait? Do you mean it must follow the Wh40k canon strictly? Or is there leeway?
The Founder and Co-founder(s) of the group are aware that at times, some bending of the canon of 40k is necessary to make a good story great. Dan Abnett, and most other Black Library authors, knows how to do this without enraging an entire fandom.
What we don't see as acceptable are things that break the internal rules of Wh40k, such as female Space Marines, fat Eldar and Khornate sorcerers. There are of course more instances, and in some of the more widespread misconceptions' cases (bolters described as working as machine-guns and lasguns having recoil), judgement will be passed on a case by case basis.

You said nothing about, err, shall we say: fan-service material?
We didn't, but the answer is short: no. We don't accept "fan-service material" because the explicitly sexual nature in them is against dA policy concerning pornographic literature.
FAQ #251: You prohibit the submission of 'pornographic literature'; what do you consider this to be?
Of course, considering how peculiar some people's fetishes are, we can't vouch that some of the explicitly violent things going on in the 40k-verse won't please some individuals.

Speaking of explicit violence: are you strict about Mature-tagging?
Not more strict than dA's Terms of Service. If you have a very suggestive and descriptive way of writing combat scenes, and know it, please put a Mature-tag on it. If you forget, you will get a friendly reminder upon acceptance.

Back to the issue of quality: who decides what is quality or not?
The Founder and Co-Founder(s). If you disagree with a decision and wish to discuss it, note them.

You didn't accept my submission, why?
Because we probably felt it didn't live up to the quality standard of the group. See above for contacting the admins for clarification on the decision.

I don't like the way you run things here!
Nothing is stopping you from creating your own group, you know...
Adepta-Librica now has a public chatroom for all people to come partake in!
It can be found here.
This room is open to all members of the general public. Just be sure to behave yourself.

This chatroom will be used for general discussion, for making minor announcements, and for asking administrators questions about the Librica.


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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Any vacancies for editors, the like?
Belazikkal Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not at the moment, we recently filled in two slots for administrators. It also depends on a few other things, when it comes to aligning the editors to the goals of the Adepta. 
sciencevsart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Of course, no problem at all!
RecklessCharge Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would certainly vouch for you :)
sciencevsart Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeeessss, yesssss, let the Grammar flow through you...

Thank you! 
RecklessCharge Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Anytime :)
annemarie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another editor would be great to have. We look for grammar, punctuation, keeping to the fluff of the world, etc.
sciencevsart Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
karelwolf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
if you wish to be an editor you are perfectly welcome ^w^ the group is not hugely active, but if you wish to hone your editorial skills then by all means, hone away :)
sciencevsart Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay! :iconllamasongplz:
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
Anyone? Heelloooo.....

Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Hey all, could someone take a look at this [link] and determine if its worthy of submission? Or at least give me some pointers on how to suck less in the future? Thanks. :D
Belazikkal Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've finally gone through the story and apart from some small lack of hyphens in places and that you have a "fanficky" tendency of over-describing unnecessary things, it is good to go. 

What I mean is to keep these things in mind for the future. 
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Wait, just spotted the submission request from the group in my inbox, forget what I said about submitting it myself. 
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