I'm still looking for volunteers for the 2012 MEFAs. If you haven't volunteered and want to help out, I'd certainly appreciate the hand! Let me know now and I can help get you ready to pitch in.
1. First and foremost, we need LIAISONS. Your job here is just to help authors get ready to compete. That means first checking that the story is eligible to compete and then you deliver the good news to the author and walk them through the process of filling out the forms describing their stories. It helps to have participated in a previous year so you have a basic feel for how the awards work. More important, you need time to answer emails fairly regularly and an encouraging personality.
Currently ANGELICA, DREAMFLOWER, ELLISKA, INKLING, and LINAEWEN have agreed to be liaisons. Want in? We really could use a few more liaisons.
2. We could also really use some banner makers. You just create graphics to help people share their good news - that they've been nominated, have won an award, or reached their reviewing goal. Don't feel like you have to be a world-class artist to do this; I've helped out and I'm hardly an artist. (I used MS Paint to make the banners, IIRC...) And you can create as many or as few banners as you'd like. I just need to know you're interested so I can keep you in the loop.
Currently ELLIN ITHILWEN, NATH, and UVATHA THE HORSEMAN have agreed to be banner makers. Anyone else care to dust off their digital paintbrushes?
3. We also need a few more people for the ratings panel. Basically, here you only have to read stories where the author isn't sure what rating to give it. (For longer stories, the author will point you to specific scenes and describe the context leading up to and following away from it.) I'll give you guidelines and you just have to say what you think the rating should be. It's a great way to give back to the MEFAs - after all, how often do you get to read smut and consider it your good deed of the week? ;-)
Right now NEUME INDIL, RAKSHA THE DEMON, and SULRIEL have all signed up. We need at least one more, and I'd love to get some more on board so we can have two boards going on at once (meaning each would only have to read half as many stories). Anyone else insufficiently reluctant?
4. So far I have people promoting at the following places:
And the Yahoo groups: Henneth_Annun, SilmarillionWritersGuild, councilsatrivendell, blind-sf, books4theblind, blind-chit-chat, and aragornangst
If you know of somewhere else that you'd like to see MEFA-related annoucements, just let me know where. I'll send you along announcements to make there - it's really just a matter of forwarding them on to your respective group.
If you want to help out in any of these areas, PLEASE let me know ASAP. Also if you've volunteered and I overlooked you, let me know that, too. I've received several emails these last several days and it's possible I've overlooked one or two. Just comment here or send me an email to mefasupportATgmailDOTcom.
Also: we're also trying to raise funds to cover the hosting costs for our website. We've currently raised $66.40 - halfway to our costs for a year's worth of webspace. If you haven't donated and would like to you can do so here: http://bit.ly/KR1EsU.
That's it for now! Hope everyone else is looking forward to the MEFAs as much as I am.