This is a PROVISIONAL FAQ as regards all matters for people that might work for the Story Club. If, after reading this fully you still have questions - please ask them and they'll be answered to the best of my ability. No wise-cracking or fun allowed.
Q: I want to write a story for the BESC - who/where do I send it to?
A: All story submissions should be sent to email@example.com
Q: What format should I submit in?
A: .txt, .html, .doc and .rtf are all accepted.
Q: How are authors chosen?
A: Merit of story - if a story is of sufficiently high quality, it will either be accepted immediately or the first stage of editing will begin.
Q: Is there a suggested word limit?
A: The lower limit is 5,000 words but ideally stories should be between 10,000-20,000 words. Although longer stories are of course considered.
Q: How long from submission to publishing?
A: At the least - around two months... at the most, over six months.
Q: Will I get to see the finished story?
A: Authors will receive a copy of their story - at their request - purely for personal digestion.
Q: My story gets illustrated - do I have a say in what gets illustrated and how?
A: Suggestion for scenes throughout the story are appreciated but it would be beneficial if they could be equally spaced throughout the story for reasons of formatting.
Q: How about editing? Do I get a say in major rewrites?
A: Most of the time, if a story needs some serious rewriting - suggestions will be made so you can go and tinker with the story before submitting it again. So yes.
Q: So... what do I get for selling my story to the BESC?
A: 1.5 cents a word and the finished article.
Q: Do I get a BESC membership with that?
A: No - currently membership is not included in the payment scheme.
Q: How am I paid?
A: After you've signed your contract - you can be paid by check (cheque) or Paypal. If neither of these are suitable, other arrangements can be made.
Q: Wait, contract? Am I under some sort of a commitment to write for the BESC?
A: Not at all - the contract simply establishes the story as the property of the BESC. You are under no obligation to write for the BESC and can write as much or as little as you want.
Q: So I can't post this story elsewhere?
A: No. Pre-existing stories may be bought if the author submits a new part of an existing story series (at 0.1 cent a word) but that's the exception rather than the rule.
Q: I'm worried about my anonymity - getting money from a porn website won't look good!
A: All records of authors are held in complete confidentiality and payment is not issued directly by the BESC.