How will it work?
Please bear in mind that as our platform grows, so too will our methods. As we are currently in our start-up stages with few contributors, our process is clunky and awkward, but it will evolve as our website and audience does.
For our editors:
Once you have registered your interest, we will send you the link to a Google Document. This document will include a portion of the submissions from our writers, and can include poetry, short stories, or even a chapter from a novel or screenplay.
For the first step, we simply ask that you create a short report on the texts, letting us know which ones you liked, which ones you didn’t, and any creative-critical feedback you have. We will then write up your comments and liaise with the writers to allow them the chance to implement your ideas or adjust their work. Depending on the number of interested editors, there may be several editors working on a single selection of texts, but we will try to ensure that all opinions are communicated with the writers in an unbiased way.
Once the writers have returned their pieces to us, we will send you another Google Doc link. This time, we ask that you check for any spelling, grammar or syntactic mistakes, using the 'suggesting' (track changes) feature.
Although there may be other editors working on the same texts, each editor will have their own copy of the document. This way, rather than collaborating on a single document, each editor will have a chance to suggest their own changes, without being influenced by the other editors. When you have completed your copyediting, you will send the document back to us, and we will create a final copy by compiling your adjustments. Once the writers have given us the go-ahead with the final copy, we will begin producing the finished piece.
Occasionally, we may ask you to check the final proof (i.e. the fully formatted anthology) to check for inconsistencies, overset text or design issues. This will be sent as a pdf of an InDesign document.
For our writers:
Once you have submitted your texts to us, we will compile them into a series of documents to send to our editors. They will review and create reports on the pieces, which we will compile and send to you. They may range from light suggestions, to recommendations that the piece needs more work before going to print. If you don’t think this can be completed within the timeframe, then you are wholly welcome to resubmit for the next volume. If it is a simple change, or if the editors’ comments do not feel relevant to you, then do feel free not to make any changes.
When we have received the revised (or not!) texts, we will resend the pieces to the editors, who will then copyedit the text. This means that they will check your grammar, spelling, and make sure the piece is coherent and to the highest standard. After compiling any revisions, we will send you back the document to confirm again.
If you feel like the substance of your piece has been altered, or do not agree with our edits, don’t hesitate to let us know. We want to make sure every piece we publish is true to your vision, but also want to help you grow as a writer. When you have given us the go-ahead, we will begin putting together the final copy.
We do not condone the use of free labour or unpaid internships. Ta Voix is a not-for-profit organisation, which means we will not be profiting from any of the work posted on this website. Our team run this page because we are dedicated to giving everyone a better chance at a career in the industry, not because there is any financial benefit.