Frequently Asked Questions
I notice this took place in Iraq. Is this project in any way anti-Muslim?
No. We have no religious agenda. Violence against women and misogyny isn’t confined to country borders, and isn’t specific to any particular group.
Will my work have to be edited?
Possibly. It depends on the work. We have a talented staff of professional editors, however, and all editorial decisions will be okayed by the contributor. We won’t make changes–with the exception of typos–without your approval.
Will the art work be in colour?
It will in the eBook, but unfortunately, not in the print book. The reason is because, through Lulu, if we choose the colour option, we then have to pay the colour price for every page, whether they’ll be in black and white or not. We want to charge a reasonable amount for the book, therefore we have to keep it black and white.
How long should it be? How should I format it?
You’ll find all of that on our Submissions page: please head there for more details.
Honour killings happen all over the world, and have been for a long time. I’d like to write to you and complain that you’re only doing something about it now.
You’re quite welcome to, but don’t expect us to respond. If we did, our answer would be twofold: 1. Du’a Khalil’s death was caught on camera, and, like it or not, that has affected a lot of people in a way that merely hearing about it didn’t before. That is, in part, what caused a number of people to step up. 2. Activism is not a pissing match. Either you’re in this because you want to make others aware and to help people, or you just want something that makes you feel like you’re better than everyone else. We’re here for the former. It doesn’t matter when someone wakes up and tries to do something positive–what matters is that they’re attempting to make a difference. Nothing discourages others from becoming active more than some jackass criticizing them for not doing it sooner. We have no tolerance for people who want to put down others for their efforts, so take your negativity elsewhere, please.
I notice you’ve mentioned the profits of this project will go to Equality Now. Are you in any way affiliated with them?
No. We’re speaking with Equality Now representatives about donating the profits to them because it’s a charity that the man who inspired this project–Joss Whedon–has publicly supported for a number of years. That is the extent of their involvement.
Before I write something for this project, I want you to guarantee that you’ll use whatever I give you.
Um…sorry. We can’t guarantee that without seeing the piece first. It wouldn’t be fair to the other contributors, and if you send us something that doesn’t fit with the anthology, we don’t want to have to go back on our promise to take it.
Are you really rejecting submissions that don’t follow guidelines?
Yes. Guidelines are there for a reason: we’re a group of volunteers with limited time, and the guidelines are to make things run as smoothly as possible. We’ve tried to make things as clear and easy to follow as we can. Just read the instructions on the “Submissions” page and format your submission accordingly. If you have a question about something not listed, please feel free to email us and ask.
What can I do to give my submission a better shot at being accepted?
Follow the guidelines; don’t use a weird font we won’t be able to read to make the work “stand out.” Use proper grammar and punctuation. Write well. Don’t send us something that doesn’t fit with the theme of the anthology. If you aren’t sure about the quality of the work, join a critique group and have the piece looked at. Follow the guidelines. (Have I said that enough times yet?)
I noticed that some of the comments have been removed from the pages. Why? Are you censoring people?
No. But this is a first time venture for some of us, including the webmistress, and she mistakenly thought people would only leave relevant comments on certain pages. It has now come to our attention that perhaps comments aren’t appropriate for certain pages on the site, therefore old comments will be deleted and new ones will be disallowed on particular pages. There are still plenty of places to leave comments, however…just please try to keep them relevant to the page you’re on. If you have a question, either email it to one of the organizers, or add it to the FAQ page. If you would like to tell us you blogged about the project, leave a note on the “Spread the Word” page. And so on. Get it? We cool with that?
I left a comment about how what you’re doing is useless and not going to make a difference. Why isn’t it appearing on the site?
Please see above where I said, “take you negativity elsewhere, please.” If you don’t like what we’re doing, then just don’t support it. Whining about it will get you nowhere around here, though, so do it somewhere else. I allowed any non-spam comment here originally, but I’ve since decided that the last thing the NBR volunteer staff needs is to see a bunch of people disparaging their efforts on the website. Complaining to us that the world is such a horrible place and we have no hope of making a difference isn’t being part of the solution; it’s being part of the problem.
Can I use a pen name or remain anonymous if I submit something?
We ask that you use your real name when you submit a piece for consideration, but if your work is accepted, you are more than welcome to use a pen name, or list yourself as anonymous. We understand that some women may want to share personal accounts of violence they have suffered, and as such may prefer to not have their real names attached to the piece. Confidentiality will be respected completely.
Is this in any way affiliated with Joss Whedon?
No. Mr. Whedon’s original essay inspired the project and we have obtained permission from his people to use it in the anthology, but that is the extent of his involvement.