So I’m almost ready to start working on the IAF auction call to artists but there’s one last technical hurdle to get over. I am putting it out to you, my friends and assorted readers, hoping that there’s a simple solution to this issue.
For the Interfictions 2 auction we want artists to send us stuff based on the stories in the new anthology. However, the auction is going to happen when the book is released. Someone — I believe it was Genevieve — came up with the brilliant idea to put the first few lines or first paragraph of each story online, point artists at them, and then allow the artists to request one story to read and base their creation on.
The technical hurdle I have to get over is how to best present the lines/paragraph of the story. We could just list them all, but that may result in many artists choosing stories at the top of the list and those in the middle or bottom not getting as much love.
I think it would work best to have a dynamic page/form that loads the excerpts in a random order each time somoene loads the page. It will also allow the artist to choose the story they want by clicking on a radio button right next to the excerpt then filling in their name and information at the bottom.
Does something like this exist already? Would be cool if it integrated well with WordPress as we intend to use the existing auction site for all this.