However, in that year Leah and I have not had a break - even during holidays we have checked frequently to make sure that stories are validated - and we've got to the point where we need to recharge our batteries, write our own stories and catch up on sleep :)
Consequently, we're taking a little time off. The archive will therefore be closed to new submissions until 1 December 2005. You will still be able to sign up for an account, receive and respond to reviews and edit current stories. The only thing you will not be able to do is add new stories or new chapters to existing stories.
There are some stories in the queue awaiting formatting edits by the authors who submitted them, and we will add these to the archive when the changes have been made. But we would appreciate it if any problems with the archive could wait until the 1 December, unless they are significant enough to harm your enjoyment of the archive.
We'll see you on 1 December.
While we realise that everyone who submits to the archive is a fan - and we're all in favour of encouraging new writers to stretch themselves and to jump on in to the fanfiction water - at the moment we seem to be rejecting far more stories than we are accepting due to simple grammatical errors or typos that could, and should, be picked up by running a spellcheck never mind by a beta reader.
We want to remain as encouraging as possible, and we really don't enjoy telling people that their work can't be added to the archive, so please, if you're new to writing, or even if you know that there are any areas that you can improve in, seek a beta reader before you submit your stories rather than waiting until it is rejected.
Also, I would remind even those authors who have had stories already added to the archive that while we do try to be more lenient towards newer authors, by the time you've submitted a few stories we do expect you to have improved to the point where you have no difficulty in meeting our minimum standards. We have had quite a few instances recently where this improvement hasn't been made and we've been left in the unenviable position of having to reject stories by established authors.
I would also like to point out that since this post is about grammar and spelling it is inevitable - in fact it is an immutable law of the Universe - that it will contain at least one (and probably several) typos or other errors. Please feel free to point and mock when you find them.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us.
So if you'd like to offer your services as a beta reader, please consider joining wraithbeta (like I was going to be able to resist making that pun).
Please note that if you have posted a completed story to the archive, it is important to mark the story as 'complete.' You can do this by following these simple directions:
Log in to your account:
- choose 'Edit/Delete stories'
- go to the story in the list. Next to the name of each story is 'Completed: no'
- click on 'no' and it will change to 'yes'.
Stories marked as incomplete may not get reviewed, as many readers don't like reading WIPs. Also, incomplete stories won't show up as search results.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
This functionality will make it even more important for authors to remember to change the status of their stories to 'complete' when they are finished, as Leah said in her last post.
Just a friendly FYI from the co-archivist, to help make your fic-searching lives easier. :-)
9. Authors' notes should not be posted as a separate chapter. Instead, they should be posted as notes to the first part of the story and should be as succinct as possible. There is no need to include any of the information already input on the story page - title, author, rating, genre, summary etc - as this information is automatically pulled and displayed on every story page, as is the standard disclaimer. You also do not need to repeat them in each individual chapter, unless your 'chapters' are actually separate stories with separate notes.
By the same token, authors notes should not be used to thank people for leaving reviews, or to beg for reviews. In the first instance, you can respond to your reviews individually by going to 'Your Account', choosing 'View Reviews'. You will then see that next to each review is an option that lets you respond. As far as requesting reviews in the notes, if people are moved to comment, they will do so and a link to do so is posted on every story page. If you're not sure whether something is working, then please seek a beta prior to posting rather than requesting readers to comment.
There is a work around, but it involves me changing the password on your account and mailing it to the address in your profile. You can then change the password once you've successfully logged in to something only you know.
Also, please be aware that user names and passwords are case sensitive, and you will need to have cookies enabled to use the site.