page was updated on June 21st, 2007.
A lot has changed. All authors should read it!
If you've written a story, and would
like to have it posted on this site, please read the following, very carefully.
Here are the basic
||In the past
I've required that you must be the author, or be acting directly
on behalf of the author, but rather than seeing wonderful old stories lost forever, I will accept
stories from the old BBS days, or discontinued internet
sites, where the author is no longer around or unknown. If
submitting a story that you didn't write, you must submit a statement to that
fact in the 'comments' area, and explain why you are
submitting it. These stories will be put into a
special section on Storysite. NO anonymous story submissions
are accepted, although I will
withhold names on the post, and always protect real
identities, where I know them.
||All stories must contain a transgendered, transsexual, cross-dressing, or
transformation theme, although that may be secondary to the plot. For stories submitted
in parts, it isn't necessary that every part contain a
TG/transformation descriptions, as
long as at least one part does.
||I accept stories which are rated G, M, R, X,
and XXX. See the submission form for explanations of these codes if you don't know their
||I reserve the right to reject any
remove any stories from the post, at any time. Having said this, you should know that I
reject very, very few stories. Only those that haven't conformed to
my simple rules have
||After a story has been posted, an author may
find errors, or wish to make other changes. I will repost a new version of any story, once
a year, as long as you conform to submission rules.
New Authors : You
must be registered before a story submission form will be
accepted by the system. The one-time registration process takes
just a few minutes, and requires just several pieces of
information. If you're not registered, completing the submission
form is a waste of time because the system won't accept it. Link
about your story that appears on the 'index card' area on your
Author page, is the data ACTUALLY entered by YOU on the submission form. If YOU make a mistake, that's the
way the information appears. Misspell something and it goes up
misspelled. Don't blame me if you were careless and come off
looking like a complete fool. I'm not an editor. Some
information, such as the synopsis can be changed later, and
some, such as the title, can't be changed,
A word on Plagiarism: The
members of our community have excellent and lengthy
memories. If you attempt to pass someone else's work off as your
own, you will be detected. Even if you find the story in a
thirty-year-old magazine, or copied it from a BBS a decade ago,
it will be identified by somebody. There is a system established
for submitting such stories as 'Orphans'. You should not try to
claim credit for it's creation. If you are the original author,
and have previously posted it under a different name, or sold it
to a magazine and rights have now reverted to you, please
include a message to that effect, or I promise you that fans
will be crying 'Foul'.
The ONLY Submission
There is only one hard and fast rule for a
submission. The title entered on the submission form must
conform to the established format. Read this
carefully, and abide by the rules for title or your story
appear on StorySite.
The Title :
about your story, that goes into the StorySite database system,
uses the title YOU enter on the form. The story template, story
counter, review system, descriptor files, etc.,
etc., etc., all use the
title that YOU enter here. If you
misspell the title, that's the way it STAYS once it's posted
because I have neither the time or inclination to change a dozen
different files for an author who couldn't be bothered taking an
extra few seconds to make sure they had spelled it correctly and
entered it properly.
If your story is a single part
manuscript, and will NEVER have additional parts, you can
call it anything you want. If you decide later on that you want
to add to it, you'd better adhere to the following rule for
multipart stories or additional parts cannot be appended.
If your submission is part of a
multipart story, DO NOT put the part number in the title.
If you do, it goes into the circular trash when I reach it in
the queue. That means that you might have waited for months to
see it posted, only to see it trashed instead.
If a multipart story, all parts
or the system won't make the connection with
the previously posted parts.
That's it for the
"required" rules. The rest are
suggestions. Anything else can be altered later on. The title
is like the foundation of a building. You
change it once you start building on it.
IF YOU HAVE
IGNORED THE ABOVE RULES, YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME BY FILLING OUT THE
SUBMISSION FORM. YOUR STORY WILL NOT BE POSTED!
Help me out : Be sure to
include the story's title and your author name at the top of
every submitted story or part. If it's not there, I have to go
hunt up the submission form and that takes time. Why should
you care if it takes me extra time? Every author wants their
story posted as quickly as possible, but if I'm wasting time
doing things that the author could more easily have done, less
stories get posted. Multiply those wasted minutes by the dozens
of stories that come in each month without an author name and/or
title, and you might get an idea how much time I waste because
authors can't be bothered giving me a helping
hand. Perhaps I should
have titled this: 'Help yourself out.'
The number one complaint of authors is that
the story appears different than when it was submitted. This is
mainly due to formatting modifications. All stories
on Storysite are posted as New
Times Roman - 12 point in black type, left alignment.
This is the web default format. The title is
always in 18 point type
(Non-Bold and Non-Underlined), and author notes and comments are in 10 point
type. If you use
fancy fonts, colors, and line justification, expect to see them
altered to the site standard during posting.
Since books are always published using line justification, new
authors tend to think that their work should be presented that
way, but justified text is much more
difficult to read on a computer monitor, so all stories are
presented in left justified format.
New authors tend to use a carriage return at
the end of every line, as if they were typing on a typewriter.
This is WRONG. If Carriage Returns are used
this way, then
line is treated as a separate paragraph
by HTML, which means that it inserts a blank
line between all lines of text when it's posted. Sometimes my software can remove the end-of-paragraph
tags that are found at the end of every line,
but sometimes it can't and you look like a fool when your story is posted
because everyone knows what you did. It's your choice.
If using a modern word processor, the software will word-wrap
the sentences automatically. This method allows computers to
fill the page when different display formats and fonts sizes are
used by readers.
Some story archive sites do not covert the
submitted text to HTML (Hyper-Text Markup Language) so authors
must insert an extra end-of-paragraph mark to achieve separation
between paragraphs. It's not necessary on StorySite, and
actually causes formatting problems if your story contains the
extra formatting characters. When HTML encounters an EOP format
character, it skips two lines before resuming the story. So if
an author has used an extra EOP, the browser interprets that as
an instruct to skip three lines. That's why some stories appear
so spread out. I don't have the time to strip them out
manually, so I rely on special automatic procedures
to do that. That's where the problem comes
in. The automated procedure
frequently messes up things other than
spacing, meaning that the 'look' so
carefully prepared by the author can
be lost. I just finished formatting a story where the author
used extra EOP characters at the end of every paragraph. The
author also included entire paragraphs of italicized text. When
the MS Format command was used to strip the extra character, it
got confused and made half the story italicized. It totally
ruined the effect the author was trying to achieve, but hey,
it's your choice! If you want your story to look its best, delete extra EOP formatting characters before you submit
I strongly suggest that you compose the synopsis in your word
processor and then paste it into the entry box. About half the
forms I receive contain spelling errors
in the synopsis area and I don't always catch
them. Misspellings in the synopsis causes
many readers to immediately bypass
your story without even taking a glance at
it. Besides, you really look
foolish when your synopsis contains spelling errors. You only do
it once, so do it right. It's your choice.
Keyword Descriptions: Read the descriptions carefully before
selecting them. Selecting keywords and categories that do not
apply might result in delayed postings of future stories because
I'll have to double check your work (if and when I can find the
Comment Area: This
is for comments about the story posting effort
ONLY. Use it to remind
me that images have been sent, that the story contains a
fictional "letter" that should receive special
indentation, or anything like that. DO
NOT include messages to readers there. They will never see them.
please Don't include the story
there. It will be ignored if you do. There's only one way to
submit your story. It must be sent directly to the
server using the submission upload process.
Over the years I've
learned that Rich Text Format (.rtf) is the best submission format in order to have
stories appear close to the way that authors envision them.
There are many compatibility issues where word processors on other platforms attempt to
convert to MS Word format. If you create your story using Microsoft's Word (NOT MS Works)
then it's okay to send me the .doc formatted story, but please don't send me a story that
has been converted to .doc format from any other word processor. Files created using MS Works should
only be converted to
Rich Text Format. That's been found to be the only transmission format
acceptable from that very odd
program. I will also accept plain text files, indicated by the .txt file name extension.
Stories are converted
to HTML by me, so I ask for your assistance in making the job
easier by not submitting stories in HTML. I
do have a program that strips out HTML tags, but it sometimes
butchers the story. Please don't make me use it.
Images MUST NOT be embedded in the
text. They MUST be sent
separately according to the instructions found in the Author's
Corner on the page titled 'Stories with Images'. If you embed
them in the text, expecting me to do all the extra work of
removing them, storing them, and then replacing them in the HTML
copy, you're going to be very disappointed. My software strips
out everything that doesn't belong in a text file before I even
The submission process enables you to
upload your story directly from your hard drive to the story
server, so we no longer have to contend with
protocol) altering formatting. Since I have to be very wary of attempts to sabotage
StorySite, macros in documents must be disabled before I open them, or I
opening them at all. Disable any macros before submitting the
story, if you use them. If you don't know
what a macro is, don't worry about it, because you're obviously
not using them.
Stories embedded in an email,
or embedded in the comments area of the submission form, instead of
using the upload process will NOT be accepted for posting.
submission form data is sent, an upload screen appears that
allows you to upload your story directly to the server without
having to email anything. This is the point where we encounter
the most submission failures. If authors don't follow the
directions, the story never gets sent to StorySite. A message
appears after the upload attempt to tell you if a file was
received by StorySite's server, or if the upload failed.
Pay attention to that message. You may think that you
submitted the story, and then sit back to wait for it to be
posted, when all the time you never sent anything because you
didn't follow through properly.
The upload process
will accept files with .rtf, .doc, .txt, and .zip extensions.
This should cover most of the major word processing formats.
Apple/Mac users MUST manually add an appropriate file extension
to the file on their hard drive before trying to submit a
story since their operating system doesn't normally include it
when the file is created, as PC's do.
I ask that you
read the Authors
Posting Tips page before posting your story. There is an
entire section of this site dedicated solely to providing
helpful information to authors, such as how to submit a story
with images. It's called the Author's
Corner. You should also click on the [help] hyperlinks found
on the submission form to learn more about the individual
requirements for each piece of data.
Queue immediately after submitting their form and story to
insure that it was received by the server. There should be an
'X' at the far right of the line showing your story file
submission. That means that the server acknowledges that a story
file was received. If there's no 'X', no
story was uploaded to the server. You can wait months for
nothing. When I reach your submission in the queue, the
submission form is trashed if there's no story. You have the
tools available to check, so make use of them. A few minutes can
save you a lot of heartache.
If your story is not posted within the time
specified in the Author's Corner, check the Non-Posted
Submissions List to see if a problem was encountered. If
your story is listed on the the 'non-posted' list, you can
if you don't understand the problem.
I don't have time to read
the stories that I post. I scan the stories as I
format them because I'm looking for glaring errors such as an inordinate number of blank
lines between portions of text, and I try to make sure that the rating accurately reflects
the material. Please don't be insulted when I don't review your story. I would love to
read every story, as I used to do years ago, but those hours are now devoted to posting
stories and maintaining and improving the site.
My goal is to make
the posting process as easy and automatic as possible, while still maintaining
a measure of control. The form is
easy to complete once you've done it once, but the first time requires
you to concentrate. Everyone wants their story posted as quickly as
possible, and completing this form correctly will speed your story
through the process.
Following your submission, a copy of the
submitted data is
automatically sent to your email address of record.
If you have any
questions about the above, feel free to email me at
here. I will assist you in any
way that I can.
If you agree to the above, then we can move
onto the story submission form.