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  1. I’ve purchased author/editor status and completed all my edits, so how do I submit my story? *Important Notes* New stories can only be posted with the first chapter, or the first chapter and prologue, added to the story. Do NOT add additional chapters until the story is approved. New stories must be posted with the first chapter (and prologue if applicable) published, or post dated to publish at the same date and time as the story. Failure to do so will result in the story publishing without any content for readers to actually read. All stories or poetry under 1k in length must be posted as part of a flash fiction collection. Do NOT add photos, links, videos, etc... in the story text box. Photos can only be added in the cover photo area, and links and videos should only be added in the story or chapter notes. These must also adhere to GA content guidelines. Do NOT post stories intended to be published. We understand that occasionally authors unexpectedly publish some content but removing stories from the site means authors cannot post later stories in the timeline if it is a series (becomes bait & switch requiring readers to purchase eBooks to understand series timeline/plot) and will prevent authors from ever becoming a promoted author on GA. One option prior to publication could be moving a story to our Premium Content subscriber only section to limit access without deleting the story from GA. Authors interested in requesting a review and possible move to Premium should contact Cia prior to publication. Where do I submit a story? On the red menu bar, click ‘Stories’. Click on the 'Add Story' button below the story category list and just above the recent updates list of stories. This brings up a pop-up window to select the story category. Use the drop menu to select the proper category (fiction, fan-fiction, anthologies, etc...). Click outside the drop menu box to close the drop menu, if necessary, then click on the Continue box. There are now five steps on separate tab to complete: Step One Title: Your title will display everywhere, check your spelling. Link Title: This will self-fill when you type in the title, don’t change it. Series: Only use if you are posting the 2nd story in a series. DO NOT PUT 0 In Series Number EVER Publish Time: Stories are set to auto publish. If you wish to delay publishing, uncheck the Publish Now box and use the calendar icon to set a publish date and time. Authors: Your name and you can add any co-authors. Editors: You can add your Editor(s) if they are a GA Member. Beta Readers: You can add your Beta Reader(s) if they are a GA Member. Scroll up and click on Step Two Step Two Description: This will tell people what your story is about in 500 characters or less. Story Note: Similar to Description, but this is a personal message area to readers that will appear under the story information when the story is posted. This is also the field to use if you need to add relevant images that adhere to the site posting guidelines to the story detail page. Images should be hosted in a GA Gallery album and uploaded using the Insert Other Media option. Story Copyright: Basic copyright automatically added. Change if you have a custom copyright notice. If you post fanfiction, please adjust this automatic notice to reflect that information. Story Banner: Select browse to choose an image from your computer. This is the story banner promoted authors can use on a story. *Images must comply with site content guidelines. Story Cover Image: Select browse to choose an image from your computer. This is an image that will appear below the chapter listing. Please limit your image to a reasonable size and follow the signature guidelines in regards to gif/animations. *Images must comply with site content guidelines. Scroll up and click on Step Three Step Three Genre: Select up to three. Audience Rating: Everyone = No sex; Teen= off-screen sex, or non-explicit touching/making out; Mature = Graphic sexual content of any kind on-screen (Note: These ratings can be utilized for violent or graphic content other than sexual, but specific warnings should be included using the story/chapter note areas) Status: Complete = Done; In Process = Working On It; On Hold = Currently Not Working On. Do NOT post a new story On Hold Scroll up and click on Step Four Step Four Tags: Select up to six. These help readers find your story, so make sure they apply to the story content. Scroll up and click on Step Five Step Five Prologue: Toggle the slide button to add a prologue. Fill out the prologue title/note/text as you would a chapter. Chapter Title: Defaults to chapter number, but you can change this to a specific chapter title. Chapter Titles MUST be rated for general audiences. Chapter Note: Notes to reader for each chapter. These should be used to warn about explicit or graphic content. They appear above the chapter text. Story Text Box: Copy your story from your processor and paste directly into the box. This is for story text ONLY. All notes should be in the chapter note boxes. Chapter End Note: Place to leave a message after your story. The appear after the chapter text. Chapter Publish box: Chapters are set to auto publish. If you wish to delay publishing, uncheck the Publish Now box and use the calendar icon to set a publish date and time. *New stories MUST be submitted with the first story/prologue published, or post-dated to go live at the same time as the story publish date/time or there will not be a chapter for readers to actually read* Click Save Story
  2. How often can I add new chapters and stories? Authors in the moderation queue: When submitting a new story to the site, do NOT post more than the first chapter, or prologue and the first chapter. Additionally, while you remain in the moderation queue, do not post more than one new chapter or new story until the existing chapter/story is approved. The moderation queue is typically reviewed once per day. Do not use the post-dating system while you remain in the moderation queue. All other authors: When submitting a new story to the site, do NOT post more than the first chapter, or prologue and the first chapter. Two new chapter or story updates can be posted per day, total, and spaced at least eight hours apart. Chapters submitted using the post-dating system do not count as long as they're evenly spaced per the rules. Why the limitation you ask? We want our site's visitors to have a chance to read or sample a variety of works submitted each day by our authors. When authors submit too many stories or chapters at once these other works are sometimes lost in the process. We've found stories posted over longer periods of time attract more attention and therefore readers. Not every reader visits daily, so they are more likely to give your story a chance if each time they visit they see a new chapter in the list of recent story updates. Spacing out submissions is a win/win for both your work and your fellow authors' work.
  3. Does Gay Authors have minimum quality guidelines? Yes. Prior to submitting your story, please run it through a spelling/grammar checker and read it over for anything the checker missed. Stories with a multitude of spelling and grammar errors could be rejected until the errors have been fixed. If you need help polishing your story prior to posting we encourage you to review the many topics in our Writer’s Forums. We also have volunteers who may respond to a beta/editor help request in the Writing Support Requests sub-forum. Do I have to be a seasoned author to post at GA? No. GA allows both seasoned and first-time writers to submit their stories. We do not expect grammatical and structural perfection in every piece. We do expect as you post to apply the suggestions from readers and your editing team, should you gain one, to hone your skills as an author. Can I post poems or flash fiction stories on GA? Yes. However, all poems or flash fiction stories under 1k in length MUST be placed in collections. You cannot post them all as individual stories. You may do different collections, such as one for free form poetry and another for haikus, but please do not post more than 4-5 collections total. Making a collection is as simple as choosing a title like “Author Name Poems” and then submitting each poem/flash piece as a chapter. What are other tips so my story doesn't have any posting guidelines issues that would prevent it from being approved? Do not resize text size in the editor since this will eliminate a reader’s ability to re-size the text. Only chapter text should be in the chapter text box. There are other areas for chapter titles, chapter notes, and copyright information. Disclaimers or content warnings should be placed in the story or chapter notes. The text editor was chosen because of its compatibility with Word formatting. While it offers a lot of options, not all of them work as expected. Using ‘bold’ and ‘italics’ is okay. Much more than that and the formatting from the editor conflicts with the formatting for the site and you get unintended consequences. *If you use Word, you can have hidden paragraph breaks that will cause double spaces between paragraphs in our editor. Complete these steps to remove that hidden break yet still see a space between paragraphs when you write in Word* Before posting into the story text box, select all your text in Word. Click the “find and replace” option. Insert ^p^p into the find field and ^p into the replace field. Then go to your paragraph/line spacing option. Using the pop up box that appears, scroll down to paragraph spacing. Set the ‘before’ option to 0 and the ‘after’ option to Auto. Then click save. You can now copy your text and paste it into the chapter text box on GA.
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