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Gay Authors - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This page consolidates all of our help topics into one place to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for. If the help here is not sufficient, please open a support ticket by selecting "Contact Us" at the bottom of any page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

General Site Help

How to Contact Us

  1. How do I contact Gay Authors if I have an issue the FAQ does not address?

How to Join

  1. Do I have to register to participate in the GA Forums?
  2. How much does it cost to register?
  3. I'm a teenager, can I register at Gay Authors?
  4. How do I create an account?

Your Gay Authors Profile

  1. How do I find my profile?
  2. What do the different tabs on the left of my profile do?
  3. How can I change my photo?
  4. What other changes can I make to my profile?
  5. Why can’t I change my member title?
  6. Do I have to give my birthday?
  7. I set my sexuality/gender and have been harassed, what do I do?
  8. I set my Gender/Sexuality as “Not Telling” but people keep asking me about it, should I change it?
  9. Do I have to put my age?
  10. Do I have to put my location?
  11. What should I do with the section labeled Author Info?
  12. Can I change my background color?
  13. How do I change my email and password?
  14. Can I change my display name?
  15. How can I add a signature?
  16. What is “My Media”?
  17. Can I set it so that I don’t see everyone’s signatures?
  18. I don’t get along with a member on GA and would like to ignore them, how do I do so?
  19. I’m feeling harassed on-site, what do I do?
  20. Are there specific rules regarding FaceBook/Twitter?
  21. How do I link/unlink my FaceBook account?
  22. How can I link/unlink my Twitter account?
  23. What is the “Manage Attachments” tab used for?
  24. How should I set up my notifications in the “Notification Options”?
  25. What is the tab for that says “Saved Notifications”?
  26. Can I manage my gallery from the “Edit My Profile” page?
  27. What is the “Stories” option on the blue bar in “Edit My Profile” used for?

Forum Help: Content Guidelines, Tips, and Legalities

  1. What are the forums?
  2. What are the different forums for?
  3. I noticed that The Lounge states that no politics are allowed, is there anywhere on the forums to discuss politics?

How to become a model poster?

  1. Do I have to read an entire topic to participate?
  2. Can I start my own topic?
  3. What should I do if a discussion strays “off-topic”?
  4. A topic I’m involved in has evolved into me and another person basically talking back and forth, what should I do?
  5. Can I start a topic on an article or story I read somewhere else?
  6. What languages can I use in the forums?
  7. I want to reply to a specific person’s post, how do I do that?
  8. Can I edit my posts?
  9. What do I do if I see a violation in the forums?
  10. What is not allowed on the forums?
  11. Why did you lock a topic on the forums?
  12. How do I post a status update?

Legal Warnings

  1. What is the age requirement to register at Gay Authors?
  2. Do I have to agree to the site rules (Terms of Service) in order to register?
  3. Do I have to have a valid email to register?
  4. What, if any, legal information should I know before joining Gay Authors?
  5. Do I have to disclose if I am subject to Campaign Finance Laws?

Site Help: Tips and Tricks

  1. I’ve made the necessary number of posts, but I still can’t use areas of the forums, why?
  2. What is the little person next to my name in the upper right corner?
  3. What is the envelope in the upper right corner?
  4. How can I send messages to other members?
  5. Can I send a message to more than one person?

General Site Help: GA Gallery

  1. What can be posted in the Gallery?
  2. Is there a size limit to how much I can post in the gallery?
  3. Why won't it let me post in the gallery?
  4. How do I create an album in the gallery?
  5. How do I upload an image?
  6. Where can I view my images?

General Site Help: Site Blogs

  1. What is a blog?
  2. Can I create a blog?
  3. How do I create a blog?
  4. How do I post to my blog?
  5. Can I create more than one blog?
  6. Is there more than one way to get to my blog?

General Site Help: Site Rule Guide

  1. Where can I find the site rules?
  2. What are user warnings?
  3. How will I know that I have had a warning/points applied to my account?
  4. How will I know how many points I have?
  5. What are the warn levels?
  6. Can other members see how many points I have?
  7. Will the Forum Moderation Team share with other site members that I’ve been warned?
  8. Why did you ban me?

Site Help: Client Area

  1. What is the Client Area?
  2. What are the different areas in the Client Area for?

Author Related Questions

Author Help: Likes and Peer Review

  1. What is the purpose of “Likes”?
  2. What is the Moderation Queue?
  3. What is Peer Review?
  4. How do I get out of Peer Review?
  5. How do I get more likes and raise my reputation?
  6. How do I give an unlike?

Author Help: Author Promotions Information

  1. What does it mean to be a Signature, Classic, or Promising Author?
  2. What are the differences between Signature, Classic, and Promising Authors?
  3. What is the purpose of Promising Author status?
  4. What is the criteria for Promising Authors?
  5. What is the criteria for Signature Authors?
  6. Is there anything that will make an author ineligible for promotion?
  7. How does one become a Signature or Promising Author?
  8. Who can nominate an author?

Author Help: Putting Your eBook on GA

  1. What do I need to do before I can upload an eBook to GA?
  2. What story content is deemed unacceptable?
  3. What covers are deemed unacceptable?
  4. How do I post my eBook after I’ve become and eBook author?
  5. I do not have an ISBN, how do I get one?
  6. I posted my eBook but I do not see it listed, why?

New Author Help: How to Post a Story

Before Posting a Story
  1. What are the Story Content Rules?
  2. What is GA’s copyright policy?
  3. What is the GA Stories Archive?
  4. Can I include pictures in my story?
  5. What is GA’s stance on written porn?
  6. What is GA’s stance on sex and children in stories?
  7. What is GA’s stance on cross-generational relationships in stories?
  8. What types of stories are considered taboo at GA?
  9. I’ve decided I want to remove all of my work at Gay Authors, can I do so?
  10. What steps must I complete PRIOR to posting a story?
  11. I purchased Author/Editor from the store but my title did not change, what do I do now?
  12. Does Gay Authors have minimum quality guidelines?
  13. Do I have to be a seasoned author to post on Gay Authors?
  14. Can I post poems or flash fiction stories in the GA Stories Archive?
  15. Why can’t I use the “Series” field when posting the first story in a series?
  16. Why do I have huge spaces between paragraphs when I post my story in the story text box?
  17. How do I eliminate the extra spaces between paragraphs?
  18. Are there any tips or tricks to using the GA text editor?
  19. How do I decide what story rating to apply?
  20. How many chapters/stories can I post at one time?
  21. Can I post the first chapter of my published story and then link to the story for readers to purchase?
  22. Is there anywhere I can post to my off-site eBook?

Post Dating System

  1. What is the Post-Dating System?
  2. Why should I use the Post-Dating System?
  3. How do I use the post-dating system?
  4. I made a mistake when setting up the post-dating, can I change it?

Submitting a Story

  1. I’ve purchased author/editor status and completed all my edits; how do I submit my story?
  2. I posted my story, but it shows as green/pink/blue, why?
  3. How long does it typically take for a story/chapter to be approved?
  4. How do I announce my story?
  5. What other ways can I bring attention to my story?
  6. Can I get a link to my story listing on Gay Authors?
  7. Where can I put the link?
  8. Where can I discuss my story?

Adding a New Chapter to an Existing Story

  1. How do I add a new chapter to an existing story?

Editing a Story

  1. Can I edit a post-dated chapter before it posts?
  2. How do I mark my Story as being finished?
  3. How do I fix some small errors in a chapter?
  4. Can I add a chapter note and an end note after I’ve already posted my chapter?
  5. I need to make major changes to my chapter but it keeps giving me an error. What am I doing wrong?
  6. I've unpublished a chapter, made some changes, and republished it, but it doesn't appear in the Recent Story Updates list. What have I done wrong?
  7. Why can't I edit my Anthology story?
  8. How do I display my editors/beta readers on my GA Profile?

Reader's FAQ

How to Follow and Support Site Authors

  1. What does it mean to follow an author?
  2. How do I follow an author or story?
  3. How can I support my favorite GA Authors?
  4. How can I check my notifications to make sure I’ll receive a notification when an author I’m following posts?
  5. Can I display my favorite Authors/Stories on my profile?
  6. Can I share links to stories/chapters?

Reviewing

  1. How do I post a review?
  2. Can I review a chapter more than once?

Premium Content

  1. What is Premium Content?
  2. How does GA use the funding?
  3. How do I subscribe?
  4. How do I renew Premium Content?
  5. I've having trouble with Premium Content, how can I submit a support request?

Reader Help: Searching the Stories Archive

  1. What is the Stories Archive (Stories)?
  2. What are the different sections of the GA Stories main screen?
  3. What are the most popular ways to browse for stories?
  4. What if I want to see only recently completed stories, can I do that?
  5. What do the different options in the “filter by box” do?
  6. What does the “Newest Stories” button do?
  7. What does the “Favorite Stories” button do?
  8. What does “The Longest Stories” button do?
  9. What does the “Title” button do?
  10. What does the “Category” button do?
  11. What does the “Tags” button do?
  12. What does the “Genre” button do?
  13. What does the “Prolific Author” button do?
  14. What does the “All Authors” button do?
  15. What does the “Premium” button do?
  16. What does the “Advanced Search” button do?

Avertiser's FAQ

How do I advertise on Gay Authors?

  1. How do I become an advertiser on GA?
  2. How do I create an Ad on GA?
  3. What are the requirements for an ad?
  4. What are impressions?
  5. What are clicks?
  6. How much does it cost?
  7. What do the locations mean? (mature stories, forum, etc)
  8. Do you provide ad banners?

General Site Questions

How do I contact Gay Authors if I have an issue the FAQ does not address?

  1. How do I contact Gay Authors if I have an issue the FAQ does not address?
    • There are 3 fast ways of contacting us:
      • For Everyone: You can click "Contact Us" which is on the bottom of every page. Fill out the form to create a support ticket which we will answer as soon as we can.
      • For Registered Members of the site when you are logged in, you can post in the Help Forum. Or you can open a support ticket from the client area.

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General Site Help: How to Join

  1. Do I have to register to participate in the GA forums?
    • Yes.  While guests may read the stories and forums, if you wish to leave a comment, you must register.
  2. How much does it cost to register?
    • Nothing.
  3. I’m a teenager, can I register at Gay Authors?
    • Yes, providing you are 13 years of age or older and it is legal where you are.
  4. How do I create an account?
    • In the top right corner on any page at GA, there is a green button that says “Create Account”.  Click that and follow the directions.  You’ll need to supply a valid email address.  As part of the registration process you will be notified via email; you must respond to the verification process, or your account will not be fully activated.  Once you validate the registration, you will become a Newbie and have access to your account and be able to post on our forums.

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General Site Help: Your Gay Authors Profile

  1. How do I find my profile?
    • There are two methods to get to your profile. 
      1. Method A: Click your name in the top right corner, select “My Profile”
      2. Method B: Click on your name anywhere on the site forums
  2. What do the different tabs on the left side of my profile do?
    • Overview: Shows your main profile page
    • Profile Feed: Shows your current and past status updates, with comments
    • Likes: Shows content you have liked on Gay Authors
    • Friends: Shows the GA members you have friended
    • Topics: Shows topics that you have started
    • Posts: Shows posts you have made in topics whether or not you were the starter
    • Blog: Shows you your onsite blog entries
    • Files: Shows any files you have uploaded to GA (ex. eBooks)
    • Gallery: Shows albums and images in your gallery
    • Stories: Shows a select number of stories you have posted to GA, sorted by most recent update
  3. How can I change my photo?
    • Once on your profile, click on the “Edit My Profile” button.  Next to your photo, click “Change My Photo.  Remember that your photo must meet our photo requirements.  You have three options:
      1. Use A Custom Photo:  Upload a photo from your computer and crop it
      2. Gravatar: If you have one, you know what this is.  If you don’t, click the link and see if you would like one.
      3. FaceBook:  You can sync with your FaceBook photo
  4. What other changes can I make to my profile?
    • There are many changes you can make to your profile.
      1. Time Zone:  You can set to your time zone
      2. Comments: You can set this to either allow or not allow people to leave comments on your profile
      3. Show Visitors: you can set this to show who visits your profile
      4. Friends: You can set this to show some of your friends on your profile; you can also set this so that friend requests must be approved by you.
      5. Profile Info:  You can change your About Me, Birthday, Contact Methods, Gender, Sexuality, Age, Location, and Interests
  5. Why can’t I change my member title?
    • The ability to change your member title unlocks when you've made 501 posts on the forums.
  6. Do I have to give my birthday?
    • No, giving your birthday is optional.  If filled in, it will show up on the GA Calendar.
  7. I set my sexuality/gender and have been harassed, what do I do?
    • There is no gender/sexuality discrimination at GayAuthors.org.  If you experience any harassment, please report the harassment to any of the administration, moderators, or techs on the site.
  8. I set my Gender/Sexuality as “Not Telling” but people keep asking me about it, should I change it?
    • No, only set it if you are comfortable doing so.  Setting either of these as “Not Telling” is another way of saying “Do Not Ask”.
  9. Do I have to put my age?
    • Yes.  We have to have an accurate age for all members to protect both adults and minors.  This needs to be accurate to within a few years for adults.  If you are an adult, your age needs to reflect that.  If you are under 18, it needs to reflect that.
  10. Do I have to put my location?
    • No.  This can be as close to your real location as you are comfortable giving.  Most people keep it in their own time zone.  However, if you are under the age of 18, please do not be specific, instead use a large town or metro area.
  11. What should I do with the section labeled Author Info?
    • The logo is only available to Signature, Classic, and Promising Authors.  The bio is a description of an author’s work.  Keep this short, it will be visible on the author’s listing in GA Stories.
  12. Can I change my background color?
    • Yes.  Once you go into “Edit My Profile”, click on the tab that’s on the left that says “Profile Customization”.  You can upload a photo (there is a size restriction of 50kb), set it to tile, or just select a color.  You may have to clear your cache before the new background is visible after you save changes.
  13. How do I change my email and password?
    • Click the “Edit My Profile” button on your profile.  Click on the tab, on the left hand side, that says “Email and Password”.  To change your email, enter the desired email in the “New Email Address” field and enter it again in the “Confirm Email Address” field.  Then select the “Save Changes” button.  In order to complete the change, you must go to your email and use the confirmation link provided to re-validate your account.  It is recommended that you change your password before you reset your email address. 
    • To reset your password, simply enter your desired password into the “Enter a local password”.  Enter the desired password again in the “Confirm your local password” field.  Select the “Save Changes” button.
  14. Can I change my display name?
    • Yes, but only if you are have not purchased Author or Editor Status.  If you have purchased Author or Editor Status, you must get permission to change your display name.  To change your display name, click on the “Edit My Profile” on your profile page.  In the left hand column, click on the tab for “Display Name”.  Fill in the appropriate information and click save.  This will not affect how you sign in, only the name that is displayed on the boards. 
  15. How can I add a signature?
    • To add a signature, click on the “Edit My Profile” button on your profile and click on the “Signature” tab on the left.  We have strict signature guidelines that must be followed, they are as follows:
      1. Signatures must be under 200 pixels high.
      2. Signatures may contain one “My Media” link and one line of non-wrapping text.
      3. Signature file size must be under 100 Kb. Smaller is best (< 30 Kb recommended).
      4. No links that give you something from user clicks (like game points, or website credits).
      5. No offensive images or content (swearing, flaming, adult material, annoying flashing graphics*, etc).
      6. No images showing the other user's IP Address, ISP, OS info, etc.
      7. No links that log a user out of this forum.
      8. No more than one image (no matter the size) per signature.
      9. No text above a font size of 5 will be allowed. 6 and 7 are too large.
      10. Members of political organizations must state their affiliation in their signature.
      11. All text (including all codes, links**, spaces, and image names) must not exceed 800 characters.
      12. All images, text, and blank lines COMBINED should be under 200 pixels tall.
      13. Text lines longer than 600 pixels are OK if they automatically wrap. However, text in a must NOT exceed 600 pixels.
    • *Annoying flashing graphics are defined as images that rapidly changes text or color to distract other members.  Gif images that change are accepted if each image is constant for at least 3 (three) seconds.
    • ** The website http://tinyurl.com/ may be used to shorten links to provide more space for regular text.
  16. What is “My Media”?
    • On the Editor you will see a feature called “My Media”.  If you click this you will see a pop up that says “Your Media Library”. This will include any media you have uploaded to the site: attachments, entries, gallery, calendar, or stories. You pick the item you want to include, click it, and then choose finish.  This feature is dynamic and not included on the size restrictions HOWEVER, because it is dynamic it is the only item allowed in the signature with the exception of a single non-wrapping line of text.
  17. Can I set it so that I don’t see everyone’s signatures?
    • Yes.  Click on “Edit My Profile” from your profile.  Click on “Ignore Preferences”.  At the top of the page there is a check box for ignoring signatures.  Check it and click save changes.
  18. I don’t get along with a member on GA and would like to ignore them, how do I do so?
    • Click on “Edit My Profile” from your profile.  Click on “Ignore Preferences”.  Enter the person’s name in the box.  Choose how you want to ignore them and click save changes.
  19. I’m feeling harassed on-site, what do I do?
    • If you are feeling harassed, contact a moderator.  If you are being harassed by a member of the moderation team, contact an Administrator.  You can also use the report button which can be found on every post, story, blog, image, etc.  Do not delete the harassing information.  If you are in chat, copy as much of it as possible.  Note the time/day and time zone and forward that (unedited) with your complaint.  All chats (private/public) are logged.  Every report is investigated; but you may not know the results of the investigation due to privacy rule, but each is taken seriously and on its own merit.
  20. Are there specific rules regarding FaceBook/Twitter?
    • Both the FaceBook and Twitter applications provide opportunities for you to import portions of your accounts into GayAuthors.org.  These imported portions MUST follow our rules and regulations.  Items that can be affected include photographs, backgrounds, content, and status updates. 
    • Status updates must be written in English.  No images of or links to people age 18 or older of any gender who have bits hanging out that would normally be covered by standard issue underclothes AND no images of or links to people age 17 and under (currently or at the time the image was taken) in or out of their underclothes.  Minors must be clothed at all times.
  21. How do I link/unlink my FaceBook account?
    • Go into “Edit My Profile” and click the tab for “Manage FaceBook”.  Follow the directions on the screen to associate your FaceBook account.  This will include signing in.  Choose your synchronization options.  FaceBook synchronizes once a day.  Click “Save Changes”.  If you no longer wish to associate FaceBook on GayAuthors.org, you can disassociate it as well.  It is a two-step process during which you will be logged out.
  22. How can I link/unlink my Twitter account?
    • Go into “Edit My Profile” and click the tab for “Manage Twitter”.  Click “Connect With Twitter” which will take you to the Twitter Applications page.  Read this page carefully, it explains what the App is and is not able to access.  It will ask you to sign in and give you a chance to change your mind.  Once you have clicked “Sign In” you will be taken back to the “Manage Twitter” page in your profile.  Now there are synchronization options.  Choose those that interest you.  The page is synchronized every three hours, if you wish to synchronize sooner you can do so manually by pressing the synch now button.  If you no longer wish to associate Twitter on GayAuthors.org, you can disassociate it.  Follow the directions on the screen.  It is a two-step process during which you will be logged out.
  23. What is the “Manage Attachments” tab used for?
    • Whenever you upload an attachment on GA it is saved to your profile.  You need to regularly clear your attachments as you have limited space for attachments.  If you try to upload an attachment to a PM and you have reached your limit, you’ll want to go to your “Manage Attachments” and clear out your attachments.  You have a 250kb limit for attachments, which can fill up quickly if you don’t clear it out.
  24. How should I set up my notifications in the “Notification Options”?
    • This is entirely up to you, depending on how you want to be notified.  Read each item and mark if you want to be notified or not.  If you do, mark the box on how you want to receive your notification.  If you mark nothing you will not be notified.
    • The first check box is for global announcements and emails.  These are rare, but sometimes necessary.
    • The “auto follow topics” has its own frequency drop menu.
    • Under “Private Messages” there is another checkbox for inline pop-ups. This brings up a pop-up box when you have a personal message. If you don’t like pop-ups, you can see the little number in the right hand corner by your little envelope icon. That is the number of unread messages in your inbox.
  25. What is the tab for that says “Saved Notifications”?
    • This is where your notifications go.  It is set to only save up to three pages of notifications.  Older ones get deleted automatically, but it’s a good idea to occasionally clear these out.
  26. Can I manage my gallery from the “Edit My Profile” page?
    • Yes.  Open your profile.  Click “Edit My Profile”.  In the blue bar, click on Gallery.  Here you will see any galleries you have created.  You can manage them from here or create a new one.
  27. What is the “Stories” option on the blue bar in “Edit My Profile” used for?
    • When you go to “Edit My Profile” and click on stories it allows you four options on information to show on your profile.  You can show your favorite stories, favorite authors, your beta readers, and/or your editors by selecting the appropriate options.

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Forum Help: Content Guidelines, Tips, and Legalities

  1. What are the forums?
    • Forums are where GA members can discuss all sorts of different things from life happenings, stories, and generally just enjoy being a community.
  2. What are the different Forums for?
    • Forums are divided into main categories and then divided further into sub categories.  Each sub-category has a specific purpose which is clearly stated underneath the forum name on the main forum page.
  3. I noticed that the lounge states that no politics are allowed, is there anywhere on the forums to discuss politics?
    • Political discussions are only allowed in the Pit. Membership must be purchased (for free) in the site store. The major rule is no harassment of other members in the Pit, regardless of the topic of discussion. Violation of the rules for that forum may result in a permanent ban the forum.

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How to become a model Poster?

  1. Do I have to read an entire topic to participate?
    • Generally it is a good idea to read through an entire topic so that you know what is going on and what has already been discussed.  However, for some of the longer story discussion topics, at least read the posts since the last two or three chapters have posted.
  2. Can I start my own topic?
    • Yes.  However, scan the forums first to ensure that the topic you wish to discuss isn’t being discussed elsewhere.  Do not post a new topic when there is already another one on the same subject.
  3. What should I do if a discussion strays “off-topic”?
    • As much as we try to keep discussions on-topic, sometimes they stray.  If a different discussion crops up in a topic, create a new topic to address that issue in the appropriate place. 
  4. A topic I’m involved in has evolved into me and another person basically talking back and forth, what should I do?
    • If the topic devolves into the equivalent of a two or three people having what is really a 'private' conversation in public, then take it private. GA has chat, private messaging capacity, email, etc. - so there is no need to turn every topic into a chatroom or email.
  5. Can I start a topic on an article or story I read somewhere else?
    • Yes, providing it does not violate the political content rules, but post the link, not the entire article.  Many times the content is copyrighted and it’s illegal to post it without permission.  If you do post a link, it can help to include a short description what the link is.
  6. What languages can I use in the forums?
    • Please write in English, and not netspeak (e.g., you not u, before not b4).  Do not write in all caps as it is considered to be yelling.
  7. I want to reply to a specific person’s post, how do I do that?
    • At the end of the person’s post will be a button that says “Quote”, click that.  Remove the parts of the post that you are not replying to.  Then give your reply outisde the quote box.
  8. Can I edit my posts?
    • Yes, in fact, it is encouraged.  Rather than posting multiple times in a row on the same topic, simply click the edit button for your original post and add to it.            
  9. What do I do if I see a violation in the forums?
    • Every topic in the forum has a “report” option.  If you see a violation, you can report it to the Forum Moderation Team but clicking on “report” on the post.  You can also PM or email one of the Forum Moderators.  Please keep in mind that the Forum Moderation Team will only discuss moderation with the member being moderated, so we will not inform you of what action, if any, was taken.
  10. What is not allowed on the forums?
    • No porn of any kind.  This includes links, cartoons, etc.  No copyright violations.  No soliciting.  No politics outside of the Pit.
  11. Why did you lock a topic on the forums?
    • Topics can be locked for a variety of reasons.  Locking a topic prevents anyone from posting to it.  They may be locked if the discussion has devolved to personal attacks, off-topic responses, etc.  topics may also be locked to give the Forum Moderation Team time to discuss the topic and may or may not be reopened.
  12. How do I post a status update?
    • There are actually four ways for you to post a status update:
      1. Click “View All Updates” at the bottom of the “Recent Status Updates” box on the right hand side of the main forum page.  The status update box is at the top.
      2. Open your profile by clicking your avatar anywhere on the site.  You can post a Status Update on your main profile page or by clicking “Profile Feed” in the left hand column.  The status update box is at the top.
      3. Click the little arrow by your name in the top right hand corner of the screen.  A little box opens with choices.  The status update box is at the top.
      4. Connect via FaceBook or Twitter after setting your app to import and update your status remotely

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Legal Warnings

  1. What is the age requirement to register at Gay Authors?
    • Any person under the age of thirteen (13) are not permitted to register at Gay Authors.  By registering at Gay Authors you are certifying that you are at least thirteen (13) years of age and that your participation at GA does not violate the laws of the location where you live.  Any account where it is determined that the member is under the age of 13 will be closed by the administrators.
  2. Do I have to agree to the site rules (Terms of Service) in order to register?
    • Yes.  By clicking “Register” to complete your registration, you are accepting the Terms of Service without demurrer, exception, or reservation.  If you do not agree to abide by the Terms of Service, simply hit the ‘back’ button to cancel your registration.
  3. Do I have to have a valid email to register?
    • Yes.  New members are sent a validation email.  If you do not supply a valid email address at registration you will not get the validation notice and will not be approved for membership.  New members MUST click the link in the validation email.
  4. What, if any, legal information should I know before joining Gay Authors?
    1. Gay Authors is not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. We urge you to verify, from an independent source of your own choosing, any and all information you may find or infer from what is seen here on Gay Authors.
    2. The messages express the views of the author of the message, not the views of Gay Authors. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email or PM or "Report this Post" feature. We have the ability and the right to remove objectionable messages, and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
    3. You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this message board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, compromises the privacy of any other registered member of Gay Authors, or otherwise violates any law. Any person who posts such material may be sanctioned or banned from the site, at our option.
    4. In addition, if Gay Authors reasonably believes that any member has committed a violation of state or federal laws through or in connection with his/her membership at Gay Authors or his/her participation on the message board, in Live Chat or GA Stories, Gay Authors will report same to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
    5. By posting messages, uploading files, or otherwise providing any material for display in the Gay Authors Forums, you are representing that you are the owner of the copyright for the material, or are making your submission with the express consent of the owner of that copyright, unless that material is in the public domain.
    6. In addition, when you post a message, upload a file, or otherwise provide us with material for display on the Gay Authors Forums:
      1. You are granting Gay Authors and CDEJR Web Services, LLC, a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to:
        1. Use,
        2. copy,
        3. sublicense,
        4. adapt,
        5. transmit,
        6. publicly perform,
        7. publish or display all such material in any medium or venue or publication,
        8. printed or electronic, which medium may or may not exist at this time and
        9. without further compensation or attribution,
        10. unless otherwise explicitly marked.
      2. You are also granting Gay Authors and CDEJR Web Services, LLC, its assigns, subsidiaries, owners, parent company, and heirs, the unrestricted, royalty-free right to give, rent, sell or otherwise provide a sublicense to third parties with respect to the materials.
      3. The foregoing grants shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such communication, including but not limited to rights under copyright, trademark, service mark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction.
      4. The above applies to material posted on the message board (Forum.)
      5. All rights (including copyright) to original works posted by members in the Signature Authors, Anthology, and GA Stories areas of the site are retained by the respective authors, unless other agreement is made between the author and Gay Authors.
      6. You agree to receive email from time to time from this site. The first will be email confirmation of registration.
  5. Do I have to disclose if I am subject to Campaign Finance Laws?
    • Yes.  You must disclose in your signature if you are an active agent of a political party or other political party that would be subject to campaign finance laws.

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Site Help: Tips and Tricks

  1. I’ve made the necessary number of posts, but I still can’t use areas of the forums, why?
    • Posts in the Games and Humor forum do not count towards the required number of posts.  Posts anywhere else on the forum do.  New members often post in the “New Members Welcome: Introduce Yourself” topic which can be found in The Lounge forum.
  2. What is the little person next to my name in the upper right corner?
    • This is your notifications.  It is not a chat or message area.  Depending on how you set your notifications, you will see a number there when you have new notifications, such as when an author you are following posts a new chapter, or when someone replies to status updates you create or comment in, etc.
  3. What is the envelope in the upper right corner?
    • This is the site Private Messaging System (PM).  To access your site PM’s please click on the envelope.  That will show you the active messages you have received, above that are two options.  View All Messages takes you to the PM system to view your messages.  Compose New takes you to a new blank message form.  Through that area you can send a PM to any member, as long as you know their username.  The system has a predictive field, once you start typing in the name, it will give you options to choose from.
  4. How can I send messages to other members?
    • On each member’s profile is a button labeled “Send Me A Message”.  Once you click that, it will bring up a small floating message area.  If you wish to use the full editor, click on the “Use Full Editor” button, this will take you to the main message area.
  5. Can I send a message to more than one person?
    • Yes.  You can send a multi-person conversation by using the Other recipients field.  Select either Invitation or Copy.  Invitation means all members invited participate in one conversation.  Copy sends an individual conversation to each person that only they can see.

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General Site Help: GA Gallery

  1. What can be posted in the GA Gallery?
    • Members can upload images of themselves, places, pets, etc.  If posting pictures of others, please make sure you have permission to post the pictures.  Only post pictures that you own the copyright for.  At no time is it allowed to post anything containing nudity; this includes artwork.  Gallery images containing strategically covered nudity (eg: arms and legs covering genitals or breasts), sheer or see-through clothing, lewd or provocative poses, close-ups of breasts (women), buttocks, or crotches, and partially clothed underage persons (below 18 years of age) will be removed.
  2. Is there a size limit to how much I can post in the gallery?
    • Yes.  There is an overall max limit of 25mb per member for the gallery with a max 2mb per image limit for uploading.
  3. Why won’t it let me post in the gallery?
    • You must have at least one post on the forums to participate in this part of our community.
  4. How do I create an Album in the gallery?
    1. Click on the gray button that says ‘Upload’ in the upper right hand corner of the gallery
    2. Click on New Album
    3. Name Album, Choose the Parent Album such as member album/story material album, or an album you already have.  Choose your settings.
    4. Click Save
  5. How do I upload an image?
    • If you just created the album, click the dark blue button in the Upload box that says ‘Click to Attach Files’.  Keep in mind the upload limits.
    • Once you have added all the photos you wish you upload, click on the green button that says ‘Review and Publish’.  Options include: editing image title, description, copyright, rotate image and making it the cover image for the album. Once done, click the green button that says 'Finish and Publish'.
  6. Where can I view my images?
    • Images are viewable through the tab in your profile or under the gallery tab on the forum page.

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General Site Help: Site Blogs

  1. What is a Blog? 
    • A blog is essentially an on-site journal where users can post any type of information about their life, a story they like, a new article they thought was a good read, and anything they'd like that's within the posting guidelines.  Politics are allowed to be posted on blogs.
  2. Can I create a blog?
    • Yes, anyone can create a blog on GA as long as they are registered and meet the post requirement of (1) forum post outside of Games & Humor.  You are responsible for your own blog and what is posted there.  Site staff do not closely monitor blogs so bloggers are required to monitor their own and report issues if site rules are broken.
  3. How do I create a blog?
    • Click “Blogs” on the red Menu bar.  Click “Manage Blog” text link above the currently posted blogs.  Click the black button that says, “Create a Blog”.  Read and accept the blog terms by checking the Accept box, then click continue.  Name your blog and create a descriptions.  To create a site blog, please check the “Local Blog” option.  Make sure you have your blog settings set out you want, primarily whether or not you want your entries to automatically save as a draft or automatically publish.  Once you have chosen your settings, click Save.
  4. How do I post to my blog?
    • Click on the “Blog” tab in the red menu bar.  On the right hand side of the screen, click “Add Entry”.  If you have more than one blog, it will allow you to choose between blogs to post to. 
  5. Can I create more than one blog?
    • Yes, site rules do allow for more than one blog, but please do not create a large number of blogs and spam our blog system.
  6. Is there more than one way to get to my blog?
    • Yes.  You can get to your blog by either clicking on the “Blog” tab in the red menu bar and then click on “Manage Blogs” or by clicking on the arrow in the upper right corner of the screen next to your name.  Click on the option for “Manage Blogs”.

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General Site Help: Site Rule Guide

  1. Where can I find the site rules?
  2. What are user warnings?
    • Warnings are a bit like traffic tickets.  They may not be issued for every minor offense, but if you violate a rule at Gay Authors you may be issued warning points.  Different infractions incur different numbers of points depending on the seriousness of the rule broken.  Different points remain on your account for different lengths of times.  Some points might be permanent depending on the seriousness of the infraction.  Points can add up over time; if at any time you reach 100 points you will be banned from Gay Authors.
  3. How will I know that I have had a warning/points applied to my account?
    • When you log into the site, you will have to acknowledge the warning.  The moderator who issued the warning will have entered a reason for the warning.  It’s to inform you of the violation and encourage you to correct whatever the behavior was.
  4. How will I know how many points I have?
    • When you are on your profile, underneath your profile picture it will state how many warning points you currently have.
  5. What are warn levels?
    1. Warn levels are determined by points.  Different warn levels trigger different responses within the system.  The points shown here is the default.  The Forum Moderation Team/Administrators may override the penalty based on actions.  The levels that involve more than verbal warnings are as follows:
      1. 20 pts – 12 hours no posting
      2. 25 pts – 3 days no posting
      3. 30 pts – 7 days no posting
      4. 35 pts – 2 days content moderation
      5. 40 pts – 7 days content moderation
      6. 50 pts – 7 day site suspension
      7. 75 pts – 14 day site suspension
      8. 100 pts – Permanent Ban
  6. Can other members see how many points I have?
    • No.  The only people who can see your warning information is yourself and members of the moderation team.
  7. Will the Forum Moderation Team share with other site members that I’ve been warned?
    • No.  To protect member’s privacy, Forum Moderation Team and Site Administrators will not discuss moderation matters with anyone other than the member involved and ask that the member only discuss their moderation with the moderation team. . Extremely rarely, site members may be appraised of a major site violation, but typically only if the members or site as a whole have been placed at risk and the member moderated has been banned for a serious violation.
  8. Why did you ban me?
    • Bans can be temporary or permanent.  They are not issued lightly and are only issued for ignoring less subtle efforts to point out violations (private messages, warnings) or egregious behavior.

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Site Help: Client Area

  1. What is the Client Area?
    • The Client Area is a one stop shop for your purchases on GA and for support related to your account.  You can reach it through the menu under your username on the upper right of every page.
  2. What are the different areas in the Client Area for?
    • Overview: This is just a welcome page, unless your attention is required for something
    • Purchases: This shows you what you have purchased.  Clicking on a purchase allows you to do several things.  You can Submit a New Support request, you can change packages (in some instances), you can write a review, or you can cancel.
    • Invoices: This shows all your invoices for anything you’ve done in the Store, past or present
    • Support: This shows all Support Requests with status.  This is where you can review, add, reopen, close, etc.. Support Requests.
    • Alternate Contact:  You can set up so someone else can mess with your store (Not Recommended)
    • Donations: If we are running any Donation Campaigns they will show up here.
    • Referrals: If we are running any referral programs, they will show up here.

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Author Related Questions

Author Help: Likes and Peer Review

  1. What are the purpose of “Likes”?
    • Each “Like” helps to raise a member’s reputation, which is especially important to help Authors get out of the Moderation Queue and Peer Review. 
  2. What is the Moderation Queue?
    • Authors with a reputation of less than 75 have to have their stories/chapters approved by site staff before they can be viewed by the general membership.  Once an author exceeds a reputation of 75 their stories go to Automatic approval and will be visible within the hour.
  3. What is Peer Review?
    • The “Peer Review” status is meant to help readers find newer authors who might not already have a high following.  If a member has a reputation higher than 75 but less than 200 they are in Peer Review. 
  4. How do I get out of Peer Review?
    • Write quality stories, post often, and participate in the community.  Once you receive the appropriate number of likes you will automatically exit Peer Review.
  5. How do I get more likes and raise my reputation?
    • Anytime someone follows you as an author or follows one of your stories, it counts as a like and raises your reputation one point.  Also, anytime someone “likes” one of your forum posts, blog posts or replies, stories, or chapters it raises your reputation by one point.
  6. How do I give an unlike?
    • Once you have given a “like”, the button will change to “unlike”.  In order to give an “unlike” you have to have already given one.  Simply find where you gave the “like” and take it away.

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Author Help: Author Promotions Information

  1. What does it mean to be a Signature, Classic, or Promising Author?
    • A Promising, Classic, or Signature Author is an author who has achieved a level of performance, gained some recognition by the staff and membership at GA, and have entered into an agreement with Gay Authors concerning the hosting and promotion of their stories.
  2. What are the differences between Signature, Classic, and Promising Authors?
    • Signature Authors are active authors who consistently produce high quality stories and represent some of Gay Authors best writing.  Classic Authors were at one point Signature Authors but either do not post regularly or have retired from writing altogether.  Promising Authors are Gay Authors up and coming authors and will typically be promoted to Signature within a year or so.
  3. What is the purpose of Promising Author status?
    • The purpose of Promising Author status is to help develop writers who have already shown initiative in improving their writing and promoting themselves; to give up-and-coming writers exposure and help them build a fan base prior to being considered for Signature Author status.
  4. What is the criteria for Promising Authors?
    • Demonstrates a basic level of writing ability
    • Is actively seeking and accepting assistance to improve their writing
    • Participates in and contributes to the GA community
    • Promotes the GA site (ex. If posting elsewhere, links back to GA)
    • Shows initiative in promoting their work and growing their reader base, and/or is open to learning how
    • Actively engages their readers (responds to reviews)
    • Promising Authors must be willing to agree to post concurrently on Gay Authors any new material with the exception of personal blogs
  5. What is the criteria for Signature Authors?
    • Existing body of quality writing
    • Established reader base
    • Actively participates in the GA Community
    • Cross-promotes and links back to GA when posting stories elsewhere
    • Encourages off-site readers to join the GA community
    • Actively engages their readers (responds to reviews)
    • Signature Authors must be willing to agree to post concurrently on Gay Authors any new material with the exception of personal blogs
  6. Is there anything that will make an author ineligible for promotion?
    • Yes, complete removal of stories from GA, for self-publishing or subbing to publishers, will preclude authors from being promoted to Promising or Signature.  While we understand some stories are removed for personal reasons, using GA as a beta/editing service for later publication is unacceptable.  Some stories may be eligible for movement to the site Premium section, but authors should check with site staff prior to making the decision to remove stories for publication.
  7. How does one become a Signature or Promising Author?
    • Nominations can be made via PM to any Author Promotion Team member.  You can find the list of Author Promotion Team members in the Staff Directory.  The Author Promotion Team is also actively watching for authors that meet the criteria.
  8. Who can nominate an author?
    • Any member of GA can nominate an author for promotion, including the author themselves.

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Author Help: Putting Your eBook on GA

  1. What do I need to do before I can upload an eBook to GA?
    • At this time, only US authors are eligible to sell in our eBook store. You must have author status which can be purchased for free in the GA store. 
      1. Purchase “eBook creation service” in the site store and start a topic in the eBook forum requesting eBook author status. You will be required to provide a Social Security number or business Tax ID number for tax purposes in a private communication once site staff contact you.
      2. Ensure all stories and covers adhere to GA’s “Terms of Service” regarding content
  2. What story content is deemed unacceptable?
    • Stories with the following content cannot be posted as an eBook on GayAuthors.org:
      1. Stories with characters that are not like age groups. A 15 and 18 year-old couple in high school are a like age group even if one is technically ‘overage’. A 13 and a 19 year-old couple are not like age groups. Minors and adults are NEVER like age groups.
      2. Stories sexualizing children and preteens, or portraying them in a light to appear sexually arousing to adults.
      3. Stories solely adult in nature. All stories on GA must have a plot that exists beyond the sexual theme of the story. We recommend no more than 50% of the story be focused on sexual activities or themes.
      4. Stories with necrophilia.
      5. Stories with rape or sexual abuse for titillation, glorifying suicide or drug use, bestiality or cannibalism are moderated content. Any stories with these themes are subject to further moderator review and may be rejected.
    • Any eBook containing content listed under item 5 above MUST be properly tagged, and include written warnings added to the description to warn readers of what will be included so readers sensitive to these subjects will not be unaware of the eBook's themes.
  3. What covers are deemed unacceptable?
    1. Images cannot contain any rear nudity, any frontal nudity for women models, or frontal below the waist for male models. Covers cannot contain any copyrighted material. Please view the legal notice below for GA content, as well.
    2. Copyrighted & Other Prohibited Material: Do not publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information; upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws(or by rights of privacy) unless the user owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all necessary consents; upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer; delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded; or falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded; Finally, do not download any file posted by another user that the user knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
  4. How do I post my eBook after I’ve become and eBook author?
    1. Select eBooks tab in red menu bar
    2. Select black “Upload File” button in right corner
    3. Select proper category in the drop down menu
    4. Use the browse option to load your eBook file. Select Attach file. Repeat for each version you wish to post.
    5. Use the browse option to load your eBook Cover. Select Attach file.
    6. Enter File Name (Your eBook title)
    7. Enter File Version if necessary (Only use this if you are posting a revised or second edition, etc)
    8. Enter File Tags (Tag your eBook as you would a story to describe it to readers at a glance.)
    9. Enter Description (Short synopsis of your story)
    10. Choose file type (Free or Paid): If you select paid you must provide Myr with your Tax ID # or SS# for tax purposes prior to submitting
    11. Set your price if you are selling your eBook
    12. ISBN: Input ISBN without spaces or dashes.  An ISBN is required if you are selling your eBook.  (Cannot be a Smashwords assigned ISBN or an ASIN from Amazon).  Leave blank if posting a free eBook.
    13. Enter Copyright year (First year you copyrighted the eBook, or first posted it)
    14. Enter Author Name (Your name)
    15. Select “Add Submission” to post your eBook
  5. I do not have an ISBN, how do I get one?
    1. You must go to the Store link and select the eBook Creation service - http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/store/product/31-eBook-creation-service-request-for-quote-including-covers/
    2. After you have done this, go to the eBook creation service forum and post a topic about what you are looking for. http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/forum/237-eBook-creation-service/
  6. I posted my eBook but I do not see it listed, why?
    • eBooks must be approved by a staff member to ensure it does not violate the site’s ToS.  Your story will be approved as soon as possible but there is no set approval timeline.  If you have a problem with your submission, please contact Cia via PM or email, cia@gayauthors.org.

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New Author Help: How to Post a Story

Before Posting a Story
  1. What are the Story Content Rules?
    • Stories with the following content cannot be posted on GayAuthors.org:
      1. Stories with characters that are not like age groups. A 15 and 18 year-old couple in high school are a like age group even if one is technically ‘overage’. A 13 and a 19 year-old couple are not like age groups. Minors and adults are NEVER like age groups.
      2. Stories sexualizing children and preteens, or portraying them in a light to appear sexually arousing to adults.
      3. Stories solely adult in nature. All stories on GA must have a plot that exists beyond the sexual theme of the story. We recommend no more than 50% of the story be focused on sexual activities or themes.
      4. Stories with necrophilia.
      5. Stories with rape or sexual abuse for titillation, glorifying suicide or drug use, bestiality or cannibalism are moderated content. Any stories with these themes are subject to further moderator review and may be rejected.
    • Stories containing any content such as drug use, abuse of any kind, incest, suicide, etc… allowed on the site MUST be properly rated, tagged, and include written warnings added to the story and/or chapter notes to warn readers of what will be included in the story so readers sensitive to these subjects will not be unaware of the story's themes.
  2. What is GA’s Copyright policy?
    • Do not publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information; upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy) unless the user owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all necessary consents; upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer; delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded; or falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded; Finally, do not download any file posted by another user that the user knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner.
  3. What is the GA Stories Archive (Stories)?
    • GA Stories Archive, or Stories, is an area where members can post their original stories and poems. Members may also, via Stories, leave reviews for Authors. The same rules that apply to posts on the GA forums above also apply to the review system in Stories.  Any reviews found to be in violation of these rules will be removed without the consent of the user, and the user may be subject to further moderator action.
  4. Can I include naked pictures in my story?
    • No. No images of any kind can be included in the story text. You may use the My Media option to place an image on the story meta data page.
  5. What is GA’s stance on written porn?
    • Stories posted on GA must not be solely adult in nature.  Therefore, stories that do not have a plot, characterization, or do have (at the discretion of the management) excessive sexual encounters(50% or more) will be removed.
  6. What is GA’s stance on sex and children in stories?
    • We do not condone children or pre-teens having sex, being used as sexual object, or being described in ways that adults would find arousing.
  7. What is GA’s stance on cross-generational relationships in stories?
    • Relationships should always be between two persons of a like age group.  Teens with teens, adults with adults.  A young adult with an older teen is a like age group.  An adult with a young teen is not a like age group.  Some exceptions apply for artistic merit, but shall be at the discretion of the site administration.
  8. What types of stories are considered taboo at GA?
    • Stories with rape for titillation, glorifying suicide or drug use, bestiality, cannibalism, incest, or necrophilia will be subject to moderator review and possible rejection.
  9. I’ve decided that I want to remove all of my work at Gay Authors, can I do so?
    • Members may, at any time, unpublish and request deletion of their selected, or collective, works at any time without any further obligation to GayAuthors.org, its site management team, or its parent company CDEJR Web Services, Inc.
    • It should be specifically noted that posting a story on Gay Authors and then removing it to publish as an eBook will be viewed negatively.  Gay Authors will NOT be used as a place to build audience and then leave us.  We are happy to support authors as they move into e-publishing and an author should contact us if they wish to do so with a story exsiting on GA.  Arrangements can be made that will be mutually beneficial to both site and author.
  10. What steps must I complete PRIOR to posting a story?
    • First you have to gain the ability to post in GA Stories by gaining Author or Editor status.  You can do this by visiting the GA store and purchasing them for free.  Once you have selected “Store” from the red menu bar, locate the “Member Groups” tab in the menu on the left hand side of the screen.  Choose the group you best identify with (Author/Editor) and follow any additional directions on the screen. 

       

  11. I purchased Author/Editor from the store but my title did not change, what do I do now?
    • Log out of GA, clear your cache, and log back in.  Your title should change after this step.
  12. 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.
  13. Do I have to be a seasoned author to post a Gay Authors?
    • No.  GA allows both seasoned and first-time writers to submit their stories, and 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.
  14. Can I post poems or flash fiction stories in the GA Stories Archive?
    • 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.
  15. Why can’t I use the “Series” field when posting the first story in a series?
    • The “Series” field is used only when posting the 2nd story in a series.  Until you start posting the 2nd story, you don’t actually have a series on Gay Authors.  Once you have started posting the 2nd story, you can go back to add the series information to the 1st story. 
  16. Why do I have huge spaces between paragraphs when I post my story in the story text box?
    • Stories must have a single space between paragraphs before being pasted into the story text box.  Many users include a double return between paragraphs in Word without realizing it.  These must be eliminated or you get extra spaces between paragraphs in the GA text editor.
  17. How do I eliminate the extra spaces between paragraphs?
    • 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 story text into the story text box on GA.
  18. Are there any tips or tricks to using the GA text editor?
    • Yes.  Only use the GA text editor to post clean, basically formatted text.  Do not resize text size 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 should be placed in the story 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.
  19. How do I decide what story rating to apply?
    • The story rating is a way to tell prospective readers the type of sexual content your story has:
      • Everyone = No sex
      • Teen= off-screen sex, or non-explicit touching/making out
      • Mature = Graphic sexual content of any kind on-screen).
      If your story has sensitive subjects such as language, violence, abuse, suicide, etc … especially graphic and/or on-screen, you must use the higher ratings as well, but story and chapter notes should be utilized to advise readers regarding the specifics.(example: This story/chapter will contain an attempted suicide scene. Do not read if this bothers you).
  20. How many chapters/stories can I post at one time?
    • We ask that you submit only 1 chapter to begin with a new story submission.  Also, no more than 1-2 chapters a day, spaced at least 8 hours apart, with no more than 4-7 chapters or short stories a week TOTAL, not just for each story you have.  If you post a new story with multiple chapters, they will be removed.  If you do wish to upload a number of chapters at once, utilize the post-dating system to space them out over a number of days. 
    • Special Note: When Stories 2.0 is released, the system will automatically handle posting of stories/chapters.  If you post more than one at a time, they will be automatically queued for posting as soon as they meet the time restriction.
  21. Can I post the first chapter of my published story and then link to the story for readers to purchase?
    • No.  No stories may be posted in Stories as a ‘bait and switch’.  If you post a story here and a link for readers to then buy the story, without intending to continue to post the story for free, we will remove it.  Gay Authors Stories is a place for free fiction and the guidelines for posting off-site links is strictly regulated.
  22. Is there anywhere I can post to my off-site eBook?
    • Authors may post a promotional blog message, using the Amazon link button in the text editor to their eBook, but we ask that the blogs for an eBook are limited to one.  Please PM a site staff member if you are unsure of the rules regarding eBook promotion.

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Post Dating System

  1. What is the Post-Dating System?
    • The post-dating system allows an author to schedule when their story or chapter will post.  They can set it up for a specific date and time rather than having the story post when they actually upload it or staff approves it.
  2. Why should I use the Post-Dating System?
    • If you wish to upload a number of chapters at once, you must use the post-dating system so that not all the chapters will post at once.  Also, if you were going on vacation, you could use the post-dating system to schedule stories/chapters to post while you are gone. 
  3. How do I use the post-dating system?
    • If you are posting a new story, you will need to ensure that the “Publish Now” box for the story is unchecked.  You can find it just above the story description area.  Once you add the first chapter, you must also ensure that you uncheck the “Publish Now” box located just below the chapter text editor.  Click on the calendar next to the chapter publish time field and use that to pick a date and time for your story/chapter to go live.  To prevent your story/chapter from posting immediately, you must ALWAYS uncheck the Publish Now box.
  4. I made a mistake when setting up the post-dating, can I change it?
    • No, once you set up the post-date date and time, it is locked.  Also, do not do ANY edits on your story once you have set it up in the post-dating system.  If you try to make changes, you will mess up the post-dated time and it will not post properly or be announced in the recent updates queue.  If you need to make any changes, please contact a staff member to assist you or wait for the story/chapter to go live first.

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Submitting a Story

  1. I’ve purchased author/editor status and completed all my edits, how do I submit my story?
    1. On the red menu, click ‘Stories’.  On the left hand side of the screen, scroll down until you see a red button labeled ‘Submit Story’ and click.  This will bring you to the story form.  You must fill out the following boxes to submit anything.
      1. Title: Your title will display everywhere, check your spelling.
      2. Link Title: This will self-fill when you type in the title, don’t change it.
      3. Series:  Only use if you are posting the 2nd story in a series. DO NOT PUT 0 In Series Number EVER
      4. 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.
      5. Description:  This will tell people what your story is about in 500 characters or less.
      6. Story Copyright:  If you post fanfiction, please adjust this automatic notice to reflect that information
      7. 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
      8. Category: The most used categories are Fiction or Poetry
      9. Genre:  Select up to three
      10. 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)
      11. Status: Complete = Done; In Process = Working On It; On Hold = Currently Not Working On. Do NOT post a new story On Hold
      12. Tags:  Select up to six.  These help readers find your story
      13. Authors: Your name and you can add any co-authors
      14. Editors: You can add your Editor(s) if they are a GA Member
      15. Beta Readers: You can add your Beta Reader(s) if they are a GA Member
      16. 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.
      17. Chapter End Note:  Place to leave a message after your story. The appear after the chapter text.
      18. Chapter Title:  Defaults to chapter number, but you can change this to a specific chapter title. Chapter Titles MUST be rated for general audiences.
      19. 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.
      20. 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.
      21. Click Save
  2. I posted my story but it shows as green/pink/blue, why?
    • The different colors mean different things.  If you are a Signature/Promising Author or have a rep over 200, your story will show as white.  If you have a rep less than 200 but more than 75, you are in “Peer Review” status and your story shows as blue.  If you have a rep less than 75, your story must be approved by a moderator and will show as pink.  If you decided to delay publishing, your story is only visible to yourself and site staff and shows up as green.
  3. How long does it typically take for a story/chapter to be approved?
    • Typically the moderation queue gets checked once a day.  If you posted after it has already been checked then it may not be approved until the next day.  If there are issues with your story that will delay it from being approved you will receive a private message detailing the issues that must be corrected in order for it to be approved.  Please be patient in case of delays.
  4. How do I announce my story?
    • You don’t have to, it’s automated.  Your story will show in the following places: the right-hand sidebar on the main forum page, the left-hand sidebar on the GA Stories page, the RSS feed (if you are subscribed), the Gay Authors Home page (if your reputation is above 200), and all the people who “follow” you or your story will receive a notification in the manner of their choice.  Your story is also moved to the top story on your profile page.
  5. What other ways can I bring attention to my story?
    • If you want to announce it outside of the automated announcements, there are many options available to you.  You can make a discussion topic about it in the proper forum, update your status, mention it in chat, add it to your signature, and blog about it. 
  6. Can I get a link to my story listing on Gay Authors?
    • Yes.  Click on Stories on the red menu bar.  On the left hand side, click “My Stories”.  Simply copy the web address.
  7. Where can I put the link?
    • Anywhere it’s legal to do so.  If you have a personal website or blog, faceBook, twitter, etc.  If you want to put the link somewhere on GA, you could put it as your “homepage” link or in your signature box. 
  8. Where can I discuss my story?
    • You, or a reader, may post a topic in the appropriate forum to discuss any story on Gay Authors.  However, only one topic is allowed per story.  Stories/Poetry by those with an ‘Author’ designation go into the general Story Discussion Forum.  Stories/Poetry by those with a ‘Promising Author’ designation go into the Promising Author Discussion Forum.  Stories by those with a ‘Classic Author’ designation go into the Classic Author Discussion Forum or the author’s individual forum for those that have them.  Stories by those with a ‘Signature Author’ designation go into the Signature Author Discussion Forum or the author’s individual forum for those that have them.  If you are unsure where to put a discussion, ask.

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Adding a New Chapter to an Existing Story

  1. How do I add a new chapter to an existing story?
    1. Click on My Stories
    2. Click on Story Title
    3. Click on Add Chapter button below story description
    4. Fill out chapter submission form
    5. Save

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Editing a Story

  1. Can I edit a post-dated chapter before it posts?
    • No.  Never edit a post-dated chapter or story that hasn’t posted yet.  You will screw up the post-date and it will not post correctly or announce.  Editing on post-dated work can only be done after the chapter goes live for readers, so always post your best work.  If it is post-dated several days out, and is the last chapter posted, you may request deletion from a staff member so you can repost a corrected version.
  2. How do I mark my Story as being finished?
    • After the last chapter has been published (don't forget it may need to clear the moderation queue), click on the "Edit" button for the story. You can then change the status from "In Process" to "Complete".
  3. How do I fix some small errors in a chapter?
    • Click the "Edit Chapter" button at the bottom of the chapter. This takes you to the edit screen for the chapter.  Make your changes and click on "Edit Chapter" to save.
  4. Can I add a chapter note and an end note after I’ve already posted my chapter?
    • Yes.  Click the “Edit Chapter” button and the bottom of the chapter.  You can add the chapter note, end note, and change the chapter title if you wish.  Make your changes and click on “Edit Chapter” to save.
  5. I need to make major changes to my chapter but it keeps giving me and error. What am I doing wrong?
    • Stories are assumed to have been edited prior to being uploaded into GA Stories.  There is a limit to how much can be changed by the author after being published.  If you need to change large amounts of a chapter, you must contact a staff member to help you with editing your story.
  6. I've unpublished a chapter, made some changes, and republished it, but it doesn't appear in the Recent Story Updates list. What have I done wrong?
    • Stories and chapters only appear in the Recent Story Updates list when they're originally published. Republishing does not make the chapter or story reappear. This is deliberate to stop authors from trying to keep their stories on the list by repetitively unpublishing and republishing. Anyone following you as an author or the story specifically will receive a notification per their settings.
  7. Why can't I edit my Anthology story?
    • Once a story is place in the Anthology category, the stories are effectively locked to prevent any changes. If you need to make changes, please contact a staff member with an explanation of what changes you need.
  8. How do I display my editors/beta readers on my GA Profile?
    1. Sharing your team members on your profile is easy.  Follow the steps below:
      1. Click the drop menu by your name in the upper right corner
      2. Click “My Settings”
      3. Click on Stories which appears in a row of options in the blue bar under the large “My Settings” on the page and above the settings you can change
      4. Use the profile options under the story preferences by checking the boxes of the options you wish to use.

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Reader’s FAQ

How to Follow and Support Site Authors

  1. What does it mean to follow an author?
    • When you follow an author you will receive notifications (based on your settings) when they upload a new story or chapter.
  2. How do I follow an author or story?
    • On every story there is a “Follow this Story” button on the right, just underneath the five stars, if you like the story and wish to receive notifications when it updates, follow it.  Likewise, you can click on the “Follow this Author” button on an Author’s main GA Profile to follow an author.
  3. How can I support my favorite GA Authors?
    • Supporting GA Authors is easy.  If you like a chapter, review it and click the “like” at the end of each chapter.  Follow them and their stories.  LEave reviews. Talk about their stories in your status and in the forums to help lead other readers to their work. 
  4. How can I check my notifications to make sure I’ll receive a notification when an author I’m following posts?
    1. Click the drop menu by your name in the upper right corner
    2. Click “My Settings”
    3. On the left hand side, click “Notification Options”
    4. Scroll down to “Stories” and set your notifications to how you want them
    5. Scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes”
  5. Can I display my favorite Authors/Stories on my profile?
    1. Yes, but first you have to follow the author/story.  You can share either or both, whichever you prefer.  Once you have followed them:
      1. Click the drop menu by your name in the upper right corner
      2. Click “My Settings”
      3. Click on Stories with appears in a row of options in the blue bar under the large “My Settings on the page just above the settings you can change
      4. Use the profile options under the story preferences by checking the boxes of the options you wish to use.
  6. Can I share links to stories/chapters?
    1. Yes.  In fact, at the bottom of each chapter and at the bottom of the story details page (above the table of contents) there are social media links. 
      1. FaceBook:  You must be signed in/connected to FaceBook for this to work.  There is a FaceBook like button that allows you leave a personalized comment.   It will post to your FaceBook saying that you liked an article and link back to the story/chapter.
      2. Twitter: The first button is for Twitter and will tweet the link.  You must be signed in/connected to Twitter for this to work. 
      3. There is also Google +1, Digg, and the ability to directly email someone
      4. You may post a link to any story on any site anywhere it is legal to do so.  Please check with each place you intend to post before doing so.
      5. You can blog about the stories you have read
      6. Share the links to your favorite story in your signature
      7. Put a comment in your status update

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Reviewing

  1. How do I post a review?
    • At the end of each chapter there is a link labeled “Chapter Reviews”.  Click that and you can post your review for that chapter. 
  2. Can I review a chapter more than once?
    • No, you can only post one review per chapter.  If you wish to discuss the story with the author or other readers, you can do so in the forums in either an existing discussion topic or one that you create.  Just remember that only one discussion topic is allowed per story.

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Premium Content

  1. What is Premium Content?
    • Premium Content is a subscription service on GA that funds the site and keeps it open for business.  Subscribers get access to special stories and have external site ads removed in exchange for a low monthly fee.
  2. How does GA use the funding?
    • Funding raised through Premium Content and advertising goes towards paying for the server, software fees, business fees, taxes, site improvements, and content.  If it were not for Premium Content subscribers, the site would not stay open or could not stay open free of charge.
  3. How do I subscribe?
    • When you are on any part of Gay Authors, you can select the link on the red menu that says "Store".  This will bring you to the Store section of the site, where several options exist. Depending on which user group you are in, you'll see different options.  Look for Premium Content and select that.
  4. How do I renew Premium Content?
    • If you have subscribed to Premium Content at any time in the past, it will not allow you to repurchase it.  It gives you and error saying that you must Renew.  In order to renew, you can click the "Renew Premium" button the red menu that appears on the main site outside of GA.Stories or you can go to your Client Area by selecting "Client Area" in the menu that is located under your username in the upper right side of the main pages.  From there, go to purchases and then select Premium Content.   A new menu will appear on the right hand side. Select link that says "Renew" and you should be able to restart your Premium Content access.
  5. I've having trouble with Premium Content, how can I submit a support request?
    1. There are three different ways you can do this. 
      1. If you have subscribed to Premium Content, you can go to your Client Area and then to Purchases.  Then select Premium Content.  When the menu appears on the right, select "New Support Request" and fill out the form.
      2. Go to your Client Area, select "Support" and then select "New Request".
      3. Go to the bottom of any page and select "Contact Us".  Fill out the form.

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Reader Help: Searching the GA Stories Archive (Stories)

  1. What is the GA Stories Archive (Stories)?
    • Gay Authors hosts all of its stories in a custom software designed specifically for Gay Authors.  The software is called Stories and is very powerful and contains a lot of options to help readers find the stories that they wish to read.
  2. What are the different sections of the GA Stories main screen?
    1. On the left hand side you have all the menus
    2. Below the menus are the “Recent Story Updates”, which list the last 25 or so story/chapter updates
    3. At the top center is the welcome message and information about how many stories and authors are at Gay Authors
    4. Below that in the center top is a link to our How to Post A Story FAQ for authors
    5. Below the tips is the “Genre” listing.  It lists all the genres on the site and shows how many stories are listed under that genre.  By clicking on a genre link, the system will list all those stories in the genre by title and in alphabetical order.
    6. At the bottom of the center of the page is a list of a few of the recently updated stories
  3. What are the most popular ways to browse for stories?
    • The two most popular are “Newest Stories” and “By Title”.  Title lists all stories by title in alphabetical order.  Newest Stories lists all stories by when they were last updated with the newest on top. 
  4. What if I want to see only recently completed stories, can I do that?
    • Yes.  First you would click the “Newest Stories” tab on the left hand side of the screen.  You should now see a box that says “Filter results by” and have a lot of different options with drop down menus.  You can select any of the options to choose only recently posted stories by a certain author type, a certain genre, a certain length, a certain status, etc.  Example: You go "Newest Stories" then to the dropdown menu labeled “Status” and pick “Complete”.   Then click “Update”.  You will now see recently updated stories that are complete.
  5. What do the different options in the “filter by box” do?
    1. Group: You can select specific groups to list stories by.  For example, if you want to just see Promising Authors, select that and hit “Update”
    2. Category: You can select specific categories, like the Anthologies or Fiction
    3. Genre: You can select a specific genre here as well, like Fantasy
    4. Tags:  You can select a specific tag you are looking for, like adopt or coming out
    5. Status: You can select only completed stories or works in process for example
    6. Ratings: You can select a specific rating to filter graphic content
    7. Length: You can filter out stories based on length measured in number of words, like >5000
    8. Order by:  You can also change the ordering here.  Order by “Story Title” is like hitting the Title link on the left menu.  Order by Publish Date lets you list stories in Published Order.  Order by Last Update is like hitting the Date link on the left menu.
    9. Peer Review:  Include Peer Review is a checkbox.  This allows you to list (or not list) new authors on the site.  They are the stories listed in blue.
    10. Title Search: There is also a special Title Search Box on the side.  You can type in a story title.  The box has type ahead, so it will search out that title as you type and give you a drop down menu of stories starting with what you are typing.
  6. What does the “Newest Stories” button do?
    • It works in exactly the same way as Title except that it lists stories by when they were last updated, with the newest on top.
  7. What does the “Favorite Stories” button do?
    • It brings up a list of stories sorted by the number of followers, most popular listed first in descending order.
  8. What does “The Longest Stories” button do?
    • It brings up a list of the longest stories, sorted by length.
  9. What does the “Title” button do?
    • It brings up a list of stories sorted alphabetically by Title.
  10. What does the “Category” button do?
    • It brings up a list of all the categories and their sub-categories.  Clicking on a category will pull up all stories in that category and list them alphabetically by Title.
  11. What does the “Tags” button do?
    • It brings up all the tags in a “tag pool”.  Tags that are used more often are larger.  Tags that are used less often are smaller.  Clicking a tag will pull up a list of stories that use that tag.  Stories will be listed alphabetically by Title.
  12. What does the “Genre” button do?
    • It lists all the genres.  Clicking on any genre will pull up a list of stories in that genre and list them alphabetically by Title.
  13. What does the “Prolific Author” button do?
    • It lists authors by number of stories they have uploaded into GA Stories.  Authors with the most stories will be listed first by default.  You can also filter and list authors by total word count and reputation.
  14. What does the “All Authors” button do?
    • It will list all the authors on the site. There is a filter box here as well that works in the same was as it does for stories. You can filter out groups to show only the group of your choice, like Signature Author. The Order By allows you to sort the list by Author Name, Number of Stories, Number of Words, and author Reputation. You can also switch the direction by selecting Lowest to Highest or Highest to Lowest. Lastly, there is an Author name search box. It has type ahead and will search as you type. Selecting an author name will list all of that authors’ stories in alphabetical order by title.
  15. What does the “Premium” button do?
    • It will list all the Premium Content on the site.  You must subscribe to Premium Content in order to read the stories.  Subscribing to Premium Content largely funds Gay Authors and our site improvements.
  16. What does the “Advanced Search” button do?
    • Using the “Advanced Search” tab allows for a fully customized search. Clicking this brings up a bigger version of the Filter results by box from earlier. The Advanced sort allows you to select multiple options. For example, if you want to list all the Fantasy or Science Fiction Stories by Signature or Promising Authors that are tagged with aliens, mind control or off-planet that are greater than 20,000 words, you can. To select multiple single items on the list, press and hold Control key on your keyboard while you select things. To select a range, select the top item, hold shift key and select the bottom item. From this menu you can also search the site's Editors and Beta Readers.

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Advertiser's FAQ

Advertising on Gay Authors

  1. How do I become an advertiser on GA?
    • We have a two-stage process to become an advertiser here on Gay Authors. The first thing you must do after understanding the rules, is to select Advertiser in our Store. This provides access to a special forum and activates the advertising options in the store.
  2. How do I create an Ad on GA?
    • After have purchased (for free) the Advertiser package, the store opens up our advertising options.
      • Select the Advertising section and choose the option you want.
      • Add to the cart.
      • Add the link to your page
      • Upload your banner to the site
      • Check out
      • Your banner will appear after approval and rotate with other ads on the site
  3. What are the requirements for an ad?
    • Ad banner MUST be rated for all audiences. No explicit images and no links to explicit sites
    • Banner must be 728 x 90 pixels in size
    • Banner, if animated, must not be flashy
    • All advertising sold in our store is approved prior to appearing on site.
  4. What are impressions?
    • Impressions are the number of times an ad banner are displayed on the site. For example: if impressions are set for 250, the banner would show 250 times and then stop.
  5. What are clicks?
    • Clicks occur when someone clicks the ad banner. Example: If clicks are set for 250, then the banner will continue to show until it has been clicked 250 times, no matter the impressions.
  6. How much does it cost?
    • The cost varies by package and can be found in both the Store.
  7. What do the locations mean? (mature stories, forum, etc)
    • There are 3 advertising options availible:
      • All stories and forums - ads will appear on all story types as well as on the community forums
      • All stories - ads will appear on all story types
      • Mature stories - ads will appear only on Mature rated stories. Mature only indicates that the story invovles more than making out.
  8. Do you provide ad banners?
    • Yes. Please submit a support request for further details.

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This page was last updated on July 24, 2016.

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