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Renee Stevens

Hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far. It was a busy week here at Gay Authors, and not all of it was good. We had the unfortunate task of dealing with a plagiarizer. If you want to find out more, make sure you check out the blog post, Plagiarism Strikes Again, which also explains how to check online to see if your stories have been plagiarized elsewhere. Now lets look at the various blogs!

 

Contests

  • New Contest Announcing Soon

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Brittle as a Bird by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

Mine! by Cia

Rivers of the Dead by Cynus

So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews

Spirit of Fire by Stellar

 

Promising Updates:

Changes by Mikiesboy

Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

Spice Rack by Parker Owens

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

 

 

 

Renee Stevens

Plagiarism Strikes Again

We hate making these types of blog posts as we generally do not share moderation issues with the site membership. There are very few exceptions to this rule, and plagiarism is one of them. Plagiarism comes in many forms, and to make our position perfectly clear:


STEALING OTHER PEOPLES WORK WILL NOT BE TOLERATED ON GAY AUTHORS!!

Posting plagiarized content on GA is an immediate banning offense. Generally, when plagiarism strikes GA, it involves stories, but not always. In this case, the now banned member posted stolen song covers and claimed them as their own work. A member of site staff found the (copyrighted) originals entirely by accident and recognized them as being identical to those posted on site. All the original song covers were done by the same person, who was NOT the person on site that was posting them and claiming them as their own.

While this instance was not plagiarized stories, we urge authors on site to be pro-active when it comes to plagiarism. Cia has provided some great tips in how to protect yourself and your work.

 

How to check your stories for plagiarism:

 

1. Pick a distinctive phrase such as: Nyle looked up nervously as he rode under the portcullis.
2. Search the phrase within quotation marks "Nyle looked up nervously as he rode under the portcullis.".
3. Repeat search with a distinctive phrase without names: "The austere chapel and rigorous training had been a sharp contrast to his youth".

 

Tips: Search on both Bing and Google. Search phrases from the first chapter and later chapters. DO THIS OFTEN.

 


How do I get the story removed if I find one that's been stolen?

 

How to report plagiarism:

 

1. Look for a report button or a contact us link.
2. Copy the story link to the stolen story.
3. Share the stolen story title, author name, and links to your original. Haven't posted online? Keep copies of all sent mail to beta readers/fans with advanced reader copies of your work to prove when the content was written and sent. Offer to provide a forwarded copy of said email. If you really want to protect your work, purchase an official copyright, especially if you might publish later.
4. Follow up. Most sites will work with you to remove the content. Sometimes you have to take it further to the ISP.

If you suspect a story or other content on site has been stolen, please report it! This not only protects the site, but protects the authors, and the original artists.

Renee Stevens

Hey all!  I hope you had a great week. It was a momentous week here at Gay Authors as we celebrated the 15 Year Anniversary of the start of Gay Authors. Curious as to how the site has changed over these many years? Check out the blog that Myr posted. In it, you'll find what many authors had to say about GA over the years. Some of the authors featured have been with GA from the start. Do you know who the first author (besides Myr) to be hosted was? You can find out by reading the blog! And just a quick reminder: don't forget to visit the anthology forum to offer up your theme suggestions for next years themes!

Contests

  • New Contest Coming Soon

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:

A Class By HImself by Comicality

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

Mine! by Cia

Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont

Rivers of the Dead by Cynus

So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Changes by Mikiesboy

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

Ripped by craftingmom

Spice Rack by Parker Owens

Myr

Happy 15th Anniversary

Gay Authors 15th Anniversary

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Gay Authors has a big date now upon us.  On September 13, 2002, Gay Authors was officially started.  It is our official 15th Anniversary.  We started off with just Comicality's and my stories hosted.

We didn't really start buildGay Authors Logo from 2003ing the community until July 31, 2003.  In order to celebrate this remarkable milestone, I've asked a bunch of authors and members to reflect upon their time here at Gay Authors.  I list Comicality first with the comments to honor the fact he was here from day one.  Everyone else appears in no particular order.  I want to thank all of them for taking the time to give some commentary for me.Gay Authors Logo from 2004

And I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  Our authors and our community are the very things that have kept Gay Authors going strong all these years.  To many more!

Myr

 

 

 

From our very first author, Comicality @Comicality

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"Has it been 15 years already? A decade and a half of quality gay themed fiction. Stop and think about that for a moment. Drink in the idea of how extremely rare something like this is online. Out of countless platforms providing gay stories and erotic fiction...how awesome is it for Gay Authors to be one of the first choices among them?

Being a part of this site from the very beginning, I can say that the attention is well deserved. Well earned. Standards of quality and integrity have been upheld over the years, and I am so proud to be a part of something that has worked so hard to be a beacon of light for its audience and an inspiration to the new talent to sprout up in the future. Make no mistake, the Shack wouldn't be here if it wasn't for GA, and their belief in me as well as others! I never once had to doubt that I was on a winning team here, and I want to take a moment to wish you guys a happy anniversary! Here's to the celebration! And here's to many more anniversaries to come!

((Hugz)) All around!"

 

 

From Bill W @Bill W

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Not only am I one of the oldest members on GA (in chronological years), but I'm also one of those who have been around since the beginning.  Myr asked if I would like to become involved back in August 2003, and I humbly accepted his invitation.  Back then, each of us had his own website, but they were all united under the GA umbrella.  I was one of the last to have my site absorbed into the new format, and I think it's much better and easier for the members to view the works of all authors now, since you can find each of them at one location.  I've also seen GA become a very active and vibrant community during this time, adding new members and an influx of new authors along the way.  May GA's future be just as bright and productive as the fifteen years since its founding.

 

 

From Renee Stevens @Renee Stevens

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I can’t believe that GA is 15 years old, or that I’ve been part of it for over half that time. I’ve been here nearly 8 years and honestly, I don’t even remember exactly how I found GA, but I did and I started posting in the old eFiction. I became staff within a couple of years, and I helped with the transition from eFiction to our current GA Stories software. The story section is so much better now than it was before, ask anyone who was around during the eFiction days, and the site just keeps growing and improving. I can't wait to see the ways in which it continues to grow!

I’ve seen members come and
go, and saw some great authors develop their talent thanks to the feedback they have received from the wonderful community here. I’ve also, thanks to the help and feedback I myself have gotten, managed to publish a few of my novels. I owe a huge thank you to GA, not just for helping polish my craft, but for all the friendships that began on-site and have just grown stronger over the years!  Happy Anniversary GA!!!

 

From Dolores Esteban @Dolores Esteban

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I joined GA in 2008. My writing had progressed from role playing and fanfiction stories to original stories. GA seemed a good place to share my work. I remember how excited I was when I submitted my first story to the Anthologies. Later I worked with the story and poetry prompts provided by GA staff and members. I found that poetry was definitely worth to explore. GA was always the one place to share my work. I think my writing improved over the years. The site is to me both a challenge and a source of support. There was change over the years and I remember community issues in the past, things I disliked, but overall the change was good and there was steady improvement. There were real life issues that kept me from writing, once for more than a year, but I always come back to GA. The site is the one place for writing that I visit daily, although real life still keeps me from engaging more. My thanks to GA staff and member who keep the site going, and Happy Birthday, GA.

 

From Graeme @Graeme

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I have been a member of GA for over 11 years, and been a moderator here for almost 10. In that time, there have been a lot of changes as both the story system and forums have evolved. I have to congratulate Myr on his effects to continuously improve and refine the capabilities of the site, and the success GA has enjoyed can be largely laid at his feet and the feet of the other Administrators. However, in all that time, there have been two constants: great stories and a wonderful community. I have made a lot of friends here, some of which have moved on to other things, and others that have, sadly, passed on. There are many past members that I still miss, but I have many new friends to enjoy, too. As an author, a gay dad, and a member of this community, I'm proud of what we have here and I look forward to many more years of being part of what makes GA so special. 

 

 

From Mark Arbour @Mark Arbour

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Gay Authors celebrating 15 years: what a ride it’s been! I was asked to spend a paragraph reflecting on the time I’ve been at GA, but as one of GA’s most prolific authors, I decided that I’m allowed to take more than that.  I joined GA on February 24, 2005, following Domluka over here like the loyal slave to him that I am.  That makes me one of first wave of people to join this organization, so I’ve been around for the growth, the growing pains, and much of the drama, some of which I caused.  I wasn’t always one of the easiest people to deal with:  It took me all of three months before I got my first warning notification from Myr, who suffers fools badly. 

 

Before I’d spent time at GA, I’d never known that I could write anything, much less a whole story.  I never knew that I could build plotlines and stories and make them flow together, and I never dreamed I’d be able to wind them together to create whole sagas.  Yet with examples from other authors, support from my team of editors and beta readers, encouragement from the GA community, and tolerance by the GA Admins, I’ve been able to do just that.   As of September 10, 2017, I’m working on my 16th story in the Chronicles of an Academic Predator (CAP) saga, and the 8th story in the Bridgemont adventure. 

 

One would think that would be ode enough to GA, and certainly reason enough to stop rambling, but that’s not what a prolific author does. Besides, that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of talking about all that I got out of being affiliated with GA.  Writing and interacting within this community gave me an outlet for the gay side of my bisexuality, and helped me grapple with that in a much healthier way than I’d done before.  My offline relationships and my overall psyche have benefitted greatly from that.  Even more importantly, GA, or more precisely the GA community, taught me to be a better person.   I learned some tough lessons on how to behave online, and I learned that online words can hurt just as much as those hurled in person, and I learned that being the one who hurled them is more painful than being the recipient, even if it takes a while to figure that out.  I also experienced the extreme sadness of losing members of this community (Trebs and Vic, you are always in my heart!), disappointment in losing contact with others (Domluka!), the extreme happiness of seeing some of my loyal readers become accomplished authors in their own right, and the true satisfaction of developing deep friendships (Sharon! – I yell that just like Ozzie Osbourne does).  In short, GA civilized and matured me, both online and offline.    So when I reflect on my life journey over the past 15 years, I find it’s impossible to separate the progress I’ve made from my affiliation with Gay Authors.  Even more, I’m quite convinced that if I did, I wouldn’t like the person I’d be without GA and all of you who have helped me become a better human being. 

 

From Krista @Krista

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Happy Anniversary GA, congratulations on making it fifteen years. On the internet that is a real recognizable milestone worth noting. Myself, I came to GayAuthors, twelve years ago. I hadn’t been writing very long and all of my posting experience had been on Nifty and a yahoo group - back when Yahoo was actually relevant. E-fiction was the posting place for Non-Hosted authors. There also wasn’t any Promising, Classing, and the pinnacle of writing goal of recognition was termed Hosted.

 

A friend of mine, a young fan of my stories told me about Gay Authors. It took a lot of convincing to get me to join, but since he kept bringing up how nice the place was. I finally joined. It helped to see that the site hosted some of my favorite authors at the time. I hadn’t been writing very long at all when I first started posting. I had “Something Unexpected,” nearly completed and, “Good Guys Finish Last,” on its closing chapters as well. Still a high school student, with no real teaching in creative writing. I honestly didn’t know where I would be going with writing or how long. I definitely still had a lot to learn.

 

I began writing just because at the time, especially in Kentucky there just wasn’t a gay culture where we lived. I had gay friends and I didn’t like thinking they felt so isolated. They were also scared, so scared that I honestly never was able to convince them to join the site itself. Even after my experience had been for the most part positive. People seemed to enjoy my writing, I didn’t post much in the forums, but I loved the quality of feedback I got from readers here. So much so that I closed my Yahoo group completely, saying goodbye to over a couple thousand members. I likely wouldn’t have went beyond two stories if I hadn’t joined. My friends liked my writing, but they really weren’t into reading online, amateur fiction. So Gay Author’s audience gave me a bit of a writing bug so I continued.

 

Gay Authors allowed me to develop as a writer. I doubt I would be able to be where I am today with my writing without this community and forums. I met a lot of great people with similar interests and goals. I saw what the community did for LGBT people like my friends that didn’t have opportunities to be themselves and not be judged or scorned for it. My time here on Gay Authors has been a worthwhile ride, everything from being a Global Moderator, blowing up and nearly wrecking GA.Stories on its debut, calling JSmith a flat-ass, and being the top author on eFiction before its well deserved retirement (speaking of which, when do I get to retire?). Here’s to fifteen more. Congratulations!

 

P.S. I love Steven, despite his Canadian shortcomings.

 

From Jamessavik @jamessavik

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I joined GA in May 2005. I had some stories on other sites and saw GA as the big time of gay literature.

GA hosts such notables as Dom Luka and Comicality and many others, so I joined to read them and maybe learn a thing or two.

When it comes to sites like GA, people come and go with regularity. The thing that makes people stay is this community. Over the years we have literally watched a number of kids grow up, old friends pass away and you never know when someone new will bring that one brilliant spark that will change everything. 

 

This is what people were talking about back in the day when we were dreaming about what the web could bring us: a living, breathing, dynamic community.

 

Happy anniversary GA. Here's wishing you many more. This is a very special place.

 

From David McLeod @David McLeod

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I've been a member of the Gay Author's web site for longer than I thought possible. In those years, so many people... both readers and authors... have offered their comments, thoughts, and critiques of my writing. Some have thanked me for my stories, but the greatest thanks are due from me to them. I've been able to explore style and technique in a safe and friendly environment. Even those who were frank in their criticism were not angry or ugly, but supportive. And that's what has been the best part of this association—the members who have taken the time to read, offer their thoughts, and then read some more. Thank you all for our association, and best wishes for another 15 years, and more. David

 

From Cia @Cia

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It’s hard to believe I joined GA almost eight years ago! I lurked for the longest time, reading all the promoted author stories I could because I was a stay-at-home mom with two young kids, ie: no money and picking up a book meant instantly someone needed my attention. So much has changed since then, both for the site and for me. But the important part has stayed the same: I love to read and write, and I visit GA every single day.

Over the years as a staff member I’ve helped on so many projects, the biggest being the move from eFiction to Stories, but my goal has always been to feature the great stories we have on the site and help make them even better—mine included. Without GA, I never would have taken that first step to putting fingers to keyboard and sharing my stories, much less gotten involved in publishing and finding success there. I want to give back, and being a staff member lets me do that, even if sometimes it makes GA a little less fun. The work must be done!  

There are so many wonderful people willing to make GA their online fiction home, even as our active members and authors fluctuate and change, bringing so much to our community. I wasn’t here in the beginning, but I’ll damn sure be here until GA ends… which won’t be until the zombie horde rises up and the apocalypse halts technology as we know it.

 

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Thanks again to everyone that provided comments.  And to everyone reading this... what has your time here at Gay Authors meant for you?

Renee Stevens

Another week is over with, but there has been a lot going on this week on Gay Authors. Two of which are happenings among the forums and you wouldn't have seen any blogs about them!  If you enjoy having a chat option, check out Myr's post!  Also, a reminder: stories for the Halloween Short Story Contest are due by September 15th! We've only had a few entries come in so far, so make sure to get yours in before the deadline!

 

And after you do that, join us in welcoming @lilansui and @sandrewn to the moderation team!

 

 

Now... let's see what happened in the blogs!!!!

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017
  • Anthology Theme Selection: Suggestions due by September 29th!

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

Mine! by Cia

Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont

One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse

Rivers of the Dead by Cynus

So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

A Fall Observation by Parker Owens

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Cards on the Table by Headstall

Changes by Mikiesboy

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Disasters, Delights and Other Detours by Parker Owens

Hunting Season by Carlos Hazday

Spice Rack by Parker Owens

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Renee Stevens

It's that time of the week again! In case you missed any of what's been going on this week, never fear, because we'll take a quick peek at everything that we looked at from Monday on. Are you worried you might have missed a story update from one of your favorite authors? We'll help you out there too with the story updates from all of GA's promoted authors.

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

GFD: Fanboys by Comicality

Mine! by Cia

One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse

Rivers of the Dead by Cynus

So Weeps the Willow by Cole Matthews

Spirit of Fire by Stellar

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Changes by Mikiesboy

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Renee Stevens

Happy Sunday, y'all! I hope you all have had a great week. Just a quick reminder that there's only about 2 1/2 weeks left until the Halloween Contest deadline, so make sure to get your stories in by the 15th of September.

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

Blue, Brownie, and Wedding White by comicfan

Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate

Fanfic by Comicality; Book 0 of Fanfic

Mine! by Cia

The Best Year by Krista

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Changes by Mikiesboy

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Poems, Old and New by Caz Pedroso

Ripped by craftingmom

The Watcher: Part Two... Beginnings by Headstall

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Renee Stevens

Happy Sunday, y'all. What do you think of the snazzy look of GA? Yep, we had an update yesterday. If you find any bugs, make sure to go and let us know in the help forum, but remember, only one question/bug per topic. This update also included Clubs, so go check out what's available. If you're an author, make sure you join the Writer's Circle. If you were a member of The Pit, make sure you go and join the club as The Pit is being moved to a club. So, let's take a look at what happened outside of the update! (And if you're in the US especially, are you ready for the eclipse tomorrow?!)

 

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

Mine! by Cia

Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont

Spirit of Fire by Stellar

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Cards on the Table by Headstall

Changes by Mikiesboy

Choices by LitLover

Lyrical Laments by Headstall

Ripped by craftingmom

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

 

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone has had a great week this past week. If you missed any of this week's blogs, here is your chance to see what you missed. You can also see what stories the promoted authors posted this week. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

Black Widow by Mark Arbour; Book 16 of Chronicles Of An Academic Predator (CAP)

Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate

GFD: Children Of Sunset by Comicality; Book 0 of GFD: Children Of Sunset

Mine! by Cia

Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie

The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Changes by Mikiesboy

Choices by LitLover

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Myr

Thanks and Introduction

So, right up front, I want to thank everyone for taking the time to do the survey.  I would especially like to thank the kind words that many people left in the comments.  They meant more than you know.

 

In the rest of this blog, I'll go over some of the feedback and offer advice as well as covering the open bugs.

 

Bugs

So, yes, there are still a few active bugs:

  • Chapter comment notifications are not being sent.  We missed this one in the original bug hunt mostly because Story comment notifications are being sent.  This will hopefully be addressed this week in a bug patch as we get ready to upgrade the forums to 4.2.2.
  • Some combinations of Advanced search options are not working consistently.  Specifically, combining Status and Genre seems to cough a hairball about half the time.  There are other combinations that don't quite work as expected every time as well.
  • Top Reviewed Stories link is listing all the completed stories that have reviews but is not ranking them properly.  (Highest Star Average with most votes.  This means a story ranked 4.7 stars with forty votes is ranked higher than a story ranked 5 stars with one vote).  This feature will probably take a couple of patches to correct.

Those are the bugs that we are aware of that are open.  If you are aware of a bug that is not listed here, please open a topic on it in the Help forum.

 

Survey Results

I'm going to give general results of the survey now with fuller results most likely at a future date.  There is a lot of data, and I've read it all, but it is going to take some time to compile it.  I'm also using it as a basis of some articles and blog posts in the future.

  • What is the most important feature that brings you back to Gay Authors?  90% said Stories. 8% said Community.  1% said Blog. 1% said Other.
  • On the question of registered membership, 81% of the people responding to the survey were registered members.
  • On the questions on Social Media, 85% (or more) do not follow us on Social Media.
  • On the question of the newsletter, 40% of those surveyed subscribe.
  • On the Premium Content question, the answers were all over the place.  25% were subscribers.  50% felt they could not afford it and 5% didn't know about Premium.  The remainder felt that Premium Content, despite keeping the site open, provided them no value.

 

Feedback from Comments

This is the one that will take the most time to formulate data from the survey since it was completely open-ended.  There was a lot of feedback in this section, and I've read it all and will work on addressing a few things.

 

To state a few obvious things right up front.  No, we are not going back to the old site.  No, we are not deleting everything except stories.  No, we are not going to make all authors the same.  

 

Homepage

This is a tough one.  Every homepage is a compromise between three competing purposes.  One, the homepage must provide enough details so that search engines know the purpose of your site.  If you don't provide the details, then the site is not listed on the search engine results page where it will do you any good. (top three results, typically).  Two, the homepage must provide an explanation of your site to new people that are arriving from search engines.  You have about 1.5 seconds to catch their attention, or they hit the back button and tracking software counts this as a Bounce.  We're about half the average bounce rate, which is really good for us.  Three, the homepage must provide the gateway to returning guests and members so they can jump off to wherever they are going.  A LOT of members never even bother going to the front page after getting used to the site.

 

Given these partially overlapping and partially competing purposes, we have to strike a balance.  The homepage we have now is striking that balance and hitting our needs as far as tracking is concerned.

 

I have added a small section called "Quick Links" to give members a direct link to three different story options. 

  1. Newest Stories  - The latest stories updated on the site.
  2. Completed Stories - The latest stories updated on the site, listing only completed stories.
  3. Most Reviewed Completed Stories - Completed stories with reviews.

 

You can also click on the "Story Updates" link which is listed on every page by default and show the Latest Stories Activity Stream

 

Enough people asked for story listings, or reviewed stories, or a list of completed stories that I provided those links directly.  If you want to make it easier for yourself, select the listing you like best and then bookmark it.  Then go straight to that page and don't bother with the homepage at all.  If you struggle with using your computer, here is a nice video on how to use bookmarks.

These links should help address the biggest items that were mentioned most often in comments.  We focused on making the front page as fast as possible, and that is why we don't list stories there.  There are several other places better suited to that listing, as the links above all show.

 

Reviews

As I mentioned in the announcement that is showing everywhere, we have not emphasized reviews much with all the other changes.  As of the updated version of Stories, only completed stories can have reviews.  A review consists of a star rating of 1 to 5 stars and commentary.  Please see the announcement for more details, including a YouTube video on how to leave a review.

 

I'd like to ask everyone to take the time and go back and review the completed stories that you've read.  This helps both the authors, who want your feedback, and the readers who are looking for new stories to read.  Be sure to be constructive in your feedback and your review is likely to be found to be helpful and marked as such by others.  The system shows the most helpful reviews on top by default. 

 

As more reviews fill the system, a list of curated stories will automatically be created.  We have a LOT of really great stories on the site that tend to get buried because they aren't being actively posted.  Check out the completed story list and dive in!  Or check out the reviewed story list and weigh in yourself. 

 

Thanks again!  We'll continue to work hard to improve Gay Authors!

Renee Stevens

Hope everyone has had a good week. Before we get started with the wrap up, instead of sharing Myr's site survey (since it's closed) I want to share a different message from Myr. It's currently posted as an announcement, but in case the announcement is taken down, I'm not going to just link to it. Instead I'll post it here for you to see.

 

Quote

 

I realized one of the new aspects of the upgrade that I have not spent a lot of time explaining is our Story Review system. When you look at the list of completed stories, the stories that have reviews, have stars shown on them. If they don't, they still need reviews: https://www.gayauthors.org/stories/browse/?sortby=story_last_update&filter=status_1

Go through the list and be sure to leave a review!

It is really simple.

  1. Select a star rating from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best.
  2. Write a review that is spoiler free that highlights what you think other people should know about the story.  If you are leaving a critical or low rated review, please make your comments constructive so that the author has an opportunity to improve their writing.  We writers usually appreciate this. I know I do.
  3. If you are reading a story review and you like it and found it helpful, be sure to mark it as helpful.

 

 

If you need help, Myr also posted a youtube video!

 

 

Now, for the rest of the wrap up!

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

A prompt a week by comicfan

GFD 12: Blood Ties by Comicality; Book 12 of Gone From Daylight

Left Without Words by Comicality

Mine! by Cia

Northern Exposure by Mark Arbour; Book 8 of Bridgemont

One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse

Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie

Spirit of Fire by Stellar

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Cards on the Table by Headstall

Changes by Mikiesboy

Choices by LitLover

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

 

Myr

Hello everyone!

I have been working behind the scenes on quite a few things lately and I wanted to get some feedback.  I would really appreciate it you took some time to fill out this survey.

It is short, but it will help us focus on some of the things we need to focus on.

 

Thanks everyone!  The poll is now closed.

 

Renee Stevens

Hope everyone had a good week! Don't forget to join me tomorrow here on the blog for the discussion day for Reece's Choice!!!! Now, let's take a look at what happened this week.

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

Premium Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

Mine! by Cia

Poetry by Renee by Renee Stevens

Sky Light by Comicality

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

Waiting Outside The Lines by Comicality

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Changes by Mikiesboy

Choices by LitLover

Fractions for fun by Puppilull

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

Lyrical Laments by Headstall

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

 

Renee Stevens

Hey all, I hope you have all had a great week and weekend so far. A huge thank you to Cia for taking care of the various blogs as I've dealt with some personal issues. For the most part, I'm back and should be back to doing the majority of the blogs. Now, lets see what happened while I was gone!

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

 

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team***

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate

Mine! by Cia

Spirit of Fire by Stellar

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Changes by Mikiesboy

Choices by LitLover

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Drifts by Puppilull; Book 3 of Hot and cold

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Cia

Another week, another weekly update for you to catch on the news you might have missed this week. And no, your eyes aren't deceiving you, Renee isn't doing the blog this week so hopefully I won't screw it up. By the way, did you notice it was her birthday this week? Make sure you don't miss the chance to wish her a belated birthday if you haven't already! Now, on to the highlights of the week. 

 

And don't miss Myr's update with some info about the site on his personal blog:

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Down a Darkened Path by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse

Mine! by Cia

Poetry by Renee by Renee Stevens

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie

 

Promising Updates:

Cards on the Table by Headstall

Choices by LitLover

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Drifts by Puppilull; Book 3 of Hot and cold

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Renee Stevens

It's that time of the week again! In case you missed any of what's been going on this week, never fear, because we'll take a quick peek at everything that we looked at from Monday on. Are you worried you might have missed a story update from one of your favorite authors? We'll help you out there too with the story updates from all of GA's promoted authors.

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

 

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Signature Updates:

Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate

Mine! by Cia

Negative Splits by Cia

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Hollow Hills by Valkyrie

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Choices by LitLover

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Ripped by craftingmom

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Renee Stevens

I hope everyone has had a great week. There were no prompts this week, but they'll be back next week. So let's take a look at what blogs were posted.

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

 

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

A Closed Door by Andrew_Q_Gordon *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Reggie's Journal by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

A prompt a week by comicfan

April Musings by Valkyrie

Mine! by Cia

One Hundred and Fifty-Five Sonnets by AC Benus; Book 5 of Verse

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:

Choices by LitLover

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

Lyrical Laments by Headstall

Prompts 2017 by Caz Pedroso; Book 4 of Prompt's

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Renee Stevens

Hope everyone has had a great week, so let's take a look at what happened this past week in the various GA News blog!

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

 

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

A Closed Door by Andrew_Q_Gordon *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Reggie's Journal by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

A prompt a week by comicfan

Fanfic by Comicality; Book 0 of Fanfic

Mine! by Cia

New Kid In School by Comicality

On The Outside by Comicality

Poetry by Renee by Renee Stevens

The Best Year by Krista

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Choices by LitLover

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

Lyrical Laments by Headstall

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

wildone

We are now half way through June, oh my :o. We had another exciting week here in the GA News Blog including the news of our newest Signature Author, AC Benus :great: . So let's recap up the entire week.

 

Monday:

 

Tuesday

Friday

 

Premium Updates:

 

A Closed Door by Andrew_Q_Gordon *Premium*

 

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

 

Reggie's Journal by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

 

A Man in a Room, and other poems by AC Benus; Book 6 of Verse

 

Mine! by Cia

 

Poetry by Renee by Renee Stevens

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

 

Choices by LitLover

 

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

 

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

 

Ripped by craftingmom

 

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

 

Walls by Carlos Hazday

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

 

 

 

wildone

Okay, so let me start out with a possible apology. I wrote the update earlier on and thought I saved it as a post dated blog. If anything pops up in the future saying it is today's wrap up, I do apologize :(  I wonder if this is covered in the GA Users Manual :unsure:

 

Anywho...... It was a busy week in the GA News Blog. We had an extra feature this week! Make sure you check out Myr's Tech Blog post from yesterday to see about what has happened but also what is coming :)

 

Monday:

Wednesday:

Friday:

Saturday:

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

 

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

 

A Closed Door by Andrew_Q_Gordon *Premium*

 

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

 

Reggie's Journal by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

 

A prompt a week by comicfan

 

Dribbles by Cia

 

GA Writing Prompts by Dolores Esteban

 

Mine! by Cia

 

Promptings from Valhalla by Valkyrie

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

 

Bits n Pieces by Mikiesboy

 

Choices by LitLover

 

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

 

Fractions for fun by Puppilull

 

Pride Month, and other Haibun by AC Benus

 

Prompts 2017 by Caz Pedroso; Book 4 of Prompt's

 

Ripped by craftingmom

 

The Watcher: Book Three... Farewells by Headstall

 

tim's Fast n Flashy Fiction by Mikiesboy

 

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

 

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

 

Renee Stevens

Sorry all, once again I'm running a little behind schedule. Before we get into the wrap up, don't forget to check out the stories for the Take Two noun game from the newsletter! It was a busy week this week, so let's take a look. And this time, I think we're going to go backwards!

 

 

 

 

Contests

  • Halloween Short Story Contest - Due September 15th, 2017

 

Anthology Announcements:

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity

Reggie's Journal by Ronyx

Zoiks! a test by Myr

 

Signature Updates:

Aditus' prompts and circumstances by aditus

Caesura by aditus; Book 2 of The King's Mate

Mine! by Cia

Negative Splits by Cia

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Lyrical Laments by Headstall

Poems, Old and New by Caz Pedroso

Ripped by craftingmom

The Watcher: Part Two... Beginnings by Headstall

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

wildone

Well good day everyone :) With Renee still off enjoying some holidays in the mountains, being the Crazy Mountain Lady that she is, and Cia deserving at least one day of rest, I have been threatened volunteered to do the Wrap Up this week :P . Lots happened this week on the blog so lets summarize it all up. Another way to get the news is to sign up and have it delivered straight to your inbox with Gay Author's weekly newsletter which goes out every Sunday.

:ph34r: psst, I'm reading Unforgivable and really loving it!!!

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

 

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

 

Reggie's Journal by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

 

319 Winesap Lane by CarlHoliday

 

Agenda 21 by Comicality

 

Mine! by Cia

 

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

 

Waiting Outside The Lines by Comicality

 

Promising Updates:

 

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

 

Choices by LitLover

 

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

 

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

 

Ripped by craftingmom

 

Slocked Affections by AC Benus

 

The Gay Experience by AC Benus

 

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

 

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

 

Don't forget.... Read, Write, and Review!

 

 

Cia

Yes, it is the undercover Cia, yet again donning the mask of Renee to bring you this week's happenings on GA. I've actually done all this week's blogs while Renee enjoys a few well-earned days off. Did you miss something vital happening on the site? A favorite story update? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Another way to get the news is to sign up and have it delivered straight to your inbox with Gay Author's weekly newsletter which goes out every Sunday.

 

 

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

Reggie's Journal by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

April Musings by Valkyrie

Mine! by Cia

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Choices by LitLover

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Headstall's Reflections by Headstall

Ripped by craftingmom

Slocked Affections by AC Benus

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

It's that time of the week again! In case you missed any of what's been going on this week, never fear, because we'll take a quick peek at everything that we looked at from Monday on. Are you worried you might have missed a story update from one of your favorite authors? We'll help you out there too with the story updates from all of GA's promoted authors. And don't forget to check out the 2017 Spring Anthology and leave comments for the author!

 

 

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Updates:

Dreams of a Father by dkstories; Book 2 of Dreams of Humanity *Premium*

Negative Splits by Cia *Premium*

 

Classic Updates:

A Different Road by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

A Diamond in the Rough by comicfan *2017 Spring Anthology*

A prompt a week by comicfan

Dalkhu (Demons) by aditus; Book 4 of Sparkle *2017 Spring Anthology*

Looking Glass by Cole Matthews *2017 Spring Anthology*

Mine! by Cia

The Best Year by Krista

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

Impatient by CassieQ *2017 Spring Anthology*

Rule #3 by CassieQ *2017 Spring Anthology*

April's Fool by Valkyrie *2017 Spring Anthology*

 

Promising Updates:

Cozy Contemplations by Headstall

Hold the elevator by Puppilull *2017 Spring Anthology*

I Will Find You by Caz Pedroso

Joined by Sasha Distan *2017 Spring Anthology*

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

Ripped by craftingmom

Rounded Rocks by AC Benus *2017 Spring Anthology*

Street Words by Mikiesboy

timmy's poetry by Mikiesboy

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

Renee Stevens

Almost time to start a new week, but before we do that, we get to take a final look at what happened this past week! Before we do that though, Myr has been cleaning up around the site a bit, so make sure you check out the following threads on the forums:

 

And now let's see what happened in the various GA news blogs!

 

 

Anthology Announcements:

 

***NOTE: All Deadlines are for submission to the Anthology Proof Team

  • 2017 Fall Anthology: The Fall Out / Secret Spaces - Due November 15th, 2017

 

Premium Update:

Negative Splits by Cia

 

Classic Updates:

A Different Road by Ronyx

 

Signature Updates:

April Musings by Valkyrie

GFD 12: Blood Ties by Comicality; Book 12 of Gone From Daylight

Mine! by Cia

Poetry Book by Dolores Esteban

Shelter by Comicality; Book 1 of Shelter

The Castaway Hotel: Next Generation Book 2 by Bill W; Book 11 of The Castaway Hotel

The Secret Life Of Billy Chase 9 by Comicality; Book 9 of The Secret Life Of Billy Chase

 

Promising Updates:

Buy One, Get Two and Three... by Caz Pedroso

Choices by LitLover

Morningstar: The Malaise by Headstall

NaPoWriMo 2017 by Mikiesboy

Ripped by craftingmom

Walls by Carlos Hazday; Book 6 of CJ

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