A Hopefully Helpful Guide
- This is a hopefully helpful guide about some difficulties all of us
encounter again and again when we want to post a story.
We all want readers who will enjoy our stories, and writing a good
summary can help those readers find your story.
Give a brief summary of your work, including any warnings you feel are
appropriate. Be sure to use keywords that people might search by, such
as genre modifiers (angst, mystery, parody, other sub-genre
designations), story types (AU), or locations (Rivendell, Houses of
If you include a list of your major characters, it will increase the
searchability of your story. If you do not see your story's main
character(s) in the selection list, please list the character(s) in
the summary. The Resource Admin staff will be happy to add the
character(s) to the database at your request .
A Word about Warnings
HASA members have a wide variety of interests - romance, action,
humor, poetry, AU - and we are very proud of the selection of stories
we have available to suit those interests. The easiest way for readers
to find stories that they will like, and avoid the ones they won't, is
through appropriate story summaries.
Mature themes such as violence and sexual content, if present, should
be always be included in the story summary. Beyond that, how much of
your story plot you want to reveal is up to you, taking into
consideration your intended audience.
However, stories that say explicitly "No (whatever)" are expected to
have none, whatsoever.
Specific areas that readers may be interested in:
Sexual content: Readers may want to know how explicit the scenes are,
whether het or slash, consensual or not, etc.
Ethical ambiguity: Readers may want to know if their favorite
character, normally perceived as "good" or "evil", is going to be
portrayed in a manner they might not like.
Violence: Readers may want to know if there is violence beyond the
level of the source material.
We hope that this little guide helps a bit with the diffiulties of
deciding what to put in the summary! If you still have questions about
posting stories, take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions in "My
Stuff" and the Stories Section and feel free to mail the Admins!
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