Posting Stories If you want a post or repost a story, there are a few conventions which have been established to make reading easier for everyone. Following them will ensure that the story is appreciated by the widest possible readership. As a quick guide, stories should: Conversion and Formatting Considerations Word Processors are most useful for spell checking and formatting, but their native file formats are not a good idea for posting to a.
Most word processors provide an option to save as "Plain Text" or similar. For specific instructions for one of the most popular, please see Appendix C "Formatting Details for Word". The line length should be set to no more than 80 characters; 72 is the most common standard. The following should be avoided: The interpretation of tabs varies between different systems, so please use the equivalent number of normal spaces instead. Where and How to Post Alt. Moderated is probably the first group to consider; people are much more likely to see your story here since there's no spam.
Eli will automatically cross-post your story to alt. In addition to normal posting methods, a. Even though the group is moderated, there is no need to have a Subject line such as "Please add this to a.
Just post as you normally would. Stories posted to a. There's really only two reasons you would not post to a. If either or both of these is the case, you should consider a. Stories has the advantage of being more widely read, but it is full of spam. You should also set the "Followup-To: If you don't want your post archived, make sure your post has an "X-NoArchive: In addition to the above, you should consider cross-posting to one of the "special interest" groups if your story is appropriate, and also to alt.
Erotic should only be used if you have a really good reason, e. To make sure people notice your story, especially if you're a new author, you might want to post a "Spotlight" in a. For more information, see Section 8: Part Division If your story is over 60K in size, consider dividing it up into sections, preferably at chapter or part divisions. Many stories will be divided at more frequent intervals, due to the rules imposed by individual ISPs or the limitations of newsreading software.
In general, however, it's a good idea to keep divisions to a minimum. No-one likes searching for missing story sections in a spam-filled group like a. Post Structure The first thing to consider is the format of your Subject line. Readers browsing the groups will use this to decide whether or not to read a story, so it's a good idea to make it as informative as possible. It should contain the following information: There are many ways of presenting all this, but a common way is: Regardless of how the information is presented, the most common feature omitted from the subject line is the author's name; posters are strongly advised to include this detail for the benefit of readers browsing the group.
Further information can be provided at the start of the line: If you have changed your story since its last post, it's a good idea to indicate this with "Rev" for revised. Finally, if you're posting to a. This is not neccessary for a. Make sure the author's name, email address and story title are stated at the start of the story. If this is a section of a multi-part story, you should indicate as much at the end of the message body e.
Continued in Part Some authors will restate the story title and authorship again at the end of the post, as an extra defence against unscrupulous reposters see the next section. Old Stories, Reposting and Distribution The increased availibility of large archives has decreased the need for stories to be reposted. Archives have distinct advantages over reposts: However, they have one major disadvantage: Reposters, therefore, have the primary function of keeping stories "alive" after their authors have ceased posting them.
Readers should not just let reposters do all the work for them: Sometimes, you will turn up "hidden gems" that thoroughly deserve to be reposted. Be wary, however, when reposting.
A few authors wish to retain complete distribution control over their story that is, only they themselves can repost it. This admonition applies equally to anyone planning to make a story accessible via a WWW archive. It is vital for authors to make clear exactly what their distribution policy is. The most common distribution policy in the groups states that copyright is retained by the author, but the story may be distributed by anyone as long as no text is changed, the details of authorship are retained, and the process of distribution makes no money for the distributor.
Not surprisingly, very few people take kindly to the idea of someone making money from a story which its author made available for free. If the author's email address is missing or invalid, make every attempt to discover their current contact details. If contacting the author is still not possible, it is probably acceptable to distribute the story, following the guidelines given above. Note that this technically constitutes copyright infringment, and several people would strongly disagree with me on this policy see Section 7.
It is impossible to reach a consensus on this point; it is up to individual reposters to decide for themselves. There are quite a few stories circulating with unknown or attributed authorship, including some of exceptional quality. This situation is partly due to unscrupulous reposters who deliberately remove indications of authorship and copyright from authors' texts.
It is also due to authors who fail to state their authorship in the body of the message as opposed to the Subject line. Authors should always restate their name and email address before the start of the story and possibly at its end to help guard against their authorship being "detached" when someone else reposts it. So, if you want to repost a story not written by yourself, please follow these guidelines: Make sure the author has given permission to repost it, if at all possible.
Indicate that this is a repost, and the story is not by yourself. If you are taking the story from an original post by the author, preserve all the original headers and authorial comments. Copyright and Legal Issues "R. Since the mere act of posting to Usenet causes thousands of copies of the article to be made, there must be an implicit granting of duplication rights with each post if Usenet is at all legal under the Berne Convention.
How far those implicit rights extend is the deep murky filth of the cesspool. It follows that an author could have legal remedies if someone makes an unauthorized repost, or includes their story on a website or CD-ROM such distrubution is not "fair use". Many authors don't mind people reposting their stories, and will state as much at the start of the story. Some authors don't want their stories reposted at all, and there is indeed the possibility of legal action if someone does so.
A quite seperate but equally problematic issue is the very legality of the stories themselves. In Singapore, for example, ISPs are forbidden from distributing contents which "are pornographic or otherwise obscene", "promote permissiveness or promiscuity", "depict or promote gross exploitation of Even in countries with relatively liberal censorship laws, stories which depict illegal activities could be subject to the same restrictions.
All readers and contributors should be aware of the legal ramifications in their jurisdictions of possessing and distributing such material. A useful resource in this respect is the Electronic Frontier Foundation at http: The "d" stands for discussion - that is, anything related to erotic stories which isn't actually a story itself. This is the place to announce new stories, ask for reposts, discuss the process of writing, and post reviews and reviews of reviews: Surprisingly, very few of the threads focus on specific stories, and frequently discussion will move off on a tangent to issues of a more general nature.
The number of active participants is quite small, but there are many occasional contributors, and almost certainly a high proportion of lurkers. The readers of a. A few commonly used terms may require explanation. A "stroke" story is one which does not aspire to be a work of "literature" - its purpose is sexual arousal only.
A "genre" writer is someone who concentrates on writing about an unusual sexual behaviour, as opposed to "vanilla" writers who concentrate on stories of the standard adult male-female consensual variety. There is much discussion about whether these distinctions should exist. To be "squicked" by a story or genre means one is repulsed by those activities, and doesn't find them sexually arousing at all. If you begin a thread on a.
This convention is used to indicate a genuine post as opposed to spam , and it has been very effective. Spammers, being terminally stupid people, haven't worked it out yet: Note, however, that there's no need to rearrange your newsreader's suggested header for replies; for example "Re: If you discover a genuine post that is not using this convention, please email the post's author and let them know about it.
Sometimes you may see a message with a Subject header including the word "Spot" or "Spotlight". This convention, originally suggested by Malinov indicates that the message is designed to bring attention to a particular story which is currently available somewhere in the groups. The Spotlight may be written by the story's author, or by a reader wishing to give their quick opinion of the story, as opposed to a more formal, in-depth "review". Reviews and Reviewers Undoubtedly, no other subject has caused more disagreement, and indeed anger within the erotic stories community than the subject of reviews and reviewing techniques.
New readers may wonder what the problem is, so I will present an overview of the issues involved, followed by an introduction to well-known reviewers. Unlike movie and book reviews, where the creator of the work is in a sense "shielded" from the review by his or her reputation and marketing, public story reviews take place in a world where everyone is equal. Equally unlike movie and book reviews, the creator of the work receives absolutely no remuneration for their efforts, apart from praise and criticism from the community.