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Firstly, before you even attempt to submit a story to the archives, make sure you read the submission rules & guidelines and that your story submission complies to the submission qualifications. This saves all of us quite a bit of time.
All stories are placed under "categories." Once a story is under a "category" you can be more specific as to the story type with the "genre" and "characters."
The available categories are as follows:
Most stories will end up in the "general" category, but if you have poetry, a songfic, an alternate reality story, a what if, new characters, or a crossover, it's nice that we can have different categories for those writing styles of fanfiction.
The available genres are as follows:
Action / Adventure
It is best to be specific with the genre of your story, however there is a "general" genre for those of you who weren't going for a certain genre when writing your story.
You CAN select more than one genre for each story simply by holding down the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard and highlighting each genre you want to list your story under.
Unless you are placing your story under the "new character" category, you will have the "characters" input in your story submission. Here you can highlight the characters that are most prominent in your story. Once again, you can select more than one character by using the "Ctrl" key. If you are using a majority of the Sailor Moon characters, you can simply select "All Characters"
The SMFFQCC highly recommends finding yourself a competent BETA reader for your fanfiction works if you don't currently have one. A good place to start looking would be at the site forums under the BETA readers central section. If you are unable to obtain a BETA, there are some extremely helpful writing tips posted under the forums here.
Q & A:
Q: I just uploaded, why can't I see my fic on the recently added list, or find it in the search engine?
A: If you're an author who has been approved for posting without waiting then there's something wrong and you need to contact Bunny. Unless you got an email from one of the SMFFQCC members saying you were approved, you're not.
All new authors uploading fic to SMFanFiction.net are subject to a review process. Once you upload, your fic goes to our submissions queue. It waits there until a member of the SMFFQCC has the time to go through and read it to check whether it complies with our rules. If it does, you'll probably get an email saying so, and then you'll see it on the archive. If it doesn't then you'll definitely get an email saying so, and why. You can resubmit after the errors are fixed, but if there are new errors, or errors the first SMFFQCC reviewer missed, it is entirely possible for it to be rejected again. We are not out to get you - we are simply trying to ensure the archive doesn't fall below a certain standard. If you think someone is being unfair, you can contact Bunny, she owns the site and has the final say.
We try to have a turnaround time of less than a day, but we are all real people with lives, which can include jobs, school, children, and even our own writing, etc. Please practice patience, we are VOLUNTEERS and don't deserve snippy emails asking where your fic is.
Q: How come my story got rejected for spelling and grammar issues but this other story is there and its spelling and grammar stink?
A: Firstly, the members of the SMFFQCC never said we were perfect, so don't expect that of us. We will however, always try to be as fair and reasonable as possible. There are also a couple of factors to keep in consideration, such as: It could be that the other story was only skimmed and looked okay on first glance, or that the person reading it thought the content outweighed the errors, or that someone who had already received permission to skip the queue has gotten lazy. If the other story is really an affront to the English language, contact one of the members of the SMFFQCC to complain. We may not yank it, but it'll get looked at. Regardless, it does not affect your story; the email telling you that you were rejected should have given a reason why, and suggested changes. You're always welcome to resubmit once you've made the corrections, and then it's likely you'll get archived.
Q: Um, I think my story looks a bit different - could it have been changed?
A:It's possible. If a member of the SMFFQCC sees you've made some mistakes in grammar and spelling, they can make changes at their discretion. Minor changes. Sometimes it has been the case that a SMFFQCC member likes a story enough to do a full spelling-and-grammar beta. If this offends you, you can feel free to complain, but considering that it's a benefit to you done out of the goodness of someone's heart, it might be considered a bit irrational.
Have a question? Please email Bunny
Much thanks to the Fire and Ice Archives which supplied some of the standards which are held here at SMFanFiction.net