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Signing up for an account.
Submitting a story.
Submitting an image or using images in your stories.
Other questions.

Signing up for an account

You can sign up for an account by clicking on the link that says Log in. Once there, you'll find that there are user name and password boxes to log in and underneath that is a link that says Register. Click on this link and you'll be able to sign up for an account.

Alternatively, send an e-mail to alyse @ cathandnick.com with a text file of the story attached and I'll be more than happy to create an author account for you and manage it on your behalf.

Submitting a Story

Once you've created an account, you can upload stories by doing the following:

1. Log in.

2. Go to Your Account.

3. Click on Add a story.

4. Follow the instructions, ensuring that you complete all boxes.

When submitting a story you need to remember the following:

1. Ensure that you've selected the correct category for the story to be posted in. Works in progress should, strangely enough, be posted to the works in progress category.

2. Stories may be uploaded as either plain text or html, although some html tags are not permitted by the software. See the information next to the submission box on the submission page for details.

3. Stories should be formatted to have a double space between paragraphs, for ease of reading. If you are using html, it's better to use two break tags [br][br] rather than a paragraph tag [p] to mark paragraphs, as the software used on this site occasionally does funny things with paragraph tags. If you are uploading a text file, the software automatically inputs a break [br] tag wherever you have used a carriage return. Therefore, in order to ensure that you have a double space between paragraphs, you should use two hard returns (hitting the enter key twice) rather than using all of the fancy formatting options in Word or similar, and then save your document as a plain text file without line breaks.

4. Please put any notes, such as those thanking your beta, at the beginning of the file you are uploading or at the beginning of the text box, and offset it from the main story by ~*~.

5. Please do not put hypertext links in the summary. This screws up the formatting on the front page. If you wish to link to your own homepage, you can do this through your user profile rather than on individual stories. If you wish to link to, say, the challenge that inspired this story, please include the links in the notes, as mentioned in point number 4.

6. All stories need the chapter number completing, even if it is only one part. In that case, put something like Part 1 of 1 in this box, so that people will know the story is complete. You will also need to change the story completion status from 'no' (the default) to 'yes' if the story is only in one part and complete. You can do this through Your account and then editing the story - click on 'no' under the Complete heading, and it will change to 'yes'.

7. Where the story is part of a series, or is a WIP, post additional parts as additional chapters not as new stories, as there is no way of linking stories. Again, this can be done through Your Account and selecting Add New Chapter rather than Add New Story from the list of options.

8. Where the story is a WIP, the story will need transferring to Completed Stories once it is complete. You can do this by going to your account, selecting the story to edit and then selecting the correct category from the dropdown list.

9. You may also have to post in more than one part if the story is more than 75k in length, as this is the maximum size permitted for parts.

10. The archive is set up so that all new submissions need to be validated by the archivist before they show up on the site. This step is unfortunately necessary to prevent spamming of the site. It shouldn't take long so please be patient. If you have submitted an e-mail address with your author profile, you should receive notification once the story has been approved. If you have any concerns about delays, please feel free to e-mail alyse @ cathandnick.com

Submitting an image or using images in your stories.

If you wish to submit a livejournal icon, piece of fanwork or use images in your stories, you will need to add them through the 'manage images' function, which can be found under 'your account' when you are logged in.

In order to submit an image you therefore do the following:

1. Log on and go to your account.

2. Choose 'manage images'.

3. Upload a new image and from the information given, find out the url to the image.

4. Go back to 'your account' and choose 'add a story' or 'edit a story'.

5. Input the img tag using the URL supplied previously, which should be in the form of [img src="stories/your alias/images/imagename"].

6. Preview, to ensure that the URL is working correctly and then click submit.

Please add livejournal icons in batches if possible, rather than adding single icons at a time. It means that visitors to the site can find what they need much more quickly. However, there should be no more than 10 icons to a page, to prevent slow loading times. If you wish to add more icons than that, please use the chapter function to add more chapters with more images.


You may leave a review for any story either anonymously or by name if you log into your account. You can manage your reviews by logging into your account and selecting View Reviews from the list of options under Your Account.

Other Questions

If you have any questions about any of these points, please do not hesitate to contact the archivist at alyse @ cathandnick.com.

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