Do you have a story that you are already writing or are considering writing?
The Fort Family Sites are based on a custom-built Story Management System which allows authors unprecedented control over their work. Designed so that even the least computer literate can easily manage their works, our system allows you to post, edit, and format using familiar tools that are the same as or similar to what you use in your daily writing tools on your computer or tablet. In addition, you have access to statistics which show you reader access to each of your chapters over any period of time. As a bonus, you can post on just one of the Fort Family Sites, and you have the option of sharing with any other site in the Fort Family without having to manage multiple locations; you control everything from your 'home' site, and the Story Management System distributes it to the other sites that you have designated in real-time. Statistics are even gathered from the other site(s) for you!
The Fort Family has been organized since 2004, with a few of us having been around even longer. Throughout our history, we have developed the following standards that we all operate by:
You still with me? Great! Now that all the legal stuff is out of the way, if you feel that the Café is right for you, follow me!
There are only a few things needed to get you approved and then set up.
1: If your story is already posted somewhere, just email me a link to it at firstname.lastname@example.org - include a brief rundown of what the story is about so far. (Please don't send links to sites that require registration to view content!)
2: If you have not posted the story, or it is behind a wall that requires registration, you can email up to 3 chapters of it to me at the same email address.
Once one of the above has been done, I will look it over as soon as real life gives me a chance -- usually within a couple of days. If I have any concerns, I will bring them up to you before I make a decision.
If you are approved, at that time you'll need to tell me the following: (I may ask for a couple more things if needed)
1: The author name you wish to use on the Café
2: The Email that you wish to have associated with your author name (From experience, GMail seems to have the least issues with blocking emails)
3: The user name that you wish to use to log into the author tools section of the site (does not have to be the same as your author name)
4: A temporary password will be issued that you can change once you are logged in. A link will be provided to the login portal, please save it!
5: If your works are already hosted on another site, you can give permission for me to import them directly - that is only an option, you can decide if you want to do it or want me to. I need that in writing though, just to cover us both.
That's pretty much all there is to it! Questions are always welcome, and I look forward to adding you to the group!