The Authors Haunt's Hosting Information Pack is designed to answer any questions you might have regarding hosting at this site, from our eligibility requirements to the way our Hosting Panel works, from what you can expect to get out of hosting here to what we expect of Resident Authors. If you are interested in hosting at this site, or you are simply curious about how we select our Resident Authors, please keep reading.
It is recommended that all potential Resident Authors read the entire content of this page, but for those returning to this page to reference terms and conditions or any other information we have provided a quick reference guide below. Just click on a link and you will be taken to the corresponding section within this page.
We want hosting at The Authors Haunt to be regarded as a privilege granted only to talented authors of quality fiction and poetry, but at the same time we don't want to discourage applications with rigid requirements. Therefore, our one and only requirement for hosting at this site is that authors must write the majority of their work in English - and this condition exists purely because we are an English language site with a largely English speaking audience.
We do not require that you have a set number of stories and/or poems written before you apply for hosting. That's not to say that the quantity of work you are bringing to the site is not a consideration - creating a Resident Author site takes a substantial amount of time and resources so we rarely consider authors with fewer than three independent pieces of work - but quality is more important than quantity. It is unlikely we would offer hosting to an author who has written a single Flash Fiction story amounting to fewer than 500 words, but we would certainly consider an author with a single story of at least 50,000 words.
We do require that you join our Community Forums before you are hosted, but we do not require that you be a member before you apply for hosting and we do not require potential authors to have made a certain number of posts on the forums.
Therefore, if you are visiting the site for the first time today and have at least one story or poem written that we can review, you are welcome to apply for hosting. We may review your application and request that you write more before you are hosted, but every application will be carefully considered by our Hosting Panel.
Yes. We will not consider your application for hosting if:
1. You have been banned from The Authors Haunt Community Forums while that ban is still in effect. On rare occasions we will lift bans, so if you have been banned from this site in the past you are welcome to contact the Site Administrator and request that your ban be lifted. If your request is granted, you are then free to apply for hosting.
2. You have been suspended from The Authors Haunt Community Forums for more than sixty days. You are welcome to apply for hosting once your suspension has been lifted, but no applications will be considered if received during a sixty day suspension. If you applied for hosting before being suspended your application will be placed on hold until the end of your suspension period, at which time you will be asked if you wish to continue with your application.
3. Your body of work consists exclusively of material prohibited under the terms of our Submission Guidelines. We do not host fanfiction, hardcore pornography or stories/poems that incite hatred or violence. We will consider your application if you have even one story or poem that would be eligible for publication on this site, but we will only consider the material we would publish.
4. Any of your work is plagiarised. The Authors Haunt operates a zero tolerance policy with regard to plagiarism. If any story or poem you have written has been plagiarised, your will automatically be ineligible for hosting at this site.
Normally the first thing that happens is that we receive an application from an author interested in hosting at this site. On rare occasions we will approach authors hosted elsewhere, but usually the process begins when an application is received. The application is sent directly to the Site Administrator, who spends up to seven days checking your work to ensure you are not ineligible for hosting. If the Site Administrator is satisfied that you are eligible to apply for hosting, your application is referred to our Hosting Panel.
The Hosting Panel is made up of multiple staff members, authors and editors who review applications and make recommendations based on the quality and quantity of work you have to offer. Once your application is announced, three members of the Hosting Panel will volunteer to review your work and make their recommendation. A period of up to fourteen days is allotted for them to read through your stories and/or poetry, at the end of which they score your work.
The primary consideration of the Hosting Panel is quality. Once each member has reviewed your work they will offer a score from one to five points. In order to be considered for hosting an author needs to achieve a total score of no less than nine points. If the author achieves a quality score of fourteen or fifteen, the quantity of work is not considered and the author is automatically approved for hosting.
If the author receives a quality score of between nine and thirteen points, the Hosting Panel then consider the quantity of work the author has to offer. In doing so the Hosting Panel take into account the number of words in stories, the number of lines in poetry, and decide whether the author has a sufficient body of work to warrant the creation of a Resident Author site. It is a subjective test in which the opinion of each member of the Hosting Panel is considered before a final decision is reached by the Site Administrator.
If your application is successful you will be asked once again to confirm you agree to the terms and conditions of hosting. Assuming you do, the process of creating your new Resident Author site will be initiated. This can take anywhere up to three months depending on the complexity of the design you want and the amount of work you are bringing to the site, though we generally aim to have new Resident Author sites online within two weeks of their application being approved. Obviously this depends to a large extent on the speed with which you reply to PMs and emails from the Site Administrator during the construction process.
Do not be disheartened if your application is initially unsuccessful. We will always tell you the reasons why your application was rejected and, where possible, give you the opportunity to address those reasons. We may, for example, decide that while your work meets our quality standards you don't have sufficient work to warrant the creation of a Resident Author site. We will suggest the number of stories and/or poems you need to write before you reapply. We may decide that you have sufficient work to warrant the creation of a site, but your work does not meet our minimum quality standards. In such cases this can easily be resolved by working with an editor to address spelling, punctuation and grammar issues within your work.
If your application is rejected you can reapply at any time once you feel you have addressed the reasons for that rejection, and hopefully you will have better luck with your second application. Remember, we want you at The Authors Haunt, but we also regard hosting as a privilege that sometimes needs to be earned. Those who put in the work will usually see their effort rewarded.
All Resident Authors receive their own dedicated site on which their work is published. Each site has a unique design created either by the author themselves or by a member of staff at The Authors Haunt. All authors have the option to manage their own sites, and upload their own work, but those without the technical capability or time can opt for their site to be managed by a member of staff free of charge.
All Resident Authors receive their own dedicated forum for discussion of their work. Authors can manage their own forums and even give them a unique and distinctive name, though once again those who lack either the technical capability or the time can opt to have their forum managed by the staff team free of charge.
All Resident Authors have their own dedicated RSS feed for announcing their work, which can be used to promote their stories and/or poetry on their facebook or twitter pages. This RSS feed also automatically creates feedback threads for new work in the author's forum, encouraging readers to leave comments.
All Resident Authors receive a dedicated contact form through which visitors can email them feedback. This form allows contact between authors and readers without disclosing an email address, for the initial contact, thus reducing the amount of spam an author receives.
All Resident Authors have access to the full range of author resources at The Authors Haunt, including "The Writing Desk" and its associated subforums on the Community Forums, where you can access articles and peer support.
Finally, once the Publishing House is up and running all Resident Authors will receive a higher percentage of the royalties from the publication of their ebooks than non-Resident Authors, allowing them to profit more from their hard work.
You will be expected to comply with our Submission Guidelines and not submit work for publication that is unsuitable for this site.
You will be expected to comply with all other site rules and to provide as much information as possible, as requested, when submitting new work.
You will be expected to access the Community Forums once every three months, though while you are encouraged to post you are not required to do so. All you need to do is log in once every three months.
You will be expected to publish a new story or poem either on your Resident Author site or in an Anthology or Writing Project at least once in any six month period.
Failure to comply with the latter two conditions will not mean your hosting at The Authors Haunt will be forfeited. You can request an official hiatus for up to twelve months, during which time you will not be expected to log in or publish new work. If you are, or intend to be, inactive for more than twelve months after notifying the Site Administrator, or if you are inactive for more than six months without notifying the Site Administrator, you will be moved to Emeritus Author status.
An Emeritus Author is a Resident Author whose work is still published on the site, but who is considered inactive. Their forums are removed from the general list and their name is removed from the dropdown list on the main banner. Their work is still accessible to readers, but is no longer promoted and feedback is no longer actively encouraged. An email, PM or submission is required to reinstate the author to full Resident Author status. Their work remains accessible and is not removed from the Search Engine. The Site Administrator may remove entirely any author who is Emeritus for more than two years at his discretion.
To apply for hosting, just click here and complete the application form. You will be contacted within 28 days to be told if your application has been successful.
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