Some Warnings for Authors:
Be careful about sharing any personal information online. It could come back to hurt in the future in unpredictable ways.
Be careful with A/Ns in fics and such comments during the stories. They tend to detract from the story, even if they are apologies for late updates and the like. Sometimes, even having them can unintentionally tell a reader a lot about the author. They can also greatly affect the tone of the chapter. Admittedly though, if you enjoy writing them and it helps you update, go ahead. If readers find them to be in the way, they can simply skip them.
Having read a lot of fics, I have come to expect updates on in-complete fics to take a very long time. I find fast updates to be a pleasant surprise and an unusual luxury. Do not worry if an update takes a while. Real-life always takes priority, although dead fics tend to be the real tragedy on this site.
If a fic is incomplete and you do not think you will ever return to it, it helps to put “on-hiatus” or something similar in the summary to indicate that a fic is dead. This saves the reader the trouble of having to look at the “last-updated” date and the authors profile to determine if there is any hope of the fic ever being finished. Never relist these fics as being “complete” even if you never intend to update them again. “Complete” tends to imply that the fic has some kind of satisfactory ending to it.
About my favorites lists:
I have found that author’s profiles tend to be very useful when looking for new things to read. So I have decided to post some information here to help make my favorites lists more useful to the few people who ever see this profile.
So far I have never removed something from one of my favorites lists.
Because I tend to find that the easiest way to get through a long favorite stories list is the “find” box with the fandom I am searching for in it, here is a list of fandoms that are represented on my favorites lists:
Alex Rider, Artemis Fowl, Avatar: Last Airbender, Bleach, Code Geass, Danny Phantom, D.Gray-man, Darren Shan Saga/Cirque du Freak, Death Note, Doctor Who, Dragon Ball Z, Final Fantasy VII, Firefly, Fullmetal Alchemist, Harry Potter, Hikaru no Go, Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, Naruto, One Piece, Quantum Leap, Sherlock, Silent Hill, Slider, Star Trek: 2009, Stargate: SG-1, StarTrek: The Next Generation, StarTrek: The Original Series, Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss, Torchwood, Xenosaga, Yu-Gi-Oh
The bolded fandoms are the ones that make up most of the list. For the Xenosaga stories some of them are listed as being in the “Xenogears” fandom.
Most of the stories are novel length with the main focus being on angst, torture, character deaths, revealing secrets, etc. Very few have any romance in them.
Time travel tends to be one of my favorite plot clichés, particularly within a characters personal timeline. I also enjoy the occasional well-written mentor fic, as well as a good secret-revelation type fic.
I do tend to use review counts when searching out new fics.
I have a bit of a soft spot for Harry Potter crossovers so there are a lot of those on the list.
I tend to prefer “live” fics and completed fics. I consider a live fic to be one that has been updated within the last year. I always find it easiest to read complete fics.
My usual guideline for favoriting authors is that I will favorite them if they have at least two unrelated, novel-length, favoritable stories. There are some exceptions to this in the cases where I found a story (novel-length or even one-shot) to be exceptional when I read it.
I have found that favorite authors lists tend to be nearly useless since it is usually very hard to tell what fandoms an author writes just based on their penname. Therefore, I have decided to reorganize my favorite authors list by the fandom I originally found them in:
Alex Rider: amitai
Artemis Fowl: refloc, silverfingers, the black knight
Avatar: Last Airbender: lazyartisan
Bleach: Allen the Musician, altersuperego, lalulweeb914, Riza Winters, RR-Major-Ed-Pride, windlily
Danny Phantom: Cordria
Final Fantasy VII: Sinnatious
Fullmetal Alchemist: agent000, HiBob
Harry Potter: HiBob, Jocelyn, Mei1105, Stars Enchantress, Taint of Taia, teacherbev, WolfMoon, nonjon
Hikaru no Go: Sinnatious
Naruto: KyLewin, WhyMustIWrite
One Piece: Velkyn Karma
Star Trek: 2009: Pheonix-cry
Stargate: SG-1: JAJJAJ, MaureenT, Pheonix-cry, winterstar-Donna
StarTrek: The Original Series: KCS
Tales of Symphonia: Ahro, Audinale55, freakyanimegal, Kasan Soulblade, Kratos Wilder, LateNiteSlacker
Yu-Gi-Oh: Mei1105, Shadow over Egypt
Most of the double listings on this list are for authors who I found through crossover stories. There are two authors so far that met my parameters for a favorite author on two separate occasions in two different fandoms: Pheonix-cry and Sinnatious.
Since I started reading fanfiction in the Tales of Symphonia fandom, many of those authors were added before I came up with systems for finding, reading, and favoriting fanfiction and its authors.
Unsafe External Link