Have you recently read an amazing published story or fanfiction which you know deserves to be promoted to others, but which has not yet been mentioned on this blog? Feel free to recommend your own favorite stories in the comments section below! I can’t make any promises about whether or not I’ll get a chance to read and recommend the story, too, but I’d love to know what you’re reading and what has caught your interest. If I write a rec for the story, too, I’ll be sure to publicly mention you as the one who referred me to it.
Criteria For Posting Your Recs On This Post:
- Please don’t attempt to post your recs elsewhere on this blog.
- Please skim the FYI page on this blog to first get an idea of the types of stories I rec, as well as some other general guidelines.
- Recommendations for any published books are fine. Recommendations of fanfic should generally be limited to those fandoms in which I’ve already expressed an interest (check the side bar for a list). If you’re not sure, go ahead and post the rec. If I have any concerns, I’ll contact you privately.
- Please limit the story genre to the same general ballpark as those you know I and my readership enjoy. For example, a sexually-graphic slash fic about Mr. Darcy as a serial killer is not something one would expect to find recommended here. You don’t need to perfectly match my interests, of course. Again, if in doubt, go ahead and post your rec. I’ll contact you if I have any concerns. My goal is simply to continue to target the same basic demographic here.
- Keep in mind that this site is viewable to readers of all ages. I know for certain that there are children who read this blog. Please don’t include any swearing or graphic references in your recommendation. If you are recommending a story that contains mature content, please say so, but you don’t need to spell it out in detail. Simply saying that there is sexual content is fine.
- Self-promotion is welcome. I know it can be awkward to recommend your own story, but keep in mind that I’m asking for your recs; you aren’t being pushy. If, judging by the other stories I like, you can tell that I’ll enjoy your story, please let me know!
I’m more interested in reading your rec than quibbling over formatting. So although it would be helpful if you would use the same basic format for your recs as I try to use for mine, this is not a requirement. Not all of the information I typically include is easily available, so don’t stress over it. Don’t worry over the html coding, either. Just paste the full link to your story if that’s easier.
Story Title: _____
Author Name: _____
Category: (E.g., Chronicles of Narnia, Doctor Who or Torchwood, Harry Potter, Pride & Prejudice, Rare Fandom, Roswell, Published Book)
Story Url: Story Link 1
Alternate Url: Story Link 2 (Optional, if the story is posted in more than one place)
Content Rating: _____ (See sidebar for ratings examples.)
Status: (Completed, work-in-progress or abandoned?)
Length: _____ words (If a word count isn’t available, please categorize the story as Drabble, Ficlet, Short Story, Novella, Novel, or Epic length, using the guideline HERE.) Story Summary: _____ (This is for the author’s story summary or blurb, not yours. If the author doesn’t provide a summary, just write “Not available” or “N/A” and then include your own summary within your story rec, below.)
[Insert your name]’s Rec:
Examples of talking points (Though you can say whatever you want): Why does this story deserve to be promoted? What makes it stand out from others? Are there any particular scenes that really touched you? Try not to include spoilers, but let us know what you enjoyed most about this story.
My Only Critique: This optional inclusion is ONLY for published novels or fanfics within the Jane Austen fandom. Read “Critique in Recs” here on the FYI Page for guidelines. Most important: BE KIND. Critique should be limited to a few sentences on those few things which would prevent others from enjoying the story. You don’t need to give examples, expound on these elements of critique, or use this as an opportunity to list all the things you don’t like about a story. This is not an opportunity to bash on someone’s hard work. You are writing a story recommendation, not a review. There are other sites that are better suited for writing reviews.