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**Tips on Posting Stories**
Use this discussion to ask for help or give tips to others on posting stories written by community members. To post a new story, this is what to do:
1. Divide your story into 5000-*character* "parts" in your word processor. Number them. 2. Go to the right folder. "Stories by Community Members" should be the heading at the top of the page, in large type.
3. Click on the gray button "Add Discussion" at the bottom.
4. (A new screen appears) Type in a title (the title of the story and the author's name)
5. In the "Discussion Description" box, Type "Part 1 of X" (where X is the total number of parts that your story is divided into). Hit return twice.
6. Copy and Paste part 1 from the word processor into the "Discussion Description" box.
7. Click the Add Discussion button. 8. Now, post Part 2 as the first message in the discussion, as you would post a regular message. If you have problems with this procedure, it would help to know at what point in the list, what you had done previously, and what the problem is.

Fran Hinkel - 11:29am Jan 22, 1999 PST(#1 of 2)
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This was originally posted by Sarah Holmesley on Jan 21, l999

If your word processor doesn't have a word count or if (surely not) you're using a typewriter, you can estimate words:

WORD PROCESSOR: check the size of the file. If your system shows the file size in bytes, assume 1 character per byte (this is not 100 percent accurate, because special characters such as retuns are also counted but is a good approximation). Divide the number of bytes (i.e. characters) by 6 (the average word length in English + 1 space). This will give you a very rough approximation, but can be used as a guideline.

TYPEWRITTEN: count the number of words on 2-5 pages, average those (number of words / pages counted), then multiply by the total number of pages. This assumes you are using the same number of lines on each full page.

I use the second method to roughly calculate the min/max any given publisher normally accepts. For instance, one publisher I've studied puts out a series of books that are always 208-212 pages (story not ads), and adjusts the text (33-36 lines per page) and ad pages to keep the books within that page count. The word count per book for those I have counted have been as low as 80,000 and as high as 110,000, but the page count has not varied.

Fran Hinkel - 06:39am Apr 27, 2003 PST(#2 of 2)
You can check out anytime you like...but you can never leave!

Tracy, if you are referring to the Agatha Christie story, there are tons of enthusiasts at our Agatha section who may be able to answer any questions.

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