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Authors Support Documentation

On this page you'll find information about how to get started with our online publishing tools

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Publishing content

Q. How do I publish my content on Shadowy Tales?

A. Log in with your username and password and click on Publish from the main menu. You will then be able to compose your new post using the available visual editor.

By clicking on the folder icon above the editor, you will be able to load/edit, or delete your existing posts.

Select "Create new post", or select an existing post to edit it.

When you are finished editing your document, you have the option to put it live, or save it as a draft, which will change the save button to reflect the status in which you want to save your post.

Q. I'm an artist/illustrator and want to publish my artwork and/or graphic novels. Am i allowed to upload pictures into my posts?

A. As a publisher, Shadowy Tales is required to comply with article 18 U.S.C. 2257, which requires publishers to keep a record of all performers featured in sexual imagery that exists on their public servers. To avoid legal issues, our admins  are instructed to manually purge all photographic images that may be posted by members who elect to disregard the requirement set by article 18 USC 2257. Users are free to upload any kind of non-photographic image, that falls into the category of drawing, 3D rendering, illustration, sketch, painting, and similar non-photographic subject. Photorealistic depictions that may be often mistaken with real life photographs must be watermarked, or a statement must be clearly visible that the uploaded image is not a photograph, and any subject that is   part of  the composition is not a real person, but rather a realistic rendition by an artist.

Q. Is there any restriction to themes and narrative elements allowed when posting stories, graphic novels, poetry, et.

A. All human characters involved in sex scenes must be 18 or older, with no exception. Admins are instructed to remove content without notice. Repeated posting of content in which underage characters are described in any sexual way will result in permanent account deactivation. Depending on the nature of the post, our admins are also instructed to record all associated activity and IP addresses. Shadowy Tales is firmly and actively opposed to the exploitation of minors in all settings and contexts. Similar rules applies to all sentient characters, including animals, ghost characters, interplanetary beings, etc. The rule of thumb is that all characters must be considered mature for their age, according to their species.

Registration FAQ for authors:

Q. Is shadowy Tales truly free?

A. Yes. Shadowy Tales will never charge you for self-publishing your work.

Q. Will you inject ads, popups and other annoying garbage into my stories?

A. Absolutely NOT. Shadowy Tales will not place third-party paid ads anywhere near your published work.

Q. Do I retain the rights to my submissions?

A. Yes. As the author, you have complete control over what you publish. Shadowy Tales claims no rights on any user-submitted material, except where said material is a legal Shadowy Tales property, i.e: logos, proprietary illustrations, and other all-rights-reserved content.

Q. On other websites I get to publish anything i want without restrictions. Can i do it here too?

A. Please refer to our Content Quality Guidelines for restrictions and other rules

Q. Can i publish my work of erotic fiction, art or comic on other websites too?

A. Yes! Authors joining Shadowy Tales retain full rights of their published works, and are free to republish anywhere online. By this token, authors take also full responsibility for what they publish. Please note that if your work is published on a website that requires exclusivity of your work, for instance a pay site, and a complaint is made in such regard, Shadowy Tales admins are instructed to temporarily disable access to the post in question until the dispute is resolved. This action is taken to avoid legal repercussions including DMCA disputes and third-party take-down requests that may affect other authors as well.