The annex is home for X-Files stories and compiled
series that are 200K or larger.
We welcome all story classifications. If you have a novel you would
like to have added (or if, *gasp*, you want your novel
removed), please let us know.
We envision the annex as a place to visit when you have
time to relax and browse, like you would at the local
bookstore on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The only cost for
any of the novels is a nice note to the author if you
read the book. Payment is on the honor system. If you
read a novel you really enjoyed, please let others know
by mentioning it on the recommendations
page. Also, please sign
the guestbook while you're here. Archivists love
feedback too. ;-)
Following are the minimum formatting guidelines we need from all authors:
Please note, ultimately, we want to archive your story. If you have any
problems sending a story, write us. We'll work with you.
- Lines must be 72 characters long or less.
- Files should be submitted as plain text attachments with line breaks
- Rating, classification, spoiler, keyword, summary, etc. requested
- Title of the story should be put in the subject line of all correspondence
Extra Features -
Authors, please read
If we compile your story for you, all we do is paste the
parts together and add it as-is. There are several extra
features you can add and sending us a book cover or a
separate introduction will earn your story its own page!
Check out the Dustjackets to see
what we mean. If you're interested in any of these
optional features, let us know and we'll help any way we
can. Some details follow....
Most people print out long stories and they really
appreciate not having to fix the formatting or waste
ink printing out identical introduction/disclaimers
every few pages. Calling it a collector's edition
means that you compile the story yourself and take
out unnecessary things like newsgroup headers and
sigs and polish the formatting. It's fine to leave in
author notes and anything else that you feel is
necessary. We like to leave the
ratings/summary/classification/disclaimer stuff at
the top so that readers will have it when they
download the story. The Gossamer
FAQ has detailed instructions for formatting and
saving files if you're not sure how all that works.
Having the story beta read at some point is
strongly recommended but not a requirement. If you
are looking for someone to do anything from heavy
editing to simple grammar/spell-checking, the Beta
Reader's Circle would be happy to help you out.
Overall, the idea is to give the reader an
attractive, well-written novel ready to be printed
out and bound for personal use.
You can write about whatever you like that in some
way relates to your novel. There is no set length or
list of topics. It's a great opportunity to talk
about the story or writing in general without turning
off readers that would prefer to go straight to the
As you browse the dustjackets, you can assume the
author created their own covers unless otherwise
noted. If you would like to have a cover but would
rather not do it yourself, you might ask one of the
many talented XF artists to make one for you or let
you use some of their work. Many of them have
graciously provided covers for various novels. The X-Ville Art
Haven and E's X-Page
are great places to visit if you'd like to see some
Birdfeeder and frogdoggie's
site also have art galleries.
The following authors have volunteered their services in making book covers.
Please feel free to write them and ask for a sample of their work:
Penny's work can be
Clover Blue's work can be
If you have an artistic bent and wouldn't mind if we
referred authors to you on this page, please drop us a note
and we'll add your name to the list.
Please note, the preferred width for a cover is
250 pixels, although there are some exceptions. When you have
a dustjacket ready, send us the picture as a .gif or .jpg file
if possible. We can handle a few other formats so let
us know if that's a problem and we'll try and work
something out. We do prefer the covers to be suitable for
all ages to view.
Authors are welcome to add covers and introductions
anytime after a story has been posted. Also, if an author adds to or
expands an existing story, s/he should feel free to send any updates.
and Misc. Stuff
We've fixed it so you can bypass the html pages and
browse the stories
directly. You'll be able to see the date stamps on files
so it will be easier to know when collector's editions
and dustjackets are added to existing stories.
Here's a text and tabs version
of the database we use to generate the novel listings.
Please download a fresh copy from
time to time, we're still adding older stories as well as
Thanks to GuestWorld
for the free guestbooks.
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