Just to revisit the issue of story promotion, since it was recently brought to my attention that people are occasionally posting "feedback" in other authors' stories basically pitching their own, and that's really not such a good idea. So, without further ado... The Do's and Don't's of promoting your story Do list your stories in the sticky indexes in the stories forum. They're a standard format where every story gets the same amount of promo space, and they're divided into the eras in which readers may be interested. Don't start threads in stories or Resources saying, "Hey, can you guys come check out my story?" For one thing, if readers aren't clicking your story, they probably won't click your thread, either. For another, if they do, it may not be in a friendly mood. Do list your stories in whatever index threads on the Resources forum (Luke/Mara database, Anakin/Amidala indexes, etc) seem appropriate (see the first post in any given thread for instructions). People interested in that genre could stumble across it there. Don't spam every thread about involved characters saying "Read my story!" (though of course, if you click into those threads to talk about writing the character, it's not spam to say, "Hey, I'm writing a story where I need Dorme to fly a fighter... anyone know if she knows how?"--this could generate readers, but it's an actual question). Do drop by other authors' threads if you're intersted in their stories. Make comments. Most authors love to have their stories discussed, and it's actually fun to speculate with other readers about what might happen next or what it all means. And if it happens to be the sort of story you also write, then your name will be known, and you'll have friends from that thread who may click in. Don't, as mentioned earlier, post in another author's story only to promote your own, or even with the basic purpose of promoting your own. Participate in the threads that interest you for themselves... imagine how you'd feel after working for two hours on a post only to have someone drop in just to comment, "My story about this, and you can find it at..." If you are really certain that readers of another story would like yours, you can PM the author and ask for permission to mention it. Better yet, suggest it to the author, and leave the decision in his/her hands of whether or not to mention it. Do use your profile and your sig. I didn't think anyone checked profiles for this kind of thing until I tried a stats function on my website, and lo and behold, about 60% of my hits came from either my profile or my sig over here. Yes, the sig attaches to everything and therefore looks like it would be irritating spam, but for some reason, people are so used to it that their eyes skip over it if they already know what's there, and it doesn't play that way.