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Inkspiration FAQ

Table of Contents

 

Reading

Writing

Profiles

Contests

Q&As

Reporting

 

READING

 

What is a featured story?

A featured story is selected because on its popularity and how many people have hearted it.

 

What’s with the hearts and the stars?

Any registered girlslife.com and Inkspiration user can heart or star an original story or published book once she’s logged in. If you heart a story or book, that means you love it. If you star a story or book, that means you can’t wait to read it.

 

How do I find my favorite stories?

Wondering where to find the stories you’ve hearted and starred? Log in, then look for the user box on the right hand column. There, you’ll find your account controls, from viewing and editing your profile to—success!—your favorite stories and books.

 

How do I remove a story I’ve hearted or starred from my favorites?

Simple! Go to “My Favorites,” then click the “remove” button next to the story you want to delete from your list of faves.

 

How do I review a story I’ve read?

It’s a fact: Authors love reading what other people think of their stories, so the more you write, the better it is! Leaving one is easy. All you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of any chapter in the story—you’ll find all the reviews the story has received so far, as well as a comment box where you can type up and submit your own.

 

 

 

WRITING

How do I write a new story?

Registered? Logged in? Good. Click the “Start Fresh” button on the top navigation bar and get writing!

 

How do I edit a story I’ve already started?

Easy—just click the “My Stories” button on the top navigation bar. Scroll down or use the tabs to find the story you want to change, then click the “edit” button.

 

How do I unpublish or delete a story?

Well if you’re sure—and we hope you are, ‘cause deleting a story is permanent—click the “My Stories” button on the top navigation bar. Scroll down or use the tabs to find the story you want to unpublish or delete, and click the appropriate button. Unpublished a story means that while you’ll still be able to read and work on it, nobody else will. But deleting it means it’s gone for good, so think hard before ya click that button!

 

Why isn’t my story visible yet?

Chill, chica! Your new story and the edits you make shoud appear pretty quickly after you hit “publish.” Note that just hitting “save” won’t make it visible to everyone else yet, it’ll just save your progress.

 

Is there a maximum or minimum word count?

Nope!

How can I upload my own cover image?

If you are creating a new story or editing an oldie, scroll down to the bottom of the page. Click the button that says “upload” to upload your own cover image.

 

How can I get more people to read my story?

It’s up to you to spread the word. Use the share buttons on your stories’ pages to put it on your favorite social media sites, and encourage friends and family members to read, review and heart it.

 

Can anyone read my story?

Yep, so please be respectful while you write.

Where can I find all of my story’s reviews?

How can I find out who has hearted and starred my story?

 

Um, somebody left a bad review on my story. Can I delete it?

Sorry, sistah. Everyone has a right to their opinion, so if the review is negative, well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. If it’s mean, though, that’s another story. Hit the report button and our moderators will take a peek and decide if it should be removed from Inkspiration.

 

 

 

PROFILES

 

How do I create a profile?

Easy peasy! All you have to do is sign up for an account through girlslife.com. Once you're logged in, hit the "My Profile" button on the right-hand column of the website.

 

My parents haven’t gotten the verification email yet. Help!

Ask them to check their spam folder--sometimes our verification emails get stuck in there. 

 

How do I edit my profile?

Cinchy. All you've gotta do is hit the "My Profile" button on the right-hand column of the website. 

 

What’s the difference between my GirlsLife.com profile and my Inkspiration by GL profile?

Your GirlsLife.com profile and your Inkspiration profile feature different questions--that's the only diff. 

 

Can I change my username?

Nope. Sorry, chica, but once you pick a username, it's yours.

 

How do I change my profile picture?

Head to your profile--click the "My Profile" button on the right-hand column of the website--and upload a new avatar. 

 

Eek! I forgot my password! How can I get a new one?

Yup! At the log in screen, simply hit the "new password" link to request a new one by email.

 

How do I edit my account information?

Click the "My Profile" button on the right-hand column of the website. Once you reach your profile, click the "My Account" button. 

 

Do I have to include my address?

Nope, but it'll be easier for us to get your prizes to ya if you enter and win our giveaway contests. We do not share account information, including address, with anyone, so your deets will be totally safe.

 

Who can find out my private information?

Nobody, promise.

 

How can I delete my account?

Ready to leave us? That's cool. Send an email to brittany@girlslife.com and she'll help ya out. 

 

 

 

CONTESTS

 

How do I enter a contest?

Simply head to our Contest page, pick the contest you want to enter and hit the "enter" button.

 

Do I have to be registered to enter?

Yep. Click here to register.

 

How many times can I enter?

You can enter our giveaways as many times as you want. Our writing contests have their own rules, though, so you'll have to check them out individually.

 

How do you pick winners?

Winners of our giveaways are picked at random. Winners of our writing contests are picked by GL staff members and, sometimes, special judges, according to the contest rules. 

 

How do I find out if I won?

All Inkspiration contest winners are posted on Inkspiration. Head to the Contest page, scroll down to the bottom and find the "winners" section, then click on the contest you're interested in knowing about.  

 

I won a contest—yay! Can I win again?

You bet! 

 

 

 

Q&As

 

I have a writing question. Where do I ask it, and where can I find the answer?

Head to our Get Inspired page, scroll down to the "Ask" box at the bottom, and, well, ask away! 

 

I have a suggestion. Where should I send it?

Love the site but think a tweak or new section is in order? Email your suggestions to brittany@girlslife.com

 

I wrote a book, and I want Inkspiration review it. How can I make that happen?

While we cannot guarantee a review, we're happy to receive materials and press releases detailing upcoming releases. Please send all inquiries to Brittany Taylor at brittany@girlslife.com

 

I’m a GL user. Can I write a book review or a blog post for Inkspiration?

We can't guarantee it'll go up on the site, but we'd love to talk to you about your ideas. Please send an email to brittany@girlslife.com to see if we need any help with reviews or blog posts.

 

 

 

REPORTING

 

What kind of content is not OK?

If you wouldn't want your grandma to know you wrote it, don't post it on Inkspiration. We will not tolerate profanity, explicit content, sexual content, graphic violence and hate speech. We reserve the right to edit and/or delete content that does not follow our rules. 

 

How do I report a story?

If you find a story that doesn't follow our rules, please email a link to the story and an explanation of why you are reporting it to brittany@girlslife.com

 

How do I report a profile?

On the profile in question, all you have to do is click the "report" button. We will be alerted and our moderators will look into the problem.

 

How do I report a comment or review?

On each comment or review, their is a small black flag in the upper right hand corner. Click the flag to mark it as inappropriate. Our moderators will evaluate the comment or review and delete or edit if necessary.

 

What happens when I report something?

When you report something, our moderators are alerted that there is a problem. We evaluate each report carefully and decide whether or not its OK as posted, can be edited or needs to be deleted.

 

What if my story is reported?

If your story is reported and we decide it needs to be edited to be suitable for the Inkspiration audience, we will email you and unpublish your story. If it blatantly goes against our rules, it may be automatically deleted from Inkspiration without warning. 

 

Someone keeps posting mean things. What can I do?

If you've reported a person who keeps posting mean things and they continue to act disrespectfully, please email brittany@girlslife.com

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