I did some thinking about the focus of the group, which seems to be primarily about sharing Sonic stories. But this is also a writing group, and I feel that it can be expanded slightly to include other literature content besides just stories. I also feel that our current folder system is a little limited and could be fleshed out more to make everything more clear as to where you should submit your stories.
That said, some new folders are in order! Let's have a look:
Profiles: Submit all your bios here. No pictures, only words. If the info is in the description of the deviation, that's fine as long as we can see the content. If the info is on the image itself, this is also fine.
Short Stories: Stories that don't have more than 1 part or chapter should be submitted here. Doesn't matter if it's all official characters, all fan characters, or a mix of both. All short stories go here.
Romance: The first folder made for a specific genre. There may be more genre-related folders (such as horror), but I've noticed romance is one of the most popular genres of stories submitted to this group and I felt it deserved its own folder. All romantic stories can be submitted here. We accept ALL couples, but keep it PG. No porn, drugs, etc. All characters, be it official, fan, or a mix of both are welcome here.
Theories: Have a theory about the Sonic series? Submit it here!
Archie Universe: For stories strictly based in the universe of Archie Comic's "Sonic the Hedgehog" and "Sonic Universe" titles. All characters, be it official, fan, or a mix of both are welcome here.
Sonic Boom Universe: For stories strictly based in the universe of "Sonic Boom". All characters, be it official, fan, or a mix of both are welcome here.
Crossovers: For stories that crossover with other series (i.e. Mario, Mega Man, etc.).
The Official Characters folder has been renamed to the Main Series Universe folder. This is where all stories focused on the main series of Sonic video games should be submitted. This folder is strictly for official characters only. No fan characters are allowed here.
The Fan Characters folder has been renamed to the Fan Characters Universe folder. For stories strictly based in a universe where only your fan characters exist with no official characters.
The Mixed Characters folder has been renamed to the Mixed Universe folder, which is where stories involving both official characters and fan characters should be submitted.
Comics is the only folder that remains unchanged and its function stays the same. Submit all comics here, regardless of the characters featured in them.
That's it! Do you have any ideas or suggestions for some possible folder options? I would love to hear them. Please keep in mind that this is a literature group, so no pictures or drawings can ever have their own folder here. Also, any folders that you suggest can't be a "one-time" folder. What do I mean by that? The folder's purpose can't be just for your benefit. It has to be something that several other people will find a use for, otherwise there would be no point in having it made.
If you have any problems submitting to any of these new folders, or if you are unsure where to submit your story, please let us know by leaving a comment on our Home page or sending a note to us.
Lastly, I have an idea for a future group feature that I may start in 2016 that will replace our Monthly Features. It will finally put our Featured folder into use. Stay tuned for the details!