Author FAQ

here are some of the most commonly asked author questions. If your question is not answered here, feel free to email us at scott@queeromanceink.com, or hit Scott up on FB Messenger at J. Scott Coatsworth.

I just joined. How do I set up my Author Profile and Books in the QRI database?
Why isn’t my author name showing up under the Add/Edit Book screens? Or on the “by Author” page?
My book is no longer available at this time. What should I do?
I reached my book limit for my membership. What should I do?
I’m interested in doing an Author Takeover on the QRI FB Group. How do I sign up?
I’m interested in doing an eBook giveaway for the QRI email list. How do I sign up?
Does QRI offer banner advertising for authors?
How do I add a publisher / retailer / genre / tag etc?
Does the Add/Edit book screen auto save?
Can I list multiple pen names?
Can I list anthologies or multiple author books?
How are my membership books counted?
I’m interested in becoming a blogger on the QRI site. How do I get started?


I just joined. How do I set up my Author Profile and Books in the QRI database?

You’ll find the long answer in our Author Instructions here.. The short answer? Go to Authors > Add New and enter and publish your author profile, then go to Books > Add New and start adding books.


Why isn’t my author name showing up under the Add/Edit Book screens? Or on the “by Author” page?

This is the single most asked author question on the QRI site. There are two common possibilities. 1) You didn’t add it yet under Authors > Add New. Our set-up uses two author profiles – the user one, which you set up when you signed up, is mostly just used for logging in. The Author Profile is what appears publicly on the site. Save or publish the book you are working on, and then go to Authors > Add New. Enter your author info, and then publish the author profile. Go back to Books > All Books, search and open your book, and you should be on the author list.

If you *did* set up your Author Profile and you can’t finds your name on the author list in Add/Edit Books, it may be sorted wrong. Go to Authors > All Authors and search out and open your profile. Look for the “Sort By” option about halfway down the first page. Make sure it shows your name as :ast, First. If not, select the pull down and change it to Last, First. The Update the profile at the end of the page. Now it should appear correctly under the Add/Edit Books window.

The “by Author” page is a little different. We add authors to this page manually, so we should be adding you soon after you create your Author Profile. If your name does not show up on the “by Author” page within a couple days, email scott@queeromanceink.com or hit Scott up on FB Messenger at J. Scott Coatsworth.


My book is no longer available at this time. What should I do?

That depends. If you want to leave it up on the site, you can delete the other retailers and add the “Not Available” retailer. You will need to provide a link – we suggest setting up a page or post on your own site explaining the current status of the book or books – ie: “Publisher X went out of business, and I am currently finding a new home for this title.”

If you’d rather hide the book, you can go to the bottom of the Edit Book page and where it says “Status: Published”, click on the “Edit” link, click on the “Published” pull-down, select “Draft”, and hit ok. You won’t lose anything, but it will free up a spot in your membership for another book.


I reached my book limit for my membership. What should I do?

You can upgrade at any time to the next membership level for just $20 for the rest of your term – just email scott@queeromanceink.com with your request and your paypal email, and we’ll send you an invoice for the upgrade.

You can also set one or more of your currently listed books to draft to free up space: go to the bottom of the Edit Book page and where it says “Status: Published”, click on the “Edit” link, click on the “Published” pull-down, select “Draft”, and hit ok. You won’t lose anything, but it will free up a spot in your membership for another book.


I’m interested in doing an Author Takeover on the QRI FB Group. How do I sign up?

Just email us at scott@queeromanceink.com, or hit Scott up on FB Messenger at J. Scott Coatsworth. Let us know the date you want, the title you’ll be promoting, your author name, the time, and 1 hour or two.


I’m interested in doing an eBook giveaway for the QRI email list. How do I sign up?

Just email us at scott@queeromanceink.com, or hit Scott up on FB Messenger at J. Scott Coatsworth. Let us know the Title, genre, and ebook formats available. We do themed batches of five books a month, and everyone who signs up for our email list during the month gets a copy, so if your book is with a traditional publisher, be sure to get their okay first.


Does QRI offer banner advertising for authors?

Yes. Member authors can purchase a home page day-of-release banner ad (728 pixels w x 90 pixels h) for three days for $15. If you’re interested, just email us at scott@queeromanceink.com, or hit Scott up on FB Messenger at J. Scott Coatsworth.

You are also automatically included in our two random book ads on the right side of our site pages.

We will soon add some additional options.


How do I add a publisher / retailer / genre / tag etc?

There are a number of fields we only allow to be updated at the admin level. If you want to request a change to one of these fields, just email us at scott@queeromanceink.com, or hit Scott up on FB Messenger at J. Scott Coatsworth.


Does the Add/Edit book screen auto save?

Not yet. You *can* save your book in progress yourself at any time by scrolling to the bottom of the window and clicking on the gray “Save Draft” button. We recommend this, especially the first time you enter a book. After you save the book, it will appear under Books > All Books.


Can I list multiple pen names?

Yes. For each pen name, just enter a new Author Profile under Authors > Add New, and publish it. Then in Add or Edit Book, choose that author for the book.


Can I list anthologies or multiple author books?

Yes, kind of. For multiple author books, we recommend that one author take the lead and list the book. We are working on a solution to allow two authors to link to the same book, but this is not yet available.

We are also working on a similar solution for anthologies, so we recommend that you wait to list anthos on the site until we have this ready.


How are my membership books counted?

Each active book that you list on the site counts toward your total. Books that you save to draft mode do not, and you can change out books at any time.


I’m interested in becoming a blogger on the QRI site. How do I get started?

We are always looking for bloggers on the QRI site. Bloggers should have a theme and a point of view; blog posts should not be directly used for book or self promotion, though you can mention your works if they are relevant to a particular post you are writing. If you are interested, just email us at scott@queeromanceink.com, or hit Scott up on FB Messenger at J. Scott Coatsworth – let us know what you’d propose.