Archive FAQ > Importing and Mass Editing

What is importing?

Importing allows you to automatically upload works which are already posted on another site. It will fill in the title, the summary, and other metadata. This isn't a perfect process, so it is best to check the results afterwards! At this point you can also edit any information you wish such as your Pseud. Also check out our Known Issues.

Importing may be a bit buggy since we are still refining this tool over multiple sites. Results will vary. If you find it doesn't work well then please submit a support request letting us know what url you're trying to import from.

How do I import a single work?

  • On the 'Post New Work' form, choose 'Upload From an Existing URL?' and you'll go to the import form.

  • Select the 'Works' option at the bottom of the form.

  • Paste in the url for your work.

  • Hit 'Import'. Your work will be uploaded.

Your imported work is posted automatically under your default pseud. Once the import is complete, you'll be taken to a preview of the imported work. You should check to see that the import hasn't introduced any oddities and make any other edits that you'd like, then hit 'Post' to publish the work to the Archive.

How do I import a chaptered work?

  • On the 'Post New Work' form, choose 'Upload From an Existing URL?' and you'll go to the import form.
  • If you're importing a chaptered work:
    • Select the 'Chapters in a single work' option at the bottom of the form.

    • Paste in the urls for your chapters, each url on a new line. You can import a maximum of one hundred chapters at a time.


  • Hit 'Import': your chaptered work will be uploaded.

Your imported work is posted automatically under your default pseud. Once the import is complete, you'll be taken to a preview of the imported chapters. You should check that the import hasn't introduced any oddities and make any other edits that you'd like, then hit 'Post' to publish the work to the Archive.

How do I import multiple works in one go?

  • On the 'Post New Work' form, choose 'Upload From an Existing URL?' and you'll go to the import form.

  • Select the 'Works' option at the bottom of the form.

  • Paste in the urls for your work, each one on a new line. You can import a maximum of ten works at once.

  • Hit 'Import': your work will be uploaded.

Your imported works are posted automatically under your default pseud. Once the import is complete, you'll be taken to a list of the newly imported works. You should check that the import hasn't introduced any oddities and make any other edits that you'd like. If you prefer, you can edit multiple works at the same time, either from this list or from your works page.

How do I edit multiple works at once?

When you import multiple works at once, you'll be taken to an edit page listing all the newly imported works.

If you want to edit multiple works at any other point, go to 'My Works' on your User Dashboard and follow the 'Edit Multiple Works' link in the top right. You'll be taken to an edit page listing all the works under your pseud.

Check the boxes next to the works you want to edit and choose 'Edit Checked' at the bottom right. You'll be able to edit the basic metadata for these works. The changes will be applied to all of the works selected. Please note that making edits in this form will replace all the old data.