If you're a member of the Santharian Dream and would like to add stuff to our Library section, please post in the Library section of the Santharian Development Message Board. People will then comment on your new addition and if the text is approved it will eventually move to the site in one of the coming updates.
However, in order to write texts, whether they are short-stories, fariy-tales, poems, or even novels for the Santharian Compendium the following guidelines need to be followed. If you still aren't sure whow you should do it, please read through some other texts you find in the Library first and see how others have done things.
Describe everything in
Always remember that words like "vitamins", "chemicals", "genes", "fossils" etc. usually are unknown terminology to medieval researchers as well as story tellers and poets. So keep away from these things, and also don't try to explain everything in detail what researchers of the 20th century have found out. Scholars of the Middle Ages weren't really "scientists", but mainly investigated what they could see, watch and thus describe. We have alchemists in the "medieval" world of Santharia, no chemists, which is an important difference, as alchemists are still lacking the profound background chemists of nowadays have.
In the same respect I guess we can't emphasize enough that though evolution and belief don't necessarily have to contradict each other in our world of today, it was impossible to think of such things 1000 years ago. Especially in a fantasy world like ours I think that we should forget about evolution in the Darwinistic sense completely. We have other explanations why the original landmass split into various parts (Gods/War of the Chosen) and a typical evolutionary theory doesn't fit too well to our mythical concepts.
for/suggest a book to add your Text to
Texts in the Santharian Library are categorized. There's an own menu section containing fairy-tales, religious texts, romances, fables, sailors' tales, poems etc. Sometimes a text would fit in more than one category. Have a look around in the Library, and see where your text might fit in best.
Within these sections (except for poems) you find books, and each text is part of a book, e.g. dealing with fables or short-stories. See if you find a place to position your text in, and if there isn't an appropriate one, suggest a new book name, in which your story should be placed and where later other texts could be added as well.
We always put something up on top of the library pages, which explains what awaits the reader at the text below. This could be a short summary (but don't give away too much or your readers won't need to have to read the story anymore) or a teaser for example. Something you would read on the back of a book and should make the readers curious.
Please note that such summaries or teasers also have to be added to shorter texts like poems. Everything has a background and a context, so trying to find a reason for a poem (who wrote it, when, where and why) is part of the writing process as well in order to embed such pieces into the Santharian Dream.
larger texts in Word
Please write your texts in Word format! You can give previews of the texts here in the library, but the final version of the text should ideally be mailed to the webmaster (yup, that's me) in Word format. You should work with a template of already existing chapters. Just download a story you find here on the site and change caption and text. Using an existing story as a template will ensure that your use the same fonts, margins etc. which are necessary so that all Santharian Library texts look the same.
If you follow these guidelines I'm sure writing texts for the New-Santhalan Library is much easier and will produce better results. - Happy developing!