Importing a Work to the AO3

  1. Click on “Log In” on the Archive of Our Own (AO3) homepage.
    Log In menu in the upper right hand corner
  2. Enter the username and password for your account. (For convenience, you can also check the box next to Remember Me so that you don’t have to log in next time.) Then use the “Log In” button.
    Log In fields and button in lower right hand corner of this section
  3. Hover over the Post link at the top of the screen, and choose “Import New Work”
  4. Copy the URLs for your works from the original archive, and paste them into the “URLs” field, with only one URL per line.
    URLs pasted into the field
  5. For the other three required fields on this page, select the following (you can individually alter the work drafts after import):
    • Rating: No Rating (unless the Rating is the same for all your works; then choose the applicable Rating to save a step!)
    • Warnings: Choose Not to Use Archive Warnings (unless the Warning is the same for all your works; then choose the applicable Warning to save a step!)
    • Fandom(s): If all your works are from a single fandom, use the fandom name here. If your works are from multiple fandoms, choose any fandom that is used in this batch–you can change this field as needed later.
  6. The Rating dropdown menu and checkboxes for Archive WarningsAutofill for the Fandoms field
  7. Use the “Import” button at the bottom of the page.
    Import button in the lower right-hand corner of the page
  8. On the next page will be links to all the drafts you have created. Right-click on the first one to open the draft in a new tab.
    Example of page showing multiple drafts
  9. Use the “Edit” button in the lower right-hand corner.
    Edit button
  10. From this page, you can individually edit the work’s tags however you would like.
    Tag fields: Rating, Archive Warnings, Fandoms, CategoryTag fields: Relationships, Characters, Additional Tags
  11. In the Associations section of this edit page is a box labeled Post to Collections/Challenges. Type the Archive’s AO3 Collection name here to add it to the Collection.
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  12. If desired, you can use the Set a different publication date field to backdate your work.
    Field to set different publication date
  13. In the lower right-hand corner of the page, use the “Post Without Preview” button.
    Post without preview button