fan fiction

The New Face of Book Pirates: Plagiarists

July 30, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Surprisingly, many authors haven’t bothered worrying about book pirates. They figured a few copies going to readers who never would have paid for them anyway didn’t matter. Heck, some authors even thought book pirates could be good for their career. Spread the word, appeal to more readers who might buy their book next time, yadda yadda. Um, […]

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Amazon’s Fan Fiction Model: Is It a Good Idea?

May 23, 2013 Writing Stuff
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The internet exploded yesterday with Amazon’s introduction of “Kindle Worlds,” a new publishing model for writers inspired to write fan fiction (fanfic). Everyone and anyone has been commenting on this development, often with gnashing of teeth. Some see this as a win for the fanfic authors, and some see this as an exploitation and/or ripoff […]

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The “New Adult” Genre: Why Does It Exist?

January 8, 2013 Writing Stuff
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Publishing industry news has exploded with stories about a new genre, called New Adult. The New Adult genre is meant to bridge the supposed gap between Young Adult (teen) books and general Adult fiction books. Every news site from the New York Times to Publishers Weekly has been giving their spin on the genre ever […]

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Fan Fiction to Published Book: A Case Study

December 13, 2012 Writing Stuff
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Last time, we discussed the different options for publishing a story that had its genesis in fan fiction: name-change-only, reworking, and rewriting. Whether we believe there’s ever a “right” way to publish a story that began as fan fiction (fanfic), authors who completely rewrite their story should be recognized for at least making the attempt to avoid […]

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Can Writers Reuse Their Own Work?

December 11, 2012 Writing Stuff
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On the surface, this might seem like a clear-cut question. Unless we’ve turned the copyright over to another entity, it seems like we should be able to reuse our own work. However the issues surrounding what is sometimes termed “self-plagiarism” are more complicated than they might first appear. Many of us who blog will occasionally rerun […]

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The Hard Work of Writing: Do You Embrace It?

July 3, 2012 Writing Stuff
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When you first started writing, did you realize how much work it would take? Or were you like most of us, thinking that you’d written your share of emails, essays, or Christmas letters and that writing a whole story wouldn’t be—couldn’t be—that much harder? But at some point—maybe it’s when we struggle to make the […]

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An Author’s Guide to Fan Fiction

May 31, 2012 Writing Stuff
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Recent events have brought fan fiction out of the hidden realm of über-fans and into mainstream media.  For the first time, many authors are learning of the existence of fan fiction and wondering how it might affect them. Let’s take a look at what fan fiction is, what it means to authors, and what they […]

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Exploiting Our Brand: Is There a “Right” Way?

March 29, 2012 Random Musings
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Our brand is the impression others have of us.  So we all have a brand, whether we know it or not.  Hopefully, we’re building a brand that reflects who we really are, in a way that shows us at our best (however we each define “best”). Once we have a brand, we might wonder what […]

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Using Google Search Terms for Fun and Education

March 20, 2012 Random Musings
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After the last few weeks of “serious issues,” I needed a silly break, so I looked up the search terms that recently brought people to my blog.  Google didn’t disappoint, as several phrases caught my eye. Every blogger should check the search terms associated with their blog occasionally, and not just for amusement.  If someone […]

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Is Taking the Hard Road a “Waste”?

March 15, 2012 Writing Stuff
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My post about the ethics of fan fiction went viral this week, spreading beyond even the Twilight fandom.  From a post on mediabistro/GalleyCat to mentions at Dear Author, Jezebel, The Paris Review, and AbsoluteWrite, people have been discussing ethics in regards to writing and the publishing industry. I don’t bring that up to brag but to […]

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