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Literature Without Complexes: The New Concept of A Web Serial For many years fanfiction has been a topic of mockery outside the world but today there are many voices bent on defending the genre for either economic or artistic reasons. What is the current landscape of fan literature? How can money be made with characters protected by copyright? Is there a system that satisfies fan writers and original authors? Today, we explore the universe of fanfiction.
For professional authors, fanfic is still a word related to amateurish works. Low quality literature — full of spelling mistakes — that twists an alien world to get a story that sometimes becomes grotesque. Stories based on other stories; vulgar and lacking in originality, a dispensable product that the most respectful treatment leads us directly to ignore.
The culptrit of this perception, which is now more than ever erroneous, is due to the passage of the genre from the underground it occupied during the sixties, seventies and eighties to the quasi-mass pop culture during the following two decades. For twenty years, literature by and for fans has been ridiculed on many fronts, which preferred to keep the funny anecdote rather than investigate to find out why fanfiction websites grew so quickly alien to all kinds of criticism.
Obviously, that account handpicks the most ridiculous and entertaining tidbits for the shock factor. A lot of fanfiction is actually not like that and believing that those pieces and snippets are reflective of fanfiction as an entire genre would be a mistake.
In fact, many writers have placed an emphasis on utilizing writing resources and tools to help their writing improve. Due to that dissonance between what the fanfic really is and what the majority of the public expects, in the last few years a vindictive attitude has built up, not only from the fanfiction, but from the fan phenomenon in general.
Many websites in which fanfic is the majority genre offer the option of getting visibility on the cover in exchange for a payment per work that can range between 50 cents to a dollar. This system, which borders on illegality — authors do not charge but the website does profit from the exploitation of characters protected by copyright — seems to be too problematic to become widespread. With so many fandoms out there even for smaller ones from Cop Out to Fleabag , it really is difficult to police.
Since , it is the Amazon Kindle Worlds platform that insists on legitimizing fanfiction with a system that aims to please everyone. Kindle Worlds: money for everyone It is more than possible that when entering the See All Worlds section of the home page, many people will not be able to find their favorite fandom.
There are shortcomings and they are striking: from series such as Supernatural to literary sagas such as Harry Potter , there are quite a few fictional universes that do not have their place in the platform devised by Amazon. The truth is that the top rights are much harder to obtain and difficult to negotiate. And is that, unlike what happens on other websites like Commaful , which can be considered lawless territories, there are some very clear limits that are constantly monitored.
From Amazon they make sure first of all to sign an agreement with the owners of the rights of exploitation of the work, either authors or publishers, who will receive in exchange a small percentage of the profits that the stories can cause. In addition to this, the beneficiaries of the copyright will also acquire the rights over the use of the fanfic in question, that is, if the scriptwriters of, say, The , find an interesting arc among the stories created by the fans, they will have all the right to use it without giving any credit to the original fan author.
In exchange for this, the fanfiction writers will not only get promotion but will be able to legally monetize their work, putting it on sale for a price ranging from 0. Not all fanfic subgenres are allowed on Kindle Worlds. Crossovers, that is, the mixture of characters from different universes, are strictly forbidden, as well as the incursion of elements outside the copyright that is being exploited.
Extreme violence, erotic scenes and pornography are other elements on which Amazon has the right to expel you from the platform. This rigidity is what makes Kindle Worlds, in spite of its evident desire for innovation, not gain popularity with the majority of fanfiction writers, who prefer a more amateur environment, which does not put any kind of obstacle to their imagination.
As Kindle Words continues to evolve, it could really become an innovative force in self-publishing , but until then, we will have to wait! The position of the original authors Since its birth, fanfiction divided authors into three main groups: those who were enthusiastic and encouraged the creation of works around their universe, those who preferred not to position themselves and those who condemn all kinds of fanwork.
The first group includes historically outstanding writers such as C. Lewis, who many times in his letters encouraged young fans to fill the map of legends of Narnia with stories of his invention, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who publicly admitted to enjoy reading stories by Sherlock Holmes as ingenious as his own. Of course, there are several authors who confess to writing or reading fanfiction. American Gods Hinton, the pioneer of the young Adult who has confessed on Twitter that, at 68 years old, enjoys writing stories based on Supernatural, which has been his favorite series for many years.
Rowling have confessed to feeling violent in the face of certain subgenres that, on many occasions, often have a markedly sexual component. Rapefic is, without a doubt, the most controversial genre since, as can be deduced from its name, it has a plot centred on the rape of a character.
Under the label Lemon more explicit or Lime more erotic also share stories where sex is usually the main protagonist. Some controversy is also generated by the subgenres Slash focused on the amorous relationship between two men or Femslash focused on lesbian relationships because, although they do not have to have an explicit component, it is quite common to find several sexual scenes in their plot.
Apart from sex, the Dark fic label is also often questioned. These three types of books represent sort of the stage of life of books. In traditional publishing, a publisher will make a deal with a new author to publish their book and hardcover. These books are relatively expensive to purchase compared to other formats, and they are only expected to sell limited number of copies. These are the books that get purchased by libraries all over the country as well as by bookstores to stock on the shelves.
However, once the hardcover run is over, the publisher may choose to publish a paperback version of the book instead. These are less expensive to purchase because there are less expensive to publish.
The first type of paperback that new books generally get published to is called a trade paperback. However, with some books that entire stage is skipped to go directly to mass-market. In other cases, the hardcover is skipped in the trade paperback is the main book the gets published. Understanding hardcover books is important. There are some standard industry sizes for hardcover books that you should be aware of, and some other nuances with hardcover. Understanding Trim Size The trim size of a book is simply an industry term for the size of the book.
When a book is published, the pages are mechanically trimmed so that they all fit perfectly. To make it easy to understand though, just consider the trim size of a book the physical dimensions of it.
Why Are Standard Sizes Important? You might be wondering why standard sizes are important in any books out there. These standard sizes are specifically designed to fit on the shelf at bookstores and libraries. Publishing a book in a standard size is important, because industry catalogs will not carry books that are not standard, and publishing in one of the sizes that the major publishers use legitimizes a book; even if you are self-publishing. The Hardcovers of 5. Without getting into things like cloth covers and dust jackets, just understand the one of the industry sizes is 5.
The Hardcovers of 6 x 9 The other industry size for hardcovers is slightly larger at 6 x 9. These are the two sizes that almost all of the hardcover books are published in.
There may be others that do not conform to these standard sizes, but they are pretty rare. If you go into a bookstore or get a hardcover off-the-shelf at your local library, these are the sizes that you will almost always find.
In fact, the ratio of aspiring authors to authors that actually finish a story or novel even if they never publish it is probably around One of the reasons why aspiring writers never start their stories is due to a lack of confidence.
So buckle up, prepare a nice meal with a new kitchen knife set , and prepare yourself for becoming the writer of your dreams. Read Lots and Lots of Books One of the things that can give you the confidence to start a story is to read lots and lots of books. There are two ways in which this can give you confidence. First of all, you get confidence because you have read books or stories that you know you can do better at. This is a common coming-of-age point for any writer.
When you realize that you can write a story better than someone who actually got published, it inspires great confidence to begin your own story. The second part is reading good stories that you want to emulate can give you motivation as well.
Take a Writing Class Taking a writing class can jumpstart your confidence because you are surrounded by people who want to write just as badly as you do; in addition, one of the things that you will probably be required to do in any writing classes is write.
There is a writers group in almost every town and city in the United States; look on Meetup or other group sites and try to find something that you feel comfortable joining.
Set Small Writing Goals If you are having trouble starting because a 50,word manuscript just seems like too much of an effort, then set small writing goals. If you can write a chapter, then you only have to worry about to words instead of an entire manuscript. Set Aside Time to Write If you set aside a time every day that you are going to write no matter what — even if it is only fifteen minutes — then you are going to get something down on paper.
Even if you sit there and do nothing for the first time or two, eventually if you force yourself to sit down at the computer or with your pen and paper ploys to write, something is going to come through.
Darkness Before Dawn
Husband and wife. Joined by love and a dedication that would soon cost them everything. The moon was high and clear, its blue light piercing through the windows. The horses were traveling at a full gallop, their hooves pounding against the ground in perfect rhythm. He marveled at their innocence. It was the last thing he expected to hear. Her husband has kept the truth from her.