No, I’m not talking about revising your own work, or even someone else’s (though re-reading either of those can be hell). I’m talking about the act of re-reading a book you read before, and loved.
Like most of my life right now, I’m struggling with…
In the end, there isn’t a right way to write.
Stephen King on why he keeps writing:
“The major job is still to entertain people. Joyland really took off for me when the old guy who owns the place says, ‘Never forget, we sell fun.’ That’s what we’re supposed to do—writers, filmmakers, all of us. That’s why they let us stay in the playground.”
Read the full Parade magazine interview with Stephen King here.
(via Customized Hardcover Lined Journal by TheMusingNerve on Etsy)
(Source: amandaonwriting, via thewritershelpers)
From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books. —
George Orwell, Why I Write
Fan Meets Fiction: Want to learn about the YA industry? Read some newsletters! -
There are a good handful of helpful newsletters floating around the Internet that can help teach you about what’s going on in the young adult industry: Publisher’s Weekly, Publisher’s Lunch, Alice Marvels, and Reader’s Report.
What is Publisher’s Weekly?
Reblogging, in case you missed it the first time.
Attention writers! If you have a manuscript you’d like us to read please send us a one sentence pitch of your novel. Include the genre as well as the age group it is written for (YA, Adult, Middle Grade, etc.) Make it tantalizing, exciting, representative of your work as a whole. Make us want to read your manuscript. Ends Friday May 24 at 5pm
Like, reblog, follow—get the word out!
Send to either our ask box or our assistant/Tumblr-in-Chief (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scalzi weighs in on the Kindle Worlds copyright debacle, and the future of fanfiction. -
I maintain the position that yes, currently, almost no fanfic writer is paid for their efforts, and being paid at all is better than not being paid. But writers need to be fully and totally aware of that copyright clause before they publish through Kindle Worlds. Amazon owns the copyright of whatever content authors sell through this new model, and the original creators have the right to take the author’s ideas wholesale without attributions or permissions.
Although in the end, it’s kind of a moot point, because more than 50% of fanfiction (and most of the good stuff, in my opinion) is of an erotic nature, and Kindle Worlds is having none of that.
I’m intrigued to see what happens next!
I’m still figuring out how I feel about this whole thing but Scalzi’s article is a good overview of concerns that authors should consider before jumping on board. Particularly this:
“We will also give the World Licensor a license to use your new elements and incorporate them into other works without further compensation to you.”
So your original character in that fic you published on Kindle Worlds? Doesn’t necessarily belong to you anymore! Also if you ever planned on filing off the serial number and publishing that same story as an original piece, you won’t be able to do that once you’ve published it as fanfic with Kindle Worlds. Just something to keep in mind.
I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts on the whole debacle after I’ve mulled it over a bit.
So your original character in that fic you published on Kindle Worlds? Doesn’t necessarily belong to you anymore!
Now THAT is disconcerting…
Amazon finds a way to monetize fan fiction -
You all know my complicated thoughts regarding fan fiction. But I’m actually pretty optimistic about this deal. For one thing, the profits are split between the author of the original work and the author of the fan fiction, almost like the original author is licensing their creation to the fan fiction author. For another, it is all done with the original author’s legal permission and consent (and the legal permission and consent of their publisher).
This could actually be a really happy marriage between talented fan fiction authors and the traditionally published works they admire. What do you think, minions?
All I know for certain is I would not want to be the people who have to read all the submissions to ensure they adhere to the guidelines.
(Source: listentothestories, via wenchingwithshakespeare)