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(Forbes)   Welcome to the future, where the only new books published are "Twilight" fan fiction novellas. Brought to you by Amazon   (forbes.com) divider line 27
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2013-05-22 12:40:46 PM
actorhunters.com
cliTORis!
 
2013-05-22 12:49:26 PM
I doubled the sales of my book by including a forward of suburban housewife BDSM.  Half the people bought it for the forward and half for the book
 
2013-05-22 12:50:23 PM
With Iain Banks' recent sad announcement, I almost want someone to take up the Culture universe and keep it going.

But then I think about the average quality of fan fiction, and I think I'd be happy if he doesn't sign up for it
 
2013-05-22 12:50:53 PM
well if you read the article dumba$$mitter you'd find out slash fics are  banned. Yes there is a lot of trash in fan-fiction, but there is a lot of gold as well.

/Glad slash crap is banned
//awesome that Amazon is pushing this forward.
///fan-fiction author.
 
2013-05-22 12:51:05 PM
I read a fan fiction story once. I opened the book and the first line of the first page read:

"The sky was pregnant with storm."

That was the closest I've come to drinking at 9am.
 
2013-05-22 12:55:03 PM
Welcome to the future present -- http://twifanfictionrecs.com/published-fics/
 
2013-05-22 12:58:32 PM

Ishkur: I read a fan fiction story once. I opened the book and the first line of the first page read:

"The sky was pregnant with storm."

That was the closest I've come to drinking at 9am.


wat.
 
2013-05-22 01:00:35 PM
HA HA HA - good one, subby.  No way would that ever...

(reads article)

Son of a biatch.  We're doomed.  DOOOOOOOOMMMMED
 
2013-05-22 01:32:14 PM
I'm more optimistic than that.

Hopefully the fantasy, horror, and romance authors will put restrictions on what people can do with this open-license IP
It'll be like the d20 license for D&D 3.0.


/there was no D&D after 3.0
 
2013-05-22 01:47:31 PM
NNOOOOOOOO!
 
2013-05-22 02:01:33 PM

Ishkur: I read a fan fiction story once.


If you read the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, yes, you did.
 
2013-05-22 02:08:19 PM

K.B.O. Winston: Ishkur: I read a fan fiction story once.

If you read the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, yes, you did.


*googles*

You are correct. Sounds like pretty good fan fiction though. When I was a kid, I would read everything I could get. (including a set of world book encyclopedias from the early 60s. I was born in 1984.) Someone (an aunt I think) gave me Little Women. I enjoyed it.
 
2013-05-22 02:23:19 PM

The Downfall: K.B.O. Winston: Ishkur: I read a fan fiction story once.

If you read the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, yes, you did.

*googles*

You are correct. Sounds like pretty good fan fiction though. When I was a kid, I would read everything I could get. (including a set of world book encyclopedias from the early 60s. I was born in 1984.) Someone (an aunt I think) gave me Little Women. I enjoyed it.


Yeah, I just wanted to make sure we remembered the literary tradition that fanfic can be connected to at times.  Depending on where you draw the line West Side Story and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama can count as well.  Not to mention every vampire tale other than Bram Stoker's and ever Sherlock Holmes story other than Conan Doyle's.

(Though I'm not sure how much Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries will play into this tradition.)

/still prefer slashfic
//sometimes a girl needs to multi-task her porn and fanfic reading
 
2013-05-22 02:57:08 PM

FrancoFile: I'm more optimistic than that.

Hopefully the fantasy, horror, and romance authors will put restrictions on what people can do with this open-license IP
It'll be like the d20 license for D&D 3.0.


/there was no D&D after 3.0


v3.5 was fine, though really it was just the errata for 3.0 that WOTC decided to double-dip the fan base on.

4.0 is a collectable miniatures game masquerading as an RPG, however.
 
2013-05-22 03:09:30 PM

Cheron: I doubled the sales of my book by including a forward of suburban housewife BDSM.  Half the people bought it for the forward and half for the book


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2013-05-22 03:16:15 PM

Ishkur: I read a fan fiction story once. I opened the book and the first line of the first page read:

"The sky was pregnant with storm."

That was the closest I've come to drinking at 9am.


Coke.  Monitor.
(Off to find the windex)
 
2013-05-22 03:49:34 PM

FrancoFile: I'm more optimistic than that.

Hopefully the fantasy, horror, and romance authors will put restrictions on what people can do with this open-license IP
It'll be like the d20 license for D&D 3.0.


/there was no D&D after 3.0


I thought they changed the name to Pathfinder....
 
2013-05-22 04:51:55 PM

K.B.O. Winston: Ishkur: I read a fan fiction story once.

If you read the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction, yes, you did.


While Pulitzers for journalism may still carry some weight, their literary awards have never been taken seriously by anyone reading at over an 8th grade level.   It's like the Grammy of the literary world.
 
2013-05-22 05:08:29 PM
They can publish them all they want.. it doesn't mean that people will actually buy them.

CSB: I was at the local used book store and a teen came in trying to sell her Twilight books. They were hardbacks, all seem to be in very good condition... and the book buying lady told her that she may be able to get her about five dollars.. for all four of them!!
 
2013-05-22 05:25:01 PM
Give authors a place to sell their works.  Sign the ones who sell well.  Avoid costs of acquisition editors. Grow stable of authors who don't mind being blacklisted by traditional booksellers.  What's the problem?
 
2013-05-22 05:42:21 PM

Mr_H: FrancoFile: I'm more optimistic than that.

Hopefully the fantasy, horror, and romance authors will put restrictions on what people can do with this open-license IP
It'll be like the d20 license for D&D 3.0.


/there was no D&D after 3.0

I thought they changed the name to Pathfinder....


I thought so too.
 
2013-05-22 06:00:10 PM

Mr_H: I thought they changed the name to Pathfinder....


isn't that just a munchkin expansion?
 
2013-05-22 06:28:29 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Give authors a place to sell their works.  Sign the ones who sell well.  Avoid costs of acquisition editors. Grow stable of authors who don't mind being blacklisted by traditional booksellers.  What's the problem?


That literature reaches the same depths of medicority that music has reached....

"Sad to say, it seems everyone can make a pretty good record in their bedroom today 'Pretty good' is the new 'terrible.' In a tsunami of 'pretty good' stuff, you can't find the really good stuff. So I've kind of given up looking."
-- Nick Lowe


Although, looking at the current NYT Bestsellers, looks like we've already reached the point of no return.
 
2013-05-22 08:54:17 PM

InmanRoshi: BarkingUnicorn: Give authors a place to sell their works.  Sign the ones who sell well.  Avoid costs of acquisition editors. Grow stable of authors who don't mind being blacklisted by traditional booksellers.  What's the problem?

That literature reaches the same depths of medicority that music has reached....


You have to shuck more oysters to find a pearl.  Fortunately, average expectancy is increasing, too.

I read recently that two hours worth of videos are uploaded to YouTube every minute.  It's a losing battle.
 
2013-05-22 10:32:17 PM
Amazon is a force to be reckoned with.  Their relatively new publishing imprints are making authors large piles of cash.
Topping that off, since Amazon imprint titles are Amazon only, (Kindle primarily) and as such are forbidden from the New York Times Bestseller List.

/source: wife is author of popular Amazon imprint book.
 
2013-05-23 01:46:10 AM
Yay! It's nice to see "crowdsourcing + corporate greed = creative heat death" in action.

It's the SyFy business model, but in a different format. It's far cheaper to publish a hundred of these, instead of one blockbuster, and Amazon gets to control the distribution. As long as each one turns a profit, regardless of quality, they're considered "successes."
 
2013-05-23 04:45:45 PM
so are they just going to port over fanfiction.net?

Here's a game: Imagine an obscure TV show from the 80s. Check to see if there's a fanfic of it.

I lost. They do have Growing Pains fanfics.
But not Head of the Class.
They do have 2 for Hey Dude!

A whole section of fanfic comic strips too.

Our species is diseased.
 
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