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Are Fanfics Bad? What Parents Should Know About It?

Fan Fiction (Fanfic) is basically a fan creating an original story based on an established work, a simple concept, however, thanks to the ease of the internet and Sturgeon’s law (“90% of everything is garbage”) in effect, the expression Fanfic is associated with misspelled sexual scenes and immature or overly sensitive authors (be it on the side of the original or the fan).

But are they intrinsically bad? We are talking about a concept that is as old as humanity. In the eras where stories were passed through oral tradition it was not difficult for someone to adapt the story to their taste and this became popular, in fact, if we see it that way it is not difficult to say that any work based on a figure of the public domain (like Dracula) is to some extent a Fanfic. Many children’s books are also based off of existing works and storylines but spun into a kid-friendly format. Many picture books, Disney movies, and fables are all based on existing works or public domain stories.

Neil Gaiman once said “You could say that any Batman fan writing a Batman comic is doing fan fiction” (Gaiman was the one who wrote the great “Batman: Whatever happened to the caped crusader?”).

There are authors who are decidedly against the practice of making Fan Fiction. George R. R. Martin (Author of Song of Ice and Fire, AKA Game of Thrones) compared the practice of an aspiring writer making Fan Fiction to an aspiring painter using one of those “Paint by Numbers” books, the logic behind this statement is that he is not creating his own characters and worlds, but copying at convenience and modifying the existing ones (Curiously, Martin has no problem with Fanart because it is interpreting words into images).

This statement is somewhat confusing at first glance, as it is well known that one of the ways artists develop is by copying; a musician learns to play themes he likes from other musicians while learning to make his own, illustrators draw their favorite characters or try to emulate the style of other artists as part of their learning, and writers make common practice of copying a narrative style or adapting characters and settings of their preference. In fact, many story templates and archetypes can even be considered borrowing of some sort. Many stories follow these basic styles. However, Martin’s statement is not without reason; if you seek to develop as a writer you cannot borrow someone’s work for long.

Of course, there’s no shortage of Fan Fics that develop to a point where the work I was paying tribute to simply didn’t measure up anymore. One of the most infamous cases is 50 Shades of Grey, which actually started out as a Twilight Fanfic.

The curious thing is that if we go to the technical, the only thing that separates crossovers like Super Robot Wars from being Fanfics is the fact that they are licensed, and even then the presence of characters suspiciously similar to other series between the originals becomes suspicious (Masaki Andoh and Cybuster were created when Banpresto did not get the rights of Aura Battler Dunbine).

However, Super Robot Wars seeks to frame all the stories within its own original setting, these settings have evolved over time, moving from the excuse plots of games like MX or J to the plots worthy of its own game like Alpha or Z. In fact, SRW has accumulated so many originals over time that it could create its own game by bringing them together in Original Generations.

The problem is that fanfics are a more complex beast than you think at first glance. It is not strange to hear of fanfics not about fictitious works, but about PEOPLE in real life.

This together with other works that seem to exist only to bring shock value or for the author to ventilate thoughts or frustrations, constitute the primordial contemporary problem with the Fanfics, more specifically the one that in its majority is composed of adolescent fantasies. Many fans will create stories around more obscure fantasies and shows too like Siska.

The expression Mary Sue was born in the realm of fanfics for good reason, it is a common scenario to place an original character that ends up taking all those already established ahead.

On the other side of the spectrum, it’s not difficult to see fanfics that could well be original stories but for some reason they strive to stay in a borrowed universe or with elements obviously taken from another context.

I remember years ago when it occurred to me to read Sailor Nothing as my only problem back then with the story was that no matter how different it ended up, it remained under the shadow of Sailor Moon even in the name (more separate from the material it ended up being).

Of course, there are authors who have nothing against fanfics or fanworks in general, for many to see that people liked their work so much that they want to honor it by making illustrations, reimagining scenes or imagining their character having sex is a great form of flattery. Japan has a whole industry based on this as they see it more as free advertising than as a problem to be solved. Commaful, for example, has a huge following for its One Piece fanfiction. Many renowned authors actually started in the industry in this field (Azuma Kiyohiko from Yotsuba& for example) and some still return to that field (Ume Aoki from Hidamari Sketch for example).

There are even those who ask for something (usually sensible) not to keep in such Fanworks. ZUN for example has said that the only thing it asks for the fanarts of Touhou is that they are not spoilers of the end of the games (Not “Final” as in “The final result”, but “Final” as in “The specific end of each character”).

With everything on the table, there is no correct answer to the question proposed in the title. In fact, personally I don’t mind the idea of doing something and seeing fanworks of it, however if I have two objective problems regarding fanfics (or fanworks in general), these are:

When the author resolutely opposes them. There are more sensitive points that I prefer not to get involved in as in the idea of fans selling products based on your intellectual property, but other than that, if someone takes the trouble to do something based on your work because they liked it, I don’t see why you’d want to refuse it, as I mentioned earlier is basically free advertising.

However, there are foolish authors because there are even more foolish fans, and the worst kind of fans there can be are those who start working on something based on another property and using the same characters but then feel the right to declare themselves superior to the original author.

The idea of fanfic superior to the original work is not only subjective and somewhat oxymoronic (If you’re so good, why not make your own story instead of taking someone else’s?), it’s also often a malicious insult to the author.

The point is that the latter is not just a matter of fanarts or fanfics, there are exponents of this subject in other fields such as videogame modeo (My only problem with Project M is precisely how the vocal part of the community preaches to be superior rather than simply saying that they adapt the game to their needs).

At the end of the day there is no right answer to the question. For every person in favor there is someone against, for every good fanfic there are 5 bad ones and “Good” or “Bad” is a completely subjective concept. There is no right answer except Pizza, Pizza is always the right answer.

Why MOBI is the Ebook Format of Choice for Authors

EBook Formatting Choices: MOBI

If you are familiar at all with Amazon’s proprietary eBook device: the Kindle, then you are likely familiar with the MOBI format as well. The .mobi format is the most common format out there for Kindle books. There are a few third-party applications that can read the .mobi format, but for the most part, if you have a .mobi file, you have to have a Kindle to read it. The ironic part is however, that if you get a .mobi file that wasn’t downloaded from Amazon, it can be rather difficult to get it to load up into your Kindle. Still, if you want to have the format that is recognized by Amazon Kindle, such as being placed in the Kindle Select Program where people can borrow your books and where you can do free book promotions, then you want to have the .mobi format.

Where the MOBI Format can be used

So, where exactly can the MOBI format be used? Unfortunately, it can only be used with Amazon devices like Kindles. The Kindle device is one of the most advanced electronic readers out there, and publishing your book in this format is going to give you a ready-made audience and system is already set up for you to promote your book; that does not always mean that it is the best option out there. There are a lot of things to consider before you decide to place your book in the Kindle Select program, including whether or not you want to give your book exclusivity and conform to Amazon’s pricing models.

The Kindle Select Program

There are definitely some advantages that come with the Kindle Select Program. You are able to price your book at least $2.99 and be able to earn a 70 percent royalty on those books. But that also means the need to keep your book exclusive to Amazon. When the company set up those rules, they knew what they were doing. If you make your book exclusive on Amazon, and it becomes extremely popular, they are going to be the only ones that carry it for a certain period of time. That means all of the sales will come to them. If you go to other retailers, then you’re not going to get the benefits that joining the Kindle Select program offers.

One of those advantages is the ability to price your book to zero for five days out of every 90 days. What that means is that for those days that the book is on promotion it will be promoted for free on Amazon. If you have a series, people will buy the first book in your series for nothing; and there is a decent chance that they will buy the second book as well – as well as any other additional books – because they read the first one and became intrigued. You also are able to take advantage of certain programs like the Kindle Singles program. You can also enlist your book in the borrowing service that Kindle offers – Kindle Unlimited. This service pays you for each page that someone reads.

If you need to convert epub to mobi, check out Reedsy’s tool.

Get Inspired with an Unusual Image

Get Inspired with an Unusual Image

One of the tried-and-true methods for coming up with a story when you lack for one is to use an image and try to imagine what is happening in that image. This is a technique that is been used by everyone from horror writer Stephen King to fiction magazines running contests to see who can come up with the best story to fit a particular image that they have published. If you are lacking for a good story, then you may want to use these techniques to come up with something that will inspire you to write something really unique and wonderful. Let’s take a look at three image techniques to help you get started.

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Where to Find Images Online

There are lots of places where you can find images online. Obviously, since you are not going to be using these images for any commercial purposes, you can use Google image search. However, there are much better ways to find images. Going to stock photo sites, including one of the best free ones – Pixabay, is a much better way to find a unique image than looking online for images with a Google search. These stock photo sites have lots of different pictures for many different purposes, and some of them seem as if they were almost made for a book cover. Those are the images that you want to look for. Find an image that seems like it could make a really good book cover and then try to imagine what is happening in that picture.

What Sort of Images to Look For

You should choose the images based upon what sort of genre you’re writing in. For example, if you write in the fantasy genre, then you may want to look at fantasy pictures for a while. If you write science fiction, looking at spaceships and other sci-fi constructs may inspire you to write a story. But don’t be afraid to look at other genres as well. For example, if you write fantasy, check out some of the pictures that might fit better into a horror genre. This may inspire you to create a really original story that no one else has thought of. These are the kind of stories that editors want to read and publishers want to publish.

Keywords to Use for Image Searches

The keywords that you use for your image search will depend upon what genre you’re looking for. Try to think of keywords that are not too on-the-nose and mix them up so that you can get wide and varied images to make sure that you find really unique ones. Use the Google keyword tool to come up with related keywords that might help you find the perfect image, and try out synonyms and combinations of keywords to see what sort of things come to the surface. Don’t be afraid to keep digging when you find a bunch of good pictures, because often, some of the most inspiring ones are hidden at the very bottom of the pile. To really enhance what you see with images, smoke some marijuana.

How to Format Picture Books for Kindle

How to Format Picture Books for Kindle

If you are writing a picture book, then you may have heard that formatting is a nightmare. While it is true that formatting can be difficult for Amazon Kindle, it is not impossible and with a little practice you can get good enough added to where you are no longer having trouble.

The two things that you have to be most concerned about when it comes to having a children’s book published in digital form are the specific formatting that you are doing with your text, such as short rhymes instead of full paragraphs, and the images that you are including. There are a few things that you want to keep in mind when it comes to formatting picture books for Kindle, and we will go over those tips here. The thing that you want to keep in mind most is that practice makes perfect. No amount of tutorial information is a substitute for practice and experience.

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Make Pictures as Small as Possible While Still Maintaining Quality

First, you want to make your pictures as small as possible while still maintaining quality. There are two reasons for this. First of all, smaller pictures are going to be easier to work with in Microsoft Word and with Amazon Kindle. But the main reason that you want to make your pictures the smallest possible is that when it comes to picture books, you are going to be making less per book because Amazon actually charges you a fee depending upon the size of your book. This is fair because they are the ones storing the book and sending it to people, but if you make your pictures too big, you’re not can be making any money on your book at all. When it comes to a book without pictures, this is only a few cents, but when you add pictures and it can be several dollars.

Use Microsoft Word’s Formatting Tools to Create Your Look

You should also learn everything you can about Microsoft Word and all of their formatting tools so you can create the look of your book. There are lots of formatting tools the Microsoft Word uses that you shouldn’t when it comes to formatting for Kindle because they will be regarded as junk characters by Kindle. You have to learn which Microsoft formatting tools work well with Amazon Kindle and which ones do not.

Use the Microsoft Word Kindle Add-on for Preview Purposes

Finally, you definitely want to download the Microsoft Word add-on Kindle previewer, because you will be able to see without having to upload your book how it is coming along and make any changes quickly. There is a better previewer when you actually upload your book and cover on the Amazon Kindle website, but it can be tiresome to upload it and check to see if your changes fix the problem. The Microsoft Word add-on previewer is a big help if you’re going to may making a lot of changes – and if you are uploading a picture book then you definitely are.

If you need an all-in one tool that makes formatting a book easy, check out Reedsy’s guide and software

How Long Should My Novel Be?

How Long Should My Novel Be?

“How long should my novel be?” is one of the most frequently asked questions among new authors. In fact, a lot of seasoned veterans ask this question, too.

The word count of your novel is just as important as the topic, the title, the plot, and the characters. Why? – Because you want to make sure that you don’t lose the attention of your readers, yet you also want to ensure that you can effectively develop your story and answer all questions. If your novel is too short, you may leave a lot of readers asking, “What happens next?” or “That was all?” If it’s too long, your audience may end up getting bored and put your novel down before they finish.

So, how long should your novel be? That’s a tough question to answer. The truth is, there isn’t a definite answer. Subject matter, details, character development, and various other elements will certainly play a big part in determining the length of your book. However, there is another key element that will also have a big influence on the length of your novel: your audience.

Though you should certainly stick to your natural style, you definitely want to consider the age of your target audience. Why? – Because it definitely plays a huge part in their attention span.

Word Counts for Different Book Types

You can get a good rough idea for the word count of your novel by categorizing the type of novel you are going to be writing and your target audience. Obviously, an 8-year-old isn’t going to have the attention span to read something a book that has a hefty length like “War and Peace”, just like adults aren’t going to be too keen on reading a novel that only has a few chapters.

With that said, here’s a look at the average word length for novels based on their intended audience and their genres:

Audience

  • Children’s chapter book. No less than 1,000 words and no more than 10,000 words
  • Middle grade chapter book. No fewer than 20,000 words and no more than 50,000 words
  • Young adult novels. Between 40,000 and 70,000 words
  • Adult fiction. Up to 100,000 words, but no less than 40,000.

Genre

  • Romance. Between 50,000 and 100,000 words
  • Science fiction and fantasy. The average length should be between 90,000 and 120,000 words. You can try to stretch it longer, but if you go over 150,000 words, you’ll test the patience of your audience.
  • Historical fiction. The average length for this genre is the same as science fiction and fantasy.
  • Mystery, thriller, horror. A length of 70,000 to 90,000 words is recommended, as this is the ideal amount to build suspense, reach a climax, and come to a conclusion.

Of course, these word counts are recommendations. There aren’t any solid rules that are set in stone; however, in general, it seems that these counts are pretty standard and appeal to the audiences who each type of book is intended for.

 

 

DIY Guide: Where to Find Photos for Book Covers

Where to Find Photos for Book Covers

Everyone knows that DIY is “generally” cheaper than creating your own book cover design. However, If you are going to create your own book covers, then one of the things that you are going to be working with regularly is the stock photo. Stock photos referred to specific images on the Internet that were taken and intended for people to use in their projects. Most of the time, stock photos cost money, either through membership at a stock photo website or by paying for a stock photo individually. However, there are ways that you can get free stock photos as well. We will be looking at all of the ways that you can find photos for your book covers in this article.

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Model Faces & Erotica

One of the things that you should know about using photos for book covers is that any photo the use that has a picture of someone’s face needs to have a release with it that you are allowed to use their face for commercial projects. If there is no model release, then you run the risk of them coming back later on and saying that you did not have permission to use their face your book cover. You also want to be careful when using stock photos for erotica, because there are some agreements that specifically preclude the photos being used in an erotica book cover or for any so-called pornographic purposes.

Using Non-Licensed Photos

Some book cover designers think that they can use any photo they find on the Internet to create their book cover. But think about this: if you were to create a book cover and write a best-selling book, and the book actually sold thousands of copies, the person that held the copyright for that photo might take notice and Sue you for all of the profits that you made from your book. This is happened before, so do not think that it cannot happen to you. Instead, use a legitimate license stock photo that you have permission to use.

Regular Stock Photo Websites

you can definitely get stock photos from regular stock photo websites. However, this is the most expensive way to do it. You will either have to pay for a monthly membership with the stock photo site to give you a certain number of downloads per month, or you will have to pay individually for the photo, which cost more depending upon how high resolution you want. The Lord of the resolution, the lower the cost.

Pixabay.com

this is a website where you can find plenty of high quality digital stock photos, and all you have to do is fill out a captcha to get the image.

FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

this is another site without quite as many high-quality photos, but they do have a lot of photos for people and various other subjects that will help you if you are book designer. More importantly, these photos are almost all completed license free and can be used however you want. You should still check them to be sure though

On Self-Publishing Printed Books

Self-Publishing Printed Books

If you have written a book, then you probably want to publish it. Self-publishing is definitely the way to go these days, but when you read information online or try to learn about it, almost all of the information out there refers to digital self-publishing. What if you want to self-publish your book, but you want it published in print; an actual, physical book? There are some solutions to this problem, and we will be examining two of the biggest ones here.

One of the things that you do not want to do in self-publishing a printed book is to use what are called vanity publishers. There is a huge difference between a self-publishing print publisher and a vanity publisher. Vanity publishers are there to trick you into signing up for their service with the promise that they will do everything that a conventional publisher will do for a price that is often several hundred or even several thousand dollars. This is simply a bad idea. For one thing, many of the services that they charge hundreds of dollars for you can either do yourself or hire someone to do for a lot less. For another, your book is not going to be marketed any more effectively with a vanity publisher that if you were to publish it yourself.

When it comes to self-publishing printed books, there are two main options to go with. Both of them are actually owned by Amazon. The first is what is called CreateSpace. CreateSpace is a self-publishing platform that will allow you to upload your book and your own cover and then use the print-on-demand model to sell your books. What that means is that your books will be listed on the Amazon site as a paperback listing – as well as a Kindle listing if you choose – and people that buy the paperback of your book will trigger a printing of the book. You’ll get paid a certain percentage of the price, and CreateSpace will get the rest. How much you get depends upon what you set the price of the book at. CreateSpace will tell you up front what the book is going to cost you to create, so suppose that your book is $2.85, then setting your paperback price at $9.99 would give you about $7 each time your book is sold.

The other paperback publishing platform is actually offered by Amazon as part of the Kindle Direct Publishing program, and it is still in Beta. It is likely that – since CreateSpace is owned by Amazon – these two services will eventually merge. In addition, you don’t have any hardcover options right now, but Amazon says that may change as they roll out this new print-on-demand beta service.

But the bottom line is, there are options for getting a print version of your book to bookstores and in libraries everywhere. CreateSpace has a distribution program that you can pay for that will get your book listed in the industry catalogs.

How Long Should a Chapter Be? And other writing tips

 

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How Long Should a Chapter Be? Not the most important question…

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The Important Things to Remember About Book Marketing

Book marketing is a critical portion of the publishing approach. Social media marketing is among the absolute most efficient internet advertising strategies, and you’ll be able to begin driving visitors to your site through Facebook and YouTube. Targeted ezine advertising is among the most cost effective methods to market your company. Go ahead and pop a few tasty pieces of bread into a brand new toaster oven, and we can talk about book marketing.

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If you’re not saying what the prospective book buyer would like to hear, they will not ever purchase your book. Without some kind of book advertising plan in place your book sales will be quite low. Online book sales can account for a high proportion of your entire book sales depending upon your marketing and advertising strategies. If you would like to see more book sales, you’ll need to make your own book advertising program.

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