this is gonna be weird

Paul Andinach pandinac at
Sun Dec 12 20:21:06 EST 2004

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004, Ika wrote:

> Paul (post I've been meaning to respond to for weeks, sorry!)

> > Some [published novels using other people's characters] obviously
> > are fanfiction, but others clearly aren't: the specific example I
> > had in mind was a Star Trek tie-in novel that the author is known
> > to have written solely in order that her first original novel
> > would qualify for the attention of publishers that only accepted
> > the work of established authors.
> Is that an example of obviously-fanfiction, or
> obviously-not-fanfiction? I mean, did she write it because it was
> easy for her as a fan to become a published author by publishing
> fanfiction, or because as not-a-fan it was easy for her to publish a
> Star Trek novel because there was a ready market for it?

Of obviously-not-fanfiction. She didn't even think of the
writing-a-Star-Trek-novel dodge herself; it was suggested to her by an
editor who was interested in her first novel but wasn't allowed to
commission first-time authors.

"Hold fast to the one noble thing."

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