fanfic and editing

Devra at Devra at
Mon Nov 22 00:07:22 EST 2004

In a message dated 11/21/2004 8:09:37 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
owner-dwj-digest at writes:

> Fanfic has no slushpile, which is why it seems to contain less talent than 
> original fic.

Well, in the old days when rocks were soft and everyone used a Correcting 
Selectric typewriter (rather than a computer) fanfic was generally published in 
hardcopy by an editor.  If you were lucky, the editor had a good grasp on such 
trifles as grammar and the logical progression of action.  In short, in the 
best of the older Trekzines, the stories were selected and edited.  It gave 
people practice in their craft, and an understanding that not every word they 
wrote was a pearl (unlike some pro authors who now refuse to be edited....)  I was 
generally known as a mean mean nasty editor - and proud of it!
     Devra (Spockanalia, Masiform D, One Way Mirror...)

Devra Langsam
devra at
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