OTW Fannews: Writers of all stripes

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  • Author Robert Jackson Bennett wrote about how to define fans and how that related to his role as a content creator. “I happened to meet a much more established writer than me…I brought up the sort of weird alienation I felt…I knew in my head that I was writing stuff for everyone, for all kinds of people, something that’s applicable to humanity in general rather than people like me, but it was still odd to see it right in front of me, these people I wasn’t like, and know that I was writing for them. He looked at me and said, ‘That’s because they’re not you’re[sic] people. They’re not. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that they are.'”
  • ComplexTech posted an interview with author Clive Thompson, who may have some insight for Bennett. “[T]he cognitive benefits of the Internet require social work. That turns out to be a problem for the 10 percent of the population who regards social work with absolute horror…If you pie-chart them, a lot of the negative pieces about the Internet are written by novelists.” However, he thinks some writers are the ones to watch. “[T]he world of fan fiction is the most technologically explosive thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Every single technology that has come along, fan fiction people have come along and colonized it and stress-tested it and found the most amazing things…If you’re ever wondering about a future technology, just drop what you’re doing and find out what fan fiction people are doing with it…whatever it is, it’s the future.”
  • Such discoveries aren’t likely to come from fanfic-for-hire, as Amazon is commissioning authors to launch fandom lines. Orion Books Editor Jo Gledhill advised fanfic writers to know what makes them happy. “[D]ecide whether you actually do want to find a mainstream publisher! It’s not for everyone. If you love writing and you love the support network of fan fiction, don’t think of it as a stepping stone. It’s a huge community with millions of readers, you’ll get some fabulous advice and feedback as your writing develops.”
  • Here & Now focused on the value of that network in a story about Harry Potter fan. “Esther Earl was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12, and died in 2010 shortly after her 16th birthday. But in that short time, she developed a network of friends through social media, blogging and YouTube videos. She was a devoted fan of the Harry Potter books and was an active member of the Harry Potter Alliance. At LeakyCon, a convention for Harry Potter enthusiasts, Esther met young adult author and vlogger John Green, who would become a friend. Green dedicated his best selling book “The Fault In Our Stars” to her and said that she was an inspiration for the novel.”

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