First off – thank you SO MUCH for all your help in the past few days. I decided to go with the excerpt from Hands in the end just because it came from a shorter story and didn’t need so much explaining to make sense :-).
The interview went really well – apart from the fact that I rambled on a bit. I hope I didn’t say anything TOO stupid but when you’re just chuntering on I think there’s a danger of disappearing up your own arse. Alex, who did the interview, was a really lovely guy, and after it finished we continued having a really nice chat.
He says the interview is likely to go up on his Sounds Erotic website next Friday – I’ll be sure to tell you when it’s up.
After we finished the interview, we talked about publishing Ebooks. As you guys know, I’m taking a bit of a break from fanfic at the moment, and the next thing I intend to do is write original character novels. I’ve got tons of ideas but my brain wasn’t wired to do any writing so far this year because of the Big Work Issue. That was finally resolved last week – thank GOD! It was a toughie and caused me a lot of worry and stress. Anyway, work is still busy but everything looks clearer now than it did in the first few months of the year, so I want to get going on something creative again.
My problem is, I’m not sure WHAT! I’ve got about 4 different novels I want to write and am finding it really hard knowing which one is ‘speaking’ to me most. There are: the slashy vampires in London taking it’s inspiration from my NCIS story Birth Day, the BDSM universe romantic comedy about a bunch of TV actors in a hit show, and a BDSM slash novel (not BDSM universe) about an undercover cop.
I’ve started the Vampire one AND the BDSM universe one – there are about 13,000 words of each as I’ve been trying them out but I haven’t had enough writing time to really be sure. I want to write both of them eventually – but which to do first?! I was kind of hoping that one story would just leap out at me, even if it was a brand new one, just begging to be written, but so far it hasn’t been that clear.
I’m not talking about giving up fanfic for ever. But one thing that came out of my experience in NCIS was how frustrated I am about writing in other people’s universes where the slash can never be canon, or the pairing I’m interested in be the central relationship on the show, even when it SHOULD be. I want to create my own universes where *I* say what happens and create the canon.
While talking to Alex, he said that he thought I should practice for producing an OC book, by filing the serial numbers’ off some of my fanfic novels (basically changing names and situations enough to make them Original Character, thereby not infringing the copyright of the original source material) and publishing them on Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords etc. It’s basically what the author of ’50 Shades of Grey’ did, and I thought I’d ask what you guys thought about that.
Part of me is quite excited by the thought, but another part of me isn’t sure. I wonder what the drawbacks would be? Would it piss fandom off? Would it leave one open to any kind of legal action? What are the issues there? Another concern is that part of me isn’t sure how much I’ll like going back and making changes to old stories rather than working on new ones although I’m intrigued by the idea of giving it a go. Having spent so much of my life slaving over so many epic long novels, I did like the idea of putting them out there and seeing whether they’d sell even a bit.
I also liked the idea that it’d be good practice for seeing how it all works prior to releasing an OC novel. If I DID go down that route – which story/ies would I do it too? I thought Hiding in Plain Sight or General & Doctor Sheppard might be good candidates – if I’m going to write an OC fic in the BDSM verse then it makes sense to try and establish the universe first. But maybe that’s not important. I liked the idea of getting a body of related work out though, especially if I was going to release an OC BDSM universe novel, so people who liked it could read others in the same universe.
Anyway, I wondered what your thoughts were. This is clearly a burning issue in fandom right now – I wonder how many fanfic authors will decide to go down this path after the success of ’50 Shades’? Not that I think that success would be easily duplicated – I think there were specific reasons why it worked for her, and I don’t think it’d be at all the same with more niche writing, especially slash.
After talking to Alex, I AM excited about my plans going forward. The interview came at just the right time after my holiday and the resolution of the Big Work Issue that was taking up so much of my time and energy. I feel ready to embark on something new and exciting. I’ve been thinking about this all year already but it really focused me on it again.
There are some real life issues tying in here with all this too, with my desire to sell my business and retire at some point in the next 7 years, and wanting to set up something for myself that I can do, and enjoy, that will bring in at least a little income when I reach that point.
I’m going to do some poll thingies for the hell of it if you want to fill them in :-).
Is it a good idea to turn a fanfic novel into an original character novel?
Which Xanthe fic would you like turned into an original character novel?
Completely new original character novel ideas