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10 June 2009 @ 03:00 am
Can someone explain how these work since fanfic is supposed to be free? I'm just wondering because over the last couple years I've seen wank spring up in other fandoms dealing with people charging for their fanfic.

moodswing: confusedconfused
Stephanie: Reading Pornladycallie on June 10th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
Back in the days of dial up, I was on a few Star Wars fanzines. The cost was just to cover printing and shipping.

Basically, authors submitted stories that were chosen by the editors (no clue who they were or how they got there) and then printed (often at Kinkos or at home) and then mailed.

Kazkazbaby on June 10th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
Okay, I can see that but that doesn't explain it nowadays since you're paying for a pdf file usually.
Stephanie: Aeryn ladycallie on June 10th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Who the hell would pay for a PDF of fanfic? I didn't know they were being done electronically. Weird.
Kazkazbaby on June 10th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
I've seen it on occasion. That's why I was curious.
tejastejas on June 10th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
There's usually art included and you're often getting a themed group of stories. Again, though, it's just supposed to cover costs. Sometimes they're still print, other times you get them on a cd. Sometimes you get the option.

There are some folks out there attempting to actually make money on it and that's just not right. On the other hand, I have "paid" for the odd story here and there when the person in question was hard up for some reason. I always counted it as a charitable contribution. Sorta like the stuff you buy during a PBS telethon.
Kazkazbaby on June 10th, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for explaining. I appreciate it. :)
ninja007ninja007 on June 11th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Sometimes the fic comes with original art as well. I've purchased PDF files of fics. One, a good friend is trying to earn money to pay medical bills. Most of his stuff you can find for free on the net, but others absolutely not.

There are some zines that have been put together on PDF files or CD rom's. You're paying for the work put into that, as it does take work and time to put together, just like the zines. I've been reading zines since 1987. Zines have been around for longer than that. I've bought some that have been around (I bought them used) since 1976 (Starsky and Hutch zines). I know for a fact that there are some zines that have been around since Star Trek debuted. It's only recently (in the last 10 yrs approx.) that they've been available either online, in PDF files or CD's.
ninja007ninja007 on June 11th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
PS: I've got zines from assorted genres, such as Star Trek (TOS and TNG), Star Wars, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, X-Men, Simon & Simon, Robin of Sherwood, Farscape (I put a collection of favorite stories together), and Stargate (both SG-1 and Atlantis).

There have also been some authors who have gone on to write original fiction and be published. I've had the pleasure of reading their fanfic and then reading their books.