Paid Fanfiction? Wait what?

What do you guys think about this? What do you think it means for the publishing world?

In other news. Anne Rice must be spitting venom.

The Athele Series

So after my rant on fanfiction last year sometime, I about swallowed my tongue after reading this.  

Apparently, Amazon has acquired permission from a few TV shows (among other platforms, if I’m getting the insinuations right) to allow people to be paid for the fanfiction which they write about that particular show.  

I’m pretty sure Amazon is an evil marketing genius.  This is amazing.  I’m not saying that everyone wins, in fact I’m pretty sure that authors stands to lose a lot.  As understood so far, if the parent company like the fanfiction author’s ideas, they can pretty much just lift it straight off without so much as a note, and use it for their own devices.  However.  I do think this is a fabulous idea for a fledgling, and even a practiced author, as well as for the company.  

First, it gives the…

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My Journey Through Goodreads (Part 1)

Hello my darlings,

Wow! Three blog posts in one day? I’m getting good at this. Anyway, this has been in no real way affected by the mood instilled by my previous post. But I have been meaning to write a little bit about how I am dealing with Goodreads and I figured today would be as good a day as any to do so.

So here are a few things that I believe are the merits of Goodreads, plus a few things that are not so savory and lessons I am learning along the way.

1) The Customer Service

I am sure you have heard me say this before, but Goodreads customer service is the most horrible thing in the world. They must really encourage independent problem solving, because that is what they seem to promote. I have had several problems in the past that, after hours of trying to solve it on my own, finally lead me to resort to emailing them (which is never fun, I assure you. Try grinding your teeth and admitting to being an idiot to when you usually pride yourself on being really good at the internet). I will receive a reply a 1 – 2 weeks later. Sometimes it takes even longer than that. My question is usually summed up within a paragraph that usually says the “so sorry! we can’t help” and offering an alternative solution that is not ideal but will have to do. I appreciate the whole “real people” aspect of this job but … they really need to do something about this. 2 weeks into a project I don’t even CARE about my previous problem anymore, as I have more than likely already come up with some alternative means of fixing it. They are grossly understaffed for the magnitude of their users.

2) Promotional Value

I will give Goodreads this – it is a valuable tool for my book promotion. Whenever a copy of one of my books gets bought I usually see that someone has marked it as “to-read” or “Currently reading”, which gives me the satisfaction of knowing that people care enough to take the time to look it up and mark it on their personal shelves, share it with their friends, post reviews, etc. Even if the reviews are not always what I want to hear, it is publicity – and any publicity is good publicity (right, right??). Readers on Goodreads seem to be more inclined to leave reviews there than people who just buy from Amazon. Plus, with all the giveaway and affordable ad opportunities, I think in this respect the Goodreads service is the author’s friend.

3) Misguided Good Intentions (of individuals)

Ok, so this might be a bit unfair to land in the Goodreads post. I probably should make another blog post altogether entitled “My journey as an author” or some such rot. But the majority of this I have dealt with on Goodreads so I am posting it under this topic. Don’t like my sense of justice? Forgive me I’m sure. But there are a lot of good intentions that go awry in some groups on Goodreads, particularly groups that offer a review for a review. Even though they may spend countless hours working out any possible kink that may arise in the system, there is always some sort of flaw, and I find it to be this: an author can post a book to the “read my book please” (not actual thread title) thread, but only IF they will pick up and review the book of the person who posted before them. This leads to many authors (not excluding myself) picking up books that are not in their genre and not even in their remote area of interest in order to promote their own work. And while reading outside of your comfort zone is sometimes a good thing, it has been known to leaving me bored and then guilty, and then I will look for something good to say about the book because I am convinced it is my fault that I even picked up a book I had convinced myself sounded interesting. And you don’t want to leave a bad review just because you didn’t like the book’s genre (if it deserves a bad review because of other X amount of flaws, that is a different story). But then, some people do leave bad or low reviews because the book really wasn’t their style, but they will mask it as something else (not being able to relate to the characters, it wasn’t fast-paced, there weren’t enough vampires). MY POINT IS, is that one must use this tool with caution. Trading book reviews (I have come to learn through several bad experiences) is a great idea in theory but it must be practiced with extra caution. I have had spiteful authors leave bad reviews for my book just because I left one for theirs (which is why I don’t do review swaps anymore).

4) THEY NEVER DELETE ANYTHING.

Seriously. Goodreads never deletes anything. Never, ever, ever register a book in their library if you don’t want it to stick around FOREVER.

I think that is enough for right now. Have any other authors had experiences like this? Do you agree/disagree with any of these points? Let it be known in the comments!

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Really.

Hello my darlings,

It has been a day. And I mean it has been a day … from the fact that Hulu only offers Desperate Housewives seasons 1-2 to the fact that my great-grandmother fell (again) and had to be taken to the ER, to the fact that this is my second or third attempt at writing this post and WordPress is showing very well how much it wishes to see me suffer. The ONLY consolation at this moment is that my makeup looks pretty stellar. But you probably can’t even tell from the quality of this picture.

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So my great-grandmother fell (again) today. The parenthetical aside implies that she has fallen many times, and each time the situation gets more intense. Well, today she fell and they had to taken her to the ER because she was showing signs of a stroke. Now, I live in a town of no significance and the great achievement of our hospital reads on a certificate “Lazy as F**k”. So they bring in my great-grandmother who is a woman of 86, her eyes are rolling in different directions, she can’t answer their questions clearly, she has fallen as skinned half of her elbow / forearm so there is BLOOD everywhere (though they STILL insist upon taking her blood pressure from that arm, causing her to bleed on the instrument, on her clothes, on the hospital bed. Lots of blood loss for a woman who is – did I mention a diabetic? And she hadn’t eaten breakfast?). She can’t walk, and yet all they decide to do is run a few tests, do a scan, and determine that after a few wisecracks from the doctor (surrounded by his non-existent nurses) about how she shouldn’t fall again they decide to SEND THIS WOMAN HOME. I’m sorry, but people are swarming in droves to universities, pumping money into the schools’ pockets, all to become doctors and nurses for a career that basically amounts to “tell the old woman to stop falling”???? I’m sorry, I could have told you that she needs to stop falling and I haven’t even made it through an entire Robin Cook novel. Like, ever. I don’t think I’m asking for much. Just some mediocre to decent quality healthcare.

I’m sorry. I am just tired of seeing my relatives pay to have assholes look at them and smirk at their heart problems, strokes, cancer, and other such apparent trifles. I’m also tired of seeing my grandmother and my mother (two of my best friends) being put through the wringer because on top of their own lives and health problems, they have this kind of thing set on their shoulders.

Thank you for letting me rant. I just needed to get that off my chest.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Services Offered

Hello my darlings,

This is me creating a post for easier re-blogging because the last one was kind of crammed with too much personal information. So from my other services page, this is a list of what I have to offer. Please feel free to contact me via my Contact page or my email address cnfaust@outlook.com 🙂

Formatting

eBook: For $10 an hour I will format your eBook for Amazon KDP (or various other eBook distributors, including Lulu and Nook). This usually takes me between 2 – 4 straight hours depending on what kind of shape the book is in when I get it. Work hours can be considerably less.

Print: For $12 an hour I will format your book for Amazon Createspace (or various other print distributors, including Lulu). This usually takes me between 4 – 6 hours depending on the shape the book is in when I get it, and what kind of things need to be done. Work hours can be considerably less.

Design

Covers: Need a cover for your book? Let me help! For $10 an hour, I can do full eBook covers (best for Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc). For $20 an hour, I can do full covers in any size format. (Full cover includes: back cover, front cover, and spine). Estimated work hours: 2-4 hours for ebook covers, 3-6 hours for the full spreads. Here are some examples of my work.

Bookmarks: Yes, I can craft bookmarks as well. For $7 an hour, estimated 2-4 hours worth of work. Here is an example of my work.

Business cards: Need business cards? I have you covered! For $7 an hour, just let me know the size! Estimate 2 – 3 hours of work. Here is an example:

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Computer Backgrounds: For $5 an hour, I can conjure up computer backgrounds featuring YOUR name, the title of the book in question, your splendid cover art, your chosen color schemes, and any quote you choose. Here is an example of my work:

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Thanks to anyone who reblogs this! You guys are a wonderful help to me.

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

Crazy Memorial Day Weekend

Hello my darlings,

As Memorial Day weekend reaches its final hours, I would like to point out that it has been a doozy, and next year it would be all right if things are a bit more settled. Please and thank you.

What happened, one might ask? I’m glad you did.

Well, on Friday, we got a call that my stepfather had collapsed into a faint at work (which happened to be in a town that is two hours away). My mother was in borderline hysterics, but we managed to get in the car and drive to the hospital to make certain he was all right. We arrived at the hospital. He was fine, smiling and laughing at us for being so worried, and we lingered until about midnight and then we made the two hour drive back home. Once we arrived home, I showered, did my makeup, changed clothes, and slept for about two hours before at 6:30 AM we were back on the road again, returning to the hospital because they had decided to keep him overnight. Once we got there again, it was mostly a lot of waiting as they ran a bunch of tests (all of which came back saying he was fine, it turned out just to be a magnesium deficiency) and around 4 in the afternoon, they told him he could be discharged. We came home, and I still managed to stay up until 1 in the morning before collapsing into a coma. I woke up at 1:30 this afternoon and I haven’t done much with my day. But tomorrow is my two year anniversary and I have been weaving plans for what sort of meal / dessert I am going to prepare. With that, a new D&D campaign to prepare for, a new book to write, Baron of Blood to market, and getting back on board with Future Fantasy Pub. plans, I am feeling quite busy (though happily so).

Oh, and all of my friends want to magically make plans for this week. Not that I’m complaining! It gets quiet around here without them.

So, that is that. I finally made a 1,000 and some word dent in At Dagger’s Point in one sitting (which is unusual for me when I haven’t written in a while). I like the concept so far, and I am gathering more ideas. I will say that the re-introduction of Charon’s character moves things along nicely. Even 18 years into the future he is still a dishonorable rogue.

Baron of Blood goes off sale today… so there will be no telling how my eBook sales will be affected. Hopefully it will be all for the better. Over 600 copies went out over the weekend, and I’m seeing it appear on a lot of Goodreads lists. Plus, I am going through lengths to promote it that I never did with Dragon’s Disciples, including getting more involved with Goodreads groups of the same subject, making physical promotional goodies like my bookmarks … etc.

I am also still searching for a wedding venue. I have sent a pleading email to my university asking if there is some section we can use for free, but I don’t know how that is going to turn out. In the meantime, I am getting some help from family members when it comes to the dress / the reception, and my aunt is a wizard with decorations. So that is some weight off my chest.

I hope you are all having a great Memorial Day weekend! Before I go, I would also like to draw your attention to my Other Services page. I don’t know if I have mentioned it before, but I have a list of services I am willing to offer to anyone who is interested. Including but not limited to book content formatting, c0ver art, bookmarks, business cards, and desktop backgrounds. I charge (very little!) by the hour, but it usually only takes me 2 – 4 hours to get through a project, unless it is a particularly challenging one. I am good with communication and will keep in touch with you, even send you periodic screenshots if you would like just so you know I’m not messing around and wasting our time. So contact me if you have any interested! Always happy to lend a hand to my friends and neighbors … and this is the only type of job I have at the moment. 😉

Even if you are not interested, feel free to spread the word to anyone you feel might be!

Your most adored,

C.N.F.

WIP Tag!

Charles Yallowitz tagged me for this – so in the spirit of things I shall respond accordingly!
1. What is the name of your current WIP?

I have two current WIP’s. I have The Hollow Living, which is book #3 of the “Age of Waking Death” series, and I have At Dagger’s Point, which is book #2 of the “Dawning Era Saga”.

2. Ready to do a cover reveal?

The Hollow Living has kind of already had a mock-up cover reveal. My BIG cover reveal will be for At Dagger’s Point, but it’s nowhere near ready.

3. How many words are you into it?

Into The Hollow Living, I am almost 10,000 words in. With At Dagger’s Point I am still completing the outline.

4. Goal word count by the end of the week?

For The Hollow Living, my goal count is 12,000 by the end of this week. For At Dagger’s Point, I intend to make a good 10,000 word dent.

5. Goal word count for the entire manuscript?

For both works, 80,000 – 100,000 is always the goal.

6. What genre does your work in progress fall within?

Both works fall into epic fantasy and gay fantasy

7. When would you *like* to publish this project?

I want At Dagger’s Point to be available by the time I am back in school for the fall. That was also the goal for The Hollow Living, but that one might be pushed back into th spring.

8. Go to page 5 of your manuscript and pick a sentence at random to share with us!

“You were the first I ever called brother,”

9. Will this WIP turn into a series book?

They are both already part of a series, hehe.

10. What has been the hardest challenge in working on this WIP?

With The Hollow Living, its entire series has been a challenge. There are just SO MANY subplots to keep up with / weave together and to be sure they all make sense. With At Dagger’s Point, I’m having trouble figuring out how I want it to flow.

11. What has been your favorite part of working on this WIP?

With The Hollow Living, my favorite part is introducing some new characters, fleshing out some old ones, and finally getting around to the big, badass plot twists and turns that I have been dreaming up for three years.

12. Any special treat planned for when you finish the final draft of your WIP?

Probably dolling up the cover and toasting to my success. XD