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ARROW wrote:Not to be a spoil sport, but there can be a host of problems with this--because if there ever is a story inadvertently duplicated it can lead to rights issues. This is why a lot of creative companies do not open the doors to sanctioned efforts like this. All it takes is one lawsuit over who owns a story, and who gets to make money off it, and the whole thing blows up.
Personally, I'm not a fan of fan-fiction--mostly because it tends to not be well-written.
I've always found that the folks that are going to do this stuff professionally, who were meant to do this stuff......they find a way to get in.
I say keep it unofficial and unattached and it'll stay fun.
And ARROW? Hun, I've been trying to 'break in' for a while......I just don't *know* the right people apparently
General Scarlett wrote:Blah...blah...blah.....
General Scarlett wrote:Just because its not what "you" want to read doesn't mean that there aren't others out there who would......not Harry Potter legions, but there's ALWAYS somebody somewhere who loves to stretch the imagination boundaries
Hun, I've been trying to 'break in' for a while......I just don't *know* the right people apparently.
Lt Storm wrote:Well, I'm not going to run down fanfiction, everyone's taste is subject. To say its all crap isn't fair, especially if you are someone who writes it. Some may not be "Bestseller" quality but its more having fun in doing it and sharing your stories with people.
Lt Storm wrote:But here's what I was thinking on the subject. Some people have created their own characters and worked them into the "Joeverse". If Hasbro were to maybe use some of those fan made characters and had them make a cameo in the comic or exclusive action figure would be sweet. They could contact said person, say "Hey we'd like to put your character in a story. You'd retain rights and we'll give you creator credit" and whatever legal. It's been done before, DC had a create-a-character contest and the winners character got featured in JLA...who was killed off...but hey still cool.
Well, if you don't have an agent, you probably never will. That's what separates the professional from the amateurs.
Besides, if you had something they liked, they probably wouldn't bother asking you. They'd could just take it and alter it enough so it wasn't a copyright infringement. I.e., Sgt. Savage = Sgt. Rock. Heck, a few years ago a certain individual who used to post here claimed Hasbro had stolen some of his custom designs when he had them showcased at the JoeCon. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. I don't know.
General Scarlett wrote:Duder, I started this thread........don't attempt to 'dumb me down' ok?
It is indeed called 'discussion'.....so discuss-don't heavy hand what others have to say, how 'bout that??
ARROW wrote:Great big fallacy there: why "steal" something like an idea and risk a lawsuit that will cost them a large sum of money, when they can hire the actual person and pay them a 10th of the amount for the idea? Most large businesses do NOT operate the way you suggest, at least not cognitively--the risk is simply too great.
ARROW wrote:You don't need an agent to break in.
Most pro writers don't use them either, except where they seek to write only certain kinds of material, or if they are earning more than $100,000 a year. If you earn any less than that as a writer and using an agent, you are throwing your money away to a middleman that isn't serving you.
ARROW wrote:To that end, getting one's work under the noses of readers is more important at the early stages than finding a publisher. The internet is a great tool for this, because your potential reach is global--hence your audience is greater than the reach of most printed publications anyway.
ARROW wrote:Writing professionally, or aspiring to write professionally means to understand that we will be handed crap at some point, we will be forced to uphold crap, forced to re-write good ideas into awful crap.
ARROW wrote:As a fan, consumer and creator, I'm REALLY fussy when it comes to fan-fics because I demand the same criteria as if I'm reading pro works. I almost never see it because its usually just someone pissing around with a keyboard etc. But the ones that can show they got it........those folks, I sit up and take notice of.
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