Alice’s Restaurant

October 19, 2006

It Aint Fun If It Aint Fair

Filed under: FanLit — aliceaudrey @ 9:31 pm

Did I know what I was getting into when I first singed up? Not entirely. I could see the conflict of interest, but didn’t realize it would be as much of a problem as it proved. And I trusted FanLit to take responsibility for enforcing their own rules. That would have made a huge difference in the playing experience.

If I hadn’t already realized it was just a publicity stunt, plenty of people I tried to invite in the first round made it clear to me. I know a fair number of good writers who simply bowed out without making a single entry because of it.

I’m spending way too much time on it, have agonized over it, have NOT favorably impressed any editor, and don’t even get to keep my copyrights!

I have been asked by a fair number of people why I started, why I’ve stuck with it, and when I’m going to come to my senses. But then I’ve been asked the same questions about writing. I don’t have a good answers in either case.

But I do know this. If I’m going to do it – either writing or FanLit – I shouldn’t be halfhearted about it. I’m not going to have nearly as much fun if I don’t ignore the bandits and simply go for it.

Regardless of how it’s run, I’ve learned a few things, made some excellent friends, and wrote some stuff that I like. For now, that’s good enough for me.



  1. As odd as it may sound, I’m 100% fine with having signed up, and I’m just as fine with quitting when I did. I got a lot out of FanLit and enjoyed it immensely, but I also knew I couldn’t stick around anymore. I wish them all the best of luck in ironing out the technological and process issues that have made this iteration of FanLit less than optimal for some.

    So a lot of people you know think the whole thing is mostly a publicity stunt to attract new readers to HarperCollins products?

    Comment by Lynne — October 19, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

  2. Yep. I heard it from friends, family, and critique group. In some cases repeatedly.


    Comment by aliceaudrey — October 20, 2006 @ 6:12 am

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