I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails over the past year asking if and when I’m going to
finish both Dancing Lessons and my sequel to The Butterfly Effect. Believe me
when I say that nobody is more depressed about the unfinished state of my fan
fiction than I am. But the cold, hard reality is that I have bills and student
loans to pay, an actual paying writing career to try my damnedest to launch, and
an eventual marriage to save and plan for. The simple fact is that there is no
more room in my life for fan fiction. I’ve tried to make room. I have. But it’s
just not happening.
I realize that a lot of people will probably
judge me pretty harshly for the following, but I’m just desperate enough not to
care. I’m offering to sing for my supper, so to speak, and I don’t see the shame
in that. So here’s my proposal: if every reader who has read and enjoyed my fan
fiction over the years will donate the amount that they would expect to pay for
a hardback novel (and I’ve written the equivalent of several novels in the
course of my fanfic career), then I will be able to take a year off to write
full time. This means that not only would I be able to finish the original
novels that are languishing on my hard drive; I would also be able to finish my
Basically, what I’m asking for is monetary support from my reader base in
helping me get my career as a professional storyteller off the ground. In
return, if at least half of my goal is met, I promise to continue the work that
has gained me a following in the first place. I’m asking you to buy me time to
If you’re willing to do this, in addition to finished WIPs
you will also have my eternal gratitude and a mention in the acknowledgements of
my first published novel. If you’re not, that’s understandable, and all I ask is
that you never again ask me how my WIPs are coming.
(On the jump, here’s a tiny sampling of some of the 425 comments — and counting — that she got…)
"You. Lose. At. Life. I fart in your general direction. You are a sad,
sad person. You are a mockery to the hard-working and a smear of pus to
the world of fandom. Get out of our fandom, you idiot…"
"You cannot, however, expect the fandom world to just sit around
quietly while you single-handedly attempt to railroad us into oblivion
by asking for monetary compensation for a goddamned fucking hobby."
"If one fanfic writer gives the appearance of asking for money for fic and one copyright holder notices then all fanfic writers suffer when the full weight of the law comes down on the hobby making this everyones business"
"If I could afford to pay all of the fanfic authors who’ve given me so
much pleasure over the years for the time and effort they’ve put into
their work, I would. I see no reason beyond my meager bank account not
to do so. Since you’re one of the few whose works I’ve really
enjoyed that I’ve seen asking, once I get paid again I’ll throw a
little your way."
"Just wait until Mr. Goldberg gets ahold of this. Thank you for
embarrassing the rest of us who do this for free and fit it in amongst
the rest of our obligations."
"Seeking money as payment for your fanfiction changes the terms of the
fannish economy, and I think you’re liable to get yourself sued for it
— which could have terrifically unpleasant ramifications for the rest
"You know, I think you need a big fat reality check. There are
people without decent housing, without nourishing food, working menial
jobs, struggling like heroes to make it from week to week and better
things for themselves and their families – and you want to be supported
while you sit on your ass and work on your fanfic. You make me want to vomit, your sense of entitlement selfishness is that disgusting."