|Slash Pervert (slashpervert) wrote,|
@ 2007-05-26 17:43:00
|Entry tags:||faq, nonfiction|
slashpervert – Frequently Asked Questions
Slashpervert – Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT THIS JOURNAL:
Can I friend your journal?
Yes, many people who read my fan fiction do friend this journal to keep up to date with it. Be warned, I also tend to post the occasional question, poll or rant about fandom or writing.
Why do you say a person has to be age eighteen or over to read this journal?
United States law. I could be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and other similar charges, if I knowingly allowed someone under age eighteen to read my sexually explicit fiction. (It strikes me as particularly odd that it is often legal to have sex in some places before it is legal for young people to be allowed to read about it. I could do an entire rant – and probably will sometime – on the censorship of erotic material.) In the meantime, please do not put me and my writing at risk. Luckily, the new age coding on LJ makes it less likely that I will have problems now.
So do I have to comment?
We love comments and we read every single one. You don't have to comment and we do understand not everyone is comfortable doing so. Yet, we do consider it a very nice way to reward the author for their time. Many hours of work can go into even a short work, let alone a novel. Can you spare a minute to tell the author you enjoyed it? Even anonymous comments are acceptable. In fan fiction, we don't charge money for our work. So please show your appreciation in comments.
What do I say in a comment?
Anything that shows you read it and it engaged you. It’s always lovely when someone quotes a favorite line or tells their reaction to specific parts. Was reading it worth your time? If so, why?
Do you like comments on the older fics?
Yes, I read every comment and love hearing how people react to the old ones as well as the new.
Do you like chapter by chapter comments?
Love ‘em! Like getting to re-read it with you.
Why don’t you reply to every comment made?
We adore reading the comments. Yet, I often get so caught up in writing fiction that I fall way behind in replying to comments. My co-authors and I write nearly every day and are also editing and posting. We try to at least reply to more detailed comments, those with questions or the end of the story reviews. Sometimes I set aside hours just to answer comments and emails. I usually think that readers would rather have more stories than a “thanks for reviewing" comment from us.
In addition to the time constraints, we also are sometimes leery of replying to a story that is incomplete because we don’t want to risk a spoiler for the rest of the story.
Lastly, a couple of my co-authors consider themselves very shy people who really don’t know what to say to comments. One explains to me that she loves reading them but draws a blank when she tries to answer.
Are there other ways to show you if I like the fiction?
Yes! Recommend our work to others. Get it out there. If you are an artist – we adore illustrations! Photo manip? Video? Anything inspired by or that reminds you of our work, let us know.
There is also a donation button on both the Master List and the Profile page. All the fiction here is provided free, but it does help when folks donate money to help me cover costs such as site fees, internet fees and computer costs. For example, I type so much that I go through at least one keyboard a year.
Should I comment if I see an error in the fiction?
Yes, comment or email us. No matter how many times we and our Betas read the fics, there are always little errors that slip through. Fan-catches on them are great and I am able to edit them then.
Critiques on the content will be read but are not likely to result in changes to an already written and published fic. Keep in mind that any critique of the writing should be constructive. Comments which attack people or include bigotry such as attacks on gay men or other groups of people will be deleted.
How much fan fiction have you written?
I've posted over two million words so far and written more than twice that. (I also have written several original novels. See dmatkins for more about that.)
Why are so many of your pieces co-authored?
It’s more fun to write with someone else. And I usually save my solo writing for non-fan fiction writing. And I am more prolific when I co-write than go solo.
Is your work available on any other journal sites?
I have slashpervert journals at Live Journal, Insane Journal and Dreamwidth.
Can I post copies of your stories to another site?
It's really important that you NOT do it. On the Profile page and at the full version of the Disclaimer (linked at the top of every story), it reads: "Distribution is limited. The distribution of this story is for personal use only. Any other form of distribution is prohibited without the consent of the author(s)."
It's absolutely great if you want to recommend our stories. Just put a link back to where they are instead of copying them to another place.
There are quite a number of reasons that most fan fiction authors don't like their work re-posted, and it's not just about credit. For me the big two are: First, I am a perfectionist. If I find an error in one of my stories, I like to be able to go to every place that story is posted and change it. I actually do this on a regular basis. Second, I would like readers to be communicating directly with me (and co-authors) not with the other poster. When someone leaves feedback, I'd want to read it and reply myself. I think that is one of the wonderful things about fan fiction, the fact that people can talk directly with the authors.
The only exception I make is when I work with translators, and even then I have specific guidelines on how that is handled. See HERE.
I have a list of the archives that I post at on my Profile and here. If there is an archive you think I should post at, feel free to send me the information.
Is your work available on any of the archive sites?
Yes. Under the name slashpervert at:
Adult Fan Fiction
The Quidditch Pitch
The Silver Snitch
I used to archive at Restricted Section, but they no longer allow new submissions or comments. I have accounts at The Archive at the End of the Universe, The Angst Archive and Archive of Our Own but didn't get much response on those sites, so haven't continued posting to them.
I no longer archive at hexfiles.net since they banned two of my stories and I will not support censorship. (Details here.)
Why aren't all your stories on the archives?
I post a story to the journals before I post to the archives. I used to post at the same time, but I find it better now to wait until the story is finished on the journals before posting to the archives. That way if I find an error, I don't have to go back and fix it in so many different places. In addition, some archives require we submit the files to them and wait until they are either approved and/or uploaded. This means we can’t publish there at the pace we do on the journals. Currently, I am my posting to the archives is about a year behind the journal sites.
Do you need people to Beta for you?
We are able publish the work we do at the rate we do because of the help of some amazing people who help us edit and proofread the stories. What we need in a Beta is pretty specific. See THIS post for detail and application.
Why the name slashpervert?
When I created this journal, it was just with the intention of reading fan fiction, not writing it. I wanted something easy to remember. Since I felt like an even bigger pervert than usual for reading Harry Potter slash fiction, I chose the name to reflect that. I kept it because I like the idea of reclaiming the word “pervert” as “a person whose sexuality deviates from the norm.”
Do you write things other than fan fiction?
Yes. I am a published journalist and social scientist. I have written and published hundreds of articles and a handful of books. I am working on several original novels at this time, a couple with the co-authors you see here, and at least one solo work. You may also check out my original fiction journal, dmatkins, for more information.
What is your real name?
You can call me “Perv,” if you like. Not telling my real name here. I don’t mix my academic writing world and my fan fiction. The only thing I am willing to share is that if you read LGBT non-fiction titles, you would probably recognize my name. My original erotic fiction is published under the name D.M. Atkins.
How old are you?
Over 30. Old enough to remember and have read original Star Trek K/S fan fiction back when we still had to print it in fanzines and sell them to others to get our fiction out there.
Do you play RPGs?
Yes. Actually I've been playing the traditional “sit in a room with other geeks like me” style role playing game. I have been participating in online RPGs for a couple of years. These days I tend to prefer my co-authoring to the larger multi-player games.
ABOUT MY FAN FICTION:
Why do you post so much?
Hey, I only post half of what we have written. Just that prolific, I guess. There are at least a dozen pieces that are in progress, or that didn’t go anywhere, sitting in my hard drive.
Why do most of your long works switch points of view between characters?
In most co-authors works we use a dual “Limited Third-Person Point of View” between the two main characters. For more information see THIS post about the topic.
Isn’t your co-authored fiction just RPG logs?
No, not entirely. Most of them start out as one-to-one RP logs in IM. But there are some major differences. First, I have a kink for plot. So I get bored easily if it doesn’t turn into a story. Second, it takes a hell of a lot of work to take those rough IM logs and turn them into readable fiction. It’s not just stripping out the IM login names and the extraneous conversation. There is a lot of research and rewriting which most RPG players don’t bother with. I should write up a description of the process, but I am spending way too much time on it at the moment! It involves at least a dozen steps between the IM dialog and what you see on screen.
Why don’t you post more of your works in progress (WIP)?
I did with early ones like Secrets and Promises. I found several problems with it. First, I can’t always depend on other co-authors to hang in there and finish the story (note the currently stalled S&P). Second, it does not allow the kind of editing that makes for better fiction. We actually go back and change things, add scenes etc. to make the work as a whole better. Can’t do that as easily if you have already published early chapters. Third, I don’t always know that a piece is going to pan out and I don’t want to leave folks hanging. And fourth, I tend to prefer completed works myself.
For more extensive (and ranty) musings on WIP see: The Curse of the WIP – The Lost Art of Rewriting in Fan Fiction and the sequel, WIP and Editing – Reconsidering and Responding.
Isn’t what you have already published a WIP?
Most of it is written before I start putting it out there. With novel length works, it can take months to go from a finished rough copy to a ready-to-post fiction. So we serialize it. Serializing is different because the story is written before we start publishing it.
Why not just post it all at once?
Honestly, it’s more fun not to serialize it. The style of most of our long works is actually made to read better serialized than all at once. For example, read one chapter at a time, the high ration of sex scenes doesn't overwhelm, but can be a lot to take in when you read a long work in one sitting.
Readers comment more when it's serialized. Most people will only comment at the end of the fiction, but will comment on chapters when it is serialized. The comments help give us the energy for the mind breaking work of editing the fiction. Comments get me out of bed on bad days. And
And then there is a matter of publicity. As I have said elsewhere, we write the stuff for ourselves but we publish it for you. If we didn’t want to be read by others, we wouldn’t put it online. So when we publish say, a chapter a day, it builds momentum. There are only so many times you can post to the communities about a finished work. But you can post updates about the serialized work, which brings new readers to the work.
How do you choose co-authors?
I am, at this point, amazingly blessed with several talented people who have become very important to me. If you had told me four years ago that I would be co-authoring anything, let alone something this intimate, with someone I had never even met in person, I would not have believed it. Even my academic collaborations usually grew out of mutual trust and respect in the field.
So far, my fan fiction collaborations have happened with people I either met in a group RPG or who posted to a journal that they were looking to play with someone. A couple of times people have contacted me. I have done the one-to-one RP thing a few times with folks where it was fun but didn’t “go anywhere.” It’s kind of like dating to see if there is chemistry between you. Sometimes it turns into a kind of relationship where I find I both enjoy and work well with someone. Sometimes it was just a nice time but that’s all. There are some writers whose work I admire and would love to write with. But for the most part, my plate is pretty full right now. (If I have left positive feed back, especially if more than once, on their fan fiction, then odds are I would consider writing with them.)
If you are someone who feels we might be compatible and would like to try writing with me, check out this entry: Looking for New Co-Author.
Who writes who in the stories? Why?
In co-authored work, we often divide up the characters to write. In HP/DM fiction, I have usually written Draco. Depending on the fiction, I have also written: Remus, Tonks, Snape, Shacklebolt, Neville, Hermione, Ron, Oliver Wood and probably a dozen other minor characters. I often write the villains too: Lucius Malfoy, Bellatrix and the Lestrange brothers, Macnair, etc. Remember, in solo fiction, I am used to writing all the characters. So it isn’t really difficult to write some or even most of them in co-authored work.
Can I download all of your stories instead of reading them online?
I have actually been, slowly, working on creating book-style formatted PDF files of our novels. I have to wait until all of the proofreading is complete and all of the archives are up to date with the stories. I can’t individually send the files to everyone who asks since at the moment each chapter is a separate file. I only combine and reformat later. Most of my novella and novel length fics have been made into PDF files. You can find links to the PDF pages next to those stories in the Master List.
Meanwhile, you can go to one of the archives and download the stories there as single file: The Quidditch Pitch, The Silver Snitch or HP Fandom. Once at the site, you open the story, then click the printer icon. That icon gives you a page with the entire story that is “ready to print.” You can use “save as” to copy that file to your computer.
Can I get a print copy of your stories?
You have a couple options. First, you can use the PDF or other site options mentioned above to print them out yourself.
I also have paperback print copies of most of my longer works. A few times a year I make those available at cost. If you are interested in getting copies, send me email and let me know which ones you are interested in.
Why is there so much sex in your stories?
Because I, as well as my co-authors, enjoy writing sex scenes. If you do not like reading smut, you probably shouldn't read our fiction. Also, because the longer stories are written to be serialized, they usually include sex scenes every few chapters.
Why is there so much violence in your stories?
I have always written violent stories. I have written a bit about what that means in the following posts: Warnings and Violence in my Fiction and Morality, Fiction and the Idealistic Author.
Do you have advice for would-be fan fic writers?
I did post some suggestions HERE. In addition, you could search the tags for WRITING to hear what else of written on the topic.
Will you beta my story?
Probably not. First, I really don’t have the time. I am much more interested in writing and editing the dozen or more WIP I have going. Second, I really am not a good proofreader. I am a good editor but most fans don’t take real editing well. If I am a regular reader of someone’s work already, I am sometimes willing to edit for them. I don’t do so often though. And if someone sends me a story without first getting my consent to read it, I won’t even open the file.
Can I make a suggestion for a future story or scene?
I actually have a prompt post that you can add to at: Prompt Me. I don’t guarantee to write it but it might show up. Oddly enough several of the prompts just confirmed to us that a story we already had in progress would be welcome. But even that’s nice to know.
Are any of your stories translated into languages besides English? May I translate one or more of your stories into another language?
There are translations of some of our stories into Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian. If someone wants to see how to get permission to translate one or more of our stories and a list of stories translated so far, please see the post: Translations.
This page last updated April 24, 2010.