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OTW’s celebrating IFD with an author chat & short form fanwork challenge, but there are other events coming:http://bit.ly/1EWohdm
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Getting thinky about gaming, plus cosplay races, fanfic competitions and vlogs are all part of fandom today. http://bit.ly/1DnD3c0

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Fanworks are created due to many different kinds of inspiration - but they don't just inspire fellow fans. http://bit.ly/1EqmuQl
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Tolkien fans have a reason to cheer, HASA is coming to AO3! If you were a contributor, read on about what to do.
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OTW is holding a Fic/Pro Author Chat on February 8 to celebrate International Fanworks Day. Submit your questions now, and don’t forget to let us know how you or your fandom communities plan to celebrate so that we can give you a signal boost!


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Fanworks are solicited & utilized these days but on what terms? Making DMCA exemptions permanent would be a big help.
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"Pro writers: this isn’t a zero sum game. Every minute a reader’s eyeballs are on fanfic does not mean a minute is subtracted from the attention the original work receives. We don’t get paid per eyeball or per minute anyway: there is no Nielsen rating for books. If anything we get "paid" these days for the size of our audience (author “platform”) and the passion of reader engagement, both of which are GROWN via the vehicle of fanfic. Fans are good for a career. Fans are good for a writer to have. Fans are not merely a passive sea of consumers: fans are evangelists, recruiters, and cheerleaders. Given that, why wouldn’t a professional writer want to do everything possible to support fans and fandom?

The OTW supports fandom and encourages fan activities in a number of ways. For me the most important one is by being that voice of reason, an authoritative voice that fights the myths and demystifies the issues. That means helping fans feel secure that what they are doing is neither morally wrong nor likely to get them sued. That means reminding corporations (and lawmakers) when necessary that fanfiction is legal and why fair use and fanworks are beneficial to the ecosystem of ideas. And that means educating authors, too, about why life is better when you accept fanfic is okay rather than railing against it.”

Award winning author Cecilia Tan writes about pro writers’ relationship with fanfic and why OTW’s work matters.
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OTW is looking for new staff for its Translation and Volunteers & Recruiting team. Click for more or pass this along! http://bit.ly/1yA6No5
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Ready for a challenge? The Organization for Transformative Works is issuing one for short-form fanworks to celebrate International Fanworks Day! It's the first-ever IFD Drabble Challenge

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At Bustle Emma Lord explained why Everyone Should Date Someone Who is Into Fanfiction. "I learned something about fanfiction: It isn’t a hindrance to me being in a relationship at all. In fact, it has become a whole new facet of myself that I finally got the opportunity to share with someone, and I was surprised once I found someone who was curious about it that I had a lot to say. I would argue that in general, being a rampant fanfiction junkie makes you even more desirable in a relationship, because we have so much to bring to the table."

Fans can find fandom tough to do without acceptance – from within or from one another.