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Anna K Peck

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Who is publishing Star Trek short stories?
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 10:18 AM
 
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HI
I hope I'm not encroaching here with this question, but I've searched everywhere I can think of. I even Googled this. I wrote a Star Trek short story years ago and got it published in a small fan magazine, which is now out of business. I would like to see if I can get it published again, but I can't seem to find out where. Is it okay if I ask you people if you know? Thanks.
William R. Barton

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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 12:01 PM   in response to: Anna K Peck in response to: Anna K Peck
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It's not strictly legal to publish ST fanfiction, as the copyrights and trademarks are owned by various entities (e.g., Paramount). As far as I know, Pocket is still the only publisher of ST books. You'd have to talk to the publisher of the fanzine about whether they secured any legal rights, but I doubt it. The authors of authorized ST stories do not get copyright, and are paid a reduced royalty for their work (it used to be 2%, I don't know about now).
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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 2:08 PM   in response to: Anna K Peck in response to: Anna K Peck
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You can't publish it anywhere. When the owners of the copyright want books written, they contact writers on a work for hire basis.

That said, there was something a couple of years ago where I think it was Paramount was soliciting short stories, for some sort of anthology. They were taking all rights, and paying very little. Everyone I know of decided not to deal with it, as the terms of the contract seemed off. I'm not sure anything even came of it.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 2:19 PM   in response to: grandmaster in response to: grandmaster
 
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Here a thread that talks about that anthology deal:

https://www.kboards.com/index.php?topic=235683.0
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Re: Who is publishing Star Trek short stories?
Posted: Mar 13, 2017 2:48 PM   in response to: Anna K Peck in response to: Anna K Peck
 
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Anna K Peck wrote:
HI
I hope I'm not encroaching here with this question, but I've searched everywhere I can think of. I even Googled this. I wrote a Star Trek short story years ago and got it published in a small fan magazine, which is now out of business. I would like to see if I can get it published again, but I can't seem to find out where. Is it okay if I ask you people if you know? Thanks.

Amazon has a site called Kindle Worlds. There is a list of works that are under contract with Amazon, a contract in which the owner of the copyright agrees to let KDP publish fanfic based on the copyrighted works. The fanfic has to be approved by KDP and the copyright owner gets a portion of the royalties. You can check the list for Star Trek but from what others have said I would be surprised if it's there. Perhaps you'll spot another series you are familiar with and would like to base your stories on.

Here's the link: https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/

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Anna K Peck

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Thank you so much for this info.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 2:57 PM   in response to: grandmaster in response to: grandmaster
 
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This is good to know. Thank you. Looks like I'll just have to stick my story in a drawer for a while.
Anna K Peck

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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 2:58 PM   in response to: thrasherll in response to: thrasherll
 
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Okay. Good to know this. Thank you. I'll check it out.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 5:47 PM   in response to: Anna K Peck in response to: Anna K Peck
 
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The entire topic of "fan fiction" is a muddy, gray area of publishing. Technically, fan fiction at the least violates trademarks and often directly violates copyright. It is tolerated by the trademark and copyright holders because

1. They don't want to p.o. their fan base
2. They get some advertising value out of the fan activity

However, when the rights holders become aware that someone is actually making money off fan fiction, or trying to, they'll likely send a cease and desist letter and, if they have to, follow with a lawsuit.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 6:34 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
 
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It is not at all tolerated by some rights holders. They go after it wherever they find it. It is an individual thing.
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Posted: Mar 13, 2017 8:59 PM   in response to: Anna K Peck in response to: Anna K Peck
 
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Anna K Peck wrote:
HI
I hope I'm not encroaching here with this question, but I've searched everywhere I can think of. I even Googled this. I wrote a Star Trek short story years ago and got it published in a small fan magazine, which is now out of business. I would like to see if I can get it published again, but I can't seem to find out where. Is it okay if I ask you people if you know? Thanks.

For decades, Paramount not only looked the other way, but actively supported some fanzine publishers in publishing ST stories. In fact, many writers came out of the fanzines to write official ST books and scripts for the various series. Paramount saw the fanzines (with a few notorious exceptions) as free publicity and a training ground for writers. However, that pretty much changed in 2005 with the creation of the CBS Corporation and the new Viacom company, which took a renewed proprietary interest in Paramount and its properties. You won't publish your ST story here, and though you might find some fanzines still publishing, they do so quietly, without the usual ST cast, and without mentioning any ship named Enterprise.The zenith of ST fanzines has passed and is approaching its nadir. It was nice while it lasted and I look forward to my fanzine collection increasing in value with each passing year. Good luck.

Anna K Peck

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Posted: Mar 14, 2017 9:50 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
 
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Okay. Looks like I got to the dock after the ship sailed. I'll have to shelve my story until there is some activity I can get into. Thank you, all of you, for your help. You've been wonderful.
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Posted: Mar 14, 2017 8:32 PM   in response to: Emily Veinglory in response to: Emily Veinglory
 
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It is not at all tolerated by some rights holders. They go after it wherever they find it. It is an individual thing.

And this goes hand in hand with PO'ing the fans.

Laurell K Hamilton pretends not to know about fan fiction in her universes (vampires, fay). Fanfic sites sell thousands of books for her. P.N. Elrod sues, or had a history of suing, people who write in her universe (also vampires.) When last seen, she was offering manuscript critiques to put food on the table.

None of this should be taken as "it's okay to make money off someone else's intellectual property."
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Posted: Mar 15, 2017 12:11 PM   in response to: pdsinger1 in response to: pdsinger1
 
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pdsinger1 wrote:
It is not at all tolerated by some rights holders. They go after it wherever they find it. It is an individual thing.

And this goes hand in hand with PO'ing the fans.

Laurell K Hamilton pretends not to know about fan fiction in her universes (vampires, fay). Fanfic sites sell thousands of books for her. P.N. Elrod sues, or had a history of suing, people who write in her universe (also vampires.) When last seen, she was offering manuscript critiques to put food on the table.

None of this should be taken as "it's okay to make money off someone else's intellectual property."


I allow people to do fanfic in some of my universes. All I ask is that they place an acknowledgement of me and my work at the start of the story.
Emily Veinglory

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Re: Who is publishing Star Trek short stories?
Posted: Mar 15, 2017 6:04 PM   in response to: pdsinger1 in response to: pdsinger1
 
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One of those who actively opposes fanfiction and sends takedown notices is JK Rowling. It hasn't exactly ruined her.

One author who was very permissive was MZ Bradley. A fanfiction author later sued her when one of her books had similarities with a fanfiction. It cost MZB a lot of money to defend.

Any choice you make can turn out well, or badly. I send takedowns on any infringement.
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