If that means nothing to you, a fanzine is a self-published mag that cannot make any profit in order not to violate a copyright. I printed my fan novel The Race of Cain as a paperback book, instead of a mag, for the fun of it. thank you to my buddy Metlesits Dávid for the cover art. He’s gotten great compliments for it on deviantart.com.
I was getting ready to submit the novel to the publisher when I ran into some obstacles.
- Simon & Schuster don’t take new, unrepresented authors anymore.
- The current editors print only from their inner circle.
I was still going to go through with it — first an agent and then hopefully moving forward — because the slim possibility existed and I wouldn’t know if I didn’t try. Then came the insurmountable problem:
- The publisher announced that a highly regarded author was releasing a new book — with the same basic plot as mine.
That was the death knell for me. It’s tough enough to get them to consider my work, but when a pro that they love is already coming out with the same plot kernel? My slim chances became
Losing that hurt, a lot. My writing has suffered a lot of blows in the past 2 years. For example, when I finished this novel and put it on the web, here was the big audience reaction:
So I know this fanzine isn’t going to be a big seller. In fact, I’m the only one who has bought a couple, for me and a couple friends as Christmas gifts. So I have to be happy with the fun of my little fanzine just for me.
And John gave me the greatest compliments:
- He’s read 3 chapters of it, and John doesn’t read fiction, so the fact that he even picked it up is something.
- He told me, “It’s a great read, hon. I’m very proud of you.”