Fanfiction Author = Tie-is Author?
Just a thought, brought on by all the comments on the last two posts I did...
It seems a lot of Tie-In novel authors were at one point, fanficcers: P.N.Elrod, Anne Hathaway-Nayne, Susan Sizemore, Melissa Good...
So that begs the question - do you think it's the networks and copyright holders that seek out the authors? Or do you think it's the authors that seek out the copyright holders?
I find it very interesting that what appears to be the majority of writers for tie-in novels are fans of the original text. Obviously, these are people who have invested a lot of time and care into this realm, so who else is better to write the tie-in?
I suppose that's the penultimate measure of sucess for a fanficcer: to have one's work become canon. (More or less as there are always debates in the fan community about whether tie-ins are or are not canon. I suppose that depends on if the original/primary text utlizes the tie-in as canon. If something that happens in a tie-in is refered to in the canon, then I guess the book is canon!)
My question is, do these tie-in authors ever go on to become writers for the original text? It'd be very interesting to see if any fan-author every became a can-author. Obviously they can't for canons like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. But what about Marvel or DC? A currently running television program, like Lost or House, or a future one, like a new instalment of Star Trek?
Also a question: as a fanfic author seeking to be a published author, would you take down your fanfiction once you've become 'legit'? Would you pretend you never wrote fanfic in your life? Or would you keep it up but keep your lives seperate? Or keep it up and not seperate RL and OLL at all?