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Many of you are aware of the Academic Husband. If you are not, he is both an academic (personally and at times, professionally), and my husband, so, kind of what it says on the box. Most of you know that he is also awesome, long-suffering, and has been my main research go-to guy for all things well. Anything, really, since he's scary smart, and has a wealth of seemingly random knowledge available at the snap of a finger--a one man 'little details'. I've floated RPG and fanfic bunnies at him more times than I can count, and bless his heart, he's always come through for me.

What you may not know is that he's been writing long before I ever started, and while I haven't managed to get him writing fanfic (yet), he is working on a few projects of his own. And now he's asked me to ask you for help on one of them.




From the Academic Husband:

The question, if you could post it to those who know:

I'm hoping to do a Quirk Classics-style ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Android Karenin," etc.) version of a classic CanLit novel that won't be in the public domain for another sixty years. I'm not interested in waiting that long, naturally, and am pretty sure that this would mostly be an exercise in fun and gaining writing chops than something done for profit. With that the case, I'd likely publish it in a blog format instead. That said, I don't want to lose whatever copyright I would be entitled to, either.

If I am to proceed with this endeavour:
1) What sorts of legal declarations need to be made, both for my rights and the rights of the dead author? (I think I know where his estate's agents are, even. Would they need to know, or just be mentioned?) I'm pretty sure I gain any rights to which I am entitled by mere mention of "all rights reserved" or some such, but I'd like to know. Or is there a Creative Commons declaration that fits for this?

2) What sort of venue is best for reading this sort of creation? I'd love to have this be a first step towards a greater writing career, so I'd like it to be as reputable as possible.

3) Anything else I should know, either that's not been asked here (but needs be answered!) or from personal experience with some sort of (sorry) "blovel" effort?

Thanks for whatever info you can provide!




If you have any information that I can pass on to him, that would be beyond awesome. If you don't, but you can think of anyone who might know, or if you'd be able to boost the signal further, that would be beyond amazing. I can't promise that there'll be fanfic in it for you (although he does keep threatening to write his epic Bob Balaban/Fred Willard RPS fic, so consider that either a carrot or a stick), but we would both be very grateful. Thanks!

As copied from the boy

Date: 2010-08-24 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linden-jay.livejournal.com
For a what to say to the helpful internets:

Thanks for the friendly notes and consideration. I'd forgotten about "The Wind Done Gone," and it provides a really excellent idea for a slight re-casting of things to make the story work (without me pillaging a novel that I love and adore completely, I now get to play around the periphery - probably better in the long run).

I'll keep the words about blogging in mind. If there are any examples of people who've made the shift from blog to novel, I'd be interested to hear of how (and how successfully) it was managed.

~~~

Thanks for commenting--this is a big help, and I hope this'll give him some ideas for getting things up and running. MWAH you!

Re: As copied from the boy

Date: 2010-08-24 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kristinholt.livejournal.com
Usually, a slight retelling is best. Scarlett failed as a novel, IMO, bc it tried to change too many things. Location, etc. But Wicked was so successful because it used Baum's original work as a end point, not as a start.

The Pioneer Woman, would be the first to spring to mind as a blogger turned novelist (thepioneerwoman.com). Her novel will be out later this year.

MWAH you back. :)

Date: 2010-08-13 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2-perseph.livejournal.com
*points upwards* What she said.

The first link especially is precisely what he needs. If he reads that case carefully and understands what that author did and can keep his own effort within those parameters, he's pretty much in the clear.

And as to 1), the law doesn't require him to make any declarations in order to get copyright protection, but I would register the finished draft with the Library of Congress (if you guys are here in the U.S.). He should bear in mind, though, that copyright doesn't protect him from plagiarism, which would be the paramount concern in posting it on the web.

Good luck!

As copied from the boy:

Date: 2010-08-24 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linden-jay.livejournal.com
For a what to say to the helpful internets:

Thanks for the friendly notes and consideration. I'd forgotten about "The Wind Done Gone," and it provides a really excellent idea for a slight re-casting of things to make the story work (without me pillaging a novel that I love and adore completely, I now get to play around the periphery - probably better in the long run).

I'll keep the words about blogging in mind. If there are any examples of people who've made the shift from blog to novel, I'd be interested to hear of how (and how successfully) it was managed.

~~~~

Thanks so much--I'm sorry it took so long to come back and say so--everything's been stupid, but I really appreciate it. We're Canadian, but hopefully there's some parallels and overlap, and this should help us to track things down. Thanks again!

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