What this means is that we will provide the webspace and organise it FOR ALL COMERS. You don't have to be a TrekUnited member to get published. This means it is open to any Star Trek fan fiction writer whether they are independant or a member of a group like alt.startrek.creative, Star Fleet International or The Omega Sector.
Basically we'll take a manuscript and ...
- Host and, depending on response, help arrange a cover graphic that can also be downloaded as a mini-poster
- Host a link to a "Print on Demand" ready pdf in A4 and US Letter.
- Host the book in an embedded Issuu browser, so that it will be available on the Issuu network
- Lodge the pdf on the Scribd network giving it a potential audience of 20 million monthly visitors worldwide!
- Link to a downloadable eBook in Mobipocket format. NB eBooks can be advertised on the free eBook forums.
- Link to a downloadable eBook in eReader format, which makes it downloadable to the new iPhone.
As with all of the Twelve Trek Days of Christmas projects there are some criteria that must be adhered to. If you feel your work cannot fit into this then you are still free to excercise your right to publish privately - we will make our experience here freely available to other groups if they want to do something similar themselves - and we wish you all the best!
- As a fan production it will be published with adequate copyright disclaimers to acknowledge the rights of the copyright owners but TrekUnited makes no claim to ownership of your work - the original aspects of your work remain yours and we will support your moral right to be identified as the author of the work.
- The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas is family-friendly so we must ask that your content be no more than moderate in impact, for example M according to Australian classifications. However in the spirit of IDIC we support the GLBT Trek community and would welcome a story that shows how a Star Trek future could be free of all prejudice.
- As a fan production, there can of course be no paid or sponsored advertising however contributing authors will be offered space to publicise the organisation or fan production group of their choice. Authors work will be accompanied with a biographical paragraph unless they wish to preserve their privacy.
- Space will be allowed for accompanying graphics at the editors discretion
- The deadline for the Twelve Trek Days of Christmas is Dec 1st with half of December for leeway. There will be a "second string".
What we won't do is copy edit the manuscript - we have neither the time nor the resources to do that - spelling, grammar and style are the responsibility of the author.
Works will be chosen competitively, ie the best get's published, but I will try to get at least one per organisation, to try to get a good spread of contributions. However if I don't get contributions of sufficient quality, I'll be bending that rule - I'm not going to knock back a good story just to publish a Mary Sue from the USS Good-Ship-Lollipop RPG group!
The criteria I will be judging submissions on will be style and originality but seasonal, Christmas content will be a definite point in your favour. I'll use the Dean Wesley Smith method of culling: after reading the first page I'll split submissions into two piles, second read and rejection. In my case the only cause for automatic rejection after first page is gross misuse of spelling and grammar and rejection after second read will only be because of spelling/grammar or it doesn't fit the M - M15+ category.
Ideally I will be looking for 7 - 11 novella (17,500 - 40,000 words) and novel (over 40,000 words) length works and will be advertising extensively outside TrekUnited for authors. I'd like to point out though that this should not be seen as a excluding our own members - you write something that you want people to read and I'll do my best to help you get it to them by publishing it in the appropriate manner.
This project will act as a test bed for our publishing programme for next year and if demand from authors and readers is as expected we will be continuing it in 2009 with regular publication of a wide range of fan fiction in the cutting edge media that is available today.
Comments, queries and suggestions can be posted here or PM'd to me and submissions should be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing your work!
Kirok of L'Stok
PS - Don't forget I'm also looking for shorter works for Hailing Frequencies Open!