Our mission statement...
TrekUnited Publishing exists to help StarTrek fan fiction authors create and distribute their work, without any charge or expectation of favour beyond our common love of Star Trek. We do this without any implication of copyright ownership beyond the authors moral right to be identified as such and his ownership of original characters and ideas
Our core principles...
Respect for the copyright owner's rights
Respect for the author's and artist's rights
We get nothing out of it beyond the appreciation of the media
I want that last bit to be perfectly clear: we might style ourselves as fan publishers but all we get out it are more eBooks to read and the satisfaction of networking with other fans.
- We don't charge for what we do either from the authors or the readers
- We make no claims to ownership of the books
If you are a reader and you like the books then comment either on the TrekUnited release page or (even better) seek out the author's home forum or group and leave him or her some comment there.
- There will be no limit or favouritism as to where the author originally publishes: TrekUnited, TrekBBS, Ad Astra, The Delphic Expanse, The USS Goodshiplollipop Yahoo Group... Whilst I certainly want to encourage TrekUnited as a venue for publishing fan fiction and art, the masthead of Hailing Frequencies Open is, "Bringing fans together" and I kinda like that. This is our "outreach" programme to help others.
- TU Publishing is not vanity publishing. Anything we publish has had at least a basic level of appreciative comment. This encourages writers to initially write for their favourite forum / group to get comment and feedback which will polish their work up before sending out into the Interwebs! It also encourages readers that what they see come from us is worth reading.
- New authors - people who haven't been published before - are given an equal if not higher priority for publishing
- All works have to be self-edited: our priority is to publish and we don't have the manpower for copyediting is time consuming when done correctly. Good spelling and grammar are vital and we'll spot check a half-dozen places at random on submission to maintain a high standard. Editing errors will count against your submission - I'm trusting you to want to show your work at its best.
- What we do is format the works to fit various standards that we have established - pdf paperbacks which are the industry standard A format, digest size, full-size 'zine. I will definately be giving people who self-format a priority. We have templates that people can use to bring their work to our minimum standards, in effect doing the groundwork to create your own work, and once it passes quality control I'll happily slip it in our release schedule. NB: This doesn't include eBook publishing: I'll leave it to Richard to set any requirements he needs
- In general I want this to be seen as us wanting to *help* people to publish their work and most of this is open to discussion.
Director of Media