Idea: Printing out Your Fanfiction with a Front Cover on It (814)

1 Name: Anonymous : 2009-10-18 10:34 ID:wBoyvyw5

When there is an offline meeting, I think that it might be a good idea for each person who goes to the meeting to print out their fanfiction so that it can be shared with others. However, I think that it is best for everybody to have a front cover for their fanfiction when they print it out: a single page in front of their fanfiction so that its title is clearly visible, so that it has a unique visual appearance, and so that one can show it to others in real life more easily. It may not seem like much, but I think that it can go a long way towards making fanfiction more presentable, recognizable, and more easily shared in real life (during an offline meeting), rather than for it to look like just a jumble of text.

If you are not good at drawing or if you do not know anybody who can draw for you, then you can just have a simple cover with nothing except the title on it. Everybody should be able to do that.

With a front cover, you can then print out one (or more, if you wish) copy of your fanfiction (or the first few chapters of it, if it is too long) and put the front cover as the first page, so that it can be shown to others in real life at an offline meeting.

What do you people think of this idea?

765 Name: YukonGhost : 2010-03-21 10:13 ID:pKDEgwfy

I think this is a good idea, this will help to make fan works more of a physical bit of reading, rather than purely online. Also, maiking your own front covers sound kinda fun too ^_^ he he

766 Name: star95 : 2010-03-21 12:27 ID:VxizqFGK

i think this is a good idea.
i also think that i would make it seem more book like rather than something you would find on the internet.

767 Name: Sarah Paradox : 2010-03-21 13:10 ID:7j+Tp7GO

I think this sounds like a great idea. It can show off writers work and their artistic skills!
It would also give the writers work a more individual feel and make the pieces special to the writer XD :D

768 Name: tilldeathdouspart789 : 2010-03-21 15:04 ID:BE3SSDkf

I think that is a really great idea! I can draw, so I'll be able to do a good front cover! I might do that to show my mates at school. (They may even consider to form a Fan-fic offline group! :D) I live in Banff area in Scotland and I live in the country, so creating a small social group with my mates will be great!

769 Name: Prof.Ryoko : 2010-03-22 08:10 ID:zgmoo2AX

It's a good idea, actually tbh I've already got my sister drawing up illustrations for my fanfic. I'm planning to put it all together in a pdf. when I've finished writting the story.

770 Name: Desperate For Attention : 2010-03-22 10:46 ID:PWOXiRvv

I think it's a good idea, it makes it look more official. As if you are presenting a real book rather than a fanfiction. I have a friend who would love to draw the covers for my stories, just because she likes to show off her skills. xD

771 Name: S : 2010-03-23 11:35 ID:RNklmjBs

Yeah a great Idea, I love doing front covers!!

772 Name: tilldeathdouspart789 : 2010-03-23 13:12 ID:uRd9j1jE

I've just drawn a front cover for 'Without you', my completed Bleach fan-fic. I would like to show you, but sadly I don't have a scanner... :(

773 Name: XxCryingEyesxX : 2010-03-23 14:12 ID:PWrYly8/

The idea is great, it sounds interesting, I draw (well people tell me I can draw) but I get a bit self-concious about my drawings so I don't often show them, but I would love to draw a Front Cover for my fanfic and possibly others if they wanted me to. Currently I'm writing a Twilight fanfic called 'To Love Again' and I've started to write a one-shot that I thought of then couldn't get rid of the idea so that should be up in the next few days, it will be called 'Love Never Lost', its also Twilight.

I live just outside London, in the borough of Waltham Forest.

774 Name: Hannah : 2010-03-24 03:34 ID:gb6Yi4ZM

It seems like a decent idea with regards to having something more physical to read, rather than getting eye strain on the internet all the time :) Forgive me for being serious, but this is where you can get into the disclaimer/tv show or book rights if these things were to fall into the wrong hands. Im probably just being over-cautious here but that's just my view on it.

775 Name: Firefly Princess x : 2010-03-24 14:27 ID:LUv/uXfn

Ooooh. This idea is great- it would make me feel like my fanfiction was a proper book. It wouls also make everyone's fics more appealing to others, I think. What Hannah said, "This is where you can get into the disclaimer/tv show or book rights if these things were to fall into the wrong hands." This could be true, but I'm sure you wouldn't be told off as long as you didn't try to sell it or pass it off as your own idea.

776 Name: Hannah : 2010-03-25 02:03 ID:gb6Yi4ZM

That's true.

777 Name: chloemai-nessie : 2010-03-26 12:54 ID:h/qpmin8

I think this is a great idea :) Personally, I've already got a front cover. My friends at school demand updates alot, so usually I print them out and hand them to them when they arent complete, because my friends can use force to get me to write xD

778 Name: Hito-Hito : 2010-03-27 00:37 ID:Y36Mpote

I think it's an awsome idea! I love drawing so it wont be difficult and it makes it look more offical and more appealing to the eye, right?
BTW if anyone can't draw to well and wants me to one for then, just give me a call, 'kay?

779 Name: Madii : 2010-03-28 04:00 ID:g+3VbZCF

I like this idea and I like making front covers and the like so it's all good. :D

780 Name: Varixa Demon Wolf : 2010-03-29 06:34 ID:IFTq44KF

Seems like a great idea everyone =]

781 Name: Fluffy's minion : 2010-03-29 10:09 ID:t2jOuOMf

I love the idea, I will start designing covers imediately!
If only I had written enough fanfics for me to do covers for...
Perhaps you could use that at offline meetings, someone designs a cover and someone else writes a fanfic to go with it!
I think it could work..

782 Name: Katie : 2010-03-30 13:47 ID:m+pi3wO9

Wow That Sounds Like A Brilliant Idea

I Think It Would Motivate Me

Wooo

783 Name: The bestest ever123 : 2010-04-02 14:50 ID:0tWNA6K2

This is an amazing idea! =)

784 Name: Anonymous Cripple : 2010-04-06 17:17 ID:rw3x7B8W

Ok, I, for one, love the idea. I think it would be really interesting to actually read a printed collection of somebody elses work whilst they read yours XD

785 Name: Lyn : 2010-04-08 02:38 ID:VgVQQnyG

I think that it's a great idea! Having a front cover for a fanfic, loving it.

786 Name: RW123 : 2010-04-09 02:02 ID:enGuus6x

This is hearby the best idea ever!

787 Name: Spiny : 2010-04-09 02:34 ID:Og6GB7qm

This is good, but as long as it's optional, some people may not want to do that ;)

788 Name: Chelra : 2010-04-09 10:26 ID:K+RHQeyh

I think it's a really good idea.

789 Name: BlackMage16 : 2010-04-10 14:44 ID:q5pMlrKE

I think this is a really great idea, I makes it feel professional and it could be like a keepsake of sorts. I love drawing too so I'd be the type to doodle a cover.
>>795 That sounds awesome too, collabs are fun- i think lol :D

790 Name: Dragon-mad1992 : 2010-04-12 04:57 ID:QTbhFbyi

This is a really good idea! It'd be like having your own book complete with cover and all.

791 Name: Siaftza : 2010-04-15 08:57 ID:Gx0t7FIV

I completely agree with what the above have said, it's a great idea. But it shouldn't be compulsory, that would make the meetings seem much more stressful than they should be.

792 Name: darkangel1994 : 2010-04-15 09:06 ID:DIX6s49o

I thisnk it is a good idea as well but i dont live anyway where near any cities so I wouldn't be able to attend anyway unfortunately. Though I agree that it would be great to have your fanfic printed off like a book

793 Name: AStitchedUpHeart : 2010-04-17 01:35 ID:XfaFFXRp

I hereby declare that this idea is genius x c:

794 Name: Dark Wolf : 2010-04-17 09:06 ID:WBt7jmZu

I LOVE this idea!!!

795 Name: guizel : 2010-04-18 16:27 ID:/X2qjZZJ

i like that idea

796 Name: killerboss2 : 2010-04-25 09:00 ID:y3j6gk/X

it would make the stories look much nicer (:

797 Name: hyperStatic : 2010-04-28 12:25 ID:GSV04YEp

That's terrific!

798 Name: Flyingfree910 : 2010-04-29 07:34 ID:Qg7283lL

I like the idea, very good. It can give the story writer quality and make it unique.

799 Name: Sam Jane : 2010-05-04 06:28 ID:ovo2p9bN

I love this idea! It's got me spurred on to do the same for If Angels Could Cry! Thank you thank you thank you!

800 Name: Super-Kerei : 2010-06-07 06:48 ID:4XfN3uto

I Think It Sounds Great :) It'd Make The Fan Fictions More Appealing And Give The Reader A Better Idea Of What The Book Is Actually About :) You Should Definitely Try It And I Definitely Will For Every Fan Fiction I Show To My Friends :)

801 Name: Lady Spero : 2010-06-10 09:03 ID:jCNXMBIu

great idea :D

802 Name: Anonymous : 2010-06-10 09:07 ID:AwcMjCH+

@818- I Will Capitalise The Start Of Every Word For No Obvious Reason, Too. By The Way, Your Shift Key Must Be Getting Tired.

803 Name: fan-to-fiction : 2010-06-11 10:38 ID:x7DgqHau

@820 - You Can Also Use Caps Lock But That Might Take Up More Time. (just a tip)

804 Name: The Little Dhampir : 2010-07-20 18:44 ID:Zo5X2I/b

Oh, I like that idea! I'll definitely start doing that...I never even thought of that! :)

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806 Name: Quicksilvermad : 2010-07-30 21:15 ID:PjnnOtwZ

I do this all the time. Then I got bored one day and made up a fake barcode to add to each cover. And a printing company that I made up (I actually had to make a company up for one of my final print production classes during my last year in college).

I started doing it for the purpose of printing and binding a finished copy of a fanfic or collection.

807 Name: IrisawaAmaterasu : 2011-03-18 20:56 ID:44XGeRoF

Honestly, I was going to do this, but I figured that it'd be way too much with seventeen stories. D=
I now consider doing this when I finish Sen No Yoru Wo Koete. (:<

808 Name: J.E.McCormickGal : 2011-03-22 13:11 ID:nxra5FDW

I was actually messing around with this yesterday xD
I'd probably only do it for longer fanfictions, but I must say that for an offline meeting, it would be great, making it almost like a little novella-book.
I wouldn't print my fanfictions out regularly (mainly, I don't want my parents finding one and deciding to look through it) but for the purpose of offline meetings I might consider.

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810 Name: Noc and NC : 2011-05-26 08:49 ID:s8rzJAIf

This sounds like a really nice idea. I like doing fan art for my stories from time to time, so drawing up an official cover sounds like good fun. For longer stories I might like to split them into several books covering different arcs, like a series.

(Wow, spamarific replies up there...)

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