We have compiled a list of resources for both those new to the fanfiction community and long established fic writers.
- N. Jean Beausoleil’s Introduction to Fan Fiction
- You-fic.net’s The Fanfiction Writer’s Workshop: Resources and Reference Guide
- Blog Entry #1: How did I get into Fan Fiction?
- Blog Entry #2: Exploring Negativity Against Fan Fiction
- Blog Entry #3: A Subject History of Fan Fiction Reading
Fan Fiction dot Net (aka ffnet) one of the oldest community publishing websites. Pros: global community of readers, ability to view the amount of pings per chapter and work (and the originating countries of these readers,) simple formatting. Cons: simple formatting (low graphics,) no download option, occasional purges of content without giving writers forewarning.
Organization of Transformative Works (aka OTW) a wonderful resource for anyone interested in the evolution of fandom and fandom in general. The OTW is a 501 c 3 nonprofit that sponsors several initiatives, including an academic journal, a wiki, an legal advocacy department, a fanwork preservation project, and, most the most popular project, Archive of Our Own (see next.)
Archive of Our Own (AO3) a community publishing website that is exploding in popularity. Advantages: everyone is on this site, fic is easily downloadable, no content purges, inclusive cross-media content (i.e. podfics, fanart, fanmixes, etc.) detailed system for filtering works (including a tags option, fandom, and genre categories.) Cons: still in development, so bugs are being worked out. One needs an invitation to be able to join AO3 to post content, but perusing the works is open to anyone.
YouFic dot net a smaller, more intimate community publishing site that has open guidelines and very few restrictions for content. Pros: increased accessibility to those who run the site in case of issues, freedom to post whatever you like (as long as it doesn’t break any laws,) offers great resources for those starting out in the fan fiction world. Cons: smaller community.
Wattpad (added 3/19/2016) a large, crowd publishing website that has garnered the attention of writers, publishers, and literary agents alike. Its annual “Watty Awards” is often watched for authors and works that rise to the top. A downloadable app, ability to sort by popularity, and easy commenting functionality makes this website easy to use and responsive to community needs and desires. This is the site via which Anna Todd’s 1D fan fiction “After” attracted a six-figure book deal.