We are often maligned for what we do in fan fiction and there is a lot of debate around the legitimacy of EL James’ work as a Twilight Fan Fic. The reality is that it has been around for a long time and many best selling authors still indulge their love. As to the appropriated fanbase – this seems to be the way the publication game is played now. Traditional methods of book promotion don’t quite cut it in this new environment. That is not to say that face to face book tours will disappear but social media has changed the game. Just as sites like FanFic.net changed the ways that writers hone their craft and develop their WIPs.
Academia is slowly getting on to this but they are slower and more conventional than the real world. However, I could guarantee that more people have accessed my work as Dr J through open-source websites than they ever will by reading my book. Just saying!