When the Fans Take Over

By Kathrese McKee | Uncategorized

When the fans take over, what’s an artist supposed to do? George Lucas could be asking himself that question as J.J. Abrams takes over the director’s chair for the seventh Star Wars movie.  J.J. was even younger than I was when he saw the first Star Wars movie, and he says, “‘To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor. I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid.'”1

Lucas chose to sell LucasFilm, Ltd. to Disney back in December 2012, and in case you’re thinking it was for the money, the answer is “yes” and “no.” Yes, he sold the company and its assets for $4B, but no, most of the money isn’t for him. George is donating the majority of the proceeds to fund education initiatives.

Back in the first days, of course, Star Wars was George’s brainchild, but as with most movie projects, the story and the product never truly belonged to one person. Over the years, Lucas had many collaborators, and it makes sense that after 41 years, Lucas would prefer to leave the helm of his company and turn it over to a new generation. (No Star Trek jokes were intended.)

That’s great for a movie-maker, you’re thinking, but what does this have to do with authors? Plenty, I think. Okay, maybe you have to be published and have actual product sales before this is an issue, but stay with me here.

Inheritance

Let’s assume that several of your novels have been published. If you’re getting older–you are–then, how do you plan to turn over your assets to the next generation? Granted, copyright is not forever, but still, it outlives the author by quite a number of years.

Curation

In addition to turning your body of work over to an heir, there’s the issue of how to preserve or curate the work. Especially with the rise of ebooks, this issue has to be thought out. The owner must take deliberate steps to preserve his or her work in both electronic and non-electronic forms in perpetuity. An ebook seems so ephemeral, and yet, we’re producing them by the thousands.

Fan Fiction

And what if you’re blessed/cursed with fans who spin tales about your characters and the universe you’ve created? What then? What happens when the fans take over?

1Star Wars is Being Kick-Started with Dynamite

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 ROW80 Progress

I’m on a Monday to Sunday work week, and I only post accumulated word count on Sunday evening.

  • Goal 1 – Complete at least one chapter per week on my WIP. (Revised one, started another.)
  • Goal 2 – Post to this blog on Sunday with accumulated word count for WIP. (96,420 words)
  • Goal 3 – Post to momsread.com on Wednesday. (Night of the Cossack by Tom Blubaugh)
  • Goal 4 – Post to christsreflections blog onFriday. (Pebbles in the Water)
  • Goal 5 – 4 tweets/day, every day. (check)
  • Goal 6 – 2 comments/day on other blogs, averaged out from Monday through Saturday. (Yes! Finally.)
  • Goal 7 – Read at least one book (fiction or non-fiction) per week. (check)

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Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.

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