11 years ago | MeiLin Miranda (Member)

Because Chris asked the convo to be moved out of the redesign thread:

WebLit.Us is not meant to be a duplication of effort. It's an attempt to focus exclusively--no reviews, no writing tips--on marketing, promotion and cross-promotion, and to be a clearinghouse for same. I don't really care whether people there prefer weblit or webfic as a tag for their work; whatever you prefer, you're welcome. I chose weblit as the focus term because it encompasses more than just fiction; I wanted to share tips and techniques with poets and memoirists/essayists that don't fit under "fiction." We're all different from bloggers, and the techniques that are more likely to work with journalistic nonfiction don't necessarily work for us (not that we can't learn and adapt).

As for "webfic": I got tagged here at Orycon as a "fanfic" writer (and denied a panel credit) in part because of that term and a misunderstanding as to what it means. I haven't written fanfic in 2+ years, and if you google me, none of my fanfiction appears in the first three pages. I'm not ashamed of my fanfic background. A lot of pros still write fanfic for fun. But to have it assumed that I was only a fanfic writer because of the term webfic? Galling.

I have no aspirations to be considered anything high-falutin'. I'm a genre writer, though with books like "The Road" all of a sudden being lit'tra'ture instead of post-apocalyptic genre (which it is), I'm not even sure what literary fiction IS any more, other than stuff I don't like reading. (If I'm going to read literary fiction, I tend to gravitate to the 19th century. But that's me.)

Anyway. Bash away.

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  1. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 11 years ago

    To be honest, I don't think there's going to be any bashing at all.

    Both terms have their good points.

    In my view, Weblit's best selling point is that it's less likely to be confused with fan fiction. Web Fiction's best selling point (in my view) is that it's already in use to describe this sort of thing and does a fairly good job of describing what it is.

    Personally, I'm not sure that either term will be that much better or worse than the other. I suspect that using the term "weblit" or "web literature" won't convince people that stuff self-published online for free is good.

    On the other hand, I don't think we're stuck with the term "web fiction" if the community as a whole really wanted to use web literature.

    As such, I'm happy to use the term #weblit on Twitter in the hopes that the tag will promote online self-publishing, but I've got to admit that I tend to think of it as "web fiction" most naturally.

  2. Sora (Member)

    Posted 11 years ago

    I tend to use both. I think perhaps they would attract a different audience if you use both. I don't think WebLit is duping anyone into thinking that the stories labeled as such are any more "high-brow" than the rest of web fiction. I think a lot of our readers are probably looking for something new and fresh that they can't find on ff.n or on bookshelves. This is where we come in. Just a little entertainment for the day, nothing more and hopefully nothing less. I personally think that some of the stories I read would be better suited for traditional publishing, but that's a whole other story.

  3. Eli James (Moderator)

    Posted 11 years ago

    Novelr: On The Weblit vs Webfic Debate. I hope that's a fair enough look at the issue.


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