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Dear Fan Landers,

My band has been around for a few releases, some tours both domestic and overseas and generally has been received favorably. Recently we had a line-up change but we continued on with another album and tour and thought nothing of it. Recently we’ve thought of changing the name, which also means new websites, convincing all the fans on social media to follow us to a new home and all the other related issues.

Granted we probably should’ve done it when the line-up changed but it wasn’t until recently that we started to think the name was an issue. Not because of the association with the previous line-up but more that we’re coming to think that the name is a hindrance because it’s not an English word and it’s become obvious that Americans have a hard time spelling and/or pronouncing it. Other than that, the name is very fitting for our sound and the fact that half the band are foreigners.

As I’ve mentioned, in the past it hasn’t bothered us because we were relatively new and busy and making the rounds. However, lately when dealing with bookers, fans, blogs, journalist, radio DJ’s etc. . . they’re constantly misspelling or mispronouncing the band name which we feel is detrimental. It’s possible people aren’t able to connect and share and talk about us because they have trouble pronouncing or remembering the name.

- Artist Formerly Known As


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Dear Fan Landers,

I've never been the moderator of a community before, but I recently fell in love with a little known band with a small, scattered Tumblr following (of fans, not a fandom where I could gush about how cute X is or even breathe a word about fanfic) and have come to the conclusion that if I'm going to have any discussion with anyone about this group or to make them more widely known, I'm going to have to start my own FY community. 

However, I am sensitive to the fact that FY communities are looked down upon in some circles for being just another part of an echo chamber of copy-pasted, copyright-be-damned fangroups. Having never done this sort of thing before, I am scared that I'll offend someone, or be ignored entirely. I have serious concerns that something like this is a waste of my time, and instead I should be out promoting equal rights or preparing for the next US presidential election.

So, are there rules to putting together an FY on Tumblr? Should I be looking to go about this some other way, or not at all?

Thank you in advance,

FY, Y/N?


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Dear Fan Landers,

Recently I read a fic that was, most of the time, pretty good. I mean, nothing spectacular, but enough to make me happy before work. Some of it, though, made me cringe. Not enough to hit the back button, but enough to make me go "oh author."

A few typos I can overlook. But when you're misspelling characters' names? Come on. And the dialogue was sort of stilted at times. Okay, maybe it bothered me more than I thought.

So, here's my question: How do you tell someone nicely that her story is good but she could really use a beta? Especially if you don't want to be roped into it yourself.

Signed,
A Little Picky (But Only A Little)


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Dear Fan Landers,

I recently began working with a beta reader on a very, very long story that has a deadline for posting. I explained to my new beta reader, right at the beginning, that I was really looking for someone who could provide a quick turn-around time, because I have a fairly limited window to post chapters. She had stated that it wouldn't be a problem, and I suspect that ordinarily, it wouldn't be.

However, after waiting nearly three weeks for the first set of chapters to be returned due to real life issues on her end, I've now been informed that she should be able to start the second set (five chapters) in two or three weeks.

I am grateful for what she's done, and understand that her RL obligations must come first. If I weren't working with a deadline, I would be more than happy to just wait patiently. But I have a few dozen more chapters to have beta-read and posted within the next seven weeks, and it's just not going to happen moving at this pace. She and I get along very well and have become friends, and I'd rather not offend or upset her if I can avoid it, especially as the delays are really due to circumstances beyond her control, but I feel a bit stuck right now.

Is there any polite way to say, "I'm sorry, you're just not doing this quickly enough for me," without sounding entirely ungrateful and rude?

Signed,
Wary of the Ever-Looming Deadline


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Dear Fan Landers,

Recently, a community I was in was embroiled in a large argument over what constitutes racism when making fun of our fandom's source material. I was dismayed to see that someone I had always considered a friendly, knowledgeable fan falling on the side opposite me and arguing her point in ways I consider hopelessly ignorant. I imagine she might well have felt the same of me.

We were not close friends; we only commented to each other on Livejournal posts. I liked that camaraderie but am having a very hard time reading her posts anymore. Every time I look at them, I see what I perceive as her flawed arguments and her ignorance. Is it worth it to try and work past those feelings and try and recapture some of our old back-and-forth, or should I give up on reading her posts (and possibly the community as a whole)? Discussing the issue further on the community is not an option, as the moderators have indicated that they would like the drama to go away.

Signed,
An Elephant Who Can't Seem To Forget


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Dear Fan Landers,

Often I am struck with the urge to set fandom on fire. What should I do?

Signed,
Incensed (but contained)


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Dear Fan Landers,

A while ago, I wrote a couple of ficlets for someone as part of a "cheer up this fangirl who's been having a hard time"-type fest, but because I was unhappy with how the stories turned out, I never posted them. They were looked over by beta readers, but I just couldn't iron out my problems with them at the time.

It's been two years since then, and I just rediscovered the ficlets on my hard drive. They're actually not so bad, especially now that I'm looking at them with fresh eyes, so I'd like to post them. Unfortunately, I'm not really as close as I used to be with the person they were "written for"--in fact, we've drifted apart a LOT, a fact with which I'm totally OK.

Is it possible to post the revised stories without mentioning who originally "inspired" them? Or considering that they were looked at by more than one beta, is that asking for wank?

Signed,
Really Eager to Upload Stories...Eventually




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Dear Fan Landers,

I just learned that I recently won an award for a fic I wrote. I'm very flattered and honored that people thought highly enough of the story to nominate and vote for it, but I've long believed that awards are harmful to fandoms, and as a general rule, I like to avoid participating in them. (Had I seen the nomination earlier, I would have asked--politely, I hope!--that it be removed.)

What's more, some of my friends in this fandom have taken umbrage with the way these particular awards were run, which makes me feel even more embarrassed to be associated with them, even in such a tangential way.

I don't want to seem ungrateful, because I truly am honored that the story was so well received. How can I resolve this situation without hurting too many feelings?

Signed,
Thanks But No Thanks



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Never let it be said that I let a good pun languish. Recently inspired by a dear friend, I realized that my advice is often sought on matters of fannish etiquette. With nothing on my hands but time, I decided to share my wisdom with the world. Here on this little community, questions can be asked and answered! Do feel welcome to drop in the comments the trials, peccadilloes, and peeves that can darken a fan's life, and I shall do my utmost to answer them!

Anonymous comments are enabled! Those wishing to remain even more anonymous may direct enquiries to fan.landers@gmail.com.

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