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48 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 30 January 2009 12:07PM

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Comment author: Vaniver 16 April 2013 08:34:59PM 5 points [-]

Fanfiction inherently limits the number of people who will ever look at it; ... it is undeniable that it can act to promote your material

The second factor is much more important for most authors for most stories. I read a lot of fanfiction by people whose original works I never would have found, because their original works aren't stored in a fanfiction repository. It's like how you could go to DeviantArt and look at people's original works, but you're much more likely to come across drawings they've done of things you're both fans of.

Worrying that you are forever constrained in audience size seems odd; most people never read most stories. The question is how many you can get to read it, and when.

Comment author: wedrifid 16 April 2013 10:59:43PM 3 points [-]

Worrying that you are forever constrained in audience size seems odd; most people never read most stories.

Using another rationalist fanfic as an illustration I've read Luminosity, but never twilight.