What is a Fan Author?

  • A Fan Author is a writer who authors a BTS Book Companion. A Fan Author is someone who is passionate about reading, and more especially learning about the books they love. A Fan Author recognizes that after turning the last page of their favorite novel, there is still a hunger left within them and knows there is so much more to be enjoyed. A Fan Author is a writer who is inquisitive about learning what is beneath the “tip of the iceberg”, and is determined to bring these riches to themselves and to others for their satisfaction.

Who can be a Fan Author?

  • There are two very important requirements to being a Fan Author:
      1. You have to love books. (be an avid reader)
      2. You have to love writing about books.
  • There are slightly less important requirements to being a Fan Author:
      1. Excellent handling of writing skills.
      2. Prior experience as a writer, journalist, or an editor.

Why be a Fan Author?

  • Being a Fan Author is a great way to learn about the world of literature, especially about the books you love most.  It also helps you get immersed into the field and meet other like-minded individuals in the industry.  If you love to read and write, then being a Fan Author can be a dream for you.

How does the hiring process work?

  • Upon submitting your application, we will be asking for a sample of your writing and/or resume.  With that, we will send you a template for you to write your own sample BTS, consisting of approximately 1,000 word count with 4 questions. Your sample BTS writing will then be reviewed and rated by The Beta Reading Club.  If approved by their ratings, your hiring process will formally begin.

Once I am hired as a Fan Author, do I provide samples for all future BTS Book Companions?

  • No. Once you become a Fan Author, re-applying by submitting work samples is not required.  You will be able to author as many available BTS Book Companions as you’d like.   However, publishing contracts are awarded per-title basis and must be renewed for each BTS Book Companion.

How do I get paid?

  • Fan Authors will be paid on a cascading commission-based payout plan.  For every sale that you make, you will receive a commission.  Here at Behind the Story, we take it a step further by rewarding our Fan Authors who receive good ratings on their books.

Will I be credited on the book as an author?

  • Yes, absolutely.  On every BTS Book Companion, we will be dedicating a page to our Fan Authors for them to introduce themselves to their readers.  This is an excellent way for Fan Authors to be established and gain a following of readers. This page will be composed of the following three questions:
      1. Short blurb about yourself
      2. Why you chose this book
      3. Why you are an avid reader

If someone already authored a BTS Book Companion, can I still work on the same title?

  • We only publish a single version of BTS Book Companion per title.  If the title you would like to work on is already published, you should probably look for another title.  However, there are instances when we allow a title to be challenged.  If you think you are the perfect Fan Author to author the title, please submit your request to challenge the BTS Book Companion.
  • Instances when you can challenge a BTS title:
      1. You have extensive, expert, or privileged content to the Behind the Story that is lacking in the current publication.
      2. You are the owner of the original work.
      3. Your BTS readers have voted specifically for you to author the BTS Book Companion.

Can I get a BTS Book Companion for my own novel?

  • You can submit your request to produce a BTS Book Companion for your own work.  However, just like every other BTS Book Companion, a novel will need to be approved before production.  One way to expedite the approval process is by having your books receive many votes to be put produced.  You can encourage your readers to vote for the production by directing them to our website.

I want a BTS Book Companion to promote an upcoming novel. Can I do that?

Is Behind the Story limited to books only, or can I request a BTS for a different topic?

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