Elisabeth (dragonydreams) wrote,

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*I* found this funny and mildly insulting

I received an email this morning with the subject line simply saying, "Fanfiction" from a person I don't know. I risked it being spam and opened it anyway.


I am making a website and plan on putting Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfiction
on it. I you’re your work and would love to put your fanfiction on my website.
Please reply to tell me if I can or can not.

If I can put your fanfiction on my website email me with your pen name, a
website with your stories already on them or files of your stories, and an e-mail
address that you would like me to put on my website so that people can give you
feedback. I do not have my website up because I am still getting stuff together
but I will e-mail you the web address so that you can see it. Also, since my
website doesn’t have a lot of room I am going to put only a couple stories from
you and then I can give a link of they want to read more.

Thank You

Now, I've been asked before to have my stories hosted on someone else's site. And I understand the need for a form letter to keep you sane when creating a site. I use one myself for Hairy Eyeball. However, when I contact someone I, a) name at least one of their fics I'd like to host, b) try to address them by name (sometimes I forget in my haste, but their work is still named).

Wouldn't you assume that by contacting an author, that the webmistress would already know their pen name and website? Okay, maybe not your website depending on where they got your email address from, but if you've got my email address, you must know the name I post under.

I haven't responded yet. Usually I say 'yes' when anyone asks to host my fic. But if this person can't even bother to personalize the email, I don't know if I want to bother. I may say, "Ask me again after the site's up and running."
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