Questions about publishing
We're dithering over some fine points at the moment, and I know we'd get confuzzled if we tried to piece the answers together on our lonesome. We've always been a bit uncertain of whether we're doing things right when dealing with Outworld Stuff. I'm guessing that we're not the only system that does this, or the only one that might face these questions at some point, so I figured I'd post this here for some info gathering and sharing.
We write fanfic, and recently one of ours tried converting a story he'd written so that it could be sold as original. It got accepted (YAY!) for an online publication, for first electronic rights and archiving for one year.
Should we remove the fanfic that was the base of this story from free circulation? It's in a community and on our writing journal, and while the changed version is different enough to evoke a totally different sort of flavor, I feel odd not asking about this. What's protocol here?
If we wanted to try selling that story or others set in the same world to a print publication, how would that work? Do we wait? How long? What do we tell them about prior publications? Should we just wait until we have a bunch of them and put out our own anthology?
And, if the story that spawned all these questions is erotic in nature, is it possible or even advisable to write non-erotic, fantasy genre stories with the same characters for publication elsewhere? This thing is turning into a monster, and I'd love to let it run loose just to see how far it goes.
Anyone? Writers? Editors? Bueller?
ETA clarification: The new story is vastly different from the fanfic -- the only thing that didn't change drastically was the sexual content. Everything else was tailored to the new setting and new characters.