Author's Note

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Synonyms: A/N
See also: headers, reader's note
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"Author's note" generally refers to a line in headers used to provide additional information about a fanwork. It is not always put on top, though; some authors put it in as a postscript, or on LiveJournal as a first comment posted below the story. An author's note may commonly be used to:

  • Tell why the work was created (for instance, for a particular challenge or community).
  • Explain what readers may need to know to understand the work.
  • Thank betas.
  • Give credit to the sources of material used in the work (for instance, song lyrics or quotations used in fan fiction, video clips or music used in vids, or photo references used in fanart).
  • Give credit to the authors of works that inspired or influenced the work (for instance, another piece of fan fiction from which characters or details have been borrowed).
  • Indicate what kind of feedback the creator of the work is interested in receiving.

In some fan communities, "author's note(s)" is shortened to A/N or a/n.

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