New Amazon Publishing Platform - 'Kindle Worlds' - for Fan Fiction
In another move that will undoubtedly upset a few people, Amazon’s come up with a new way to capitalize on content: fan fiction. Fan fiction, also known as ‘fanfic’, is where characters or settings are taken from a book, movie or TV series and given new adventures. These stories are generally written by fans for other fans and hardly ever formally published. (I can remember stacks of photocopied stories at sci-fi conventions back in the 80s, a lot of which seemed to deal with the homo-erotic relationship between Kirk and Spock, but I digress…)
"There's probably not an author/fangirl alive who hasn't fantasized about being able to write about her favorite show," budding novelist Trish Milburn enthused on Amazon's website. "The fact that you can earn royalties doing so makes it even better."
Entitled ‘Kindle Worlds’, Amazon have currently licensed three TV series: Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, from Warner Bros Television Group's Alloy Entertainment, with more licensing deals to be announced in the near future. The model Amazon’s putting in place makes it the publisher, paying “fan-writers between 20 and 35 percent of sales, depending on length”.
This could be a gold mine — apparently Fifty Shades of Grey started out as Twilight fan fiction, so who knows? There may well be another E.L. James out there waiting to be discovered. What do you think? Can the publishing world take another shakeup like this?
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