Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Today's stink

Okay y'all, have you seen today's stink in the writing world?
Amazon has released it's platform for making bank on fan-fic. 
Suddenly my Twitter and FB feeds exploded with people reacting to the news. You can find all the info on KindleWorlds HERE
Fan-fic writers will be able to upload and sell their stories based off other licensed authors/creators characters and worlds. So far, the major liscensor is Alloy Entertainment, the people behind The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and more. We all know how Alloy cut LJ Smith out of the series she'd been writing, so this kind of a move doesn't surprise me from them.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. If you want to write fan-fic, more power to you. To each their own. Have a blast. I know lots of writers that do. I never have, unless you consider Broken fan-fic of Frankenstein.
Some camps say any publicity is good publicity. Others are saying mine-mine-mine! Others have so many thoughts and concerns they're hard to voice. I'm in an odd position to look at this now, and once I figured out what KindleWorlds is, my brain went into a tangled mess of what-ifs, and what-about-the-authors, and would-people-really-pay-for-its. Then, Fifty Shades came to mind, and I though Yep, lots of people woul pay for it. Which drags my brain further down the rabbit hole of. it's based off SMeyers world/characters, shouldn't she get a cut? It's going to be a film, shouldn't the CREATOR OF THAT WORLD get something out of it? KindleWorlds is opening up a big wriggling, gritty, can of worms.
You can read a great look at this issue, and some fab feedback on Chuck Wendig's blog HERE
A business-y look at itcan be found on John Scalzi's blog HERE
And a post by the brilliant Gwenda Bond HERE on how the properties in question so far are "packaged."

So what do you think? Good idea? Bad idea? Are you into fan-fic?


  1. Holy Crap, AE! I hadn't heard about this; yes, I was living under my writing rock, yesterday. Going to read this NOW!

  2. I think it's awful. I don't have a problem with fan fic in general, but that crosses a huge line to charge for it. That's just plain wrong.

  3. OH. MY. WOW.

    I already have issues with 50 Shades, for exactly the reasons you mention. This is super scary. Off to read all the linkys. O.o

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  5. wow - really interesting. The way I read it, just because you wrote fan fiction doesn't mean Amazon is going to publish it and let you get paid. You still have to submit and get approved and I bet there'll be a designated Alloy Entertainment person who has to sign off on it so you don't have fan fiction purporting to be in the world of Twilight that reads like Fifty Shades.
    It seems to me that b/c the series authors are getting 20-35% of the fan fiction royalties, it's really an easy way for them to make more money off what they're created without any additional work. The fan fic is going to be out there anyway. Might as well let the original authors make a profit off it too. I certainly don't see how it's hurting them. Just my 2 cents. But of course, I'm not surprised that Amazon has its fingers in this honey pot...

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