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Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction
June 6, 2014 | 6:17 pm

afterFan fiction has been around forever. It’s a fun way to write where you get to build on a world that is already alive. Whether you agree with it is another topic, but some writers have found success publishing fan fiction. A recent big one was obviously 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, which was fan fiction based on Twilight. Now, One Direction fan fiction has gotten attention. Simon & Schuster has signed a deal with Anna Todd for her After series, it was reported last week by Publishers Weekly. The books will start to appear in bookstores in November. Todd began writing...

Morning Roundup: Licensing Fanfiction. Serial copyright infringement and more
May 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

fanfictionA Licensing Model for Fan Fiction (Future Book) As fanfiction continues to mature and become a more popular medium with greater revenue opportunities, it may soon be time for the publishing industry to take another look at the possibility of introducing alternative licensing systems. Building new relationships with readers and enabling new income streams for authors and publishers could be just some of the benefits. *** How Many Times a Day Do You Violate Copyright Law Without Even Realizing It? (Techdirt) In fact, he notes that pretty much everyone agrees that full enforcement is "undesirable and counterproductive." And, really that should be a clear...

Morning Roundup: Fanfiction addiction. Amazon Publishing set to expand and more
March 21, 2014 | 9:00 am

fanfictionAmazon Publishing to Expand in US, UK, Germany (The Digital Reader) According to Jeff Belle, the VP of Amazon Publishing, they’re planning to hire dozens of more people and  vastly expand their publishing efforts, particularly in the UK. *** My Fanfiction Addiction (Book Riot) We’re almost 3 months into the new year, and as of yet, I’ve finished 3 books – all on audio.  Why? Because I’ve been reading and reading and reading Sherlock fan fiction. I’ve immersed myself in it. I’ve done this for two reasons. *** How Much Does a Senior Children's Book Editor at Random House Earn? (GalleyCat) These salaries are self-reported by employees...

Amazon angles for Slaughterhouse 10, 15, 20, with Vonnegut Kindle Worlds license
August 1, 2013 | 12:45 pm

VonnegutAmazon has just announced one of the weirder wins in its Kindle Worlds fan fiction licensing program, with the acquisition of a license from RosettaBooks for Kindle Worlds productions based on the works of Kurt Vonnegut. "Writers will soon be able to create and sell stories inspired by the iconic books of Kurt Vonnegut with Kindle Worlds’ self-service submission platform," states the announcement. This may showcase unexpected literary potential for Kindle Worlds, but it's hardly what most commentators expected of the platform. Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl series and L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries, fine, but highly literate science/weird fiction? Are...

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King’s compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch
July 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

Morning RoundupSix Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction (The Atlantic) Emily Keeler, editor of Toronto-based zine Little Brother, reads a lot of literature for a living. But for the past six weeks, she confesses she's found the news stories coming out of Toronto City Hall more entertaining than most of the novels she's read...

Amazon’s Kindle Worlds opens with fan fiction ready to go
June 29, 2013 | 11:04 am

Kindle WorldsAmazon’s newest venture, Kindle Worlds, opened to the public on Thursday, launching 50 stories in its first group of fan fiction work. The initial announcement had three properties writers could consider, but just before launch Amazon announced the addition of other properties, including Hugh Howey’s Silo Series. Writers can create stories within these worlds using characters and settings as they see fit. Howey wrote on his blog on Thursday that "The Silo Saga is now open for exploration! You can write WOOL fan fiction and upload it for review. And get this," he added. "I found out today that a WOOL story was the...

Was Lovecraft the first fanfic author?
June 24, 2013 | 12:15 pm

fanficHere's a little perspective on all the marketing hype and debate surrounding Amazon's Kindle Worlds fanfic platform: Some of the most significant and successful subgenres of recent decades have been evolved through a process close to fanfic, which to that extent is a latecomer to the game. One standout example is the Cthulhu Mythos fictional universe, spawned by H. P. Lovecraft in the 1920s and breeding in dark and weird places ever since. "In 1928, a young man, Conan creator Robert E. Howard, wrote a fan letter to Weird Tales magazine praising H. P. Lovecraft’s "The Call of Cthulhu," which had recently...

Tom Chatfield Hails The New Literacy
May 31, 2013 | 2:04 pm

the new literacyBritish writer and digital guru Tom Chatfield has been attracting quite a bit of attention recently with his piece "I type, therefore I am" in Aeon Magazine, which takes a more unabashedly positive view of the growth of modem digital literacy than some other recent pronouncements. His essay ranges widely into areas very far removed from e-books, but I want to pick up on some of the most relevant insights as they apply to e-publishing and digital print.   Overall, Chatfield explains, whatever the crisis of traditional print books and newspapers, we are living in perhaps humanity’s most literate age ever. “Darkness and silence...

My Reaction to John Scalzi’s Reaction to Kindle Worlds
May 23, 2013 | 8:53 pm

Just in case you've been living under a rock, yesterday Amazon announced Kindle Worlds, otherwise know as authorized, paid fan fiction (sort of). In response to one of my comments on that post, our own Joanna Cabot linked me to John Scalzi's initial thoughts on the move. I have tons of respect for Scalzi, and I agreed with much of what he said, especially with his opinions of the contract terms (which kind of suck). I didn't agree with quite everything, though. In response to a comment, Scalzi expressed a reasonable concern for how the move will affect fandom communities, and to...

Amazon Announces Kindle Worlds, a Platform for Fan Fiction
May 22, 2013 | 3:15 pm

Kindle WorldsFan fiction is an interesting genre. You start with characters that already exist from movies or television shows and create new stories around them. Admittedly, I read my share of fan fiction. Sometimes a show’s run ends too early, or a video game pulls me in so deeply, that I want to read more about the characters (this happened to me with Mass Effect, for instance). Amazon announced Kindle Worlds today, the first commercial platform for writers to create fan fiction and earn royalties. Amazon says it has secured licenses for Gossip Girls, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries. According to Amazon, it...

Author Joe Konrath’s surprising opinions of “fair use”
April 15, 2013 | 1:15 pm

fair useJoe Konrath published a thoughtful piece yesterday on fair use and copyright. I thought he was spot on and made some excellent points. He started by talking about copyright as it applied to authors, not to the industry. Not surprisingly, the publishing industry (print, video and music) all focus on copyright as it applies to them and their needs and wants. Konrath points out that copyright doesn't belong to an industry. It belongs to the creator of the work, and that industries often exist to exploit the artists that the work creates. [caption id="attachment_83294" align="alignright" width="180"] Joe Konrath[/caption] You can agree or disagree...

App Faceoff: Pocket vs. Instapaper
February 7, 2013 | 11:30 am

"Read Later" apps have become more popular as people use their smartphones and tablets on-the-go. I’ve used Pocket for years, and I recently decided to pay for Instapaper because it offered features Pocket does not. I use both, but for different purposes. Pocket is great for short articles, especially ones with images. I’ve set Flipboard up to share with Pocket, and I’ll often scan headlines during breakfast and then send articles to Pocket for reading throughout the day. Pocket is also my repository for articles I want to reference for later posts. I only use Pocket for short articles because I find the app’s page-flipping option to be...