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Amazon debuts Lei Crime Kindle World; what do you want to see next?
April 13, 2015 | 12:25 pm

LeiCrimeThe latest Kindle World popped up last week with the Lei Crime Series. The Lei Crime Series, written by Toby Neal, debuted on April 7. Kindle Worlds allow anyone to write stories within specific universes using characters already developed by the respective authors. The Lei Crime Kindle World kicked off with eight new stories. Kindle Worlds helps writers (please read all the conditions first) earn money for their fan fiction by selling the stories through Amazon. Amazon currently has nearly 40 Kindle Worlds, including G.I. Joe, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The World of Kurt Vonnegut, and J.A. Konrath’s Jack Daniels and...

Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight
February 25, 2015 | 7:27 am

power-rangers-video-124799A new legal battle over fanfic might be shaping up. In the last couple of days, music video director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar released a 15-minute short film reimagining Power Rangers as a grim and gritty dark future drama a la Pacific Rim. The film stars name actors, including James Van Der Beek, Katee Sackhoff, and Die Another Day’s Will Yun Lee. And it almost immediately ran into legal trouble. A “NSFW” version (violence, language, nudity) was up on Vimeo for a few hours before getting taken down by a DMCA infringement notice from Saban. A safe-for-work...

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... anonymous review policy subjects fanfic writers to abuse
June 6, 2014 | 3:34 pm

It turns out Amazon isn’t the only site with a problem with trolls infesting anonymous reviews. Last night I received an email from a fanfic writer who was concerned over the anonymous guest reviewing function on She wrote that a friend of hers had just received a guest review wishing her seven-year-old son dead, and included a list of many other obnoxious guest reviews she’d seen on stories. Just one example: You deserve to be beat and killed also for writing shit like this obviously you are a cheating whore because people write what...

Amazon expands Kindle Worlds with seven new titles
February 5, 2014 | 4:12 pm

VonnegutAmazon’s fanfic publishing arm Kindle Worlds has expanded. The company announced seven new additions on Wednesday. One of the biggest names is Veronica Mars. “Veronica Mars’ fans are amazingly loyal and anything we can do to give them more access to her world and that of her character is great,” said Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas in a release. “I’m looking forward to seeing what new worlds and characters are created by fans and Kindle Worlds writers.” On, a popular site dedicated to the genre, Veronica Mars has close to 4,000 stories. With a Veronica Mars forthcoming movie, the timing of this announcement...

Story Surgeon: Copyright infringement or fair use?
January 23, 2014 | 2:34 pm

storysurgeonWriter Beware has an interesting post today linking to a Kickstarter for what WB’s Victoria Strauss calls “an app for copyright infringement.” The app is called “Story Surgeon,” is seeking $15,000, and the idea is that the app will let you create edits to an e-book, save the edits, and then share just the edits. Someone else can then take the same book and the same edits and “reconstitute” the edited book with that program. This is not exactly a new idea. We covered Chris Walters discussing the same basic idea slightly over two years ago: ...

‘Sherlock’ actors read ‘slash’ fanfic out loud at season 3 premiere; fanfic author not pleased
December 16, 2013 | 5:18 am

sherlockpremiereOh, for crying out loud. The London season 3 premiere event of Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, was emceed by feminist writer Caitlin Moran. And for God only knows what reason, during this event she thought it would be hilarious to have Benedict and Martin read aloud from a “slash” (homoerotic) Sherlock fanfic. From all reports, the actors weren’t terribly pleased, and neither was the author of the fanfic, tumblr blogger mildredandbobbin: To Caitlin? Thank you for spoiling something I found joy in. Thank you for humiliating me, taking my writing out of... blocks FLAG fanfic e-book converter, disallows copying and pasting
November 5, 2013 | 8:47 pm

fanfictionWe’ve run a couple of articles about useful apps that can turn fanfiction posted at popular online fanfiction repositories into e-books readable on portable devices. But lately, it seems that one of the most popular fanfiction repositories,, has taken issue with one of the more popular downloading tools, the Fanfiction Lightweight Automated Grabber (FLAG). FLAG admin Steven Gilberd posts an email exchange he had with’s administrators. When he originally developed the tool in 2008, Gilberd asked for and received permission from to allow the tool to operate. However, has suddenly changed its tune, saying, “Please note it...

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...

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...

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...

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic
November 8, 2012 | 8:04 pm

Ever since reworked Twilight fanfic Fifty Shades of Grey hit bookstore shelves and immediately burned a path up the charts, many publishers have been giving more serious consideration to fanfic. Might it make a decent source of publishable stories, a sort of Internet slushpile they could mine for nuggets at their leisure? But it seems that history shows yet again that you can always count on someone to learn the wrong lesson: If one Twilight fanfic is able to strike it big, why not try again with another one? A Simon & Schuster imprint has just made a “substantial” book deal...

Law professor Rebecca Tushnet interviewed about fanfic on Reason TV
July 28, 2012 | 1:24 pm

Fanfic and other original Internet fiction were some of the very first “e-books”, but ever since copyright owners have started paying more attention to the Internet the relationship with fans has sometimes been a thorny one. Reason TV has a 7.5-minute interview with Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University law professor and long-time legal advocate for fanfiction. (She wrote an article for a law journal back in the ‘90s that I believe is one of the first places fanfic was mentioned positively in a legal context.) At the moment, Professor Tushnet is a member of the Organization for Transformative Works, a...

Does transmedia mean fanfic?
July 25, 2012 | 7:25 pm

Fairy-Godmother-Academy-262x300Publishing Perspectives has an interesting piece by Jan Bozarth, an author who has created a series of children’s books, “The Fairy Godmother Academy,” that are intended to be a “transmedia experience” from the very beginning. The article isn’t really too clear about what “transmedia” aspects are incorporated into the series, though the project’s website hosts do-it-yourself projects and activities and a recently-completed contest in which readers submitted their own dance videos. The article does have some interesting insights into how girls feel about technology in general as opposed to what that technology can do for them. For me,...

The lessons of Fifty Shades for bookstores, publishers, and media
July 1, 2012 | 4:46 pm

50-shades-of-grey-o_thumb[1]The popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey continues, and people keep trying to make sense of it. The Bookseller’s blog had a couple of interesting posts lately on the phenomenon. Scott Pack writes of how the book came from right out of nowhere, completely overturning established expectations, and now publishers and bookstores are scrambling to capitalize on the momentum. Expect a bunch of copycat covers to appear over the next few months. Pack believes that this is a great thing, regardless of the quality or lack thereof of Fifty Shades itself, not because it will get people to read...

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