Fan fiction

FanFiction news: Florida writers celebrating FanFic. Lovecraft FF finalists. Terminology guide

By David Rothman
August 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Can “real” writers learn to love FanFiction, with plots and characters inspired by existing books, TVs and movies? Some Florida authors are giving it a try August 11. From Orlando Weekly: “Five local writers—including Teege Braune, Genevieve Anna Tyrrell and Stephanie [...]

Amazon debuts Lei Crime Kindle World; what do you want to see next?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The 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 [...]

Publishing houses — at least Simon & Schuster — not avoiding fan fiction

By Susan Lulgjuraj
June 6, 2014 // 1 Comment

Fan 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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Licensing Fanfiction. Serial copyright infringement and more

By Joanna Cabot
May 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

A 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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Fanfiction addiction. Amazon Publishing set to expand and more

By Joanna Cabot
March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon 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 [...]

Amazon angles for Slaughterhouse 10, 15, 20, with Vonnegut Kindle Worlds license

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 5 Comments

Amazon 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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King's compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch

By Dan Eldridge
July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Six 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 [...]

Amazon's Kindle Worlds opens with fan fiction ready to go

By libertyc
June 29, 2013 // 7 Comments

Amazon’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 [...]

Was Lovecraft the first fanfic author?

By libertyc
June 24, 2013 // 7 Comments

Here’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 [...]

Tom Chatfield Hails The New Literacy

By libertyc
May 31, 2013 // 1 Comment

British 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 [...]

My Reaction to John Scalzi's Reaction to Kindle Worlds

By libertyc
May 23, 2013 // 7 Comments

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 [...]

Amazon Announces Kindle Worlds, a Platform for Fan Fiction

By libertyc
May 22, 2013 // 7 Comments

Fan 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 [...]

Author Joe Konrath's surprising opinions of "fair use"

By libertyc
April 15, 2013 // 9 Comments

Joe 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 [...]

App Faceoff: Pocket vs. Instapaper

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 5 Comments

“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 [...]

Simon & Schuster to publish more reworked Twilight fanfic

By libertyc
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

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