I have been reading about Amazon opening a new services called Kindle Worlds. Where fan fiction would be sold via ebooks. It seems that fan fiction is the new thing. Some bloggers and authors had blogged their thoughts about it. Feel free to google or search thru via your favourite search engine.
The first thing came to my mind. Oh boy. And you got to be shitting me. Sounds like a writer’s creation and intellectual property be fair game, open season for fan fic writers. More like a gimmick, or mooching off from an author of his/her intellectual property.
Not to spook anyone about this. Buts I suspect that licensing one’s story to Kindle Worlds would be voluntary. I doubt Amazon is that greedy. Besides, sales from ebooks are the grass that Amazon grazes on. I would recommend others not to license their stories to be written for fan fiction. If I understood this correctly in regards to fan fiction of those stories.
Amazon Publishing will acquire all rights to your new stories, including global publication rights, for the term of copyright.
Well gee thanks Amazon Publishing. Does that mean Amazon own the rights to my stories and intellectual property, as well? It’s a good question. We would find out eventually. A whole new can of worms would be opened. I am kinda pissed. Personally when I do self-publish or go with traditional route. But no offense, I am not going to allow any fan fiction.
While I have no problems with fan fiction. A typical fan fiction writer writes fan fic as a hobby, an art, or an art form. At the same time making zero profit from it.
I am not going to volunteer licensing my work for others to write fan fiction. World building aint easy. Being original is difficult as it is.
Still I would self-publish with Amazon and other spots. And take basic precaution.
If you’re interested in taking a gander of their announcement, the link is here.