Monday, May 21, 2018

The Amazing Shrinking Kindle Universe

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Kindle Scout

Amazon's platforms for authors keep shrinking

And if you haven't heard, Amazon is shutting down Kindle Worlds. In Amazon's words:

"Kindle Worlds is a publication platform where you choose a licensed World, read the Content Guidelines for that World, write your story, upload that story, create a cover, and click through a publishing agreement with Amazon Publishing. Once published, every Kindle Worlds story will be featured on, as well as on Kindle devices and apps. Follow the steps below to publish your story today!"

Except that submissions are now closed.

This is a real problem for authors who have written for Kindle Worlds. It's up to each world owner to determine how, or if, authors can keep selling their work. A few owners I've looked at have mentioned nothing.

Let me know if you've written for Kindle Worlds and if you've heard what your options are. You can read the thoughts on this subject by Kindle Worlds author Terri Deno here: The Death of Kindle Worlds.

What alternatives are you looking into for writing fan fiction? Let me know!

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  1. My first book ever, and the third book of the series i'm working on now, started as Fan Fiction. Trixie Belden. I even had it originally set in a small town of the Hudson Valley in NY. Alas, I ended up making it my own. I do, however, have a horse in the books named Trixie. My little tribute.

    I don't know where people go anymore for Fanfic. I only ever very lightly dabbled in it, and even then, I didn't frequent the forums and writing sights. :)

    1. There are places that allow the posting of fan fiction, but most don't have the weight of Amazon or the backing and support of major authors or screen writers. I'm not sure there really is a good alternative, but I'm not into fan fiction much, either. I was toying with the idea of one of the Kindle worlds, but life got in the way of that (as you know).

  2. But they are not taking their books down are they? Maybe it's not profitable enough for them, it seems to be all about money these days. Like with Goodreads Giveaways now costing the author a fortune, rather than the free ones you could do.

    1. It sounds like most of the titles will be pulled in July. It will be up to the owners of the "worlds" (major authors) to give guidelines to allow each author to continue to sell their work. I think a lot of them are going to be out of luck...


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