Kindle Worlds Q and A: From the Horse’s Mouth

I’m not a fan of fan fiction , but I know that many readers are.

So here’s a Q and A with Philip Patrick, who’s in charge of Kindle Worlds at Amazon.

The Heart of the Matter: Q&A With Philip Patrick, Head of Kindle Worlds:

“Philip:  In general, our strong bias is to give writers as much creative freedom as is appropriate to each World. The people who understand  that appropriateness best are the original rights holders—we’re calling them World Licensors—who will know what their audience expects and wants and how far the bounds can be pushed. “

Should you write for Kindle Worlds?

I’ve been asked who should consider writing for Kindle Worlds.

You could, if:

* You’re a real fan of a particular world, and it inspires you;

* You’re a new writer, and want to get into writing fiction;

* You’re intrigued, and want to play around with it.

That said, I’m not someone you should ask about fan fiction. I find the concept to be creepy, to be honest.

Currently there’s a huge amount of “Jane Austen” fiction published on Amazon. I love Austen, but I don’t want to read anything from anyone writing 200 years after she published her works. Sorry. :-) That said, if fan fiction floats your boat, why not? You can write whatever you feel like writing.

Experiment.

Beware…

I’ve said this before. If you’re a professional writer, you need to be aware of rights to your work, and who owns them. You own all the rights to your work as soon as you create it.

That’s not so when you write fan fiction, you’re writing on sufferance. You own nothing. Let’s say you create a wonderful book, packed with superb characters. However, it’s fan fiction.

This means that you don’t really have the rights to what you wrote. What if you want to write a series? You still don’t own the rights…

Thinking about all this gives me a headache. I don’t like fan fiction, and I like having the rights to my own work. So it’s not for me.

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.