You read that right. Amazon is legalizing a way to get paid for writing fanfiction. You can read all about it on Publisher’s Weekly here and Amazon here.

First big concern I have is that it’s going to draw all the plagiarists who run rampant at places like to begin with because “Hey, now I can get paid for this.”

We need to discourage plagiarism. Not encourage it.

My second major concern is that I’ve seen harsh feedback turn away so many potential authors already. Most of fanfics writers are new to writing. They’re just starting out. Now we all know that reviews can be down right painful and even mean. In fanfiction circles they are considered “flames”

Bottom line is: Reviewers are picky. Especially on Amazon.

How do you think that will affect these budding writers?

On the plus side they will get some real life experience as writers and a vast amount of exposure. It will certainly get their names out there. That’s something else to consider. Most names I’ve seen in fanfiction circles have “lyte speak” in them. If they want to swim with the sharks, they’re going to need to use a more professional name. Because one way or another this is going to be out there indefinitely. Everything they write and say will be gone through with a fine toothed comb.

Reviewers are likely to slam the authors who have goofy numbers and stuff in their names.  If you wish to step into the ring, be my guest. It’ll be a memorable experience for certain. But, be prepared for flames, because we all get them eventually. And use a serious name. This is the first step to launching your career as an author. Please take it seriously so you’re not fed to the wolves.


Side note: A majority of fanficers have never even heard of a critique group, so when people start reviewing about the “bad writing” and “horrible plots”  especially those who will be furious they paid to read it, I’m worried it will turn these budding writers off writing. It’s happened so many times I’ve already lost count just in the seven years I’ve been there. Some of them will accept the feedback gracefully. But, most will go to bed in tears.

Please remember I started out writing fanfics. So I’m glad they will have a chance for exposure. But, I’m concerned how that exposure will affect them and their writing journeys.

Another pro of this adventure is that both the fanfic author and the original copyright holders will be paid. However that’s going to diminish the amount of pay. The proposed rate is 20% of net sales to the author. That’s net sales, not gross sales. If it’s more than 10K words it’ll be as high as 35%

More cons are:

This is for US fanficers only. What about the rest of the world who write fanfics? How is not including them fair?

Amazon sets the price between $0.99 and $3.99. Authors get no say in the price range.

Now here’s the big got ya:

Amazon retains all world publishing rights to all content you create in their worlds program. In layman’s terms: Amazon will own the exclusive publishing rights to all content {including characters and scenes and back ground info, ect} fanficers publish on their worlds program. Meaning you are forbidden from publishing those stories on say ffnet, and other web wide sites like watpadd. That’s a huge no-no! It won’t matter if you posted them on ffnet and places like that first. When you sign the contract with Amazon worlds, they are give exclusivity rights. Meaning only available on Amazon.

Side note: The following is taken directly from amazon’s program.

Content Guidelines for Kindle Worlds

  • Pornography: We don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.
  • Offensive Content: We don’t accept offensive content, including but not limited to racial slurs, excessively graphic or violent material, or excessive use of foul language.
  • Illegal and Infringing Content: We take violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously. It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that their content doesn’t violate laws or copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, or other rights.
  • Poor Customer Experience: We don’t accept books that provide a poor customer experience. Examples include poorly formatted books and books with misleading titles, cover art, or product descriptions. We reserve the right to determine whether content provides a poor customer experience.
  • Excessive Use of Brands: We don’t accept the excessive use of brand names or the inclusion of brand names for paid advertising or promotion.
  • Crossover: No crossovers from other Worlds are permitted, meaning your work may not include elements of any copyright-protected book, movie, or other property outside of the elements of this World.

Lastly, let me refer you to an article written by my friend who is a fanfic writer on this matter.

So, authors what are your opinions on this subject? Readers how about you? Is this a good idea or a disaster waiting to happen?


About kittyb78

Catrina Barton is a licensed Kung-Fu Instructor of the Black Dragon style, and draws on that experience to make her fight scenes both realistic and action packed. She enjoys being surrounded by the stark beauty of mother nature. Whether it's a moon-lit starry sky, or a picnic by a peaceful waterfall cascading from the mountain side. Growing up no matter where she was physically, she always had at least one book in her hands and spent every free moment lost in a book. It's only natural that as she grew up, her passion for reading grew into an even stronger passion for writing, especially Young Adult Paranormal Romances. She is a proud member of many writing and marketing groups, and an active participant at Critique Circle and several other crit groups. Favorite personal quote: "An author cannot grow without both constructive criticism and encouragement."

3 responses »

  1. Emma says:

    I’m not sure what to make of this.
    As far as I’m aware, what you can write will be limited. You have to follow guidelines, there’s only a few shows so far that are lined up for this, and it’s only available to writers in the US – that leaves a whole lot of us out of the game.

    • kittyb78 says:

      Hello Emma. Thanks for participating. That’s another con for this.

      It’s basically Amazon’s way of testing the waters for a new trend. They want to corner the market in all ways possible. But, I don’t think they care one iota how it’ll affect traditional authors.

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