episode 33 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses Kindle Worlds. Is it the latest in silliness or a major event in the world of publishing? Kindle Worlds is a publication submission platform from where you choose a licensed World, read the Content Guidelines for that World, write your story, upload that story, create a cover using free images or your own image, and accept a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. It’s simple and it’s fast. Every Kindle Worlds story will be featured on and Kindle devices and apps. Kindle Worlds is a creative community where Worlds grow with each new story. It is a place to be creative and to be inspired by other people’s creativity. You can build on any story or idea you find in a World, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties from every copy sold.

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  1. SherryThompson 1 September 2013 at 20:16

    Ugh grat was great…typing on an iPad. Not the best at it,obviously.

  2. SherryThompson 1 September 2013 at 20:15

    Of some I’d the other shows you mentioned.

  3. SherryThompson 1 September 2013 at 20:14

    I actually have never seen Burn Notice but have heard grat things about it. also was a big fan og

  4. SherryThompson Yeah, I also like my idea about “Burn Notice.” Only problem with that is that you’d have 8,000 stories that start with “When you’re a spy…” (Burn Notice fans will get that.)

  5. SherryThompson 31 August 2013 at 22:12

    The writer to get their style and skills recognized.

  6. SherryThompson 31 August 2013 at 22:11

    The idea of the writer getting in the move is very cool…also a way for thr

  7. SherryThompson 
    I think my best idea from the podcast is for David Simon et al to license
    THE WIRE to Kindle Worlds for the sole purpose of finding the right
    story idea for a movie. And the reward for the KW writer could be to
    have a role in the movie. Lots of cool things are possible these days…

  8. SherryThompson 31 August 2013 at 10:15

    I like the idea because it could start here and expand. as you said, if the copyright holders of the original see a build out story that is fantastic, they can do something with it which would be a major pop for that writer too. I had not heard of this until your show. Thanks for putting out great info. Enjoyed the show. On a side bar, I was in Austin this whole week. I had forgotten just how hot hot Austin summer feels

  9. anolen I believe that anything you submit to KW is NOT eligible to be taken anywhere else, because the licensing of the copyrights associated with the “World” applies to KW alone. So, if you tried to take it elsewhere, you would be violating the rights of the copyright holder(s). They basically grant you the right to create in their world because Amazon is paying for that, hoping to recoup off sales of the works you create in that world.
    So, yes, basically, if you want to get into bed with KW, you should know in advance that you have to stay there. Though if something were to take off massively in popularity, you’d have to wonder how the lawyers would handle it — probably there would have to be a separate pay-out to the copyright holder, but you’d wonder how Amazon would play it. They’d want their cut of the action, too, and as a non-lawyer I’d think you would ultimately be at their mercy, since KW is their creation and you’ve agreed to their Terms & Conditions when you submit something.

  10. This is a very interesting show and though I’ve never been big on fan fiction, Kindle Worlds seems like it could be a good way to improve writing skills. How about the fine print though? What if another 50 Shades gets written and posted on KW, who owns the text? What if the author wants to go to traditional publishing (where the big money’s at) with a KW-developed idea? The don’t make that clear, but the suggests that payment for big-hits will be peanuts.

    I ask because these issues came up around 50 Shades and at least one ‘interesting’ fan fiction vehicle called AO3 popped up that, to me, seems like a dragnet to catch potential money-makers.  I wrote about AO3 and

    Maybe the whole money thing isn’t a problem if you’re just using KW to improve your writing, but these megacorps rarely do something for nothing. I’d want to know all the details before I invest too much time in KW material.

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