Kindle Worlds: A Way To Finally Pay FanFic Writers

I wanted to wait a bit before talking about Kindle Worlds. It was introduced to Amazon on May 22, 2013, and today’s date is September 22, 2014, meaning it’s been exactly four months. But I’m glad I did so to prove a point. Here’s my opinion on the matter.

ANOTHER FANFIC SITE

Or is it? I thought the idea of making a profitable fanfic site was outstanding, since this is the first one that pays their authors for writing. If you have ever come across a fan fiction on the internet, know they’re no profitable (until now) royalties involved. Fanfics are based off someone else’s story.

A 35% royalty rate is what Amazon Worlds is offing now, which I think is completely fair! I’ll stand beside that. Most complaints gear toward “not having enough worlds,” or “not having enough royalties.” Woh! Remember, Amazon Worlds has the highest paying royalties for fanfics, because everything else is free! Outside of Amazon Worlds, Amazon Self Publishing is still one of the highest, with 70% royalties! But this will be important down below.

So, you still aren’t with me on the 35% royalties? Let’s say you publish your fan fiction using new names and settings so it looks different and can be sold as an original piece. Guess what? 70% is coming your way, but where’s the audience? Hope you have one. And for those of you who are using the site to get big, is that really the best decision? Fan fiction? WE WILL KNOW, STOP USING THE SYSTEM!!

Within the last four months, I’ve seen the site grow; only having three or four fandoms at first, Amazon Worlds broadened into a nice twenty or so to date. They started with Vampire Diaries and are building to worlds like Kurt Vonnegut’s. You know what else I’ve seen grow? The size of readers! Yes! Four months later, we are seeing amazing results from readership (true fans, so expect hard criticism where fakers lurk).

Readers, that’s right, there are people writing the actual ending of your favorite fandom that you wanted all along. But wait. Your fandom is not up yet? Maybe if Amazon Worlds had more money …they could get contracts with Disney and J.K. Rowling. …Maybe that’s why the royalties are so low for fan writers! They need investments to get the readers and fanfic writers what they want!

It’s 40% less royalties than if one published under the regular Amazon publishing, but that’s probably because 1. One can’t take ALL the credit for someone else’s work! It’s someone else’s work! And 2. Some of that missing 40% has to go toward building the site to becoming a better fandom site.

I am all aboard for Amazon Worlds. I can’t wait to write my own fan fic (my first actually). I’m just waiting for the right fandom to come along.

Those of you authors that are writing stories just to broaden your audience without knowledge of the fandom, shame on you. It’s a good idea, because I totally see this site taking off in the next few months and traffic is going to gear toward stories that were on longer with more views, but still. Genuine fans only. Stop trying to be something you’re not. Lying’s bad. And we’ll know, trust me. The moment you slip up on your facts, we’ll know.

Thank’s for reading!

P.S. And before you ask, to make your work a world on Amazon, you already have to have a HUGE audience. Not the other way around. Cheers!

WritingMime

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Cover Design for Self Published Books

Drive is what you need to spend money on something. Quality is what sorts the bad from the good, and ultimately your readership when it comes to books.

Think hard about what you need for your book cover before you even begin to make your sketches. Consult any professional with ideas for a cover so they can tell you if you’re on the right track, genre-driven-wise (You don’t need characters on the cover smooching if the book’s sci-fi). Once confident in your knowledge of cover branding by genre, jump into your creative mind and pull out a few cover designs. Get them out on paper. Quality is not yet a factor.

Personal Tip: I’d take each of your ideas as far as revision. Each design has vast potential, and what that means is you shouldn’t sketch out harder lines and details on one design while leaving the others in their rough form. That’s biasing the other covers. If one’s generally colored, they all should be.

Take your ideas to an editor. If you’re the editor, you’ve skipped ahead. If not, finding an editor to do wonders with your drafts can be a very simple task. If signed up with a self-publishing agency already, you can buy a cover artist from them at their set price. I could say go to places like PeoplePerHour.com or another freelance site to shop, but I’d rather direct you to the place where artists live and breath: DeviantArt.

Here are the highlights about DeviantArt. There are all types of creators that come to this site, whether your looking for sculptures, air-brush, watercolors, makeup, photography, etcetera, they have them. Once you have an idea for your cover, let’s say dragons, type the keyword into the search bar and see what shows up. Maybe you wanted your cover as 3D as possible without looking too real. I bet you’ll find at least three styles close to what you desire. Click on the artists’ profiles and see their other artworks. If one specializes in dragons, you’ve found a winner. With your special design in mind, contact the artist with a goal price and maybe they could work something out with you. If you like one of the prints they have already, buy it from them and see if you may use it as your book cover. (I’m not completely sure how that works, but if it bothers you, you might ask that they make the print unavailable to anyone else, and pay a high price for it.)

Bottom line: DeviantArt equals easier access to exactly what you see in your head, but could be costly if they’re an experienced, well-known artist. (You’d be better off asking them for a new piece of work for a cheaper price than buying what they already have on their page.) Freelance sites only offer the artists they have and limit your style choices. (I see mainly a lot of kids’ books illustrators most of the time.)

Now that you’re ready to move on from your first draft to a final draft, whether through an artist, friend, or yourself, you’ll need computer programs. Nothing today can be completely done by hand. You’ll need a photo editor, which I use the line of Adobe Photoshop programs. They’re expensive, but do their job. (You’re artist probably has a trusted program on their computer.) You may either edit all of your designs or pick a favorite and run with it. Don’t root yourself on the spot; experiment. Change color and shadow angles as well as the contrast and sharpness levels on your designs. Don’t approve until it’s exactly what you want. Just remember, everyone has limitations, including your editor. You might have to make a compromise with them if they can not create exactly what you’re seeing.

Next step is to find the perfect text font, which is much easier than designing the graphics. Go through a free list of fonts using your software, and if you still can’t find what you want, you can buy new templates from the programs’ websites or from other sites. They can range from cents to dollars, but nothing that’s going to drain your pockets. It’s worth it, in my opinion, to spend a hand-full of dollar bills on a font that’ll put your book on the winning side. (Not saying it’ll become a best-seller from the best cover; that’s all luck.)

Just remember, shop around! Use your time wisely and trust people! We’re all in this together in the publishing industry!

Thanks for reading,

WritingMime

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