Surely every person in the entire realm of fan fiction is tired of the monetization question by now. The simple answer is that it really, really isn’t about the money. But people keep on asking anyway: how can so much time and energy and a sheer dizzying number of words be spent on something for no financial compensation? It’s easy enough to say that the person who asks that question doesn’t understand the idea of fan fiction, or doesn’t fully grasp what it means to be a fan of something in general — but that feels dismissive and unhelpful. There is a disconnect here, though, and it’s one that’s tricky for me to articulate, between Amazon and Alloy and the fan fiction community, or between Tumblr and Yahoo and the people who look at 100,000 reblogs and can only see a missed opportunity for advertising.
"Kindle Worlds might seem like a vast step up for your average fanfic writer, the best of whom are paid in praise alone. If it didn’t feel like such a fundamental and remotely insulting misunderstanding of fan culture, if it didn’t feel like a prime chance for corporations to exploit rather than promote, I might even praise Amazon."
Will Kindle Worlds Commodify Fan Fiction? by Elizabeth Minkel
Kindle Proof Your Novel in Seven Easy Steps!
- Use Color
- Illustrate, Illustrate, Illustrate
- Play with Text, Typeface, and White Space
- Run with Scissors
- Go Aleatory
- Put it in a Box
- Pile on End Matter
This post is part of our “Best of 2011” series, which highlights exceptional original pieces that have been published on The Millions this year.