Advice For Kindle Fiction Writers

by GoodFE
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I've noticed a few more posts from Kindle fiction writers in the past few weeks so I thought I would jump in with a little bit of advice.

If you are just starting out and have little or no fan base, then you need to think of creative ways to build one.

One thing I like to do is incorporate public domain characters into my story.

This means taking a famous character from the public domain and reimagining them in my story.

So for example, Snow White is a public domain character, therefor I can write a story where she is a central character. There are also recent movies about her so she is very popular at the moment.

There a plenty of famous characters that are now in the public domain, a quick google search will tell you everything you need to know.

***Please Note***

While it is okay to use a character from the public domain, that doesn't mean you can copy a story that they have appeared in. If you were to write a book that basically copies another book with a public domain character then you would be breaching copyright.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Interesting Idea.

    Best Selling author Stephanie Bond has some romance books based on public domain fairly tales. She modernizes it, taking the general plot but fitting it into todays modern life.
    Gone Fishing
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  • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
    I should also mention that you can't copy other characteristics. So for example, Disney doesn't own the Snow White character but they do own to the rights of the way they imagine her. You can't use images they own or copy stories they made about her. You can't just steal their version of her, you would need to create your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
    What a great idea! So the character name is not copyrighted? Seems weird, but now I'll have to look into this. I think it's a great way to bring familiarity into your writing and add a new twist to the character.

    Doubt everything you believe.

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  • Profile picture of the author Danielle Lynn
    Building off of pre-existing characters is certainly one way to get a foothold in the fiction writing niche.

    I'd only do it if I had an affinity for the character I was going to write for, or if it worked in the story I had in my mind.

    Great idea
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    • Profile picture of the author GoodFE
      Originally Posted by newxxx View Post

      "Snow White" is copyrighted by Disney

      see: OPEN LETTER | The True Snow White
      No, they dont.

      The article you included is from 2008 and mentions that the applied for the trademark. Disney doesnt own the rights to snow white, they own the rights to their version of the character and nothing more. That's why shows like 'Once Upon a Time' and movies like 'Snow White and the Huntsman' can be made without Disney's permission or input.

      I checked it just to be sure and every article past the date of the one you mentioned clearly states that they don't own the rights to the character.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Apparently Disney owns the names given to the dwarfs in their version of Snow White, but the name Snow White, and the story comes the Brothers Grimm's collection of fairy tales.

    Snow White - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    "Snow White" is a German fairy tale known across much of Europe and today one of the most famous fairy tales worldwide. The original version collected by the Brothers Grimm in 1812 is entitled in German: Sneewittchen (in modern orthography Schneewittchen) as tale no. 53. The final version of the tale was finished in 1857 under consisting title and registration number.[1]

    The fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarfs, who were first given individual names in the Broadway play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1912) and then given different names in Walt Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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