The Most Dangerous Man In The World *update*

The Most Dangerous Man In The World *update*

Dear Buzz,

As a valued member of the Kindle Worlds author community, we wanted to let you know of some upcoming changes to the Kindle Worlds program.

As of May 17th, Kindle Worlds will no longer be accepting new submissions. Previously published Kindle Worlds stories will no longer be available for sale on Amazon.com on or around July 16th. The Kindle Worlds website will be closed on August 29th; we ask that all Kindle Worlds participants update and validate their banking information, mailing address, and contact information by July 31, 2018 in order to facilitate a timely final royalty payment…

Effective as of the date we remove your work from the Kindle Worlds program, we revert the rights granted to us by you in your Kindle Worlds Publishing Agreement. As a reminder, please note that certain rights have been granted to the applicable World Licensor and, as a result, you may not be able to republish your work, use elements from the world, or otherwise exploit the rights you granted unless you obtain the World Licensor’s permission...

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People have been asking me what the fate of G.I. JOE: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD / The Lost Classic G.I. Joe Episode (Kindle Worlds) is going to be.

If you want the official Hasbro approved G.I. Joe download, now is the time to get it.

But as for the story, well, there I have some options.

It will be available again…and soon…but I can’t say when just yet -- mostly because I don’t know.

99% of the book will remain intact, including the title The Most Dangerous Man In The World

What will have to change are character and vehicle names to avoid any overlap with Hasbro properties.

For the most part, this will be easy to do:  Modify the spellings, add or subtract a rank, etc.

But that will take time.

If I’m going to make name modifications because I can no longer refer to it as a G.I. Joe story, then there’s no reason to be restrained by Hasbro’s Kindle Worlds rules re what can be said and done in the book.

Dialog might get a bit rougher.

Action might get a bit harder.

The disadvantage is that without the official G.I. Joe tie-in, I lose potential readers who are only interested in G.I. Joe stories.

The advantage is that I’m now free to market the book well outside the boundaries of G.I. Joe fandom to the military & war & pulp adventure & espionage markets.

That requires a different kind of packaging and presentation.  I can already think of three possible avenues of approach, so I’ll have to weigh them all before deciding on one.

In the meantime, G.I. JOE: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN THE WORLD / The Lost Classic G.I. Joe Episode (Kindle Worlds) is still available for download.

YO, JOE!

(…or words to that effect…)

 

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