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JA Konrath Offers His Characters in the Kindle World Program

JA KonrathBestselling self-published author J.A. Konrath blogs about the new Kindle Worlds program that allows other writers to create all-new stories featuring his characters.  If the very nice looking covers showcased on his blog are any indication, the program looks to be off to a strong start.

Personally, I wouldn't really want other people playing in the worlds I create without some fairly stringent guidelines as to what can and cannot be done to my characters.  Perhaps that comes from my background in licensed intellectual property and seeing the level of concern that license holders generally have over how the public perceives their characters and the value of those properties as a whole.

That said, I applaud Konrath for allowing such freedom with his creations.  I hope it continues to be a positive experience.  I'll be surprised, however, if we see truly major names like Stephen King, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, or John Grisham allowing this to be done with their characters and proprietary settings.