How to keep a self-published story on Amazon safe?
March 26, 2012 9:27 AM Subscribe
I'm in the process of formulating a story that would twist a known, beloved children's franchise setting into a violent noir. The eventual goal would be to self-publish an ebook for a few bucks on Amazon, but I'm concerned that the subject matter would get the book pulled due to copyright matters. How does Amazon handle parody and pastiche?
posted by robocop is bleeding to Writing & Language (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Basically, I want to write a hardboiled noir set on the Island of Sodor involving the death of everybody's favorite little blue engine, Thomas. How many details would I have to change to not be worried about having the story suddenly yanked from Amazon?
Ideally, I'd like to use the given names from the stories, but understand that might not be possible. I'm concerned that minor changes (Thomas to Tim, for example) may not be enough to keep the story up in a pull first, ask questions later environment. But if too many changes are required, that sort of saps the fun of the story and makes me less interested in writing it and taking the steps needed to polish it for publication.
Browsing Amazon, I see all sorts of obvious parodies for sale, but they are all actual books, some with Kindle versions. Have there been examples of authors fighting the take-down of their works and succeeding?