Amazon Launches Kindle Worlds Store, Its Self Service Platform For Fan Fiction Authors

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Amazon Amazon announced today that its platform for fan fiction writers is officially open for business. Dubbed Kindle Worlds Store, the platform is works on a self-submission model where authors can pick a “world” (the settings and characters derived from other fictional works) they want to write in, create a new story and sell it through Amazon. Here’s how it works for authors, according to Amazon:  dan rowinski Choose Your World: Choose a World to write in and read the content guidelines. Sign Up and Submit: Sign in (or sign up) with your Amazon account and submit your work using our self-service submission platform. Review and Publish: Amazon Publishing will review your submission for compliance with the stated guidelines and we’ll publish your work once approved. Each sale of the Work will result in a royalty to the author. Promote and Track Your Work: Post publication, sign into Author Central to track progress on your work.Authors that wish to write fan fiction for Amazon will only be allowed to do so in world’s where Amazon has procured a license from the original content creator. To launch, Amazon has partnernships with stories like Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard and Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson among several others. Authors will need to agree to content quality agreements and certain content restrictions. This authorized fan fiction portal is not a carte blanche for would-be authors to completely rip off the characters and story elements of the original authors, but rather to play with new stories built upon those worlds. Amazon states:The owner of the intellectual property related to the Original World (the “World Licensor”), has granted us the right to allow you to participate in Kindle Worlds for the Original World.  Accordingly, we grant you the limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable right to create your Work using elements from the Original World owned or controlled by the World Licensor, such as characters, scenes and events (collectively the “Original World Elements”), in accordance with the World Content Guidelines.If you are a fan of the original “worlds” that Amazon has made partnerships with, this type of authorized fan fiction could be of great entertainment. Otherwise, Kindle Worlds may be a little bit too far afield for most people. At the same time, it is an interesting concept in the world of publishing and something that has not really been done en masse before. Will you write … or read … fan fiction published by Amazon? Let us know int he comments.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Concert Videography: What You Should and Shouldn’t Do

first_imgHere are 8 tips for filming concerts both big and small — including what not to do.Cover image via Shutterstock.In what has become an absolute staple of the concert experience, videographers will now and forever be recording at shows. If you’ve attempted it before, you know that concerts can be tricky for several reasons.They’re loud. They’re often poorly lit. They’re crowded. They’re live (as in you only get one chance to catch each moment). They’re unpredictable, un-choreographed, and they don’t care if you get your shot or not.However, with a good attitude, good planning, and the right equipment, you can record shows with some pretty spectacular results. Let’s check out these tips on what works, and perhaps more importantly, what doesn’t.Do: Bring Multiple Audio Recording DevicesImage via dv247.When a person clicks on a concert video online, their first interest is the music. As a videographer, you should make audio your biggest concern. However, it can be risky to put all your stock into one device in one location. To get a full, rich texture of sound, you’ll need to spread out your devices to be close to the stage, in the crowd, and (if you get the chance) directly out from the board.Don’t: Put Your Microphone Directly In Front of a SpeakerImage via Shutterstock.When choosing your locations (especially if, say, you’re unable to have someone monitoring audio the whole time), you have to be mindful of the quality of audio you’ll get.Speakers at concerts are loud, and as such, to record their audio without peaking, you’ll have to adjust the levels as high as they go; however, concerts can get quiet as well, which means you’ll have to adjust (or your recorder will). Unless your device has phenomenal dynamic range, you’re going to get harsh cuts.Instead, try to find balanced locations where the audio has space to dissipate in the air and combine with the other speakers (with a little bit of crowd noise mixed in).Do: Get Multiple AnglesImage via Shutterstock.Depending on the type of coverage you’re looking for (either a full show start-to-finish, one song, or a hodgepodge for B-roll), getting multiple angles is an absolute necessity to make your video interesting, varied, and comprehensive. Try to get an array of wide shots and close-ups, and feature each of the band members.Don’t: Get Angles You Don’t NeedImage via Shutterstock.That being said, there is such a thing as too much coverage — or, more specifically, useless coverage. This is doubly true if you have multiple cameras set up in different locations. A shot of the drummer’s knee or a shot that’s too wide and makes the venue look empty is going to be nothing but a waste of time, space, and resources.Do: Shoot CutawaysImage via Shutterstock.If you’re editing your own project, you can be your own best friend by shooting plenty of cutaway shots to use sporadically and to cover mistakes. Good cutaways to consider include shots of the crowd, shots of the venue (including any signage), shots of the environment, close-ups of instruments, and close-ups of musicians’ faces.Don’t: Shoot Specific NotesImage via Shutterstock.Don’t shoot cutaways that show specific notes. If it’s part of your full coverage, that’s fine, but from a cutaway standpoint it’s going to be useless to fill vacant spots on the edit if it shows a musical note being performed that the viewer obviously doesn’t hear.Do: Request Stage AccessImage via Pintrest.Let’s face it, to get good coverage of a concert, you’re going to need to have access to the stage. Many big festivals and concerts have designated areas for photographers and videographers to roam freely. If you’re filming at the request of either the venue, the band, or some third party, be sure to ask upfront about the kind of access you’ll get.Editors note: even if you’re shooting a video for your own purposes, you’d be surprised how often you can get photo or video access if you politely ask in an email or phone call beforehand.Don’t: Disrupt the Show in Any WayImage via Shutterstock.While being on stage can be a rush, you also need to be hyperaware of exactly where you are in regards to your surroundings. This isn’t just for your safety (ever see a show with, say, pyrotechnics?) — it’s also so you don’t disrupt, distract, or inconvenience the band and the crew.Be mindful of where you are, how the musicians are using their space, and the audience’s line of sight. Otherwise, you may just be the person who accidentally kicks a power cord and ruins the show for everyone – not to mention your prospects of ever getting another concert videography gig again.What are your tips for filming concert videography? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong

first_imgPublishers believe pretty faces sell more books. Which is why the author picture on the back cover is paid more attention to at times than the content of a book. Which is not to say Shruti Sharma’s debut novel Abyss to Abyss is not interesting between the covers. It’s a good-hearted story of a girl stuck in a bad marriage who still believes in the power of dreams. Millennium Post had a quick tête-à-tête with Sharma. Read on…This being your debut book, how much of you is in protagonist Ria? Most writers end up making their first book autobiographical. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This book is a work of fiction. But I think there is a little bit of Ria in all of us. Her character is very real, she does stupid things, she has fears like any one of us, she cries, she gets excited,  she has her gloomy moments. At the same time she also embodies someone who has the courage to go  beyond the boundaries, yes she is scared but she challenges herself and dares to explore the unknown which I think is admirable and inspiring.  Ria goes through an arranged marriage and moves to US with a stranger. You live abroad. How prevalent is arranged marriage among NRIs today? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI think it’s very common for guys here to get married to girls from India. In general, it’s so common for professionals here to just fly to India for 15 days, meet girls and then just marry one of them.  I live in Silicon Valley and most Indian girls that I have met here were here because of  arranged marriage. Here is the sad part, not many are happily married. And even more sad? No one talks about it. They choose to live through it because they are scared. And I think a lot of  this is cultural. It’s embedded subconsciously that once you are married you got to make it work…which is twisted because people should not be together if they are not meant to be together.  I am not saying that all the marriages that are arranged are bad, what I am saying is that not very often do the girls (in bad marriages) take a decision of saying ‘You know what I am not going to put up with this crap anymore.’ In this novel, Ria recognises that sticking along in a bad marriage is wrong. And in the end everything turns out just fine and that’s the message I wanted to  convey. That people in bad marriages should not think that it’s the end. Pursue your dreams what may be…The universe guides you.Every character in my book is telling a story and it has a deeper meaning.  Ria seems to be all good. Do you think you could have painted her a little more grey?I think she does a lot of ‘wrong’. She does her fair share of ‘stupid’ things. She kept thinking her husband Jay would change then she chased Tanishq in desperate hope to find love so she wasn’t all that good. I painted her naive, that’s a color too. What prompted you to write a book?I grew up seeing my mom who has authored many books and I always wanted to write one. The timing was just right, professionally I had met all my goals so I thought of pursuing my long time dream of writing a novel. Why an e-book? There are takers for ebooks in the West, in India it is trend yet to catch upPaperback is also available through Amazon , Author House website and Barnes & Noble. Right now my publisher told me that the distribution channels (US based) will be able to sell the books internationally as well. Link: http://amzn.to/1sRRfZ8 What next for you? Plot of the next book in mind?Next book? I have a story in my mind but it’s very embryonic, again it’s going to be the one that can leave some sort of a message in the hearts of those who read the book. Did you have a specific readership in mind when you started writing?Mostly everyone but I think girls, who have been or are going through a rough relationship/ marriage will be able to relate to it. I hope this story can inspire people.last_img read more

Doctor nursing home asked to pay Rs 20L as compensation

first_imgKolkata: State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Roy Nursing Home in West Midnapore and a doctor to pay Rs 20 lakh as compensation to the family members of a patient who died of medical negligence.The incident took place in November 2013 when the victim, Banamali Samanata, was taken to Dr T K Biswas, a local doctor from Rabindra Nagar in the same district after he complained of severe abdominal pain. A resident of Barmunibgarh village under Kharagpur police station, Samanta was asked to take admission to Roy Nursing Home. After the patient was admitted to the nursing home under Dr Biswas, various clinical tests were performed on him. Medical tests confirmed that the patient had gallbladder stone and CBD stone as well. Dr Biswas conducted a surgery on the 59-year-old patient at the nursing home. Following the surgery, the patient started vomiting and also complained of respiratory problems. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe family members of the patient informed the doctors about the deterioration of his health condition. The doctor told the family members that this was nothing unusual and his condition would improve in the next few days. Prasenjit Samanta, the victim’s son, said the patient was released from the nursing home on November 14 after which he developed serious complications. He complained of severe respiratory distress accompanied by vomiting. When his family tried to readmit him to that nursing home for the second time, admission was denied. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn November 16, the family members rushed him to Midnapore Medical College and Hospital where USG and several others tests revealed that the CBD stone had not been removed then and the patient had already developed sepsis due to lack of proper treatment. The patient was later shifted to a private hospital near EM Bypass where another surgery was conducted. The efforts went in vain as he died of sepsis on December 10. The patient’s family later started a case with the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (SCDRC) in September 2014.last_img read more

Day in day out

first_imgShowcasing perceptions‘Silence of the Heavens’, a solo art exhibition by Mamoon Nomani, Jamia Millia Islamia, will showcase a series of paintings at Lalit Kala Academy where the dynamics of different geometric shapes will be explored. The art exhibition will showcase works that has come out of his decade-long patience. The artist’s use of forms often creates optical illusions that trickily present altered perceptions, playing with the dimensions of weight, height and perspective. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When: February 29 to March 6Where: Lalit Kala Academy, Gallery No 3, Rabindra Bhawan Timings:11 am till 7 pmWhen one uses imageryWARP ‘N WEFT- a painting exhibition will be held in India Habitat Centre. Ritu Chopra’s exhibition consists of artworks in abstract genre, based on Kabir’s verse, ‘Jhini, jhini bhini chadariya’ wherein Kabir talks of the body as the cloth spun by God, having the subtle energy channels, the ingla and pingla as the warp and weft. Ritu is so inspired by Kabir’s simple couplets that she had, in the past, painted a series using figurative imagery. There is strength of form and balance of composition in her current works. She uses the related relevant chromatic hues in each artwork. There will be around 30 artworks on display. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen: March 16-24 Where: Palm Court, India Habitat Centre Timings: 10 am to 8 pmIndulging in fashionSahachari Foundation Events is going to organise ‘Design One 2016’- an exhibition with a specially curated list of designers, who will exhibit their work in the national Capital. The exhibition’s objective is to support charities, with this years’ partner Shine Home for Women. The exhibition will feature a combination of carefully selected established and budding designers, which includes famed couturieres Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Akaaro by Gaurav Jai Gupta, Nidhi Tholia, Vogue Fashion Fund winner Pero By Aneeth Arora and many others.  When: March 3-4Where: The Grand, Vasant KunjTimings: 11 am to 8 pmTribute to women12th edition of IAWRT Asia Women’s Film Festival will be held in the national Capital where different films will be screened. The festival will showcase the work of women filmmakers of Asian origin bringing a rich and diverse collection of films from 13 countries including Bangladesh, India, Israel, Myanmar, Philippines, Portugal, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Turkey, U.K., USA and Vietnam. The festival includes a selection of 47 films and sound works; a seminar and an exhibition. Screenings will be followed by discussions with directors present.When: March 3-5Where: India International Centre, Max Mueller MargTimings: 9:30 am onwards.Magic of PoetryAll the lovers of Urdu poetry in the national Capital can come together to relish their favourite genre as  Shankar Lall Murli Dhar Memorial society is going to host the 51st edition of Bazm-e-Mushaira in the memory of Late Shankar lall ‘Shankar’ and Late Lala Murli Dhar ‘Shad.’ Mushaira will act as a thread to the most unpredictable relationship that is the trademark of India and Pakistan, which transcends all boundaries and creates an unbelievable bonhomie amongst poets from both sides.When: March 5Where: Modern School, Barakhamba RoadTimings: 8pm onwardslast_img read more

Wildfires damage Californias famed wine country

first_img By: Haven Daley and Janie HarSource: The Associated Press Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Share Tags: California, Travel Alert NAPA, Calif. — Workers in Northern California’s renowned wine country picked through charred debris and plotted what to do with pricey grapes after wildfires swept through lush vineyards, destroying at least two wineries and damaging many others.The wind-driven wildfires came as Napa and Sonoma counties were finishing highly anticipated harvests of wine grapes. Monday normally would have found workers picking and processing the ripe grapes to make chardonnay and other wines.Instead, melted and blackened wine bottles decorated the ruined Signorello Estate winery in Napa Valley. People at Paradise Ridge Winery in Sonoma County posted photos of debris and haze, saying they were “heartbroken to share the news” that the winery had burned.A maintenance worker watched and hoped for the best Monday as flames crept down a hillside by the Gundlach Bundschu Winery.“It’s right behind the main office. It’s working its way down the hillside. What can I say? It’s slowly working its way in,” Tom Willis said.The Napa Valley Vintners, a trade association, said Monday that most wineries were closed because of power outages, evacuation orders and employees who couldn’t get to work. The organization said it did not have firm numbers on wineries burned or how the smoke might affect this year’s harvest or the industry in general. But it said most grapes had already been picked.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthAbout 12 per cent of grapes grown in California are in Sonoma, Napa and surrounding counties, said Anita Oberholster, a co-operative extension specialist in enology at the University of California, Davis. But they are the highest value grapes, leading to the highest value wines, she said.It’s hard to predict correctly, but she said chances are good this year’s crop won’t carry much smoke damage.“Even if wines now were heavily affected by smoke, it doesn’t carry over to the next season, only in the fruit itself,” she said.Gloria Ferrer, Ravenswood and Kenwood were among well-known wineries closed for the day because of the fires, according to social media posts. Chateau Montelena Winery, which helped put California on the global wine map when it won a French wine-tasting competition in 1976, escaped damage.Wineries that escaped damage grappled with the lack of power, which they need to process the grapes.“Some of our growers did pick for us last night. So we had to unload the fruit into our cold barrel room and wait until tomorrow to process it,” said Alisa Jacobson, vice-president of winemaking at Joel Gott Wines.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“I think we’ll be OK, but it’s not an ideal situation. But more importantly, all our employees seem to be doing OK,” she said.She said she was stunned by the speed of the fires, falling asleep around 10 p.m. Sunday only to wake during the night to the smell of smoke. By 3 a.m. people were being evacuated.Lise Asimont, director of grower relations for the Family Coppola wineries, was among the people being urged to leave her Santa Rosa home. She said explosions that made her think of war woke her around 2 a.m. She opened the front door to a sky snowing ash.Authorities told her family to prepare to flee, but Asimont was also worried about her grapes, four truckloads of cabernet sauvignon machine-picked in Lodi on Sunday with no way of getting to Coppola facilities Monday because of a closed highway.She called a wine maker with LangeTwins winery and vineyards, who had a tank available to crush the grapes and was happy to be able to help. In turn, she passed on the favour to another winery.“There’s a lot of people helping each other, which is amazing,” she said. Wildfires damage California’s famed wine country << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more