Author, literary critic, and journalist Christopher Hitchens, famously said, “Everybody does have a book in them, but in most cases that’s where it should stay.” But this new literary dating app Kink wants you to unleash your inner E L James, in the hopes of cashing in on the next Fifty Shades of Grey.
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Kink app is the latest entrant into the dating app world, which is marketing itself as a literary dating app, where you can write collaborative erotic fiction, 280 characters at a time. And if you happen to ‘seduce someone with your writing,’ so much the better. The app has the ability to facilitate up to four writers (?) to work on a story at the same time.
The Kink app is free to download and install. Once that is done, you are encouraged to choose a pen name and start collaborating. There are different lengths of stories within the app – micro (which is finished after just four turns between the collaborators), standard (eight turns), and epic (16 turns.).
With an in-app upgrade of £ 2.29, writers can upload images and even tag them so that they could be found by readers within the app. If you prefer to write your stories by yourself, thank you very much, then the app has that option as well.
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Not just writing and collaborating, but the Kink app also allows writers to promote themselves and their stories within the app. It also has a chat feature which allows writers to be in touch with each other. And if you’ve hit writer’s block, the app allows you to browse through the stories uploaded by other writers as well. Nice way to spend time, this.
But before you start dreaming about attending Hollywood premiere with A-list stars playing your characters, you’d better read the fine print.
The Kink app explains:
“We will not own the copyright in any of the work you publish individually or in collaboration with other users of the App and you or you and the people you have written in collaboration with, will be credited as the owner(s) of the original work that is published through the App.”
So far so good, right? Wait for it:
“You grant the right for us and only us, to use, adapt, publish and sell any work you publish individually or in collaboration with others of the App.”
Kink app will reportedly pay authors 20 percent on any future sales.
If you’re a writer – of kink or anything else – let us know if you would use the Kink app, in the comments below!
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