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Jake

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I recommend everyone to visit Kindle ebook store and check what people are reading in fiction category. Especially romance section seems to kill it in terms of revenue generation.

Time to turn one of those "Millionaire Werebear/Werewolf took my virginity" books and turn it into a softcore interactive story, like one of those high school graphic story applications (can't remember any actual example). Anyway one of those where you choose out of few options and then the story progresses accordingly.

I have not seen any such application yet. Team up with one of the writers or use Upwork to hire a writer to produce a story with multiple storylines/versions and turn it into a graphic application. Then suggest cross promotion with various writers/publishers. I bet those lonesome ladies would be glad to pay up to 4,99 to enjoy the story in a more graphic way... just for fun you know... anyway, they are already doing it time and time again... buying those ebooks one after another (or using Kindle subscription service).

Just think how fascinating it will be for those women when they get to create the main character, give her a name, make few choices regarding the looks etc. Make it paid app and as the second installment comes, turn the first into a free version and let those Kindle writers/publishers distribute it as free bonus for their readers. You can use the app to hook them to buy the second installment and run ads. Just think how much better a target group they are when compared to an average gamer.

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rayfigs

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Actual a buddy of mine, who is a romance author on kindle is doing this right now. First story is written and production on app is begging now. So you've made a very keen observation there.

If you like we can post a postmortem a few months after launch.

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Jake

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Your Gaming Girls site is a fantastic example of branding. Keep at it, you will notice that it will get easier and easier to sell the idea of a girl gamers focused site. When you have this sort of piece of gaming real estate, eventually (if you keep churning out games) you notice that it becomes interesting for someone else too. I am naturally referring to investment or M&A action. 

Back to that Kindle Fiction ecosystem. There are universes there, similar to LOTR, GOT or Harry Potter and when you contact the holder of that IP, they are willing to give you the canon of the world so that you know how to write in cooperation with the history of the world. It is a very powerful starting point to be able to create a game in such a ready world. No way for an indie to get their game branded with GOT but you can have it branded with something a bit more obscure. However that obscure alternative world has total of 100 000+ readers. Why not create a new character to such a world in style of Mario or Sonic, just more fitting to the world of course. This way you get the benefit of the both worlds: the ready universe and the new character IP for app stores.   
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skinwalker

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I like the idea, but this might take a lot of time to draw all these characters and different scenes
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Jake

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True, it would take lots of drawing and animation. However, to shorten the development time I would use photos somewhat in style of those late 80's strip poker games on C64 and related terminals.

Anyway I see the market here for a system that could be used for telling such stories. Make money with selling single the stories, ad placement and providing the platform for others with ridiculously low prices to remain viable solution in this segment. 

http://authorearnings.com/report/february-2016-author-earnings-report/

The market is growing rapidly as you can see from the data of that link above. This year they estimate that Amazon will do 2,1 billion dollars in sales with ebooks alone. Currently the payout for independent authors is about 140 million (if majority uses the 70% commission rate - independents have about 10% share of total sales), but the share of independents is skyrocketing. So this means that there will be plenty of authors that you can contact directly as they are not hiding behind a publishing company. 

Contact these independent authors for request of teaming up with their IP. It doesn't have to be a storybook game. If you, for example, would like to do a zombie game with post apocalyptic theme and some open world elements. You could go and see if Kindle Worlds has something you could use or maybe post-apocalyptic section under science fiction. Check the best sellers and contact the author.

I think this could also work with simple games that are just very theme oriented with their graphics and characters. So there should definitely be chance for re-skinning a hack-and-slash game to fit some Kindle fantasy novel in the Sword and Wizard category.  

The main take away with this is that Kindle provides strong IP for developers who don't have any. Join your forces and tag along with someone who already has done the heavy lifting in that department.
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