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Nikki Finke's New Hollywood Fiction Website Will Charge $1/Post

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Nikki Finke, our ever-elusive Hollywood gossip columnist, is planning on launching a new website with fictional stories about the showbiz industry. She also wants to charge readers $1 per post.

Finke announced today that folks can start reading by the end of June, and gave a rundown of what we can expect from the 2,500 to 8,000-word stories:

My website will present short stories, novellas and novel excerpts written by Hollywood insiders like myself. After 30 years as a journalist, I’m now going to expose the hard truths and gritty reality of showbiz through creative writing. In fiction, I can be more honest than just sticking to facts. The stories which I and others write won’t depict any actual Hollywood person or event. But they will marry artifice with verisimilitude into original content creation.

We've never seen Finke shy away from being honest about her feelings, often being called the "most feared" writer in Hollywood. So, we're curious to read what has to offer. She warned readers: "My new website is not for the easily offended or ridiculously naïve."

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Finke also mentioned that she doesn't care if advertisers flock to her new website or if it doesn't make any money at all. She'll be using the proceeds she makes from her $1 per post charge to pay the writers. It's her passion project.

Most interesting is that Finke posted a black-and-white photo of herself with a copyright date of 2015 on along with her announcement. Finke has been famously known for shying away from the camera, and even though others have tried to expose what she currently looks like, it looks like she's not staying in the shadows anymore with this new picture.

Finke left Deadline (the website she founded) in 2013, and moved on to launching her own blog, the following year.

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