Amazon Publishing has introduced a new publishing platform dedicated to fan fiction called Kindle Worlds.
The platform is designed to let writers create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters. And using licenses, writers can earn royalties from their work. Amazon has licenses for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries, and plans to announce more soon.
Amazon will 35% of net revenue for works at least 10,000 words. Amazon Publishing is also piloting a new program for short works which run between 5,000 and 10,000 words. These short stories, which are typically priced less than $1, Amazon will pay the royalties for the World’s rights holder and pay authors a digital royalty of 20%.
“At Kindle, we’re not only inventing on the hardware and software side of the business, we’re inventing new ways to create books,” statedd Philip Patrick, director, business development and publisher of Kindle Worlds. “Our goal with Kindle Worlds is to create a home for authors to build on the Worlds we license, and give readers more stories from the Worlds they enjoy. We look forward to announcing additional World licensing deals in the coming weeks.”