Amazon Expands Fan Fiction Platform With Kurt Vonnegut License

Amazon Publishing has formed a new licensing partnership with RosettaBooks for the books of Kurt Vonnegut for its fan fiction publishing platform Kindle Worlds.

Amazon launched Kindle Worlds last month. Through the platform, fans can write, publish and sell works of fan fiction based on select books and characters. Amazon already has the licenses for Gossip GirlPretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries, as well as for select titles from comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment and authors Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler, Blake Crouch and Neal Stephenson. The Vonnegut license is expected to go live this month, at which point Amazon will begin accepting submissions for works under this license.

“Since the launch of Kindle Worlds a month ago, we’ve published over 120 stories and the customer response has been overwhelmingly positive,” stated Philip Patrick, director of business development and publisher of Kindle Worlds. “To include the work of an American literary icon in Kindle Worlds is a thrill for us and a golden opportunity for Vonnegut fans everywhere.”

Writers that use the platform can earn a 35% royalty rate from net revenues 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%.