Are you a fan of fiction? If you:
- can’t get enough of your favorite stories,
- have ideas for future story lines based on your favorite stories,
- have always wanted to be a fiction writer,
- want to earn money for your passion, and/or
- enjoy fan fiction,
check out Kindle Worlds.
What Is Kindle Worlds
Kindle Worlds is a hub for fan fiction. Fan fiction is just as it sounds: fiction from fans who want to write for their favorite characters so they write stories surrounding their favorite dramas that they share with other fans. Kindle Worlds is “the first commercial publishing platform that will enable any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so,” according to Amazon.
Amazon recently purchased the fan fiction rights from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries; Valiant Entertainment for Archer & Armstrong, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, and X-O Manowar; Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga; Barry Eisler’s John Rain novels; Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series; and The Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Eric Bear, Joseph Brassey, Nicole Galland, and Cooper Moo. Licenses for more Worlds are planned.
This means that fans who write stories for these dramas can sell their stories in Kindle Worlds and receive royalties of up to 35% of the sales of their stories. People who want can’t get enough of their favorite stories now have a source for more stories so they can continue to follow drama surrounding their characters. Win/win.
Here’s a video from Amazon introducing Kindle Worlds:
Reading Kindle Worlds Stories
You can visit the Kindle Worlds store to browse through your favorite topics. You can search by genre, story, publication date, customer reviews and price. You can also check out the best sellers on Kindle Worlds.
Stories range in price from $0.99 to $3.99 and in length from a couple dozen to over a hundred pages.
As with other Kindle selections, you can read reviews to try to judge the quality of the content before you buy. Kindle Worlds is still quite new so the story selection isn’t yet massive. But the store is off to a strong start, many of the stories have four and five star reviews from fellow fans.
Writing for Kindle Worlds
If you’re interested in writing for Kindle Worlds, go to Amazon’s Kindle Worlds How To page to find out how to submit your story to Amazon. Make sure to read the author’s agreement and content guidelines before you begin writing to increase the chances that your submission will be accepted.
Kindle Worlds has a tool to help you design the cover for your story, including free images, or you can use your own image. You can see how your cover design looks on the different Kindle platforms, such as Kindle ereaders, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc. Find out more about creating your Kindle Worlds cover from Amazon.
If your story is accepted by Amazon, you’ll receive royalties of up to 35% on the sales of your story.
Whether you’re a fan of writing or a fan of stories, check out Kindle Worlds. If you get discovered through Kindle Worlds and become a famous writer, be sure to stop back by The Wonder of Tech and let us know!
If you have a favorite story you would like Amazon to license for Kindle Worlds, be sure to let them know in the Kindle Worlds forum.
Have you ever read or written fan fiction? Are you a fan of the Kindle Worlds licensed stories? What stories would you like to see licensed by Kindle Worlds? Let us know in the Comments section below!
Carolyn is away from The Wonder of Tech on vacation, busy reading Kindle stories and will respond to comments when she returns. Articles will continued to be published while she is a away so be sure to check back soon for more Wonder of Tech!