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Amazon Launching "Kindle Worlds", Allowing Authors to Sell Fan Fiction

Amazon.com logoThis June, Amazon is expected to launch Kindle Worlds, a platform that will enable fan fiction authors to sell their work in the Kindle Store. The Bookseller reports:

Amazon has obtained licenses from Warner Bros Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment division for Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl series, Sarah Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars, and L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries, and has said it has further licenses to be announced soon. Through the licenses, Kindle Worlds will allow any writer to publish authorized stories inspired by them and make them available for sale…

“[W]e see this as an evolution in publishing and a valuable way of broadening our brands and engaging fans,” Alloy Entertainment President Leslie Morganstein told The Bookseller. Indeed, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey juggernaut originated as self-published fan fiction.

Amazon’s platform will launch with commissioned works, but will accept submissions as well. According to The Bookseller, “The standard author’s royalty rate, for works of at least 10,000 words, is to be 35% of net revenue and paid monthly.”

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