Fanfic goes mainstream with Kindle Worlds
Interesting news for writers of fanfiction as Amazon announces Kindle Worlds, an e-book platform which invites published and aspiring authors to submit original titles based on licensed properties, to be sold in the Kindle Store.
Kindle Worlds titles of 10,000 words and upwards will sell for $0.99 - $2.99, with royalties set at 35% of net revenue. Short stories of 5,000 to 10,000 words may also be accepted for publication, with a royalty rate of 20%. The platform is to launch in June.
Many furry scribes, as well as mainstream authors, cut their writing teeth on fanfiction for series as diverse as Pokémon, Harry Potter and the Final Fantasy universe; famously, Fifty Shades of Grey started life as Twilight fanfic.
To date, all named participating franchises are from Alloy Publishing, a Warner Bros. subsidiary. Alloy produces titles largely aimed at teenage girls, including The Vampire Diaries. With further announcements to come, will we see opportunities to create officially licensed tales from the worlds of Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny or ThunderCats, to name but three popular Warner properties? Best not to hold your breath, perhaps, but this development has the potential to be a game-changer for fanfic.
Amazon has published author guidelines, and says:
Amazon Publishing is engaged with additional rights holders from different areas of entertainment — books, games, TV, movies and music — and looks forward to announcing future deals soon. To get started writing works in licensed properties, visit www.amazon.com/kindleworlds for submission guidelines and updates on licensed properties.