Buzz on the net is that indie fanfiction writers can now not only publish, but earn royalties as well with the new Kindle Worlds. This collaboration between Amazon and Kindle is taking on a new approach to digital publishing. In the past fanfiction writers wrote for just that, the fans. Lev Grossman from the July 18th, 2011 publication of TIME wrote:
“Fanfiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couch bound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.”
Kindle Worlds is coined as:
New stories inspired by books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games people love.
According to Kindle Worlds, “Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, with licenses for more Worlds on the way.”
This is great news for anybody who is a fan of one of the shows and already writing fanfic. If you’re ready to start being an indie fanfic writer you can go to Kindle Worlds for Authors to get started. Fanfiction writers talk about how freeing it is to write about their favorite characters and place, the ability to “cut loose”, and how fun it is to write something creative from beginning to end in a very short time being the ultimate reward. NOW—BONUS you can be paid too.
“There’s probably not an author/fangirl alive who hasn’t fantasized about being able to write about her favorite show. The fact that you can earn royalties doing so makes it even better.” —Trish Milburn, writing in The Vampire Diaries
Amazon publishing will pay 35% revenue for works of at least 10,000 words or more which is the standard authors rate based on the sale price of the story. They are also piloting a program for short works between 5,000 – 10,000 words where an author can receive a digital royalty of 20%. This is typically stories where the author charges under one dollar for their work.
For more information you can go to the Amazon Media Room to find out more about publishing as well as World Licensors.
“Fun from beginning to end! It was freeing to write something about the show’s characters and world.” —Carolyn Hughey, writing in Gossip Girl
Happy WRITING! ~Leisa Greene ~ Indie It Gal