Amazon Publishing announced that it has secured licenses for its new publishing platform, Kindle Worlds, with leading comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment and authors Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler, Blake Crouch, and Neal Stephenson. Now, any writer will be able to create and sell fan fiction inspired by the popular Worlds of Valiant superhero comic book series suxh as Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and Archer & Armstron, Harbinger, and Shadowman, with more to be added. Fans will also be able to create fiction based on Howey's Silo Saga, Eisler's John Rain novels, Crouch's Wayward Pines Series, and the Foreworld Saga.
Kindle Worlds is the first commercial publishing platform to enable writers to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so.
"Since announcing Kindle Worlds just weeks ago, we've been energized by the interest and enthusiasm for this new program-from writers and readers alike," said Philip Patrick, Director, Business Development and Publisher of Kindle Worlds. "With content from 2012's Diamond Gem award-winning Comic Book Publisher of the Year and the work of several best-selling authors, we're excited to expand Kindle Worlds and give writers even more options to be creative and earn royalties."
Amazon Publishing previously announced licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Vampire Diaries. The Kindle Worlds Store is expected to launch in late June 2013 with over 50 commissioned works. At that time, the Kindle Worlds self-service submission platform, where any writer can submit completed work, will also open.