Amazon Publishing announced Kindle Worlds, a 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. Amazon Publishing has secured 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.
Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to both the rights holders of the Worlds and the author. The standard author's royalty rate for works of at least 10,000 words will be 35% of net revenue. In addition, Amazon Publishing will pilot an experimental new program for particularly short works-between 5,000 and 10,000 words. For these short stories Amazon will pay the royalties for the World's rights holder and pay authors a digital royalty of 20%.
Interested writers are encouraged to visit Kindle Worlds to learn more. The Kindle Worlds store is expected to launch in June with over 50 commissioned works from authors such as Barbara Freethy, John Everson, and Colleen Thompson.