I’ve written about Amazon’s new Kindle Worlds program on my “just write a book” blog.
Yes, you can now write fan fiction and get paid for it. (Don’t get too excited, there are limits on what you can do, and your ebooks and short stories need to be accepted by Amazon.)
Kindle Worlds is a new imprint for Amazon’s publishing program, and that’s huge. If you’re into fan fiction, your world just became a happier place. Here’s the Kindle Worlds for Authors page.
The bigger picture however is that Kindle Worlds will change publishing… again. Independent authors have just been accepted, and now room’s being made for fan fiction writers too. All is forgiven when there’s the possibility that there’s money to be made.
As I said in this post, Kindle Worlds: Amazon’s Publishing Your Fan Fiction — and Paying You:
“The question isn’t whether Kindle Worlds will make money or not; it’s HOW MUCH money. Will that inspire rights’ holders, and authors, to license their characters and worlds for a cut of the profits?
Amazon has started a new publishing industry all on its own…”
It’ll be fascinating to see where all this goes. Kindle Worlds kicks off in June.
Should YOU be writing fan fiction?
If you have to ask, probably not. 🙂 It’s fan fiction.
However if you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, or The Vampire Diaries, you’re all set.
Amazon seems to have big plans too. On the announcement page, they say the fan fiction will be: “inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games.” That means that there’s more material to which they hope to acquire licenses, and no doubt will acquire, at some stage. Keep your eyes on Kindle Worlds’ announcements if you’re a fan of something in particular. 🙂