Kindle Worlds, Amazon’s self-publishing market for fan fiction went live earlier this week. The idea is to allow authors of fan fiction to publish their stories via the existing epublishing model established on Amazon for original works of fiction. However, the copyright holders of the characters must be onboard for the world to be available on Kindle Worlds as Amazon pays the copyright holders a royalty fee for every story sold.
Currently the worlds available include: Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga world and The Foreword Saga world, from the realms of science fiction and fantasy respectively. Other worlds open to writers include the Valiant Comic book worlds, such as Harbinger, and Alloy Entertainment worlds, such as Gossip Girls and The Vampire Diaries and a few others. After a piece is submitted, Amazon will decide if it violates any of the rules of Kindle Worlds and price the piece between $0.99 and $3.99. The author will receive 35% royalties on works over 10,000 words and 20% for works between 5,000-10,000 words.
More details on Kindle Worlds can be found on Amazon’s website:
Personally, I’ve never written fan fiction, and only read it occasionally. In terms of, possibly getting paid even a little for fan fiction, this seems like a good deal for writers as fan fiction now is hardly a paying market. However the royalty rates are relatively low for self-publishing, the number of worlds available is still small, and the lack of author control (i.e. not being able to set your own price, and the unknown enforcement standards for rules against pronography and illicit activities) could all be problematic.
What do you think? Kindle Worlds: The logical extension of fandom, good for authors who would like to profit off their work? Or another problematic example of corporations trying to profit from fans?