Fan fiction has been in existence for quite some time. Generally works of this type were not endorsed, and of questionable quality. Generally Fan Fiction would not have gained much traction in terms of author revenue. However it looks like Fan Fiction is about to step it up a gear and go 100% main stream with the launch of ‘kindle Worlds’ on June 27th 2013.
So what is ‘kindle worlds’? What will it mean for self-publishers out there and how could one use it?
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Kindle words provides a retail environment for the publications which are written in various worlds. The idea is that the Author writes in a range of environments based on previously published works. What are the advantages of such a service and how can the budding author build on these opportunities?
As we blogged about in June self-published works are now accounting for up to 12% of total digital publishing sales that blog is available here.
1) Royalties – kindle worlds will provide an opportunity to sell content and earn a royalty based on that sale. Amazon indicate this can be up to 35% where the word count is 10,000 or more;
2) Ready to read – Due to the nature of these publications there is a pre-existing fan base in place already increasing the potential readership;
3) Endorsed and official – (Not that one could miss this from the low royalty on offer…) but the works are ‘official’ cover art will for example display branding as per the original works.
Some of the Launch Titles include TV shows ‘Pretty Little Liars: Stained’ by Barbra Annino, ‘The Vampire Diaries: The Arrival’ by Lauren Barnholdt & Aaron Gorvine and ‘Shadowman: Salvation Sally’ by Tom King.
Content is submitted via the Kindle Worlds Self-Service Submission Platform. Note the service is only available to those over 18 years of age, with a valid US Bank Account and Social security number.
Certainly an area to watch for future developments, kindle worlds will really depend on the quality of content which is provided. Where there is a sure fire revenue flow possible we are confident that there will be many up to the challenge!