Amazon today announced Kindle Words publishing platforms to help aspiring fan fiction writers to sell their work. The platform will let any writer to create fan fiction based on a range of original stories and characters and let them earn royalties over doing so. The eCommerce giant has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group’s Alloy Entertainment division Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar; Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard; and Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith; as well as plans to announce more license soon.
The company’s Publishing wing will pay royalties to both the right 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. Along with this, Amazon Publishing is piloting an experiment new program for particularly short works, which in turn between 5,000 and 10,000 words, for which the company will pay authors a digital royalty of 20%.