In the August 19th, 2013 Kindle Direct Publishing newsletter, Amazon made a casual mention about Kindle Worlds. Since this was a new tool I had never heard of (and I was about to do an Amazon workshop), of course I had to find out more.
To put it bluntly, Kindle Worlds is a place for writers to create Fanfiction that Amazon will then publish and promote to their Kindle machines. Here is a quote directly from their site:
“Kindle Worlds is a publication submission platform where you choose a licensed World, read the Content Guidelines for that World, write your story, upload that story, create a cover using free images or your own image, and accept a publishing contract with Amazon Publishing. It’s simple and it’s fast. Every Kindle Worlds story will be featured on Amazon.com and Kindle devices and apps. Review the steps below to learn how to publish your story.” (www.KindleWorlds.Amazon.com)
What kind of stories can you create? Well… let’s say you’re a fan of the show “Vampire Diaries.” Thanks to the licensing that Amazon purchased, you can now write a story for Vampire Diaries and submit it to Amazon. If Amazon approves it, it gets published like a mini-book or like any other book you would publish on Amazon. If you don’t have one already, Amazon even gives you an Author Central Dashboard and an Author Profile. If you do have a published book already, you can claim those books in your Author Profile and it will end up being a very hand tool that ends up promoting your book.
(I will also say this, but don’t quote me… there are cases where self-published authors became hugely successful on their own, and then a Big Six publishing house came knocking on their door asking to buy the author’s “Print Rights” because they were so successful on Amazon. Thus, it only makes sense that if you write an episode for a show like Vampire Diaries and it becomes hugely successful on Amazon, the show very well might come knocking on your door wanting to incorporate your story into their lineup. I’m not saying it would for sure happen, but it only makes sense that it could. After all, TV shows rely on fans to keep their shows going, and if you get enough fans from one of your products about their shows, they will want to take advantage of that for the cheapest rate possible. It could create all kinds of possibilities in your writing career. Just think on it… it could be a great way to get your foot into the Hollywood door, or to potentially meet someone from your favorite shows.)
To join Kindle Worlds, you just:
- Sign up for the free account.
- Pick the World you want to write for.
- Read the guidelines for writing your story.
- Write your story.
- Submit your story and wait for Amazon to give you feedback.
- If your story is picked, you create a book cover and then it gets published just like any other ebook.
Other things to know about Kindle Worlds:
- For Books over 10,000 words, you get 35% in royalties.
- For Books under 10,000 words, you get 20% royalties (although this is still in the works and may change in the future).
- Amazon prices the book depending on the size of the book, and the price is generally between $0.99 and $3.99.
- Since this is a new program for Amazon, you can bet they are going to market the heck out of it to make sure it’s successful, especially since they are getting a bigger chunk of the pie. So far, they say on their website that they will market the books through their Kindles and on the website, but right now, sky’s the limit with this program.
I don’t know about you, but this program screams “Great Marketing Tool for Amazon Authors” to me.