Ok, this is kind of interesting and potentially huge, depending on how it is managed and what kind of traction they get in acquiring licenses:
Get ready for Kindle Worlds, a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties. Amazon Publishing has secured licenses from Warner Bros. for Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and The Vampire Diaries, with licenses for more Worlds on the way.
The Kindle Worlds Self-Service Submission Platform will launch soon and enable you to submit your original works for publication. Can’t wait to start writing? Learn more on our Kindle Worlds for Authors page.
We asked a few authors to try out Kindle Worlds. Here’s what they had to say:
“I loved writing the characters in this world, the dynamics of the friendship between the four girls as they deal with life-threatening situations. I also really enjoy the ongoing mysteries and surprising twists that always keep the reader guessing.” —Barbara Freethy, writing in Pretty Little Liars
“There’s probably not an author/fangirl alive who hasn’t fantasized about being able to write about her favorite show. The fact that you can earn royalties doing so makes it even better.” —Trish Milburn, writing in The Vampire Diaries
“The opportunity to cut loose and play with the wit and voice of a character so unlike those I usually write was a real treat. It pushed me outside my normal comfort zone as a storyteller, and that’s a very valuable experience.” —Joseph Brassey, writing in The Vampire Diaries
“I really enjoyed the short format of this work. I’m a novelist. I’m used to writing books that take me months to complete. Writing something start to finish in such a short time was really rewarding.” —Nancy Naigle, writing in Pretty Little Liars
“Fun from beginning to end! It was freeing to write something about the show’s characters and world.” —Carolyn Hughey, writing in Gossip Girl
“I loved having so many intriguing characters to explore. They’re all unique with so much backstory, yet there’s just enough space to create something new. When I realized I could create my own characters to toy with the others, well, that was icing on the cake.” —A.R. Kahler, writing in The Vampire Diaries