Something Different", I wrote about my experiment in writing as a business and my aim to pen a 30 000 word novella in a whole new genre based on popular fiction in three weeks. There was more to my motivation than just the desire to do something different. That motivation came from a relatively lucrative assignment with a rigid deadline that gave me four weeks to complete the assignment. That assignment was part of the launch for Amazon's new publishing platform, Kindle Worlds. Kindle Worlds is the first commercial publishing platform that will enable an writer to create fan fiction based on a wide range of original stories and characters and earn royalties for doing so.
In a press release today Amazon Publishing announced that it "has secured licenses from Warner Bros. Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division for its New York Times best-selling book series Gossip Girl, by Cecily von Ziegesar; Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard; and Vampire Diaries, by L.J. Smith; and plans to announce more licenses soon. Through these licenses, Kindle Worlds will allow any writer to publish authorized stories inspired by these popular worlds and will make them available for readers to purchase in the Kindle Store....Beginning today, interested writers are encouraged to visit Kindle Worlds (www.amazon.com/kindleworlds) to learn more and get a head start on writing. In June, the Kindle Worlds store is expected to launch with over 50 commisioned works from authors such as #1 New York Times best-selling author Barbara Freethy, Bram Stoker Award -winner John Everson and RITA award winner Colleen Thompson. At that time, the Kindle Worlds self-service submission platform, where any writer can submit completed work, will also open."
In response to my blog post, "Something Different", William Doonan commented, "I'm eager to hear/read the results of your experiment." Well I'm happy to announce that in June, with the official launch of Kindle Worlds, you will be able to see, read and I know you'll enjoy the results of my experiment: a 35 000 word novella written in three weeks in the Pretty Little Liars universe.
I am pretty psyched about this new non-traditional publishing platform as it gives authors greater access to getting their work published. To learn more about this platform and how you can submit a completed manuscript go to www.amazon.com/kindleworlds, or Kindle Worlds for authors. I would love to hear your take on this new publishing platform.