It is here!A few months ago I went out on a limb and tried something I had never tried before: commissioned fan fiction. To be honest, before I got the email from Amazon publishing, I had never even heard about fan fiction. Fan fiction was something that fans did without remuneration out of love for their favorite characters. They wrote in established universes either based on popular books, television series, movies or video games, for which they got no reward except for the joy of seeing their words published for others to see.
But Amazon Publishing has found a way to make fan fiction lucrative, not only for them but for the rights holders and the authors of fan fiction. It’s the Amazon Kindle Worlds platform. Amazon obtained the licenses of several popular fiction and authors, both professional and amateur, can write and publish stories based on the characters and themes. The stories are made available and sold through Kindle worlds. Amazon.com, the license holders, and the authors each get a third of the profits. It’s a win-win situation.
So how did I get involved in commissioned fan fiction? For the launch of Amazon Kindle Worlds, several published authors were invited to submit stories in established universes for which rights were obtained. I was one of the authors who accepted. At first I was skeptical as I always am about new things. But once I got into it I became excited about the prospect of writing in a different genre, using characters not of my own creation and appealing to a whole different audience.
I wrote in the Pretty Little Liars universe. And now at last it is available for purchase. My story, “Indiscretion” by Jewel Amethyst is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COUQXMS.
The best thing about Kindle Worlds is that you can write and publish in your favorite universe and sell your work. Other worlds include Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, Foreworld Saga, Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Harbinger, and Shadowman. In the short time since the launch Amazon Kindle Worlds has added more universes and will continue to expand and grow.
At last, Alison DiLaurentis’s murderer has been apprehended and Rosewood is braced for the trial of the century. But even with Ali’s partially decomposed body discovered and her alleged killer, Toby Cavanaugh safely behind bars, pretty little liars Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria aren’t happy. Nor do they feel particularly safe. For one thing, the girls think Toby has been framed. Complicating matters, the mysterious “A,” who has been haunting them since Ali’s disappearance, continues to pester the girls with cruelly taunting texts. The girls believe they have discovered the identity of the real killer and will be able to clear Toby when they happen upon Ali’s diary. But before the sleuths can make it to the authorities, the diary disappears. And that’s just the start of all their trouble – one of the girls is attacked and all are implicated in a fiendish blackmail scheme. Public humiliation and physical danger follow the girls everywhere. At one point, they’re locked in a house and showered with poison gas. The girls still don’t know A’s identity, or who killed Ali, but one thing is for certain: Someone is determined to keep them from finding the truth at all costs.