Amazon Publishing Signs Fan Fiction Agreements With Comic Book Publisher, Authors

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN  ) Publishing has expanded again. This week the company announced it has secured licenses for its new publishing platform, Kindle Worlds, with comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment and four best-selling authors: Hugh Howey, Barry Eisler, Blake Crouch and Neal Stephenson.

Under the license terms, any writer will be allowed to create and sell fan fiction from Valiant's comic book library, including Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, and Shadowman. Writers can also earn royalties creating works based on Hugh Howey's Silo Saga, Barry Eisler's John Rain novels, and Blake Crouch's Wayward Pines Series. 

Writers will be able to sell their fan fiction through Amazon Kindle Worlds, which launched last month. Under the terms, authors will be paid a standard royalty rate of 35% of profits for works of at least 10,000 words. 

While the company has yet to release any of these works yet, it plans to soon. By the end of the month, the Kindle Worlds Store will open with more than 50 works. At the same time, Amazon will launch a self-service submission platform to speed up the fan fiction creation process.

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