Announced last month, Kindle Worlds is already growing, and the world of comic books can't hide from its fan fiction. Today, Amazon announced that Valiant has signed onto the Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction program. Any writer wishing to tackle stories based on current Valiant heroes like Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, or Harbinger will soon be able to publish them under Amazon's banner.
Keep in mind this will not apply to characters that Valiant no longer holds the rights to. So older Valiant properties that they licensed, like Solar and Turok, will not be applicable.
The Kindle Worlds store will launch later this month and include Valiant-branded short stories from authors Jason Starr, Robert Rodi, Stuart Moore, Scott Nicholson, and more. So if you wish to join their ranks, and earn a meager wage for your fan-fic, then get writing! Commission pays 20% on works between 5,000-10,000 words, and 35% on works over 10,000, just beware the fine print.
No matter your opinion on whether this is a good deal for Kindle Worlds authors, expanding into serialized and pulp fiction is a sure way to continue growth. It will be interesting to see what becomes of Amazon's project.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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