Amazon is about to find the next E.L. James, whether you like it or not.
The online sales behemoth recently announced Kindle Worlds, a digital publishing platform devoted entirely to fan fiction.
From Amazon's Web site:
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.
Through these licenses, or "Worlds," as Amazon has named them, approved fan fiction pitches will be published by Amazon Publishing, who will pay royalties to the rights holders and the writers. Works of at least 10,000 words will yield 35 percent of net revenue, while stories ranging between 5,000 and 10,000 words will yield 20 percent of net revenue. Titles will go on sale in the Kindle store, priced between $0.99 and $3.99. A note of caution to writers, however: Amazon will retain the copyright to the text.
It's not likely that you'll see the next vampire mommy porn book, here, either, as Amazon maintains a ban on sexually explicit content -- so if you're aspiring to be the next E.L. James, you just might be better off on your own.