If you've ever gotten lost in a 40-minute rant about the plot twist that should've happened, Amazon's new Kindle Worlds
was made for you. The company has formed partnerships with several popular franchises—including the The Vampire Diaries
, Gossip Girl
and The Foreworld Saga
, with more on the way—and lets users submit fan-fiction stories based on those titles. For every copy of your story sold on Amazon, you get a 20 to 35 percent royalty, depending on the length of the piece (it can be as short as 5,000 words).
Just as important as your story, though, is the cover. Barbara Freethy
, co-author of one of Kindle Worlds' best-sellers, Hush Little Baby
, a Pretty Little Liars
novella, says many people decide to buy based on that thumbnail image (so the cover design should be clean and simple). She chose a title that mirrored the tongue-and-cheek style of the episode names—which helps pique die-hard fans' interest—and selected a simple stock-art image that fit the mood of the plot.