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Welcome to Kindle Worlds

What is Kindle Worlds?
Kindle Worlds is a publishing model that allows any writer to create stories inspired by popular books, shows, and comics (what we call Worlds) and sell them on Amazon.com. Amazon has secured the necessary licenses from select rights holders (we call them World Licensors) that permit you to publish new works inspired by, or incorporating, their Worlds and earn up to a 35% royalty.
How does Kindle Worlds benefit writers?
Kindle Worlds is a creative community where Worlds grow with each new story. It is a place to be creative and to be inspired by other people's creativity. You can build on stories or ideas you find in a World, engage an audience of readers, and earn royalties on every copy sold.
What are the eligibility requirements to write for Kindle Worlds?
To write for Kindle Worlds, you must be 18 or older. Additionally, you must be able to provide a valid U.S. bank account, address, and social security number or tax identification number in order to submit a story.
Can anyone write for a World, or do you have to be invited?
No invitation is necessary. Anyone can submit a story to a Kindle World via our self-service submission pipeline.
Can I collaborate or co-write a Kindle Worlds story?
You may co-write a story if you wish, but please note that Kindle Worlds can only credit and pay one contributor per story.
Are there rules for Kindle Worlds stories?
In order to ensure a good experience for both readers and authors, stories must be relevant to the World you select. A relevant story should include one or more copyrightable element of that World -- things like characters, settings, and events. World Licensors have provided Content Guidelines for each World, and your work must follow them. Please read the Content Guidelines before you commit the time and effort to writing a story.
Do you accept mature content?
Yes, Kindle Worlds accepts mature content. However, the content guidelines for each World will tell you what the licensor has deemed appropriate for that audience. Please review the guidelines for the World before writing and submitting your story.
How will my work be reviewed before it is published?
The Kindle Worlds review team looks at every story before it is published to ensure that it follows the applicable Content Guidelines. We’ll review your story to see if it is your own and not copied from another source (including another Kindle Worlds story). We also look for anything that may result in a poor reading experience for customers (formatting issues, line breaks, etc.). The Kindle Worlds review process can take up to 48 business hours.
How will I know if there is a problem with my story?
If we have any questions, or if your work does not follow the applicable Content Guidelines, we'll contact you via e-mail. You'll have a chance to revise your work accordingly. Kindle Worlds reserves the right to take down any work after it is published if we become aware of infractions. The rights for any story that is not accepted by Kindle Worlds will remain with the author.
Can I write a crossover (e.g., take a character from one World and put them in another World)?
No. At this time, our licensing agreements with the World Licensors do not permit crossovers between Kindle Worlds.
Can I publish fan fiction on Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace?
Not for the Worlds we have licensed in Kindle Worlds. KDP’s copyright guidelines are here and CreateSpace's copyright guidelines are here.

Rights and the Publication Agreement

How do the rights work in Kindle Worlds?
Kindle Worlds is a creative community that includes you, the World Licensor, and other Kindle Worlds authors. Every story you publish adds to a World and becomes part of that World. We will allow other Kindle Worlds authors to use and build upon your new elements. Likewise, you may build on other Kindle Worlds stories. A World expands with each new story. Amazon Publishing and the World Licensor may also incorporate your new elements into other works they create without any further compensation to you. Due to this, there are important things for you to know about how the rights work. You will own the copyright to the original, copyrightable elements (such as characters, scenes, and events) that you create and include in your work, and the World Licensor will retain the copyright to all of the original elements of the World. When you submit your story in a World, you grant Amazon Publishing an exclusive license to the story and all of the original elements you include in that story for the term of copyright. This means that your story and all of the new elements must stay within the applicable World, and you can use only this platform to write about them. We recommend that you do not incorporate an original character or elements unless you want them to become an exclusive part of that World. In short, Kindle Worlds is a place to be creative and explore a popular World, but anything you create will become part of that World. If this is not right for you, Amazon has many platforms (including Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace) for writers who want to be creative with original ideas but do not want their work under this kind of license.
Why is the license for term of copyright?
Term of copyright is quite common in publishing and work-for-hire agreements. It is necessary in this instance due to the nature of our licensing deals with World Licensors.
Can I use elements from other Kindle Worlds stories in my own Kindle Worlds story?
Yes, you may build on the ideas, characters, and story lines you find in other Kindle Worlds stories. Simply keep it within the same World. It is also important that your story is your own and not copied from somebody else's Kindle Worlds story with just a few changes. Build on other Kindle Worlds stories, but make them your own.
Is there a way for me to acknowledge another Kindle Worlds author if I build on his or her ideas, stories, or characters?
We think attribution is vital to the development of community, and we encourage you to include an Acknowledgements section in your work to call out the other Kindle Worlds authors who have inspired you.
Can somebody make a movie, game, or merchandise based on my story?
In order to avoid any questions about the origination of story ideas, Amazon Publishing and the World Licensors have reserved the right to create movies, TV shows, games, merchandise, and other derivative works based on the stories and new elements published by Kindle Worlds. If a movie, TV show, or game gets made based on your story or elements in your story, you will benefit from the ongoing royalties generated from sales of your work.
What if I want to get my rights back? Can they get reverted?
Due to our licensing arrangements with World Licensors and the unique, collaborative nature of each World, once your story has been accepted and published in Kindle Worlds, we are unable to revert the rights.
Can I publish the same stories in other places (free fiction sites, blogs, or with another publisher)?
Stories must be exclusive to Kindle Worlds and may not appear or be published in other places. If you would like, you can promote your story by making available up to 20% of your work for free on your website or blog. We recommend linking it back to your detail page.

Content Guidelines and Review Process

Are there rules for Kindle Worlds stories?
Stories must be relevant to the World you select. A relevant story often includes one or more copyrightable element of that World--things like characters, settings, and events. World Licensors have provided Content Guidelines for each World, and your work must follow them. You should read the Content Guidelines before you commit the time and effort to write, and check them again before you submit your work, in case they've changed.
What about mature content?
Each World Licensor will have a different tolerance for mature content and a sense of what is appropriate for their audience. Their guidelines for each World are posted on the Kindle Worlds Self-Service Submission Platform. We'll review your submission to make sure it is in bounds. If we have any questions during the review process, we'll let you know. In general, we have a strong bias to give as much creative freedom as possible within each World.
How will my work be reviewed before it is published?
We review every story in Kindle Worlds to ensure that it follows the applicable Content Guidelines. We make sure your story is your own and not copied from another source (including a Kindle Worlds story). We look for anything that creates a poor reading experience (formatting issues, line breaks, etc.). This process typically takes a day or two; if it is going to take longer, we’ll let you know. If we have any questions or feel that your work does not follow the applicable Content Guidelines, we'll contact you via e-mail. You'll have a chance to revise your work accordingly. We reserve the right to take down any work after it is published if we become aware of infractions. The rights for any story that is not accepted by Kindle Worlds will remain with the author. In short: let your imagination soar, follow the rules, and we very much expect to publish your story.
Can I write a crossover (e.g., take a character from one World and put him or her in another World)?
Our licensing agreements with the World Licensors do not currently permit it. We think it is an awesome idea, though, and hope to be able to offer it in the future.
Can I publish fan fiction on Kindle Direct Publishing and CreateSpace?
Not for the Worlds we have licensed in Kindle Worlds. KDP’s copyright guidelines are here and CreateSpace's copyright guidelines are here.

Publishing Your Story

How do I set up a Kindle Worlds account?
You can log into the Kindle Worlds Self-Service Submission portal at kindleworlds.amazon.com using your existing Amazon.com account information. We will ask you for your banking information so we can pay you royalties. Federal law requires us to report all royalty earnings to the Internal Revenue Service. We will need the legal name you use to report earnings and to file taxes. For tax purposes, we require a social security number (SSN) or tax identification number (TIN).
How do I submit a story to Kindle Worlds?
To submit to Kindle Worlds, visit our self-service submission portal at kindleworlds.amazon.com. First, select View All Words to choose a licensed World to write in. Be sure to read the Content Guidelines for that World, because they can vary for each World, and then click Submit your story. Then, you’ll upload your story, upload your own pre-designed cover (or create one from our catalog of free images), and read and accept our publication agreement. Your story will come to our team for content review, and once it is approved, it will become available for purchase through Amazon.com.
What kind of works does Kindle Worlds publish?
Kindle Worlds accepts text-only novels, novellas, and short stories. If you wish to provide an author image, please add this to your author page through Author Central.
Why does my work have to be at least 5,000 words?
We want to create a great experience for our readers. We think 5,000 words, or about 15-20 manuscript pages, is a good minimum length for anyone who buys a Kindle Worlds story.
What languages does Kindle Worlds support?
Kindle Worlds currently accepts stories that are written in English.
What file format do I submit?
For best results, we recommend that you upload a Word file or DOC/DOCX (.doc/.docx), RTF, or TXT.
Does Kindle Worlds provide editorial services?
No. The manuscript that you upload via the Kindle Worlds portal should be ready for customers to enjoy. We encourage you to copyedit and proofread your own work carefully, seeking help from others as needed. The quality of a story matters to readers and this is often reflected in customer reviews.
Will my work be available in physical formats?
Kindle Worlds stories are available in digital format on Amazon.com, Kindle devices, iOS, Android, and PC/Mac via our Kindle Free Reading apps.
Can I include images in my file?
No, please do not include images in your manuscript file. This includes image-based chapter breaks, maps, and cover images.
What should I add as back matter in my Kindle Worlds story?
You may add your author bio and/or links to your website, Amazon author page, and Amazon book pages as back matter in your Kindle Worlds story.
Can I add an excerpt from another book in the back of my Kindle Worlds story?
No. Due to our copyright structure, we advise against adding additional content into the back of your Kindle Worlds story.

Most Common Failures

Avoid common failures in Kindle Worlds:
  1. Don't include a copyright statement. But don't worry, we've got you covered! Kindle Worlds will automatically add the proper copyright statement to your story. If you use software that regularly adds a copyright statement for you, be sure to remove this statement from your manuscript before submitting to Kindle Worlds.
  2. Avoid images in your story. While we want to allow interior images and illustrations, we can only accept pure text right now. Author photos can be added to your Author Central page.
  3. Double check that your title appears on your cover. Try Cover Creator to customize your own cover image, but be sure to retype your title and author name when using the tool.
  4. Be careful with background colors and formatting. Having forced black or white background color in your manuscript will cause your text to become unreadable. Try using Kindle Previewer to preview how your file will look on various Kindle devices and apps. Be sure to pay special attention to how your work looks when the device option is set to Kindle Fire.
  5. Use caution if submitting a synopsis or excerpt from another work. All submitted material becomes part of the World Licensor agreement, including any additional back matter. The best way to promote your other works is by including a link to your Author Central page, where readers can find a complete list of your publications.

Guide to Kindle Worlds Content Quality

Content published though Kindle Worlds is held to the high standards customers have come to expect from Amazon. If readers tell us about a problem they’ve found in your story, we will make sure you know about it and point you in the right direction to get the problem fixed.

The information listed here will help you understand the types of quality issues we see most frequently, and will give you an idea of what you should be paying close attention to when building your manuscript.
Identifying Errors
It is very important to search your manuscript for errors before uploading the original file or prior to uploading a new file after fixing problems post-publication.

Some errors cause a story to be incomplete or unusable. We refer to these as Critical Issues. Because Critical Issues significantly impact the reading experience, any Critical Issue will result in the story being removed from sale until the correction is made.
Reviewing Your Manuscript
When you review your manuscript for quality issues, we highly recommend that you use Kindle Previewer. This free program will allow you to preview how your file will look on various Kindle devices and apps. If you are using Microsoft Word to build your manuscript, be sure to check out our Design Guide for Kindle Worlds Stories for tips, tricks, and advice on formatting a manuscript.

Typos

Typos are among the most common quality issues customers report. In order to produce a high quality ebook, please do your best to ensure your manuscript is free of typos. Typos may be caused by a variety of issues: mistyped words, poor optical character recognition for scanned texts, copy/pasting across source documents, or multiple conversions of a source file. Here are some examples of common typos:
Example Type: Example: Should be:
Number in place of letters 5arasota Sarasota
Incorrect punctuation The dog ran, The dog ran
Letters in place of numbers 1o66 1066
Soft Hyphens re-peat repeat
Missing letter Nothi g Nothing
HTML tags in place of characters < sup >® ; ®
Junk characters •”gainst Against

Fixing and Preventing Typos

If a typo is present in your manuscript, it is important to search for the term throughout the text. It is also important to review your text for errors of a similar nature. The search function of Kindle Previewer can be very helpful for locating and fixing all instances of a repeated typo.

Sometimes improper or dialectic spellings are intentionally used by the author. These are not considered errors. Common examples would include character dialogue. Spelling differences which occur between US and British English are not considered errors.

Unsupported Characters

If your text appears in Kindle Previewer as either strings of jumbled characters or boxed question marks, this usually means your text contains an unsupported accent mark or character. To ensure your manuscript does not have any unsupported characters, review your manuscript in Kindle Previewer and look for square boxes or jumbled characters like these:



Preventing and Fixing Unsupported Characters

If an unsupported character is present in your manuscript, it is important to look for this issue throughout the text, as one unsupported character is usually indicative of others. Use the search function of Kindle Previewer to locate all instances of an unsupported character.

Formatting

Formatting issues occur on the visual or layout level of a title and include problems such as extra spacing between paragraphs or forced text justification. Formatting errors in your manuscript may prevent readers from customizing their reading experience to their preferences, and also may include issues that cause text flow to be unintelligible or confusing.

In order to produce a high quality story, please do your best to ensure your manuscript has proper formatting. An effective way to do this is by viewing your manuscript with Kindle Previewer. This tool can help you identify formatting errors before submitting for publication.

Ensuring Correct Formatting

Please see the Design Guide for Kindle Worlds Stories for tips on building a well-formatted manuscript. Check throughout your manuscript for similar issues because recurring formatting errors tend to occur throughout the text—for example, incorrectly set left or right margins would appear on each page.

Critical Issues

  • Body text rendered as bold, italicized, underlined or hyperlinked text
  • Extra body text margin padding that is more than 1/4 of a screen wide
  • Primary content is oriented in landscape mode without any detail page disclaimer
  • Body text not set to default color
  • Forced white text or forced black background that causes text to be unreadable. For example, forcing a code such as Font = white will cause text to be unreadable while reading on a white background mode or on an e-ink device.
  • In-line page numbering is present
A best practice is to preserve the reader’s customizable reading experience by not forcing formatting for text.

Note: Lists without proper formatting can be unintelligible to the reader.
  • Incorrectly added line break
  • Missing indication of paragraph separation (indentation or single line spacing between paragraphs)
  • Missing line break that indicates a section or scene change
  • A hard page break in the middle of a section or chapter
  • Extract or block quote not differentiated from body text
Note: Additional or missing breaks may confuse the reader and break narrative flow.
  • Sidebar text interrupts a sentence, paragraph, or section
  • A footnote interrupts a sentence, paragraph, or section
  • An image interrupts a sentence or paragraph.
Note: Improperly inserted sidebars, footnotes, or images can fragment the reading experience, leading to confusion.
  • Extra body text margin padding that is less than 1/4 of a screen wide
  • Double spacing between each paragraph
  • Consistent incorrectly added line padding between section/chapter headings and first paragraphs
Note: Readers should set their own reading preferences and not have to page forward more than needed.
  • Split monograms; the first letter of each chapter in your manuscript should appear on the same line as the rest of the word.
  • Individual paragraph incorrectly rendered as bold, italicized, underlined or hyperlinked text
  • Forced black text or forced white background that causes text to be unreadable. For example, forcing a code such as Font = black will cause text to be unreadable while reading on a black background mode on a color device.

Links

All links in your manuscript should navigate correctly to the place where the reader would expect them to go, and the user should be able to navigate to the guide items in your story. Please test links, including guide items, on your Kindle device to ensure the links in your story navigate to their intended places before submitting your manuscript. If you don’t have access to a device, Kindle Previewer is a helpful tool that will reproduce how content will appear on a device.

Preventing Linking Issues

Broken or incorrect links usually occur when a mistake has been made in the link URL or an incorrect link location has been pasted in. Check the HTML or inserted links in your text to correct this problem. Below are some examples of linking issues.
  • A guide item that does not work—a guide item is the navigational locations that readers can access from the ‘Go To’ menu
  • A link in the Table of Contents (ToC) that does not work
  • An unlinked footnote
  • A prohibited external link
  • An external link that does not work
  • An internal link (ToC, NCX, & other) that does not link to the correct location
  • Reference to an unlinked page number
  • Missing Table of Contents
  • Missing NCX

Table Errors

A common complaint we receive about tables is that part of the table is being cut off, which usually happens when tables are used for formatting non-tabular data (e.g., sidebars, lists, large chunks of text, etc.). It’s best to avoid using tables to format text or to try to make text elements appear in a certain way.

Critical Issues

Broken or incorrect links usually occur when a mistake has been made in the link URL or an incorrect link location has been pasted in. Check the HTML or inserted links in your text to correct this problem. Below are some examples of linking issues.
  • Each table with content cut off at bottom of screen when viewed at font size 3 (the default)
Note: This causes content to be inaccessible for the majority of readers.

Below are some other tables issues we see:
  • A table that consists of non-tabular data
  • A table that requires the user to pan right over non-tabular data
Note: Tables with non-tabular data often force readers to take additional action to be able to read plain text content.
  • A table with forced line breaks
  • A table with a word in a cell split across 2 or more lines
If the data absolutely must be displayed in tabular form and you still see the error, try breaking it up into more cells so that there are more available break points.

The Previewer and Kindle for PC will not always reproduce table display very accurately. If possible, make sure to check table formatting on a Kindle device, especially if it appears to be a critical issue.

Duplicated Text

This refers to any text which repeats in the manuscript when it is not intended to repeat. Usually this is the result of a copy-paste error, and can be fixed by removing the duplicated text.

Critical Issues

  • A repeated chapter that is also mislabeled
Other duplicate text issues include:
  • A repeated chapter
  • A portion of text that is repeated within a chapter or section, excluding single words

Wrong Content

Stories with wrong content are always removed from sale.

Wrong content occurs when a customer receives something other than what is advertised. This is most commonly caused by uploading an incorrect file, but can sometimes also occur if updates are made to the product information or copy/paste issues make the description incorrect. The easiest way to fix it is to upload the latest version of the correct file.

Content Unsuited for Reading on Kindle

Content that is not suited for Kindle are removed from sale.

Some stories are simply not well suited to the Kindle format. These include any kind of story where the main purpose is to allow the reader to write or color on the pages. These are better suited to publishing in a physical form. Examples of stories not suited to the Kindle format include the following:
  • Puzzle books
  • Blank Journals
  • Pattern books
  • Coloring books
  • Facing page translations (left page in one language, right page is same content in another language)

Design Guide for Kindle Worlds Stories

This is a simplified guide for building Kindle Worlds manuscripts using Microsoft Word.

Building Your Manuscript

Word is a great tool for designing Kindle Worlds stories because it's extremely easy to format for Kindle. We suggest writing your story in Word or converting an existing source file into Word (.doc or .docx) format before continuing. Remember these important tips below to ensure an excellent eBook presentation.
File Format: Save your content in DOC (.doc or .docx) format, and save your work periodically as you make changes to ensure all changes are recorded.
Font: Kindle Worlds accepts content in English only. Avoid using colored fonts as they may not appear correctly on all devices. Bold, Italic and underline are accepted as well as strike through. Use these sparingly though as too much unique formatting can be distracting to the reader.
Note that the default font color in Word is automatic. It is best to keep this setting as it will insure the font color changes based on the readers Kindle settings. Failure to do so may lead to disappearing text and a poor reader experience.

Paragraph Layout: If you choose to indent paragraphs in your content, don’t use tab-spacing. This will not convert for the Kindle. Instead, use the Word-default Paragraph Formatting to indent paragraphs. There are two ways in which you can indent paragraphs:
1. Click on "Page Layout" and specify the amount of indentation in the "Indent" option.
2. Use the ruler at the top of the page to change the indentation. If you don’t see a ruler in your Word document, click on "View" and check the Ruler option.
You can also follow the guide here: http://www.ehow.com/how_4477948_set-first-line-indent-microsoft.html

Page Breaks: Enter a page break at the end of every chapter to prevent the text from running together. To insert a page break in MS Word, click "Insert" at the top menu bar and select "Page Break."
Images: Images are not permitted in Kindle Worlds stories.
Spellcheck and Grammar: This tool is always your friend to ensure a professional presentation free of typos. Use this tool, but also manually proofread your file to ensure no errors are missed by the automated checker. After uploading your formatted manuscript you will have an opportunity to quality check your story using our Kindle previewer tool.

Creating Front Matter

Front matter is the beginning pages of a manuscript, which may include a Title Page, Dedication, Preface, and Prologue. For a stylish and professional presentation, you should add a Title Page at a minimum. We will add a copyright page to your Kindle Worlds title pre-publishing so there is no need to include one in the front matter.
Title Page: The title page should be centered with the title on top and Author Name underneath, like in the example below. Insert a page break.

Design Guide For Kindle Worlds Stories
By I.M. Writing
-Insert Page Break Here-

To insert a page break in Word, click "Insert" at the top menu bar and select "Page Break."
Dedication: If you have a customized Dedication, it should follow the title page. Be sure to insert a page break after the dedication.
Acknowledgments: We encourage you to include an Acknowledgements section in your work to call out the other Kindle Worlds authors who have inspired you.
Preface: If you have a Preface, it should follow the Acknowledgments. Be sure to insert a page break.
Prologue: If your story includes a Prologue, it should follow the Preface. Be sure to insert a page break here as well.

Formatting Text

Once your front matter is complete, you're ready to format the remainder of your text. The indentations, text spacing, and separate paragraphs should have been included when you built your manuscript in Word.
The remaining step is to insert a page break after the last sentence of each chapter in the manuscript to prevent chapters from running together. Depending on the number of chapters you have, this may be a time-consuming process but the effort is worth the improved reading experience.

Creating an Active Table of Contents

If you have written a short story [5,000 – 9,999 words] an active table of contents is not required. However for larger works an active table of contents may be beneficial. Table of contents are not required but they can improve the reader’s experience.
You can use Microsoft Word’s in-built Table of Contents creator to create an active TOC for your story. More information can be found here:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/285059
On a Mac, you'll need to create a Table of Contents manually using the Hyperlink and Bookmark functions.
Once the Table of Contents is built the next step is setting a bookmark for the device to recognize the Table of Contents. Place the cursor at the beginning of the first entry in the Table of Contents page. Click on "Insert > Bookmark." In the "Bookmark name:" field, type "TOC" (without the quotes) and click "Add." This will direct the reader to this page when they click Go to Table of Contents on their device.

Creating Back Matter

Back matter consists of the last pages in your story which provides additional information the reader should know about, such as Bibliographies, Appendices, Notes or Glossaries.
There isn't a specific order which back matter should be presented in, so use your judgment and be sure to insert page breaks after each section. Indexes are not recommended as readers can instantly search within the story without need of an index.

Uploading your Manuscript to Kindle Worlds

Once you're satisfied with the quality and presentation of your manuscript, upload the Word file to Kindle Worlds. Within Kindle Worlds you can add or create a cover using our Cover Creator tool.
Make sure to preview your Kindle Worlds manuscript using the embedded previewer to ensure quality reader experience prior to submission. Important areas to check are fonts, breaks, paragraph indents as well as how the story looks on color devices "night mode" setting. First impressions count so make sure to QA your manuscript before submission.
Within two business days you will be notified of the status of the submission.

Creating Your Cover

How do the rights work in Kindle Worlds?
A great cover will help attract an audience for your story, so we've built tools and licensed images for you to work with in our Cover Creator tool. You can choose from over a thousand images (all free to you) that we have licensed or secured. More images are added regularly. You can also upload your own artwork for select Worlds. Once you have selected or uploaded your image, you will be able to choose from a number of design templates for the placement of your title and name. The Kindle Worlds logo will be included on every cover as well, which will help identify your book for readers.
If you choose to upload your own cover image, there are some very important things you need to know and with which you need to comply. You must own the copyright or have the necessary rights for any image you upload. Do not upload an image that you found on the web or other sources unless you have verified that you have the right to use it. Kindle Worlds does not include the right to use any images related to the World (e.g., a photo of the actors from the related show; a still or screen capture from a video or game; a cover image from the book; a photo of the original World author or creator) other than those images provided in the Cover Creator. If you take your own photo with other people in it, you must have appropriate model releases. We do not accept images that violate the Content Guidelines.
We recommend that you use the latest version of Firefox or Chrome for the best experience with our Cover Creator tool. Internet Explorer users may experience issues in using this tool. All title submission information is saved before Cover Creator is launched, and can be found in your dashboard.
Can I just keep the "No Image Available" box?
No, we believe that creates a poor experience for readers when they shop and manage titles on their Kindle devices and apps.

Sales, Royalties, and Payments

Where will readers buy my story?
Stories will be available on Amazon.com and in a new Kindle Worlds store, as well as on Kindle devices and via Kindle Free Reading apps on iOS and Android devices, PCs and Macs, and Kindle Cloud Reader.
What price will Kindle Worlds charge readers for stories?
Amazon Publishing will set the price for most works between $0.99 and $3.99.
What kind of promotion will I receive?
Kindle Worlds stories will benefit from being in a new section of the Kindle Books store on Amazon.com and Kindle devices. We expect to support many titles that sell well and receive strong customer reviews with additional promotion.
What Kindle royalty will I receive for my work?
Amazon Publishing will pay royalties to both the World Licensors and the author. Your standard royalty rate (for works of 10,000 words or more) will be 35% of net revenue. As with all titles from Amazon Publishing, Kindle Worlds will base net revenue on customer sales price less customer returns, delivery and transmission costs, and excluding taxes rather than the lower industry standard of wholesale price. Royalties will be paid monthly.
What will the royalty be for a shorter Kindle Worlds story?
Amazon Publishing is piloting an experimental new program for particularly short works – between 5,000 and 9,999 words. For these short stories—typically priced less than one dollar—Amazon will pay the royalties for the World Licensor and pay authors a digital royalty of 20% of net revenue. The lower royalty for these shorter works is due to significantly higher fixed costs (such as credit card fees) per digital copy.
What about royalties for other formats like physical or audio books?
These are outlined in the publishing agreement.
How often will I get paid?
As with all Amazon Publishing authors, you will be paid monthly. Each month's royalties will typically be released within 60 days of the end of every month. For example, royalties for sales in July will typically be released by September 30; royalties for sales in August will be released by October 31, etc.
How will I receive sales information and royalty statements?
You'll see your royalty statements in Amazon Author Central as well as in monthly royalty reports, as all Amazon Publishing authors do. You can also see reports on Sales rank and Author rank, along with tools to help you connect with readers. Your book must be for sale on Amazon.com for at least thirty (30) days before reports start to appear on Amazon Author Central.
Will Kindle Worlds stories be available in Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL)?
Not at launch, but we hope to be able to do this in the future.
Can I participate in Amazon author programs like Author Central and Author Pages?
Yes. You can claim your titles in Author Central, build an Author Page, review sales reports, and take advantage of the features we offer.

Kindle Unlimited

Are Kindle Worlds stories part of Kindle Unlimited?
Yes, all Kindle Worlds stories are enrolled into Kindle Unlimited. The KU badging generally appears on the book’s detail page within 48 business hours of being published.
What is Kindle Unlimited?
Kindle Unlimited (KU) is a subscription service that gives customers access to over 1 million titles in the Kindle Store, including books, audiobooks, and magazines, for just $9.99 a month. Customers can keep up to 10 titles on any Amazon device or Kindle reading app, and there are no due dates.

To learn more about Kindle Unlimited, or to sign up for a subscription, visit https://www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited.
What is the benefit of KU for authors?
KU provides an opportunity to build a larger fan base and increase the scope of your readership. We believe that enrolling Kindle Worlds into KU has the potential to introduce you to a whole new audience and raise your visibility in our bookstore.
Where will KW stories be available to read through KU?
US customers with a KU subscription will be able to read KW stories through the program.
As an author, what will I be paid?
Each time a unique Kindle Unlimited customer in the US reads more than 10% of your Kindle Worlds story, we’ll pay you 70% Price (ASP) of your book during that month. Your contractual royalty rate may be either 20% or 35% of ASP of your contractual royalty rate per unit for the Average Sale, depending on the length of your story. Please see the Kindle Worlds Publishing Agreement for more information on your contractual royalty rate.
Why does the customer have to read more than 10% of the book for me to be paid my royalty?
Many Kindle books have a free sample of 10%, available to all customers. Just as with a purchasing customer, we do not pay author royalties for customers who only read the sample.
Why am I earning 70% of my contractual royalty on each KU download?
Over the years, Kindle Worlds has received countless requests to make our stories available in KU. In order to accommodate this request for authors and fans, we developed a new royalty model that made sense for the short-form content that we publish. We believe there are tremendous benefits to this model, and the exposure in KU will allow you to become introduced to a new population of readers.
My book hasn’t been released yet. Will it be enrolled in KU when it publishes?
Yes. All Kindle Worlds stories will be included in KU shortly after their release. Your Kindle Worlds story will become available to KU customers generally within 48 business hours of its digital release date.
Can I promote Kindle Unlimited to my fans?
Yes! Please tell your fans about KU by sharing the website: https://www.amazon.com/kindleunlimited.
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