KindleWorlds: For Authors

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Even the growliest of men need love. Grayslake is home to the alpha shifter Abrams brothers who—along with their friends and occasional enemies—fight for their lives, their future, and their mates. And more than just finding love in the unlikeliest of places, these ferocious men find their perfect matches. And when they realize they’re not just mated, they’re in love, they’ll battle to the death to keep it . . . Lead these alpha males, and their luscious mates, to Grayslake and beyond.

Sound interesting? Wanna write in the Grayslake: More than Mated KindleWorld?  It’s open to one and all. Every fan (author or reader) is welcome to write a book including the lovely Mia and the growly Ty. (Or any other Grayslake character. You can even add a few new ones!)

Would you like the full and complete bible? The bible is long and detailed and probably includes more information than you need, BUT I wanted it to be thorough. Hopefully this will allow you to avoid reading all five novels before you begin writing.

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Interested in being notified about upcoming group launches?  (I hate calling them “launches” and I thought of calling them “seasons” but if you don’t want to wait for a group push, what season would you be in?  Yes, that is the randomness of my thought process.)  Fill out the form below and I’ll be sure to email you when I start shuffling my plans together!

I’ve written in a KindleWorld previously (Eliza Gayle’s Southern Shifters) and these are a few questions that many participating authors had.  (Click on the question to view the answer.)

Nope. Horrible but true. I don’t have a map for the towns/their locations. All settings (major and minor) can be found in the series bible. Otherwise, makeup whatever you’d like.

Amazon/KindleWorlds provides general guidelines, but each individual world can have modifications to those guidelines.  For Grayslake: More Than Mated, I opted to allow authors to retain ownership of their own characters. This allows authors to do cross-overs without worrying about the loss of any new/existing characters of your own creation. Keep in mind that this is for characters only. If you make up a location and include it in your KindleWorld book, Amazon will own it.

You can write whatever you want with the exception of the following: no pedophilia, no incest, no bestiality, no dubious/non-consent. You must also work within Amazon’s own guidelines and requirements. Their rulings are final and absolute and I have no control over what they deem inappropriate. It is your own responsibility to work within their structure.

KindleWorlds has full control over the pricing of the book. The price is determined by book length. Additional information on royalties, pricing and payment can be found here: https://kindleworlds.amazon.com/faqs?topicId=A3T3UQCG5AG03W

Yes, it has to be there and is placed there by KindleWorlds automatically. If you would like to ensure that your cover artist does not put any text within that area and that your cover has the correct dimensions, you can download the template HERE. (right-click, Save Link As…) Make sure your cover image fills the entire area and the red box/border should not be visible when you upload your cover image.

Yes, you can put it on your cover if you’d like and no, it is not required. You can download a png version of the logo HERE. (Right-click, Save as…)

My name is done in Equip Light (Link). The title fonts are Clive Barker (Link) and Baskerville Old Face Regular (Link).

Marketing support from Amazon/KindleWorlds is not guaranteed. You should not go into this expecting them to push you insanely hard. It is a good opportunity to cross-promote with other authors as well as form a firmer relationship with Amazon as a whole. The support of other authors is a huge benefit when doing a launch.  I found that many readers bought the full “set” of books when launching Eliza Gayle’s world.

For an initial launch of the world, I plan on spending approximately $3,000 in marketing. (Primarily FB ads.) In the event that I do mini-launches in the future, I will state the advertising budget when contacting authors.

In addition, I have a mailing list of approximately 20k subscribers as well as a rapidly growing list of paranormal readers on MyRomanceDeals.com. Launch and mini-launch titles will be sent to both lists.

Yes, the book is only available on Amazon.com. If you have non-US readers that would like to purchase the book, here is a sneaky-sneak way to get around that rule:

–Log into your Amazon UK, CA, or AU account.
–Add a United States address to your list of one-click addresses. You can snag one here: http://fakeusaaddress.com/ The program is only concerned with confirming it is a legit address, not your address.
–Go to Manage Your Content & Devices, and under Country settings, change your location to US. Amazon will ask you to select an address. Select the US address you added to your one-click addresses.
–Now you can click on the Amazon US link, buy the book, and it will download onto your designated device.
–Once the book is downloaded, go back through the process changing everything back to your home country.
–And lastly, accept my heartfelt apology that Amazon decided to do a US only release for the Southern Shifters Kindle World. None of us launch authors are happy about it.

Need a FAKE US address? http://fakeusaaddress.com/

Yes. According to KindleWorlds, books in the 25-35k range seem to do best with a general preference of the 25k area. Length choice is always up to the author, but that has been their experience.

Anything and everything. The series has thus far included bears, wolves, hyenas, weremoles, and mixtures of humans/shifters. Want a werearmadillo? Feel free! A wereliger? Have at it! You are not limited to what has been used in the past. If werepumas are hot and climbing the charts, rock on with a werepuma!

Kindle Worlds sales are 1) not live and 2) reported in your author central account, not via the KDP dashboard. (Not a clue why, just go with it. LOL)  If you go here in author central, you can view your sales: https://authorcentral.amazon.com/gp/metrics/kindle-worlds-royalty  As for WHEN you can see your sales numbers, they will load the first day of the 2nd month.  So, July sales will be visible on September 1st, August sales on October 1st. etc.