Amazon’s Kindle Worlds preparing to tell their last stories…

Unfortunate news circulating in some of the author communities today as Amazon is expected to announce today that they are sunsetting the Kindle Worlds platform.

Originally launched in 2013, Amazon’s Kindle Worlds was a unique collaboration between the online retail giant and several IP holders which allowed authors to write in different universes belonging to licensed properties.  As most of you know, one of those properties was G.I. Joe.

This hits me especially hard.  As many of you know, I am currently an independent author who has written and published several novels and novellas.  The first thing I ever published as a G.I. Joe trilogy for Kindle Worlds, and if not for that opportunity, I might never have become an author at all. 

Kindle Worlds, quite simply, changed my life.

I won’t tell you that I still make a lot of money off Kindle Worlds, I don’t, and honestly it’s never been that lucrative at all, it was one of those things I did because I loved it, and while I haven’t had much time lately to write more G.I. Joe content, I had a pretty cool twelve episode series in the works that I really thought was going to be neat.  Now, it may never see the light of day.

According to reports, the rights for the published work will be returned to the authors, however that’s more or less meaningless without the conduit to the IP holder allowing us to use their characters and their universes.  From what I’m hearing, some folks who own these Kindle Worlds properties are considering their own solutions that might allow authors to continue writing this work, but at this point, Hasbro has not made any official comment or determination.

So I guess, if you love G.I. Joe fiction and you’ve wanted to check out Kindle Worlds, you’d best do it now because you won’t have much longer.  Reports are saying that submitting new content will be denied after tomorrow (May 17th) and all published works will be taken down by July 16th.

I’m disappointed, of course, but also extremely thankful that the opportunity was  there to begin with.  Huge thanks to Hasbro, Derryl DePriest and others behind the G.I. Joe curtain, and to Amazon themselves for making this available and allowing some of us creatives a unique opportunity to play in their sandbox.

If you want to check out G.I. Joe at Kindle Worlds, do it soon.

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The rumored letter going out to Kindle Worlds owners can be seen below:

As a valued member of the Kindle Worlds licensor community, we wanted to let you know that the Kindle Worlds program is closing. We will be notifying fan authors tomorrow, May 16th.
 
As of May 17th, Kindle Worlds will no longer be accepting new submissions. Previously published Kindle Worlds stories will no longer be available for sale on Amazon.com on or around July 16th. The Kindle Worlds website will be closed on August 29th; we ask that all Kindle Worlds participants update and validate their banking information, mailing address, and contact information by July 31, 2018 in order to facilitate a timely final royalty payment.
 
Your final royalty statement will include a proactive final payment for all remaining Kindle Unlimited borrows, including borrows that have not yet met the qualified borrow threshold. We plan to remove Kindle Worlds stories from Kindle Unlimited on May 16th.
 
Effective as of the date we remove each fan author’s work, we will revert the rights granted to us by that fan author. Our reversion letter to each applicable fan author will provide that such reversion is subject to the rights we granted to you in the Kindle Worlds License Agreement between you and us.
 
For five years, Kindle Worlds has been thriving, engaging writers and readers who enjoy writing in one another’s worlds, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done together. While we are closing Kindle Worlds, Amazon is constantly innovating on behalf of our authors and readers, and we look forward to continuing to do so.
 
We hope that 2018 and beyond bring wonderful things for you and your stories, and we appreciate your support over the years.
 
Warm wishes,
The Kindle Worlds team

 

 

New Kindle Worlds adventure – Nerves of Stone available at Amazon

Big news this morning as my latest G.I. Joe action novella Nerves of Stone is available right now on Amazon.com!

Featuring the exciting 2016 cast of  characters I try to write a story bringing all of these different personalities together…you’ll have to let me know if I succeeded.

It’s only $1.99 and is available right now on Amazon.  Check it out!

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New Kindle Worlds Novella – G.I. Joe: Nerves of Stone Coming Soon!

nerves-of-stone-cover-templThe time has come! Last year we brought you Welcome to Wolf Squad, a novella based on the 2015 series of G.I. Joe and COBRA action figures… now we bring you Nerves of Stone, the follow-up Novella to our Wolf Squad adventure from last year.

Familiar characters make their returns and some new characters get introduced…each and every member of the 2016 G.I. Joe and COBRA roster appears!

When a new G.I. Joe recruit goes missing while investing a top secret COBRA research lab in Alaska, G.I. Joe’s special operations Wolf Squad team gets deployed to see what’s up. They get far more than they bargained for and when G.I. Joe reinforcements arrive, a long kept secret gets revealed…

Now, for a limited time, get an exclusive sneak preview of this upcoming novella! Sign up for the World of Wolf’s Head Publishing and you’ll get immediate access to the Prologue and first chapter of this novella, due for release in early 2017. This will be available NOWHERE else.

As an added bonus you can check out the first three chapters of my original novel The Fog of Dreams and get access to a Top Secret Research Paper outlining the Operation: Harvest story. If you’re a fan of G.I. Joe, I really think you’ll enjoy this story as well. Lots of similarities as one might expect.

Just sign up for the World of Wolf’s Head Publishing, I promise we won’t spam you or throttle your mailbox, but we will have plenty of exclusive offers and fun stuff coming down the pipe. Check it out!



Hasbro Pulse posts Stiletto update and hints at more to come at retail

As we move within a month of the 2016 G.I. Joe Convention, Hasbro has posted an exciting update over on their Hasbro Pulse regarding the upcoming development of Fan Vote winner Stiletto!

Along with the update, we see a first look at Stiletto’s head sculpt and what looks to be an early concept for the figure build using parts from the Rise of Cobra Agent Helix.  As a huge fan of the Helix action figure, I approve of this build big time.

Mark Weber mentions that Stiletto will appear at Toys “R” Us and Entertainment Earth in November, which surely seems to follow the familiar formula from the past couple of years, indicating that we will see some G.I. Joe product later this year.  Let’s all look forward to JoeCon to see what’s up Hasbro’s sleeves.

Check out the full article over on Hasbro Pulse, and I’ve mirrored a couple of images below.

G.I. Joe: Legacy Book 3 – Whisper is now available at Kindle Worlds!

To be brutally honest, this G.I. Joe: Kindle Worlds project has been an absolute blast.  Starting with Jim Beard’s brainchild and spiraling out of his Adventure Team universe, so far the story has traversed 20 years and writing Book 3 was a fantastic experience.

It has been officially released through Kindle Worlds, and takes place in the 1990s, so be prepared for some obscure 90s characters to be showing up in spades!

Check it out at Amazon.com or click the banner below, and I hope you enjoy it!

Don’t forget, you can pick up Books 1 and 2 now as well, to get all caught up with the story, only .99 apiece! You can’t beat it!

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G.I. Joe: Legacy Part 2 – Stiletto is on Amazon Kindle Worlds!

The G.I. Joe Kindle Worlds joint project G.I. Joe: Legacy continues this weekend with Bill Nedrow’s installment, focusing on Stiletto!  This is book 2 in a four book series, following on the heels of Jim Beard’s story focusing on Marcus.

It’s a great project, and the first two installments have been very enjoyable to read.  Yours truly will be penning the third book, followed by Troy Osgood in the four slot.

Check out G.I. Joe: Legacy Book 2 on Amazon right now, and be sure to get caught up with Book 1 as well.  Each novella focuses on a particular decade, so get ready for the Neon Nineties coming up next month.

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G.I. Joe: Legacy Kindle Worlds Crossover begins with the Adventure Team!

A short while ago, we announced an exciting G.I. Joe themed Kindle Worlds crossover event entitled G.I. Joe: Legacy!  The idea was for four separate Kindle Worlds authors (Jim Beard, Bill Nedrow, Troy Osgood and myself) to write different installments of a G.I. Joe story taking place in different era’s of time, from the 1970s all the way up until the 21st century.

Well, Part 01, featuring the Adventure Team is online!  It’s a novella, very affordably priced at only .99 and will be kicking off this exciting G.I. Joe: Legacy project.  Look for the remaining parts to hit monthly over the next few months.  As one might expect, I’m handling the 90s.

Check out Jim’s Adventure Team installment here, it’s a great read, and very quick.  Good stuff, and I’m thrilled to be part of this project!

G.I. Joe Kindle Worlds Crossover Event – G.I. Joe Legacy

An exciting announcement from the minds behind several of the G.I. Joe Kindle Worlds novels!

For Immediate Release

GI JOE KINDLE WORLDS AUTHORS UNITE FOR MULTI-PART EPIC

The four best-selling authors who recently competed in the GI Joe Hasbro Kindle Worlds Fan Vote contest, Jim Beard, Justin Bell, Bill Nedrow, and Troy Osgood, are joining forces to publish a four-part GI Joe story to launch this January on Amazon’s Kindle Worlds platform.

GI JOE: LEGACY will spotlight the four GI Joe characters from the contest in a sprawling, action-fueled saga that spans more than four decades, and will be published once a month for four months. Each author’s short story may be read on its own, but also as “chapters” of the larger adventure. In addition, Beard, Bell, Nedrow, and Osgood will write the stories in “round robin” fashion, each building off the previous installment.

The Kindle Worlds publication schedule will be:

GI JOE: LEGACY, PART 1 by Jim Beard (Adventure Team Marcus) – January 1st, 2016

GI JOE: LEGACY, PART 2 by Bill Nedrow (Stiletto) – February 1st, 2016

GI JOE: LEGACY, PART 3 by Justin Bell (Whisper) – March 1st, 2016

GI JOE: LEGACY, PART 4 by Troy Osgood (Blackjack) – April 1st, 2016

Please visit the Tales of GI Joe Facebook page for updates, as well as the author’s Amazon pages:

I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this exciting upcoming event!  I think it’ll be a lot of fun for readers, and I’m sure it’ll be a ton of fun for us authors, too.

Stay tuned, it’s coming fast!

Kindle Worlds Fan Vote figures – let your voices be heard

One thing that has been abundantly clear throughout the process of the fan vote for the Kindle Worlds character to be made into a figure is that the G.I. Joe community is starved for new characters and there seems to be a lot of support towards getting all four of the Kindle Worlds figures made.

For obvious reasons, I think I speak for myself, Troy, and Jim when I say we are 110% behind this idea!

Bill has started a thread over on HISSTank.com about this topic and will be collecting information from folks who might want to send their support directly to Hasbro.  Please check the thread and let your voices be heard!

Bill has suggested collecting actual, physical letters since that tends to have more impact than Internet discussions, and I find it hard to disagree.  Bill has kindly offered up his mailing address to collect the letters, but for obvious reasons I won’t post it here.

If you need his address and cannot get on the HISSTank thread for whatever reason, please e-mail me at justin AT generalsjoes.com with the word “kindle” in the subject line and I’ll make sure we can get Bill’s address to you.

I can’t thank everyone for all their kind words and support throughout this process, and even though Whisper didn’t win, this has been a fun experience and I’ve appreciated getting to know the fellow Kindle World authors.

Thanks!

The fans have decided on the Kindle Worlds character…

…and it’s Bill Nedrow’s Stiletto!

I won’t say I’m not disappointed.  In fact disappointed may be an understatement, but Bill did an excellent job fleshing out his character and she looks like she’ll make one hell of a G.I. Joe action figure, so props to Bill for his victory.

Check out the article on Hasbro Pulse for all the details.

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