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Kindle Singles – A New Opportunity for “Shorter” Writers

October 21, 2010

Magazine and book publishers usually publish two types of work – those less than 10,000 words and those more than 50,000 words respectively.  If you’re a writer that does not write within those parameters, you must artificially shape your content to fit those guidelines…if you want to be considered for publication. 

The truth is, “creative stuff” doesn’t always come in a neat little 10,000/50,000 word-package.  Sometimes a great story can fall between 10,000 – 40,000 words.  Amazon is making way on their e-book shelves for the latter with the release of Kindle Singles.  Amazon describes the Kindle Singles as twice the length of a New Yorker feature article or as much as a few chapters of a typical book – similar to a short in the movie industry.

Reaching out to publishers and accomplished writers, Amazon is looking to fill this unorthodox niche, and my guess is they won’t have a problem finding good solid material.  I am really stoked about the possibilities Kindle Singles will offer for writers.  When the creative mind is unfettered the possibilities are endless!

As with any e-book in the Amazon electronic books store, 30% of royalties go to the Big Dog and marketing is left to the owner.  As with all Kindle content  Kindle Singles will be – “Buy Once, Read Everywhere”—readable on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, PC, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, etc.  To be considered for Kindle Singles contact digital-publications@amazon.com.

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Robowriter November 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for the link Robin!  I've tried for years to push my short stories, but the market is so tiny.

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Robin November 12, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Electronic distribution is opening up new markets for writers.  

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Mike Fook November 20, 2010 at 4:23 am

Can someone explain to me what this Kindle Singles is all about? As it is – and as far as I know – it's always been, a writer can write any length book and sell it at Kindle Books. I have 30,000 word books there – and have for a year. 
I have seen a guy writing erotica that had 11kB of text – and he was calling that a short story. 
Is Kindle Singles bringing something new to the table – or is it just BS?
I'll write a blog about it here in a second – and do some more research, but everything I've seen so far makes the Kindle Singles seem like it's something new. What the hell is new?

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Robin November 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Mike, 

Often times tech companies will do a "soft launch" which is basically an unofficial name for beta without calling it such.  This allows the company to test the product's viability without calling media attention to it.  Once it is determined it will survive in the wild, the PR begins.  Perhaps that's what Amazon has done with regard to Kindle Singles.

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