Using Kindle Singles To Boost Your Fan Base

If you are reading this and you are a novelist and you are slaving away at a novel, this post is for you.  You probably have a publisher set deadline or you have set your own if you are a self-publisher like me.  Here is something you can do on those days when you get stuck trying to finish a scene or your characters start standing around staring at each other not knowing what to do next: Write a Kindle Single.

  1. Dig around in your notebooks and dust off one of those unpublished short stories you have lying around or that old essay you wrote in college that made high marks.
  2. Spend some time editing through the piece to make sure it passes muster.  Give it to a friend or a trusted editor if you have time, but this whole process of submission should not take more than one or two days.
  3. Send your manuscript to the Kindle Singles editors for approval.  You need to email it to this address kindle-singles@amazon.com, but you need to follow a few guidelines.
  • If it is a previously published work, you will need to include in the e-mail with your attached manuscript the title, ASIN and brief summary.
  • The work has to be between 5,000 and 30,000 words.
  • If it is not yet published, you can submit the finished manuscript or a detailed pitch about the work and what it will be if you are writing a fresh new short story or essay.
  • Or if you just want to propose an idea for something, write it out in a detailed fashion and e-mail them directly.

4.   Each submission is read and reviewed by Amazon’s editors, and you will receive a response in about two weeks time letting you know if they will let you publish your Kindle Single.  Most people get published unless the work is absolutely atrocious.

5.  Kindle Singles are sold through KDP and can be sold for anything between .99 cents and $4.99 with 70% of royalties going straight to the author.

This is a good way for authors to get their stuff out in front of readers quickly and efficiently, and they are cheap enough that if a reader wants to check out your writing they can do so easily and hopefully will come back for more when your characters figure out what to do or your scene suddenly writes itself and you publish that novel.

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