Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kindle Singles submission guidelines

Kindle Singles:  What are they and how do I submit my own Kindle single to Amazon?
Kindle Singles are great for authors who can't manage to finish that 300-page novel, but who want to get published in the meantime while they're still plotting out that door-stopping tome.  Stephen King should be credited as the author who brought Kindle Singles to life.  His short stories like his latest "Guns" are chart-toppers on Amazon's Kindle Store.  Many Kindle Singles are short fiction, but there are also nonfiction narratives and profiles as well as memoirs.  
In order to have your book featured on Amazon's site, you'll need to follow some submission guidelines much like submitting your work to a literary magazine.  
Here are the basic criteria for a Kindle Single from Amazon's site:
Kindle Singles Criteria
• Length: 5,000 to 30,000 words
• List price: $0.99 to $4.99
• Original work, not previously published in other formats or publications
• Self-contained work, not chapters excerpted from a longer work
• Not published on any public website in its entirety
• We are currently not accepting how-to manuals, public domain works, reference books, travel guides, or children's books. 

To learn more about Amazon's guidelines, go to


  1. What's the difference between publishing a "Kindle Single," and simply publishing a short book through Kindle Direct?

    1. I found out that a "Kindle Single" is more of a journalistic endeavor. It's a longer than normal magazine article; kind of like a documentary type of article. Or it's a short work written by someone who is already famous like Stephen King's work "Guns." A Kindle Single submission has to be approved by a special editor at Amazon in order for it to be sold as a Kindle Single.

  2. The benefits of publishing a Kindle Single rather than as normal through KDP are two-fold, as far as I can see. Firstly, you will get 70% royalties even on the lower prices (KDP pays only 35% royalties on cheaper books) and secondly, Amazon are more likely to help in the promotion of your book.