Friday, December 5, 2014

You can’t fail if you don’t try. So! I gotta try…right? #amwriting #amazon

I thought I’d share something with you that has recently caught my attention – Amazon’s Kindle Singles!

Years ago I wrote a very short story (approx. 3,000 words) called Hotshot and I set in up on some website –that to tell you the truth – I don’t even remember anymore. Of course, back in those days, my writing wasn’t as well-crafted as I believe it is today. And… that was proven by the number of corrections I had to make in the revisions of this story. In fact, while making my edits, I doubled the number of words to over 7,000 and changed the title to Hotshot Cowboy. I did this because of this KDP rule - “Not published on any public website in its entirety”- So; I knew I had to make those changes.

Funny thing, as I rewrote this very short story and added those words, I brought in other characters through a family link with the hero. These introductions will give me the opportunity to write another 3 shorts that can link to this one. Didn't mean to do this when I began reworking it… but, as all writers know, these threads sometimes magically appear and it’s a treat when things work out that way. In the next year, I visualize a bunch of these stories, all branded in a similar way, all out there providing me with extra income and attracting new fans.

Personally, I believe it’s incredibly important for all authors to be as visible in as many places as possible. My hope is for a reader to enjoy this story so much that he/she will go searching for whatever else I've written.  And, I’ll be only too happy to provide them with a long list of all my books quite appropriately added into the back matter.

Below, I've attached the information from Amazon’s website. Check it out and see if this might interest you also.

Submissions Policy
Anyone can submit original work to Kindle Singles. We've showcased writing from both new and established voices--from bestselling novelists to previously unpublished writers.

We're looking for compelling ideas expressed at their natural length--writing that doesn't easily fall into the conventional space limitations of magazines or print books. Kindle Singles are typically between 5,000 and 30,000 words.

A Kindle Single can be on any topic. So far we've posted fiction, essays, memoirs, reporting, personal narratives, and profiles, and we're expanding our selection every week. We're looking for high-quality writing, fresh and original ideas, and well-executed stories in all genres and subjects.

How to submit
We will consider ebooks recently published via Kindle Direct Publishing, manuscript submissions, or pitches.
• To nominate your self-published book, simply email us at and include the title, ASIN, and a brief summary.
• If the work is not yet published, you can submit a manuscript or a detailed pitch for your Kindle Single. Send as much material as you have available to and include your name and a writing sample.
• All manuscripts submitted as attachments must be accompanied by a cover letter with a detailed summary of the submission.
• Writers or publishers wishing to propose an idea for a Kindle Single can write to our editors at
Selection process
Each submission is carefully reviewed by our editors. Once your submission is received, we will read and respond within six weeks. If we are interested in your submission or pitch, we will provide you with further instructions on how to submit your title via Kindle Direct Publishing and any additional next steps.
Rights and Royalties
Accepted Kindle Singles are published using the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, which means that the author earns royalties on each sale. Kindle Singles must have list prices between $0.99 and $4.99, and authors can choose the 70% royalty option for their accepted titles, even when the list price is below $2.99. All other Terms and Conditions of Kindle Direct Publishing will also apply to content sold as a Kindle Single.

Writers retain all rights to their work when accepted and published in Kindle Singles. We will consider Kindle Singles from authors, publishers, and agents, and you will need to confirm that you have the rights to publish the work you upload. If accepted, your Kindle Single must be made available in all territories where you have rights, so Kindle customers around the world have the option to purchase your title.

Like all Kindle books, Kindle Singles are buyable and readable across the entire Kindle family of devices, as well as on our
Free Kindle Reading Apps (Kindle for iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Android, etc.).

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. • No story collections.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Jodie - it's our own genius Steven Novak's work - of course :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing about Kindle singles--I learn something new every day about the craft of writing and this is very valuable!

    1. I know I was pretty happy to hear about this choice for authors, Carole. I really believe that we can benefit from being as visible as possible.

  3. what a wonderful resurrection of a story from long ago. thanks for sharing this news. congratulations!

    1. Rachelle, it's a good reason for us to make sure we keep all our work - no matter if we think it'll never get used. One just doesn't know what may be waiting in the future LOL

  4. Good for you, Mimi,
    I like the cover. My problem would be my older stories are 120,000 words. I was more prolific back then. :)

    1. Sylvie, there is another option for you though Amazon. They also have other choices see here: