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When it comes to e-publishing, it’s hard to keep track of all the options. When I spoke at Re:Write earlier this year, I was asked:
What is a Kindle Single, and is it something worth considering?
Amazon introduced Kindle Singles as a way to provide a good place for works that are longer than a magazine article but not as long as a full-length book. Kindle Singles must be between 5,000 and 30,000 words.
Unlike regular e-books sold on Amazon, Kindle Singles must be submitted and reviewed by Amazon. It takes up to four weeks for Amazon to determine if they will feature your e-book as a Single. Amazon will consider e-books already published, manuscripts, or pitches. Amazon only releases a limited number of Kindle Singles.
One of the perks of releasing your book as a Kindle Single is the royalty rate. For a typical Kindle e-book, you can choose 70% royalties if your book is priced between $2.99 and $9.99. If you have a very short book that needs a price point lower than $2.99 to sell well, you will have to choose the 35% royalty option. However, a Kindle Single must be priced between $0.99 and $4.99 and is eligible for 70% royalties even when priced below $2.99.
There are some limitations:
- Your Single cannot be an excerpt from another book (such as chapter excerpts). It has to stand alone.
- It must be original content, never published elsewhere.
- It cannot be published in its entirety on another website.
For most writers, Kindle Singles may not be the best route to take. It is worth considering though, and if your book is selected it may highlight you as an author in a way that you would not be via Kindle Direct Publishing.
During this series, we’re chatting about everything self-publishing—design, branding, marketing, formats—you name it! Pulling questions from Design by Insight clients, Re:Write Conference attendees, and you, we’ll take a look at what can often be a confusing and potentially overwhelming subject. Have a question you’d like me to answer? Leave it in the comments below!