There’s a bit of excitement this weekend over the news that Kindle Singles submissions are now open to new authors. It’s a change that Amazon seems to have made quite quietly, and it’s not necessarily new, having apparently occurred at least as far back as late June. Here’s the submission information page.
The Kindle Singles program is curated by Amazon and this means that writers have to submit work for consideration. What’s changed is that there is no longer a block on new authors submitting material, although the submission and acceptance process is likely to remain stringent. This is hardly a free-for-all for new authors to flood into the Kindle Singles program.
What this means, though, is that there’s a new market for short story authors. Kindle Singles submissions must be between 5,000 and 30,000 words long, must be exclusive, and range in price from 99 cents to $4.99, with a 70% royalty rate at all price points. The program has a fairly good reputation given that it’s curated, so it could be a good revenue source for authors who are accepted.