I’ve been meaning to write a post about these two opportunities for some time now. Because it believe them to be valid option for most writers. But then again, some people think Amazon’s the devil or something, so I wasn’t sure how people would react.
Basically Kindle Serials are serialized stories. When you buy a Kindle Serial, you receive all existing episodes, followed by the next installments. It’s a pretty cool idea which tries to capitalize on a very old idea. Sean Platt and David Wright, the authors of Yesterday’s Gone are writing such a serial, Z 2134.
The cool thing about Kindle Serials is that anyone can submit a previously unpublished story. You just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling them about your book (so you need a pitch), and why do you think it would work as serialized fiction. The also need to know how many episodes you reckon it will take to tell the story, and an estimated final word count. You also have too include a minimum of two episodes in Word format.
They don’t say how long those episodes should be, but they do state that they should be of a satisfactory length… I guess it means they should be long enough to hook the reader, but not long enough to bore him to death.
You also have to include a one page synopsis of your book and a one page bio. And you’re set. You don’t even have to have a completed manuscript… just an idea and two completed episodes.
Kindle Singles, on the other hand, is a great option for any self-published book or even a previously unpublished manuscript, with a total word count of 30.000 words. They accept fiction, poetry, essays, memoirs, and a bunch of other stuff. I’m not going to detail the submission process here (you can read it on Amazon.com).
Instead I’m going to say that they offer a 70% royalty rate as long as you price your book below or at $4.99. Yes, even if you price it below $2.99, you still get a 70% royalty rate. And then there’s that other part… about Amazon promoting your book. All Kindle Singles get showcased here. And I suppose they get promoted through various other methods, but the thing is that they really do boost sales.
These are two of the alternatives to plain old self-publishing. I believe they’re not as complicated or restrictive as trying out the traditional route, while still requiring someone else to consider your stuff “good.” Or commercial, or something.
Anyone tried submitting to one of these two outlets?