Publishing with Kindle Single for not quite full length Books

I stumbled upon Debbie Weil’s thoughtful take on publishing through Amazon’s fabulous “new” concept, Kindle Singles. Weil is the author of one of the first and most definitive books about business blogging: THE CORPORATE BLOGGING BOOK.

Her article intros with perception I’ve wrestled with myself: your book is your platform. In Weil’s case, she is intrigued by her research about Baby Boomers and social media, but she knows all too well that when an author releases and speaks about her book, it becomes accepted as her area of expertise; young at heart, Weil is reticent about becoming the “old person” expert. I get it, too. I have a collection of published nonfiction materials on the topic of family and spirituality, and the makings of a nonfiction book outlining (what I believe could be) an entirely fresh take on making every part of your life more enriching. On the flipside, my novel in progress is decidedly more edgy, not always “pretty,” and my characters are not necessarily interested in thinking about spiritual or religious ideas.

Debbie Weil explains, “Amazon was clever enough several months ago to identify a new publishing space in the age of short attention spans. It’s called the Kindle Single and it’s for almost-book ideas, 10,000 to 30,000 words in length. For those who’ve written a book, a typical chapter is 5,000 words. Amazon calls a Kindle Single ‘a compelling idea – well researched, well argued, and well illustrated – expressed at its natural length.'”

“This is brilliant,” Weil adds. “It combines the possibilities of rapid self-publishing with the natural appetite of readers for less – quick, compelling and digestible.”

I couldn’t agree more. Like most writers with a variety of niches, this digital format gives the opportunity to cast a wider net to a variety of audiences.

Weil also included a solid list of Kindle Single related links:

Named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 by Fast Company, Debbie Weil is a rare species – a Baby Boomer who is a digital native. She launched her first website in 1995, she has been blogging since 2003 at



Filed under Best Writer Tips, For the love of writing, Guest posts

10 responses to “Publishing with Kindle Single for not quite full length Books

  1. Great information here; nice to think about other avenues for getting work out there.

  2. thanks for sharing that article. I’ve been thinking about publishing to kindle, but all of my books tend to be on the shorter side. Perhaps singles are the place for me!

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  4. Great post. I’ve linked to you at my own blog post about Kindle Singles so people can reference this informative article. In my post I also referenced some answers about the platform that Kindle Singles sent to me.

    I started the process at the end of Feb to publish a book at Kindle Direct that I can then submit to Kindle Singles for acceptance. It’s an exciting venture for me. Right now the book is in the process of being converted to several electronic formats at Entry Way Publishing.

    I hired my own editor, conversion company, cover designer etc. as I do for all my books, but it does take a few months before everything is ready for upload to Kindle Direct Publishing.

    There were only 28 competing books when I started this project a few weeks back and now there are 36. But I’ve noticed that nearly all of the Singles I look at have reached bestseller in multiple categories. So I’m excited (if they accept my Kindle Direct book) to get in on the ground floor. Apparently they highly publicize these shorts or there wouldn’t be so many multiple bestsellers.

    Thankx again for the great post, Rebecca. Have the best day ever.

    • This is terrific information! Thanks for sharing. This is truly an exciting time in publsihing–best of luck with your Kindle sales! I look forward to learning more about your books.

  5. I like the Kindle Singles idea, but I’m disappointed that they didn’t accept my works into them. I guess because I serialized the fiction, it couldn’t be considered a Single. As said above, the potential for sales is very high if you get selected for this new category on Amazon.

    • How interesting. Clearly, it isn’t the best channel for your format. I like the idea that Kindle Singles are “juried” to some extent–for the sake of quality, in the very least. I’m wondering if you were to encompass your fiction into one collection, would that better your chances of using this publishing channel?

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