Blogs have started incorporating “reading time” plugins into their posts. If the post takes five minutes or ten minutes, it’s often displayed on the blog post. Makes it pretty simple to know, going into it, how much time you should allocate to read a certain post.
Now, it seems, Amazon is doing the same thing. There have been some changes to Kindle Singles, and if you haven’t checked this out you should, because the added exposure could really benefit your book if it meets this criteria.
Here is a redesign of the Amazon Kindle Singles page. Now their short books are being identified by the time it takes to read them: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and so on. Take a look:
Per Amazon, you can propose books that are current on the Amazon site or you can pitch them an idea. But if you have a book that fits their guidelines (listed below), it could be a great way to gain some additional exposure because, from what I hear, the singles and short reads are gaining a lot of traction, especially with recent site enhancements like this:
Here is what I got from Amazon related to short reads and singles:
You may propose any content you own the digital rights to for consideration as a Kindle Single. We consider books recently published via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), manuscripts or pitches. To nominate your self-published book, send us the title, ASIN, and a brief summary of your work. If it’s not yet published in the Kindle Store, please provide either a manuscript or pitch and a writing sample. All manuscripts submitted as attachments must be accompanied by a cover letter with a detailed summary of the submission.
To qualify, works must have a word count between 5,000 and 30,000 words. At this time, the following works are not being considered for Kindle Singles: how-to manuals, public domain works, reference books, travel guides, short story collections, and children’s books. Complete guidelines can be found at www.amazon.com/singlessubmissions
Please send your submission details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your proposal will be reviewed within 6 weeks, and you will be notified by email about our decision.
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Thanks Penny. I had heard of them but had no idea about them!
Hi. I’m still a bit confused. I’m a young writer and I’d really like to publish my book to Kindle Singles, however how can I get the ASIN code for my book and do I have to finish the whole book to be able to send or just a few chapters first?
Kindle Singles is selected by Amazon, based on the length of your book, popularity, etc. And yes, it does have to be a finished book to get picked up! Good luck!