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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life May 31, 2012 - 2:02pm

I was listening to Adam Carolla, and the author being interviewed apparently publishes Kindle Singles. Seems like these are basically novella length books (also non-fiction apparently) that you submit to Amazon and they 'publish' (what this means is open to interpretation) and push the piece as one of these Kindle Singles. Also, there is a slight difference in the royalties cut, apparently. 

They also promise a 4 week response time (just got a response on a frigging short story after 150 days! Yuck.)... anyone else think this is interesting? I do have a couple of novella-length pieces that I don't want to pad out with fluff/filler. I don't think they are ready for publication, but still...

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 31, 2012 - 5:51pm
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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 31, 2012 - 5:51pm

I was looking at the Kindle singles page:

Kindle Singles is here to offer a vast spectrum of reporting, essays, memoirs, narratives, and short stories presented to educate, entertain, excite, and inform. Our writers take you places you can't get to any other way, on journeys of fact and fiction that share these common threads: they're the highest-quality work we can find, and at a length best suited to the ideas they present.

It sounds great.  I'm going to look into it a bit more.

They seem to have a lot of big names involved.  The submission page is here: Kindle Singles

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Nikki Guerlain from Portlandia is reading Necronomicon Book Three May 31, 2012 - 6:36pm

This interesting.

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I better finish my novella in that case.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. May 31, 2012 - 9:37pm

And decide on a pen name.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books May 31, 2012 - 10:14pm

I've been idly looking into this as well, they started posting on duotrope. Seems cool, really.

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life May 31, 2012 - 10:48pm

@Sparrow Idly? Adverbs are the devil.

Howie, you magnificent bastard, God love ya. Well played.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 1, 2012 - 4:34am

So what is the difference between this and normal self publishing? More press from Amazon?

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Deets999 from Connecticut is reading Adjustment Day June 1, 2012 - 7:23am

I submitted a novella to them last week - looking forward to see if it goes anywhere.  Though maybe I won't hold my breath for a response in 4 weeks.

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Chris Davis from Indiana is reading A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews June 1, 2012 - 8:35am

I just picked up the kindle single Richard Greener did a couple weeks ago. It was worth a read for $0.99

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Bob Pastorella from Groves, Texas is reading murder books trying to stay hip, I'm thinking of you, and you're out there so Say your prayers, Say your prayers, Say your prayers June 1, 2012 - 8:41am

What this amounts to is that Amazon is now a publisher. They've already made million dollar plus contracts with other writers, and are now testing the waters with new and unpublished writers. Quicker turn around BUT there's still a gateway, which is good. If you want an even quicker turn around and no gateway, you can still just upload your ebook and promote this shit out of it for 24/7/365 and beyond and pray you make some money and don't get slammed by the hater reviews. 

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz June 1, 2012 - 11:29am

Interesting and worth following. 

Question - do they set a price or does the author set a price? 

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Michael J. Sullivan from where unlikely heroes dwell is reading Under the Dome June 4, 2012 - 7:18am

It's a great program to be in if you can get accepted. There turn around is not as fast as they claim. It took about 3 weeks for me to get my rejection. But worth trying for sure.

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melmurphy from Spokane is reading "Julian" by Gore Vidal September 26, 2015 - 4:05pm

I had two of my short stories rejected in about three weeks time.

Despite this, I have them "published" on KDP and am marketing them best I can. Marketing your own stuff online SUCKS but I guess it's what we have to do.

Anybody know anything about the people who read and pick/reject submissions to Kindle Singles???