The Back Doors of Fancy Places – In Submission to Kindle Singles


“A woman with a green cigarette, a murder with no body, and a mysterious catamaran named the ‘Midnight Sun’. The private eye’s past cases come back to haunt him as he realizes that they are more entangled than he could have ever guessed.

-The Back Doors of Fancy Places is a dark short story that explores many quintessential noir themes.”


I am excited to have my short story, “The Back Doors of Fancy Places”, in submission to Kindle Singles! While I don’t have high hopes of being published in a list of works that includes authors such as: Stephen King, John Grisham, and Lee Child, it was always my ambition to submit this story to the editors of Kindle Singles. As my wife can attest to, I often start projects or have ideas that I never complete. Hitting the send button on my submission email was a big success for me. At this point, getting 1 to 5 more people to read it would be icing on the cake.

Some interesting things about Kindle Singles for those who have never submitted to them before:

  1. They only publish stories that are complete and between 5,000 and 30,000 words
  2. Their submission guidelines seem clear at first read, but when you consider that they receive everything from idea proposals, to manuscripts of works in progress, to complete and published books, things get a bit murky. If you have already published through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, then submitting to Kindle Singles is easy; just link to your book and give a brief summary. However, if you, like me, have a finished story that is not yet published, you are kind lumped in with the unfinished works and proposals, and you need to send a cover letter with a detailed description, and as much material as you have completed, etc.
  3. This is a curated list, and in exchange for that exclusivity, you give up your rights to publish on other platforms such as NOOK and Kobo.
  4. Kindle Singles publishes a VERY wide selection of material: fiction, articles, memoirs, etc. The only things that they don’t publish are how-to manuals, public domain works, reference books, travel guides, children’s books and story collections. Fiction is by far the largest section, but it is still limited to 578 stories right now (I just checked, 15July2016). That is a very narrow list considering all of the fiction that is out there.

Like I mentioned, I’m not expecting to be accepted, but either way, The Back Doors of Fancy Places is one step closer to being published!

-Anderson Ryle


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