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Is Amazon Becoming A “Traditional” Publisher?


Amazon Publishing

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Lots of folks know that authors can self-publish through Amazon with Kindle Direct, CreateSpace, and ACX.

I wonder how many know that Amazon is also acting just like the traditional publishers.

An article from The New York Times, back in 2011, entitled, Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal, had this to say:

“’Everyone’s afraid of Amazon’, said Richard Curtis, a longtime agent who is also an e-book publisher. ‘If you’re a bookstore, Amazon has been in competition with you for some time. If you’re a publisher, one day you wake up and Amazon is competing with you too. And if you’re an agent, Amazon may be stealing your lunch because it is offering authors the opportunity to publish directly and cut you out.'”

Here are Amazon Publishing‘s Imprints:

  • AmazonEncore (Rediscovered Works)
  • AmazonCrossing (Translated Works)
  • Thomas & Mercer (Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense)
  • Montlake Romance (Romance)
  • 47North (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror)
  • Little A (Literary Fiction)
  • Skyscape (Teen and Young Adult)
  • Two Lions (Children’s Picture Books, Chapter Books, and Novels)
  • Jet City Comics (Comics and Graphic Novels)
  • Lake Union Publishing (Contemporary and Historical Fiction, Memoir and Popular Nonfiction)
  • StoryFront (Short Fiction)
  • Grand Harbor Press (Personal Growth and Self-Help)
  • Waterfall Press (Christian Nonfiction and Fiction)
  • Amazon Publishing (Nonfiction, Memoirs, and General Fiction)

I’ll pull just one of those imprints out of the list and explore it further—StoryFront“…quality short fiction across all genres…”—“…home of Day One, a weekly digital literary journal…”

Day One, which I receive on my Kindle, is “…dedicated to short fiction from debut writers, English translations of stories from around the world, and poetry. Day One showcases just one writer and poet each week…”.

It costs $1.59 a month, with the first 30 days free

According to information from GalleyCat, writers and poets can submit to Day One by emailing a word document (along with a brief description and author bio) to dayone-submissions@amazon.com.
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