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Switch Blayde

Amazon Publishing doesn't accept unsolicited manuscripts. Anyone know how they work?

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Switch Blayde

How does any other publisher that doesn't accept unsolicited manuscripts work?

Replies:   Switch Blayde
Switch Blayde

@Dominions Son

How does any other publisher that doesn't accept unsolicited manuscripts work?


The author gets a literary agent and the agent sells the novel to the publisher.

But I didn't think Amazon worked like a traditional publisher.

Replies:   Dominions Son
Dominions Son

@Switch Blayde

Well Amazon does have their self publishing tools, but the main page for Amazon Publishing at Amazon.com does describe itself as:

We are the full-service publishing arm of Amazon.


Since they don't take unsolicited manuscripts, it makes sense that they would function more like a traditional publisher.

Ernest Bywater
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@Dominions Son

The words full-service publishing sounds like it's a mob who you pay to do thing for you, things like editing and cover art etc.

some quotes from the site are:

About Us

Our mission is to invent new and better ways to connect authors and readers. We publish in print, e-book, audio, and deluxe formats, as well as Kindle Serials and Kindle Singles.

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Our Editors

Our team works closely with authors at every stage of the creative process to bring their books to life and help them find their widest potential readership.

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Work With Us

We encourage you to reach out about rights, permissions, and sales inquiries, and to learn more about Amazon Publishing careers, self-publishing at Amazon, and our Author Central platform.

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Other Resources

Interested in a career with Amazon Publishing? Learn more about our open positions.

Interested in self-publishing? Learn more about Amazon's self-publishing platform Kindle Direct Publishing.

Authors can update their information and access important resources in Author Central.

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From what's in those quotes I suspect this is the formal registered company that does the legal side of the Amazon self-publishing business and to deal with them you go through their other operations.

Crumbly Writer

@Dominions Son

As far as I understand, the 'publishing arm' of Amazon works by 'invite only'. In essence, they select large selling authors for an exclusive Amazon publishing contract (though I have no clue as to the terms, and whether it's better or worse than traditional publishing contracts). The key, of course, is that Amazon heavily pushes consumers to their own published works, rather than the traditionally published works.

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Switch Blayde
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@Crumbly Writer


'invite only'. In essence, they select large selling authors for an exclusive Amazon publishing contract


That answers my question. It's not like a traditional publisher where someone approaches them. Amazon Publishing initiates it.

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