Amazon has a relatively new publishing program called Kindle Scout.
It’s publishing, not self-publishing, but more accessible than other traditional publishing. And readers have a much more involved role.
Authors submit complete, copy-edited manuscripts, and readers check out the covers, descriptions, first 3000 words, and bios.
Readers vote on their favorites. It’s not strictly a popularity contest, as the book with the most votes is NOT guaranteed a publishing contract.
However, it is important for authors to garner votes, as those votes are needed to get the attention of the Kindle Scout team. Maybe it’s to show them that the author has learned the basic marketing skills needed to attract readers. Once the book has the Kindle Scout team’s consideration, it must thrive on its own merit. But without their attention, it will just fizzle.
Kindle Scout pays a $1500 advance and 50% royalties. It’s a better advance, but smaller royalty percentage, than self-publishing with KDP. However, it may help authors with exposure.
If the book isn’t accepted, the author can still proceed to self-publish it (or submit it elsewhere).
Kindle Scout is currently open to US authors in selected fiction genres.
HAVE YOU TRIED KINDLE SCOUT?
Read Tuesday began as an annual event like Black Friday. But it’s evolving.
Reading is a year-round activity, not an annual event. The spirit of Read Tuesday is to help readers find books, help authors find readers, encourage reading, and promote literacy.
So we’re looking for ways to accomplish these goals throughout the year, rather than as an annual book promotion.
We’re exploring other opportunities, besides simply promoting books that are on sale.
If you’ve tried Kindle Scout, we’d like to hear about it.
If you’re an author who currently has a book available on Kindle Scout, let us know.
Leave a comment or use the Contact Us button on the Read Tuesday website.
We’d like to announce authors who have samples available on Kindle Scout, and encourage readers to check out Kindle Scout and vote on their favorite books.
Readers have a chance to have a say in which books Kindle Scout chooses to publish. And readers who vote on titles that get published get to read the book for free (early). So there are rewards for readers to check those books out and vote on them.
If you may be submitting to Kindle Scout in the future, let us know when you do.
We’ll announce other opportunities to help readers or authors in the future.
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Chris McMullen, founder of Read Tuesday
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