A New Amazon Opportunity For Authors

kindle scout a new opportunity for authors

Kindle Scout – A New Opportunity For Authors

Some authors may have missed reading about the launch or Amazon’s Kindle Scout last year. It is an interesting innovation by Amazon, and an opportunity for authors, as it relies on voting from readers to decide which books are selected to be published by Amazon. The idea is quite a twist on self-publishing, as it gives authors a chance to receive publishing contracts from Amazon.

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing. (Amazon)

These terms mean that successful authors will, in a sense, be gaining a similar publishing deal to what is offered by traditional publishers. Amazon gives these broad details about how their Kindle Scout programme works:

What is Kindle Scout? 

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book receives a publishing contract. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.

What are the basics?

A book is a new, never-before-published work that you’d like to see published.

An author is the person who has written and submitted a book to Kindle Scout.

Readers scout the site and nominate books they want to see published.

Nominations are how readers show support for a book. Readers can nominate up to three books at a time.

A campaign is a 30-day scouting period during which readers nominate books to be published.

The Kindle Scout team makes the final call on which books are published by Kindle Press.

Kindle Press publishes the books discovered through Kindle Scout.
Source Amazon

For authors who may be close to finishing a new manuscript, it could be worth considering entering your book into the Kindle Scout programme before publishing. What have you got to lose? Or more precisely, what have you got to gain?

Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

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