how-author-3-launchSeveral authors have asked us recently about the Kindle Scout program. Kindle Scout is a crowdsourced publishing platform for new, unpublished books. Selected books are published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions (after a five year term) and featured Amazon marketing.

The jury is still out on how successful the program is/will be for authors, but several books have been released since its launch less than a year ago, and you can get a look at them HERE. We were encouraged to see titles that seemed to be getting a lot of attention and plenty of reviews.

How does Kindle Scout work?
Authors who want to get their books published submit to Kindle Scout and accept the Submission & Publishing Agreement. The first pages (about 5,000 words) from each book are posted on the Kindle Scout website for a 30-day scouting period where readers can nominate up to three books at a time. The more nominations a book receives, the more likely it gets discovered by the Kindle Scout team. If selected, the book will be published by Kindle Press and all the readers who nominated the book will receive an early, free copy and be invited to leave reviews.

Which genres does Kindle Scout accept?
Kindle Scout accepts the following genres: Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Literature & Fiction. Action & Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, and Historical Fictionwithin the Literature & Fiction category.

Things authors should note:
(We encourage you to read the full article on Kindle Scout Pros and Cons by Victoria Strauss HERE):

  • Amazon provides no editing, copy editing, proofreading, or cover art/illustration. Your book will be published exactly as you submit it.
  • Submissions are exclusive for 45 days from the date you submit your manuscript. No shopping your ms. elsewhere during that time.
  • If you’re not selected for publication, you must request removal of your work from the Kindle Scout site. Otherwise, your campaign page will remain online.

Want to know what others are saying? These are a few articles we found related to the Kindle Scout program:

 Have you pitched your work through Kindle Scout? We want to hear your story!

One thought on “Kindle Scout: What’s In It for Authors?

  • July 14, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing this new Amazon program and giving us links to various opinions about it.

    Kindle Scout sounds great on the surface, but we must always conduct our due diligence since no one puts our best interest before theirs.

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