I Need Your Vote, Please
I’m asking for a favor. If you have an Amazon login, please head over to Kindle Scout and nominate my novel, Midnight Magic ? Voting ends October 22nd and you only get one vote. (Thank you in advance.)
What’s in it for You?
When you vote for my book on Kindle Scout you support my chance of being published by Amazon (i.e., the Kindle Press Imprint) and if I do get published by them, they give you a free copy.
What is Kindle Scout?
How does being published through the KS program differ from being self-published on Amazon (KDP)?
Here’s my chart:
KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing)
|$1500 advance||No advance|
|50% royalties||70% royalties on books > $2.99|
|Amazon marketing||Do it yourself marketing|
|Rights exclusive to Amazon (except print)||Right all yours|
|5 year renewable contract
(you can opt out at 5 years if your book doesn’t earn $25,000.
What are My Chances?
That’s how many of the books listed on Kindle Scout are chosen by Amazon for publishing. 3% So, yeah, my chances are extremely low.
However, having my book on KS gives it more attention, more eyes on the cover, the blurb and the excerpt.
Will the Most Popular Book Get Published?
But the votes help. Amazon, like any other publisher, chooses the books that it thinks will sell well in the current market. They take into account the votes the book receives, but it’s only one factor.
What was it Like Entering KS?
Interesting. You need to have a polished, professionally edited manuscript (easy) a good cover (easy – I love my cover from Authors on a Dime) a short tagline and a blurb.
The hardest part for me was reducing my blurb to their required 500 characters. I had to take my whole paragraph on the hero and reduce it to: “… a Viking ghost with existential issues.” But I love the line, so in the end I think Amazon is right about keeping it short.
to be selected for the program and I’ll let you know ho my adventure unfolds.
Interesting Posts on Kindle Scout (also my references)
Book – Lincoln Cole, Kindle Scout Guide: How to Run a Hot & Trending Campaign …