When I was trying to decide how to publish my debut novel, I couldn’t believe what an incredible opportunity publishing through Kindle Scout would be.
Yea, the $1500 advance would be nice, and the 50% royalty is way more than any deal with a Big 5 publisher, but the real reason I ultimately chose Kindle Scout was one word: FREE. Yep, free.
I loved the idea that Kindle Press would send a free ARC of the book to everyone who nominated it during the campaign. There are so many people who have helped make this book a reality, and so many people waiting to read it. I’d love to be able to give them a copy.
Of course, readers only get that free copy if my book is chosen for publication, so now the pressure is on me. And I like that. Of course, it would be naive of me to think that I will be picked. (Only about 2% of books submitted are actually chosen for publication, and most of those are from already established authors. This is my first book!)
But the truth is, not only do I think I can win, but I’m confident in my book and series, and think it’s a great fit for Kindle Press. It’s a great story at the cross section of multiple popular genres. It’s got characters that I love. My editors have helped me make sure it’s well written.
A lot of people look at a Kindle Scout contract as the holy grail, because that means your book will have the power of Amazon’s marketing behind it. But the truth is, I love marketing books. Mine and others. To be able to connect with readers that share your passion. To sell a story, to disseminate a piece of your soul. I’m going to work to share this story as wide as possible whether I get a contract with Kindle Scout or not because I believe in it, I love it, and I want to share it with you too.