My book, Sudden Legacy, is finally ready to publish. I was just going to go ahead and publish it on Amazon, but before I uploaded it I got an invitation from Kindle Scout to upload it for a campaign. For those of you who don’t know, Kindle Scout is something the marketing masterminds at Amazon thought up to get We the People to wade through their slush pile for them. (They really are geniuses!) How it works is a writer uploads the first five thousand words of a finished manuscript to Kindle Scout and then harasses all their friends and followers to “nominate” them for publishing. The writer’s campaign is live for thirty days. At the end of thirty days Amazon decides whether or not they want to publish your book. If someone nominated your book at the time your campaign ends, they get a free copy of the published version.
It should be noted that there is no way for the writer to know how many nominations they have at any given time. Kindle Scout provides them with statistics that show their number of daily page views, the number of hours they spent on the “hot and trending” list, and where their page views are coming from – Facebook links or emails etc. In the end, nomination numbers are only a small part of the equation, because it’s up to Amazon’s discretion what they choose to publish.
I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. I was only planning to self-publish it anyway, so I didn’t have anything to lose. Amazon knows this, and as a result, their contract is pretty rough. Think Shark Tank only for books. I read the fine print of their contract and the basics are as follows: The writer is responsible for paying for copy editing and professional cover art, and also expected to market the hell out of their book – essentially do all the things a publisher usually does, and Amazon will take 50%. They try to make it sound sexy and exciting by offering a $1,500 advance, but that’s all it is – an advance on your own earnings. (Keep in mind your usual base of fans and followers will be receiving a free copy of your book if they vote for you, so you won’t have those sales numbers to count on.) That said, previously published authors assure me that they actually do give a lot of help in the editing and marketing stuff.
So why did I agree to launch a campaign? Well, I decided to try something new, and am banking on the chance that if I’m published, I’ll reap the benefits of being advertised on Amazon. I’m not as horrible at math as one might think. 50% of an Amazon sized pie is a heck of a lot better than 80% of an indie pie.
This whole boring post is my long-winded way of asking you guys to please go to Kindle Scout and nominate my book for publishing. If enough of you do so, it will hopefully get back into the “hot and trending” section where it will be more visible, and hopefully have a bit of a positive snowball effect. If you wanted to go a step beyond and share it on your social media accounts, I would be ever so grateful.
Click this button to go to my Kindle Scout page
Thanks again for all of your support through the years. I know steamy romance novels aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but three cheers for supporting indie authors!!!
(It should be noted that several of my friends and family members – including my father – have told me whenever they read one of my novels they hear it in my voice in their head. This is both horrifying and mortifying, especially for THIS book due to the graphic nekkid time scenes described within. That said, please picture Morgan Freeman’s voice when reading my smutty novels. Or Scarlett Johansson. Either of those voices will be acceptable.)