Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 9, 2015

Kindle Scout

Have you written a Romance, Mystery & Thriller and Science Fiction & Fantasy novel that is written in English? Are you over 18? Then you might be interested in what Amazon is doing with Kindle Scout.


What is Kindle Scout? It 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.

Submit your book.

Review the submissions check-list and start by entering your book title and cover, catchy one-liner and other information. At the time of submission, you will be asked to review and accept the Submission & Publishing Agreement. We’ll take 1-2 business days to review your submission — a little longer if we have a ton — and send you an email once it’s approved for launch.


Get ready.

Plan how you’re going to let your fans and network know that you’re putting your book up for a publishing contract. Facebook fans, Twitter followers, and email lists you have accumulated over the years are great places to start.

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Launch it!

Your approval email will include a preview link so you can see exactly what everyone else will see. We’ll also tell you the exact launch date for your Kindle Scout campaign. All campaigns last 30 days. The more nominations your book receives the more likely it will get the attention of our Kindle Scout team and be selected for publication.

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At the end of your Kindle Scout campaign we will send you an email to let you know if your book has been selected for publication. We will do another internal review to ensure your book is ready for print. If published, everyone who nominated the book will receive an early, free copy and be invited to leave reviews.

Everyone who dominates a book that is chosen receives a free copy of the book.

As a thank you from us and the authors you support, you will receive an early, free copy of all the Kindle Scout books you nominated that are published. Continue to champion the books and authors you helped bring to life by leaving reviews and sharing with friends.

Kathy Note: If you decide to try Kindle Scout, after making sure your manuscript has be thoroughly edited, make sure you spend some money on getting an illustrator or designer to create a great cover. Your cover will make a huge difference in the success of the book.
Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, this looks like an awesome opportunity.


    • Sheila,

      It sounds very interesting. Hope someone tries it.



  2. I checked one book–just picked a random mystery–to sort of test the Kindle Press quality control. And as I looked at the very first page, I read “Forward.” (And written by the author.)

    Of course, the spelling error might be corrected before it’s printed. But still, I have concerns that this program might be more about a writer’s marketing skills than writing skills. Not that I don’t think writers should have to have great marketing skills–I do!–but can’t we have professional standards, too?


    • Cathy,

      I’m thinking that someone who puts something great out there with professional standards and error free would get a lot of notice. I haven’t tried it, but they say they don’t pick up everyone with the most votes, which made me think they were looking for quality, too. I think I remember them saying they don’t edit anything unless they offer a contract.



  3. I’d love to do this, but I’m only going on fourteen. I don’t think I want to wait so long to get my book out there.


  4. Trinity,

    I know that time is slow when you are in your early teens, but always remember to work on the craft and put out the best writing you can. Getting a book published is a slow process that aggravates everyone.



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