Yesterday Amazon announced that they will be publishing their first wave of ebooks next week selected through the Kindle Scout program.
About four months back, Amazon launched the Kindle Scout program that gives authors the opportunity to submit unpublished work where readers choose which titles they want to see published based on reading a sample.
Each ebook title gets listed on Kindle Scout for 30 days, during which time anyone can nominate books they are interested in, and each person can nominate up to 3 ebooks at any given time.
Then after 30 days is up, ebooks with the most nominations get reviewed by the Kindle Scout editorial team, so they get final say over who gets published and who doesn’t.
Whenever a title gets chosen for publication, the people who nominated it on Kindle Scout get a free copy of the book when it gets published.
The first ten titles from Kindle Scout will be released on March 3rd, 2015. Until then they are available for pre-order. The cost of each book ranges from $2.99 to $3.99.
Below is the list of Kindle Scout titles to be published:
- G-1 by Rigel Carson – Science Fiction
- A Highland Knight’s Desire by Amy Jarecki – Romance
- Eddie & Sunny by Stacey Cochran – Mystery/Romance
- L.A. Sniper by Steve Gannon – Thriller
- Pit Bulls vs. Aliens by Neal Wooten – Science Fiction
- Royal Date by Sariah Wilson – Romance
- Running from the Past by Alan Orloff – Thriller
- The Game Master by William Bernhardt – Thriller
- The Omega Connection by Allan Leverone – Thriller
- Unpaved Surfaces by Joseph Souza – Mystery
Amazon mentions in the press release that 21 total books from Kindle Scout have been selected for publication, and that the remaining titles will be made available at a later time.
Amazon also gives some random but interesting numbers about the Kindle Scout program, with over 29,000 Scouts nominating titles.
Kindle Scout by the numbers:
- 9 – The average number of excerpts a Scout considers before nominating a title to be published
- 3 – The number of minutes it took the fastest author to submit a manuscript to Kindle Scout
- 31 – The average number of days in which a Kindle Scout author receives a publishing decision after submitting a book
- $25,000 – If a Kindle Press author does not earn at least this amount during his 5-year contract, he can request his rights back
- 10 – The highest number of free Kindle books an individual Scout has earned for nominating books to date
Authors of Kindle Scout books that get selected for publication by Kindle Press receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% ebook royalties, easy rights reversions, and Amazon marketing.