If you saw last week’s post, you’ll know that I’m blogging my journey with Kindle Scout, a new publishing imprint owned by Amazon.  I’m two weeks into the publication process with Beauty’s Songbook now, and I have a final cover, a book description, and a semi-complete manuscript.

 

What I’ve learned about Kindle Scout in the past week:

  • Kindle Scout does NOT buy your paperback rights.  That means you can create your own paperback copy (usually done through CreateSpace) to sell or give away to your fans.  Some KS authors have recently managed to sell their paperback rights to small presses, which doubles your reach!

 

  • Kindle Scout DOES own your audio rights, though only for two years.  No KS titles have yet been turned into audiobooks, but the publishers are starting to investigate this option.  The first KS titles were only published a year ago, so the publishing team still has another year to get moving with the audio versions!  If they do get around to making audiobooks, this is a big deal for authors, as audio recordings are expensive to create or commission on your own.

 

  • Though you can’t decide when your book goes on promotion, Kindle Scout will let you know when the price will be dropped and for what period of time.  That way you can go all-out with scheduling 99-cent promotions.  It’s smart to ask what promotions they already have lined up, though, as the publishers have frequently scored BookBub or other high-performing promotions for their authors.

 

  • As it’s owned by Amazon, Kindle Scout has a HUGE amount of power to promote titles.  One KS author whose book was recently included in Amazon’s “99 romances for 99 cents” promotion reached #54 in the ENTIRE KINDLE STORE.

 

Where I’m at in the process:

  • First, I finished revising Beauty’s Songbook, which included changing a large detail at the end that I hadn’t realized needed work.  Then I submitted the more-or-less “final” draft of the novel.

 

  • I re-wrote the book description for the Amazon page, following the advice of a very responsive member of the Kindle Scout team.  The submissions page had a 500-character description limit, but since my full description (including introductions to the five main characters) didn’t fit in the box, I emailed the team and was given the go-ahead to use the full-length description.

 

  • I added my bank details to their payment page, which looks a lot like setting up your account to receive royalties through the normal Kindle sales platform.

 

  • Finally, Kindle Scout announced that my manuscript is currently being edited by someone from Kirkus.  No, getting edited by someone from Kirkus does not mean you’ll receive a Kirkus review, but it’s still exciting to work with such a prestigious power in the literary world!  This round of edits will be more of an overall pass-through, with comments written in Microsoft Track Changes, though we’ll be paired with copyeditors later if our manuscripts need a bit more fine-tuning.

 

That’s all for now!  I’ll hear back from Kirkus with any suggested edits by March 25th, at which point I can decide which changes to take or leave.  After that, I’ll learn my launch date.  The book will be up for pre-order for two weeks, during which time I’ll try to gather a launch team and get as many reviews up as possible!

~Rebecca

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