Giving Kindle Scout a Try

Are you curious about my new novel?  Do you want to see what the cover looks like?  Read the first few pages?  Well, today’s your lucky day, because you can do all of that and help me out at the same time.

I’ve entered The Prophet of Marathon into the Kindle Scout program, and my campaign went live this morning.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kindle Scout, Amazon describes it as “a place where readers help decide if a book gets published.”  For each book that’s entered, they post the cover, a short description, and an excerpt from the manuscript, and they invite readers to nominate the books that they would like to see published. 

At the end of the thirty-day campaign, they give you a decision one way or another.  Amazon never spells out, precisely, their selection criteria.  Clearly, the amount of traffic that the book generates plays a role, but it appears that just getting the most nominations doesn’t guarantee you a publishing contract.  My guess is that you need to attract enough interest to get the editors’ attention, and then you’ll at least have a shot.

I would love nothing more than to see what Amazon’s marketing muscle could do with this book, so I’m giving it a try.

You can nominate me here.

If you like what you see,  tell a friend (or, more optimally, all your friends). Many thanks!

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