Kindle Scout and the Pros and Cons of Going First

Kindle Scout and the Pros and Cons of Going First.


Kindle Scout and the Pros and Cons of Going First

I come from a family of early adopters. Growing up, we were the first on the block to have a dishwasher, a garbage disposal, and a portable TV. My son bought Apple stock at 14 dollars a share when he was 15 years old. My husband self-published his first travel guide 14 years ago, long before Amazon and e-books were “a thing.” But me? I’m usually the watch and wait type who likes to get the feel of a thing before jumping in – until now.

On Monday, October 27, my genre-bending novel, Magic Numbers will be among the first books offered to readers in the new Kindle Scout program. Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books where readers help decide if a book receives a publishing contract.

For 30 days Magic Numbers will be part of Kindle’s new experiment in crowd-sourced publishing. If Kindle Scout readers like the excerpt enough to keep it in their “Nominations Panel” until November 25, it will be tallied as an endorsement to publish. Those readers who want to read the whole book will, hopefully, keep Magic Numbers among their nominations until the end of the 30 day campaign period. If Kindle Scout selects Magic Numbers for publication, readers who nominated the book will receive a free advance copy of the published e-book.

So here I am, jumping off the diving board first – but not alone. The challenge for those of us Kindle Scout authors leading the way? The Kindle Scout Readers group will launch simultaneously with our book campaigns this week. No doubt readers will come on board quickly, once the program goes “live” but it will be up to authors to recruit their own readers – to first become Kindle Scout readers and then nominate their book.

If you’d like to join me on this adventure, here’s a link to the Kindle Scout page for Magic Numbers. The link goes live on 10/27 and includes an excerpt from the book, my bio, photo, and other author information. If you like what you read, I hope you’ll nominate Magic Numbers for publication before my campaign ends on 11/25.

Interested in becoming a Kindle Scout Reader? Take a look at this page and in particular, watch the video.

An important note to all my friends and fans who generally don’t read Romance novels – ignore the labels and read the story.

My toast to fine readers and good storytellers everywhere— may we always find each other. Writers make the story. Readers make the story even better. ~dhw

Thank you for reading.