I tried Kindle Scout for my latest book, Purple Legion, and would like to share my experiences with it.
If you’re not familiar with it, Kindle Scout is a program through Amazon where they will give you, if you are accepted, a $1500 advance and some nice publishing and marketing help. You get accepted by putting your book in a ‘campaign’ where people can read the first 5000 words and then nominate it for selection. This campaign lasts for 30 days and then your book is reviewed by their selection committee. It costs nothing to submit your book beyond having to wait for 30 days.
To make a long story short, my book was not accepted. During the 30 days, my book had 736 page views, spent 36 hours in the ‘hot and trending’ category and had 613 nominations. What does that mean? I haven’t any idea. And, that’s the problem with Kindle Scout. They have this process, but there is no guidance. Is 613 nominations good? Or, is it woefully shameful? And, just how much does it play into the decision process? What is the selection committee looking for? Is the number of nominations a big factor, or a small one? There is no feedback and, as an Indy author, I sure would like to receive some kind of feedback.
That is the whole problem with Kindle Scout, in my opinion. Other people have other issues and I recommend you do a search before going with it. But, I can tell you that I do not recommend it and I doubt I will be back.