In a letter today to authors, Amazon named and officially rolled out “Kindle Scout,” the “reader-powered” publishing program that was rumored in the past few weeks to be in the works.
Kindle Scout is one of two (unrelated) initiatives at Amazon that experiment with crowdsourcing in order to select content for publication.
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The first, Kindle WriteOn, went live quietly in April and has yet to be fully rolled out. WriteOn functions as a community for authors and readers to share feedback on works in progress. Readers have thirty days to nominate content they wish to see published, and the most popular nominees are picked up by KDP editors for publication.
Kindle Scout is similarly driven by readers’ feedback and results in book contracts for chosen authors. Amazon’s letter to authors today laid out the terms:
Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions, and featured Amazon marketing. We will be inviting readers to join and nominate books in a couple of weeks. Submit your book today at http://kindlescout.amazon.com.
The Kindle Scout homepage currently features a call-out for “English-language books in Romance, Mystery & Thriller and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres.”