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5,203 Views 1 Reply Last post: Jul 14, 2015 8:24 AM by Lighthouse24 RSS
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Jul 13, 2015 9:41 PM

Is it safe to say that Kindle Scout was a failure?

If you go to the website right now, you'll find less than 50 titles competing for publishing and if you look to previously published works you'll see that less than 100 titles have been selected to be published by Kindle Press. In my opinion this should be a screaming wake up call to Amazon to bring back ABNA.

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1. Jul 14, 2015 8:24 AM in response to: Salt
Re: Is it safe to say that Kindle Scout was a failure?

A failure from whose perspective?

 

ABNA certainly had more participants, but at the end of the contest resulted in just five finalists who received a publishing contract and advance on royalties. So for buyers/readers, only five new books a year came to light.

 

With Scout, author participation is naturally limited because of the entry guidelines. After all, how many fiction writers are holding a finished manuscript that has been professionally edited, has a great cover to go with it, and has all the promotional/marketing blurbs already written -- yet has never been published in any form? Even so, in the past seven months, 62 authors have received publishing contracts and advances via Scout, so a lot more authors are "winners" and lot more new books are being featured on Amazon and presented to buyers/readers.

 

Looking at it from Amazon's perspective, it seems like it would have HAD to cost them more to administer ABNA than it costs to administer Scout, plus they paid out $110K in advances on just five books (you have to sell a lot of books to earn back a $50K advance). And while the sales rankings of those five ABNA winners are not dismal by any means, there are quite a few Scout titles outselling them. Plus there are at least 44 self-published books by members of this community that are outselling all five ABNA winners. So by tapping into that talent (i.e., encouraging some of those authors to submit to Scout before deciding to self-publish), Amazon could spend less and make more -- which seems like a good business decision.

 

There aren't many recognized publishers out there openly extending invitations to authors to submit manuscripts for consideration. For the writer who wants a "traditional" publishing deal, this seems like a rare opportunity.

 

So again, from what perspective might the Scout endeavor be considered a failure (barely halfway through the first year)?

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