One of the hardest things for independent authors to do is self-promote. Doing it well is even harder. Most of us get into this business thinking that writing the book will be our biggest challenge. But for the many who meet that challenge, an even bigger one awaits: selling the book!
To do that, one has to be noticed, and with so many new titles appearing every single day, getting noticed is damned difficult unless you’ve got the kind of name recognition that comes with an NFL contract, election to national office, or maybe a conviction for the crime of the decade. It’s safe to say most of us won’t be able to rely on anything like that.
So we’re left with options like constantly flogging our titles on Facebook, or sending out flyers, or buying lists of names and doing mass e-mailings to people who don’t know us and couldn’t care less. Marketing “services” abound, each promising to push our books to fantastic heights and stratospheric profits. I don’t know about you, but the older I get the more adept I’ve become at smelling snake oil when I step in it.
Then along comes Amazon with an alternative: Kindle Scout. They accept previously unpublished books, which meet their editing standards, and make the first 5,000 words available for free. Readers can thus sample a wide range of new titles which they can then nominate, or not, for publication by Kindle Press.
Kindle Press will pay the author a modest advance against e-book sales and evaluate the manuscript for potential audio book conversion and foreign language translations. The author will receive a generous portion of any proceeds from such sales. The author also retains all other rights, including the option to print and market printed copies.
Which brings me to my latest book, Oh, Bits! which entered the 30-day long Kindle Scout gauntlet last week. If you follow this blog, I’ve already sent you an e-mail begging your support. Consider this a gentle reminder in case you didn’t get around to doing anything earlier.
It takes a good deal of time and effort to maintain this blog, and the aim is to provide useful information on a regular basis for writers, especially those on the front side of their careers. I will be profoundly grateful if you return the favor and nominate Oh, Bits! for publication by Kindle Press. It really is one helluva story.
And… here’s the link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/13XS5GFXGR9WH
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