Amazon Brings Crowdsourcing to the Publishing Industry
Amazon is giving back the power to the people, the power to pick and choose new authors that is. In an effort to bring crowdsourcing to the publishing industry, Amazon announced the launch of the Kindle Scout program. With a surge in ebooks and self-publishing, Amazon has now chosen to focus on new methods of discovering and managing talent. Similar to American Idol, prospective authors will submit manuscripts that will be read and voted on. Authors chosen through the program will become published by Kindle Press, in addition to receiving a $1,500 advance, 50% of eBook royalties and Amazon marketing.
Readers can browse, read, and nominate manuscripts they enjoy. By outsourcing a typical book agent’s responsibilities, now an everyday reader can identify potential talent. Each book project has 30 days to earn nominations. Upon expiration, the reader will receive an email about the book they nominated. If chosen to be published, the reader will be sent an early, free copy of the book.
Authors should submit potential manuscripts, written in English, with acceptable genres including Romance, Mystery & Thriller and Science Fiction & Fantasy. Submitting a book only takes 15 minutes, but your work must meet the following requirements: a complete, never published manuscript (of about 50,000 words), title and book cover image, one-liner of 45 characters or less, a book description of 500 characters, a bio and photo and a thank you note.