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Kindle Scout crowdsourcing program opens for voting

In the US, Amazon has opened its Kindle Scout crowd-sourced publishing program for public vote. In October, Amazon invited authors to submit excerpts of their English-language romance, mystery, thriller, science-fiction or fantasy books for potential publication. Readers are now invited to vote for their favourite titles. As an incentive, readers who nominate a book that is eventually published will receive a free Kindle edition of the book one week prior to the book’s official release. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the program will offer successful authors an advance of US$1500 (A$1690) and 50% royalties on net ebook revenues. Authors retain their own print rights and will be able to opt out after five years if the book doesn’t earn at least US$5000 (A$5650) in royalties. Kindle Scout can be accessed here.

 

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