The idea of Kindle Scout is not only interesting, but unique in an industry that shuns change. Publishing stagnated for years until Amazon came along and shook things up. To an author like myself, who has sold short stories and novellas, but never a book, this is a godsend. You see, urban fantasy is a bit of a wasteland in the traditional world of publishing. Each publisher has two or three authors that write UF, and that’s it. Readers, however, want to read more than a few titles a year. This is the beauty of Amazon. They get out of the way of the writers and let them reach their readers.
I love writing, and for years I’ve been selling stories to magazines around the world. It was only last year that my best friend convinced me that if I could sell to magazines, I could cut out the middle man and sell for myself. Now, my first thought was to try and land a publishing contract, but the absurdity of trading one middle man for another almost made me laugh.
Kindle Scout presents an opportunity for me to do two things: one, show off my work to people who’ve never heard of me (i.e. everyone but my friends and family). Two, regardless of whether Amazon selects me, this is a win, and all it cost me is a little time. Of course the dream is for Amazon to pick me up, but if they don’t, I anticipate this boosting my visibility enough to help my initial sales.
Ultimately, I won’t be able to make the final decision on if this was a good choice until it’s done. I hope in thirty days I can announce, in this same space, that I’m published.