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October 20, 2014 / diannegray

UPDATE: Amazon accepting submissions from authors ($1,500 advance on offer)

In my last post I talked about Amazon accepting submissions from Authors and offering a $1,500 advance. Amazon has now announced this new publishing scheme is called Kindle Scout.

For those of you who questioned the authenticity of this, you can now Google Kindle Scout – or if you prefer links, you’ll find it here.

It’ll be really interesting to see how this goes. I read through the terms and conditions and strongly suggest if you’re thinking about submitting your story, you do the same.

Back to normal posts soon 🙂

PS – thanks for the reminder Nancy



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  1. JackieP / Oct 20 2014 6:59 am

    I don’t trust them. 😉


  2. Theo Fenraven / Oct 20 2014 6:59 am

    I heard about this a couple weeks ago, but haven’t given it serious thought. I rather like self-pubbing, and though no one is standing around offering me money, I usually make enough from sales to pay for the cover. Without Amazon, I wouldn’t be able to do this, but I’m not sure I want to get that close to them in bed. 😉


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 8:13 am

      Yes – be very careful who you get into bed with LOL. It does seem very strict (even though the marketing side might be okay) 😉


  3. danniehill / Oct 20 2014 7:02 am

    Thanks for the information, Dianne. I have read where this might be a scam but it looks like you’re keeping up with it. Amazon is worth a look because of all their sells.


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 8:14 am

      I don’t think it’s a scam, but you never know these days – people are getting pretty good at this. They’re not asking for money, so that’s a plus 😉


  4. Carrie Rubin / Oct 20 2014 7:25 am

    Thanks for the update. I look forward to checking it out.


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 8:15 am

      It’ll certainly be interesting, Carrie. It’s almost a ‘crowd-funding’ thing according to some of the snippets I’ve read.


  5. Jacqui Murray / Oct 20 2014 7:40 am

    That’s true (that it’s important to read terms and conditions) with Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award also. There is a lot of legalese that’ll stick to your feet if you’re not careful.


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 8:17 am

      It’s pretty hard to walk sometimes when those legalese get stuck to your feet, Jacqui! I read somewhere where you may have to return the money if they don’t get return on their investment.


  6. Amy Reese / Oct 20 2014 7:52 am

    Thanks for the info. It sounds like it’s worth a shot, Dianne!


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 8:18 am

      If you give it a go, let us know what happens, Amy.


  7. Amy Reese / Oct 20 2014 7:56 am

    I just checked out the sample. Wow, what an opportunity! I better get to work. I have something half way there….


  8. EllaDee / Oct 20 2014 8:49 am

    Although I’m not in the market (or eligible) to register an interest, I was curious about the terms. Which all seem very clear. How disappointing for doubters and naysayers! It’s good I think to exercise healthly skeptism, and your fingers via a Google search, but also wise to reach out to opportunity with both hands… and your teeth if necessary, especially in the writing-publishing world 🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 2:17 pm

      Exactly! 😀

      PS – I’m not eligible either, so I’m just going to sit back and watch 😉


  9. Jill Weatherholt / Oct 20 2014 9:47 am

    Thanks for taking the time to provide an update, Dianne! It’s so hard to know who to trust these days. I’m looking forward to your next post from down under. 🙂


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 2:17 pm

      I’m getting there, Jill. Loads of gardening going on here, but it’s nearly set up and then I can sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labor 😀


  10. nrhatch / Oct 20 2014 10:55 am

    I glanced at the terms and nothing jumped out at me screaming, “Run for your life!” :mrgreen:


    • diannegray / Oct 20 2014 2:20 pm

      I trust you on that one, Nancy – I’m sure you’re a lot better at reading agreements than I am 😉

      It was this that kind of jumped out at me:

      “We can withhold royalties, offset against future royalties, and require you to repay previous payments to us, as indicated below. Our exercise of these rights does not limit other rights we may have to withhold or offset payments or exercise other remedies”.
      I’m not sure what that’s about…

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      • nrhatch / Oct 21 2014 2:22 am

        That’s a paragraph full, ain’t it? >:D

        Anyone who plans to submit something should read the terms with all due care. I really just glanced over them to get the general gist.

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  11. tchistorygal / Oct 20 2014 11:15 am

    Interesting! I’m not at that point, but I will be some day. 🙂


  12. davidprosser / Oct 20 2014 2:36 pm

    Thanks Dianne. It’s definitely not a scam but it looks like they’re using the opportunity to get a major hold on the publishing market while leaving themselves all kinds of back doors to reclaim money advanced if they can’t persuade the public to buy the books. Having their own printing arm saves them a lot on production costs.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  13. bulldog / Oct 20 2014 3:23 pm

    I have found, reading the comments, some very differing or conflicting thoughts on this offer… found your comments page a great post…


  14. cestlavie22 / Oct 20 2014 10:41 pm

    I think I will need to look into this further- still a little skeptical but definitely worth a little research!


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2014 6:30 am

      I was skeptical at first as well, but because it’s only for US writers at the moment I can only sit back and see what happens next. If it’s a huge success, that would be fantastic for the writing world 😉


  15. anotherday2paradise / Oct 20 2014 11:21 pm

    This very interesting, Dianne. I’m sure that all will be revealed in due course, when a few people have given it a try.


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2014 6:30 am

      I’m looking forward to seeing the outcome Sylvia. The literary world is changing very quickly! 😉

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  16. billyraychitwood1 / Oct 21 2014 5:05 am

    Another way to go…I’ll wait a spell…


    • diannegray / Oct 21 2014 6:31 am

      …to see what happens next. Good thinking, Billy Ray 😉


  17. jmmcdowell / Oct 23 2014 3:27 am

    It’s a safe bet any company’s contract terms will favor and protect said company. 😉 Maybe the early birds who jump at this chance will be the ones to reap a financial windfall. Or not. If I had something ready to publish and was considering this outlet, I’d have a lawyer look over the terms before moving forward.

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  18. Kourtney Heintz / Oct 29 2014 9:48 am

    Terms and conditions are always important to read. Whoever drafts the contract always drafts it in their favor. I


    • diannegray / Oct 29 2014 10:00 am

      It’ll be interesting to see how it goes (and what other publishing houses think of the idea!) 😉


  19. Hazy Shades of Me / Nov 26 2014 4:00 am

    Gosh, I’m skeptical at the best of times, but when they include things like this – “We can withhold royalties, offset against future royalties, and require you to repay previous payments to us, as indicated below. Our exercise of these rights does not limit other rights we may have to withhold or offset payments or exercise other remedies.” – how are we supposed to let go?!

    Or, maybe that’s just me. Ha ha. I do hope it works out for those trusting souls. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 26 2014 6:45 am

      I am very wary of those words (mainly because i don’t understand what they’re saying). It’s all legal speak to me. I’d be a getting my lawyer to look at it first 😉


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