We’re getting into the last three days for the Kindle Scout campaign for Valor’s Child. What does that mean for you? Well, this is an opportunity to both help me to get a publishing contract and a chance to get a free book in the process.
For those of you who haven’t seen one of my posts, Valor’s Child is the first book of my new Young Adult series. I like to describe it as a cross between Ender’s Game and Starship Troopers.
Jiden’s parents barely scrape out a living on the dry, dusty world of Century. Jiden wants more for herself and she is ready to step into a bright future, one which may lead her far from the frontier world of her birth. She’s just got one obstacle: five months of military school. She’ll be away from her friends, subjected to long hours and a crushing work load. Yet as the challenges mount, she finds that there may be more to life besides comfort and security… things like duty and service.
You can find the Kindle Scout campaign here. All you need is an Amazon account to vote. As a secondary note, if the campaign doesn’t get selected, I’ll explore some other options as far as publishing/self-publishing.
Hello everyone! I’m happy to announce that Valor’s Child, my military science fiction/space opera young adult novel is coming to Kindle Scout. I’m really excited about this book, I’ve had some great feedback on it and I hope it will appeal to a broad audience. The general theme of this series is going to be a cross of Ender’s Game and Starship Troopers.
So what is Kindle Scout? I’m glad you asked! Kindle Scout is a publishing service within the umbrella of Kindle. Basically, Kindle has stepped up things and created their own in-house publisher. The way it works is actually quite novel: Authors upload their manuscripts to Kindle Scout, where anyone with an Amazon account can view their work. Those who like it can vote for it (you get up to three votes at a time). The best part for readers is that if the book they voted for gets selected for publishing, then they’ll receive a free copy when it is published. That’s right, just for participating you get a free copy. Pretty cool, huh?
In this way, Kindle Scout is crowd-sourcing books. What they provide for me as a writer is that they have all the assets of a publisher: they pay for copy-editing and they help to promote the book.
This is something of an experiment to me, so we’ll see how it works. Hopefully a lot of my readers will check it out. I’ll post the link on Friday when it goes live. (Edit: It will go live on Saturday 13 Feb)