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Tuesday 21st October 2014
If recent reports are to be believed it looks highly likely that Amazon will outsource the role of the literary agent, in a move designed to make finding new authors easier.
Earlier this month they launched their Kindle Scout Program, this lets hopeful authors submit manuscripts which will be read and then voted on, being a cross between Kickstarter and a talent show it gives authors the chance to become published via Kindle Press if their work is popular enough. Any author chosen through this program will receive a $1,500 advance, ebook royalties of 50% and also Amazon’s book marketing too.
Readers who choose to participate in the program can read and also nominate scripts along with nominating books which they think are good enough or have enjoyed reading.
This is something that the company have been exploring quietly since earlier this year, back in April they launched ‘Kindle Write On’ which is a forum giving both writers and readers a place to discuss books/manuscripts which are in progress still.
Some have pointed out that this is an odd time to launch a scouting service whilst still in the midst of an ongoing dispute with Hatchet, but you could also read more into what Amazon are doing and their designs for the future (I suppose you’ll have to keep watching this space).
Finding new talent within the writing world has long been one of the most important roles of a publishing company, but with the growth of the ebook and Amazon’s dominance upon the market publishers have lost much of their influence and power. Along with this is the narrower margins for large publishers in printing books and some see their role now heading towards finding talent more than printing.
And it’s now in this area that Amazon have a design to find new talent, books and writers, the Crowdsourcing approach in finding authors is an idea which will capture the imagination of many. After all, you only have to see the success of one of the biggest books of recent times (50 Shades of Grey), this was self-published and went on to sell millions of copies around the world and then get made into a film.
But although an interesting idea it still remains to be seen if readers will want to sort through vast numbers books for a small reward, the readers who nominate a book which goes on to get the publishing deal will receive a copy of the book.
So how will the prospective author approach this opportunity? There will of course be an increased uptake and as such we could find ourselves in a similar position to the ‘reader reviews’ which currently give viewers an idea as to the quality of the book on display.
The royalties and advance of $1500 is a nice sweetener to most authors, but again you will still find yourself in competition with other authors who are chasing the same deal, time will show as to how the service will work. I’m sure that given six to twelve months the service will adapt to fit the market and those who use the service, but whether it becomes simply a more ‘highbrow’ version of the rating system we will have to wait and see.
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