Is there a deadline to submit?
No. Kindle Scout is an ongoing publishing platform that welcomes submissions 365 days a year. How do I submit my book to Kindle Scout?
It takes only 15 minutes to submit your book. You’ll need:
- A complete, never-before-published manuscript of about 50,000 words or more in Word format
- A great title and cover image
- A book one-liner of 45 characters or less
- A longer book description of 500 characters or less
- A photo of you and bio of 500 characters or less
- An author Q&A (pick up to three of the provided questions and answer each in 300 characters or less per question)
- Social links (up to 4 links to let your readers know where they can find out more about you or your works)
- A thank you note (a note of appreciation to readers who nominated your book, which we will send on your behalf at the end of your Kindle Scout campaign)
We will use all of these materials to build you a Kindle Scout campaign page. You can look at some existing campaigns to get an idea of what this will look like.
If you’re trying to launch in a hurry, make sure you have reviewed the Kindle Scout Eligibility & Content Guidelines
and your submission adheres to them. Has your book been made available for sale anywhere in the past? Does your book cover or manuscript contain any copyrighted or other proprietary material that you did not create? Do you have an image among the first 5,000 words in your manuscript? Making sure the answer to these questions is "no" will speed up our review process.
Please be sure to read the Kindle Press Submission & Publishing Agreement
in full before you submit your work to Kindle Scout.Ready to go? Submit your book!Can I use a pen name or author photo that is not of me?
Yes. Just make sure that you have the rights and proper permissions to use the photo and don’t impersonate someone you’re not. What are the questions I can choose from for the Author Q&A?
You will be able to choose and answer up to three of the following questions:
What is the inspiration for the story?
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
Where can readers find out more about you?
What books have influenced your life the most?
What books are you reading now?
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
What did you learn while writing this book?
Which writers inspire you?
What draws you to this genre?
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from this book?
When did you decide to become a writer?
Why do you write?
Where did the idea for this book come from?
This book is part of a series, tell us about your series.
Tell us about the cover and the inspiration for it.
What are the requirements for social links?
Your social links must be valid URLs (1000 characters or less) that are related to you or your works. You can also provide a display name (50 characters or less) that will be shown to Scouts in place of the URL. Good examples of links include social media, blog, and author websites.
What are the requirements for the book cover?
Your cover image needs to be taller than it is wide (we suggest 4500 pixels in height and 2820 pixels in width or a 1.5 height/width ratio). It must be in PNG (.png) or JPEG (.jpeg or .jpg) format and no larger than 5MB.Your cover image must also be completely original, should not include any copyrighted or trademarked material to which you do not hold the necessary rights and must adhere to the Kindle Scout Eligibility & Content Guidelines
.Who will receive the thank you notes? And when?
The thank you note you provide when you submit your book will be quoted in an email sent to all readers who nominated your book to announce the final result of your 30-day campaign. It is meant to create a more engaging experience for your readers and also gives you an opportunity to connect with them in your own words. In summary, the best thank you notes:
- Express sincere gratitude to the readers who supported your work through nominations;
- Provide specifics for how readers can keep in contact with you (twitter handles, blog URLs, etc);
- Save the promises and promotions for later (don't promise something you can't deliver).
Here is a good example:"I'd like to thank you for supporting [Book Title] by nominating it. Having the support of readers like you means the world to me. To stay informed on the next steps for this book, and to read about my other writing projects, I hope you'll follow me via my website or sign up for my newsletter [insert links here]."Why do you need my entire manuscript to create my campaign?
We review the entire manuscript to ensure it meets the Kindle Scout Eligibility & Content Guidelines
before a book is approved for launch. We are also experimenting with new features all the time in order to improve Kindle Scout. Some of those features may require us to share a full manuscript for the purpose of getting feedback.Can I have images inside the manuscript?
Yes. However, at this time, we are unable to support images within the excerpt portion of book content while your campaign is live, so make sure they are not part of the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. If your books is selected for publication through Kindle Press, you'll have an opportunity to make changes to your manuscript. You may have images in your book, including the portion that was used for your campaign's excerpt, so long as they follow all other content guidelines.Can I get my campaign's URL before I launch my campaign?
Your launch approval email will include the URL for your Kindle Scout campaign. This means you can prepare your email and social media outreach to spread the word about your campaign ahead of time.Can my campaign page be edited after launching?
No. Once a campaign is up for nomination it cannot be edited, so be sure to double check your submission in the preview page before submitting. However, you will receive a preview link before your campaign page goes live and you can contact us
if you see typos, formatting issues, or critical errors. Additionally, if your book is selected for publication through Kindle Press, you’ll have an opportunity to make updates to your manuscript, cover image, and book details before your book becomes available for sale on Amazon.How long does the campaign page remain on Kindle Scout?
While a campaign ends after 30 days, campaign pages will remain on Kindle Scout to allow readers to keep track of the books they've scouted over time. If your book is not selected for publication, only readers that have a direct link to your campaign page can access it after your campaign has ended — it will no longer be visible to readers by searching or browsing the site. For questions or concerns please contact us. What can I do to protect my rights in my book?
One way to protect your rights in your original content is to register it with the U.S. Copyright Office. You can learn more about copyright protection in the U.S. (including instructions on how to register) by visiting the U.S. Copyright Office’s official website
. How do I know someone won’t copy my book?
All Kindle Scout visitors are subject to Conditions of Use
that legally prohibit copying any content from Kindle Scout.
If you believe that a work on Kindle Scout has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please report it here