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Kindle Scout campaign

on December 9, 2015

Hope Not Lost – submitted by Heath Shedlake

Well, this it – I have submitted my second novel, Hope Not Lost, into the Kindle Scout programme. This is the sequel to my debut novel, The Shamanic Prophecy. Luckily I have passed the first hurdle, which was to be accepted after fulfilling all the right criteria. When I started writing it two years ago I wasn’t aware of its existence. I haven’t been too bothered about finding a publisher or agent before as I wished to remain in control of the whole process.

I did dip my toe into the water a few months back, and I was offered a publishing contact with the first publisher I approached. Although my initial enthusiasm was dampened by their less than transparent ideas as to how they would promote my work. Coupled with a ten-year contract I decided to pull out and continue merrily on my own, without even a moment’s hesitation.

And then I read about the Kindle Scout programme and I knew it was a ‘no-brainer’. What with $1,500 up front, 50% royalties and a five-year deal, I personally think it’s the best deal out there for self-published authors. Coupled with the fact that readers nominate one’s work, I feel that it would be a huge pat on the back from my peers if I was nominated. After all, that is the only thing that I care about – the opinion of my readers. I personally don’t bother with forums and the like as there are too many opinions and people who always think they know best. So this is the best platform for me to see if all my hard work has been worth it.

There is a thirty-day period over which readers can nominate my novel after reading a percentage of the book. Regardless of the outcome I am still pleased to have taken part in such an author and reader-friendly ‘competition’.

Any self-published writer who is looking for a publishing deal could do a lot worse than submit their work on this platform.

My campaign begins on December 9, 2015 12:00 AM EST and lasts for 30 days.

This is the link to click on if anyone is so inclined! 🙂

This is the cover to look out for!


If anyone has any comments on this post or any experience of the Kindle Scout programme please feel free to contact me.

And good luck to all other authors out there who have submitted their work.





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