A few months ago, Amazon announced the Kindle Indie Bookstore, a place where emerging authors and their books are showcased by Amazon, giving them higher visibility for potential readers. Awesome, if you’re chosen.
Currently, there is no submission process, and Amazon chooses these showcased authors by “a combination of automated techniques and editorial activities to select books based on criteria that [they] believe will best serve the interest of Kindle readers.”
That really doesn’t give us much to go on. Now, does it? Basically, if you have a quality book with a lovely cover and you’re very, very lucky, you’ll get chosen. Of course you book should always be professionally edited and have a professionally designed cover. Don’t go trying to make one yourself to save money unless you have extensive experience in graphic design. Seriously. I’ve said it before, and I will keep saying it. This is an investment. Do it right.
To be chosen, your book must fall in one of their seven categories: Biography/Memoir, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thrillers, Romance, Science Fiction, or Teen; and, of course, be published via Amazon’s KDP platform for the Kindle.
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Thanks for the heads up! I found a manuscript I wrote in 1998 when I went to my parents place yesterday. I was thinking of polishing it up and submitting it for something.. haha.
Awesome info, Christine. Thanks again.
Excellent! Hope you find great success on the Kindle!
With great pleasure.
Hi Christine. I just wonder whether Kindle books with covers originally created via Createspace (another Amazon company) will be looked on more favourably!
Here’s hoping! I’ve been quite impressed with CreateSpace, actually. Still, professionally designed covers are a must!