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Amazon Reveals Its New Path To Being Published

Back in September I quoted a source who said that Amazon had an “unnamed project” that would bring “a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites.”

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I’ve received more information from Amazon but I suggest, if your interested, that you subscribe to get more details from Amazon:


Amazon’s Email:

Dear Author,

Thanks for subscribing to receive updates on Amazon’s new publishing program! We’re excited to announce that we’ll be opening for submissions in a couple weeks.

We’ll be welcoming submissions for English-language books in Romance, Mystery & Thriller, and Science Fiction & Fantasy genres. Any adult with a valid U.S. bank account and U.S. social security number or tax identification number is eligible.

It only takes 15 minutes to complete a submission. Here are the things that you should prepare to successfully submit your book:

  • Complete, never-before-published manuscript & book cover image – We’re looking for 50,000 words or more in Word format and a book cover image that reflects the essence and uniqueness of your book. Make sure your work is ready for others to read. Only the first pages will be posted to the website (approx. 3,000 words).
  • Book one-liner – A very short pitch (no longer than 45 characters) for your book that will be used on the homepage and throughout the website. Think of examples like “Space opera meets the Middle Ages” or “How far will one woman go to save her family?”
  • Book description- Help readers understand the content and quality of your book. Keep the description to 500 characters or less.
  • Your bio & picture – Give readers a chance to learn more about you. You will also have a chance to answer relevant questions regarding your book and personal story in a short Q&A section.

We’ll also ask you to review and accept our submission and publishing agreement that grants us a 45-day exclusivity period to post your excerpt and tally nominations. If chosen for publication, you will receive a $1,500 advance, 5-year renewable term, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions, and Amazon-featured marketing. If not, you automatically get all your rights back at the end of the 45-day exclusivity period.
We’ll send you an email as soon as we’re open for submissions. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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9 responses to “Amazon Reveals Its New Path To Being Published

  1. Jane Watson October 2, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Don’t like this – “…Any adult with a valid U.S. bank account and U.S. social security number or tax identification number is eligible…”

    What happened to the rest of the world? Oh I know! – they don’t write :-) :-)

    They just spend money on Amazon internationally, leave reviews to help promote sales and ideas, and will probably buy many of these new books too. Perish the thought that some weirdos from another country with a different *valid* bank account (perhaps a safer bank that has not been exposed to sub-prime mortgages) may want to submit as well. It’s not like global banking can’t enable author payments – Amazon have no problem with *charging* my overseas credit card, and crediting it as well, when the need arises – and no problem verifying my identity electronically….

    And no, folks, it has nothing to do with copyright or territorial rights. Those overseas authors regularly publish in the USA as well. They just won’t be published by Amazon.

    Is this sour grapes on my part? Nope, already been published by a global publisher, but getting really tired of the assumption that everything can only happen in one large country, to the exclusion of the rest of the world… when we should be thinking globally and I was under, the obviously mistaken, impression that Amazon was a Global Company.

    But is this REALLY Amazon? Or a traditional publishing company getting into bed with Amazon? Is this really how Jeff Bezos thinks? Shame on you, Jeff.

    Whoever they are, I guess they believe that it would be dangerous to let the world’s authors in. They may think differently :-)

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai October 2, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Good on ya, Jane.

    I know you know that my “style” of blogging is “reportorial”; though, I do, fairly often, give my opinion—though, most often stated as “neutrally” as I can…

    I Deeply Appreciate your straightforward reaction to this announcement by Amazon…


  3. cmmarcum October 3, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Sounds good. But I’m more interested in this ‘voting system.’ As you know it is extremely difficult to get someone to mash a ‘like’ button, much less give a comment or rate something. I wish they would though. I’d be more willing to take a chance on an unknown author if someone else would cut through the slush pile for me.

    Got any more info on that part of the program?


  4. Alexander M Zoltai October 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    C. M., I don’t have more about the “voting” and I’ve had discussions already with a friend who is also wondering…

    I’d suggest taking the link to Subscribe to Amazon’s info email:


  5. jalapenopopey October 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Good points and it saddens me since we have amazing international talent like my friend from Georgia and my other friend from Australia. Both Amazon customers :(


  6. Alexander M Zoltai October 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Exactly, jalapenopopey


  7. D.G.Kaye October 4, 2014 at 12:56 am

    There are many issues Amazon has to clean up. I have an ongoing complaint with them which I continue to email them my complaint and they ‘kindly’ acknowledge it with the usual response, “Thanks for sharing your opinion, we will take this issue up and hope to diversify in the future.” What’s the issue? I put my books on kindle countdown. I pay for other advertising to promote the sale. I am Canadian. I have many Canadian followers. I post my book sale on all my social media. And then, I discover that the kindle countdown promo is only available to U.S. and U.K. citizens. Any other country does not see the sale price on their respective country’s Amazon page. How fair is this? It’s not even politically correct.


  8. Alexander M Zoltai October 4, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Well, D. G., there may be certain governmental or trade issues…


    It may all be “Business” decisions………


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