Calling all self-published UK authors!

As well as running this website and my events website What’s On Where UK, I also run a digital quarterly magazine called Merryn Magazine. Over at Merryn, we love to champion independent retailers, unsigned music artists, charities, community groups and events. We also love to champion self-published authors, so every Wednesday, we will be bringing you a different self-published UK author! Take a look here for more information 🙂

Kindle Scout

Since 10th February 2016, I have been nominating books on Kindle Scout, but what is ‘Kindle Scout’?

Kindle Scout is a place where readers vote on whether a book should be published or not. Those books chosen by readers are then published by Kindle Press and the author receives receive 5 year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and is also featured in Amazon marketing. Every book has 30 days in which to gather as many nominations as possible and readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time. It is worth checking back every day as campaigns start and end every day. If readers nominate a winning book, they will receive an early, free copy of the book. This is a great idea for people who love championing new books.

In a world where it’s harder and harder to get your book selected, it is great to see another avenue for authors to take, rather than simply approaching agents and publishers and hoping that their book doesn’t get stuck in someone’s slushpile.

I have been lucky enough to nominate some books that have been selected to be published, and once I receive a copy of the books, I will be reviewing them on this site.

I will list the Kindle Scout winning books, whether waiting to be reviewed or having been reviewed, here.

I think it’s a great idea!

Crowdfunded book publishing via Inkshares

I may be the last to catch onto this, but I’ve just happened upon a great website called Inkshares. They explain how it works below:

“Our process is simple: authors pitch, readers pre-order, and we publish. Any author can submit a proposal for a book. Once the project goes live, readers support the project by pre-ordering copies of the book. Readers are charged only when books hit their goal. Once the pre-order threshold is hit, we start publishing: we assign authors an editor, a designer, and we handle all aspects of printing, distribution, and marketing once the manuscript is finished.”

Their stats page is pretty interesting; as of 2:48am on Sunday 30th August 2015:

COPIES ORDERED: 57,558
BOOKSTORES: 193
BOOK PROJECTS: 2,650
FUNDED TITLES: 50
AUTHOR ROYALTIES: $115,879

That’s a lot of author royalties! It seems that a lot of Inkshares’ readers come from Facebook, which I was really surprised at. There are loads of projects I’d love to back but especially “Slothlove“: an inspirational sloth photobook: beautiful sloth photos, inspirational stories and interesting sloth facts. A 100-page art-and-photography book 🙂

Take a look at Inkshares’ website for more information 🙂

Feature on: BookBarista

I have been using BookBarista to advertise our books for some time now. I originally found out about them from a Tweet I saw recommending them on Twitter. One of the things I like about advertising on their site is that you receive an email from them the day before your advert is due to expire, reminding you to renew your advert, but they also include in the email a really useful link to click on and follow to take you straight to your book’s page, which saves you having to log in and looking for the correct webpage.

Their about me on their website says that they are “a site dedicated to books, eBooks and reading! It doesn’t matter if you are a reader, a self-published author, a popular, commercial author, or someone offering a book related service. BookBarista is the place to advertise your book related items, new or used, that may be for sale or for free. We also have a BLOG where site users can get news and updates about what’s going on here or there in the big, competitive writing world.”

I highly recommend checking them out 🙂

Their website is http://www.bookbarista.com/