When I first heard about the Kindle Scout program I spent hours reading every single article I could find about it. In the end I found almost every article was the same, providing almost identical information about what Kindle Scout is and what it offers. For those who haven’t read the 30,000 other articles like I have, I’ll just summarize it for you …  If selected I would get $1,500 advance plus they were willing to guarantee me $25,000 in total sales or they would return my rights to be in full.

Despite my best effort, I couldn’t find any article with actual valuable information. Everyone is quick to tell you about the $1,500 cash advance but how about the books that have been previously selected, but what did they do to get picked? What were their stats like?

Anything with actual information other than what was on the original press release about Kindle Scout just flat out isn’t out there.

When I first heard about the Kindle Scout program it sounded like a dream come true to me. For the first time in my career as a writer, I felt like I actually had a chance to get one of my books published.

I released my first book in 2013 and I currently have six books published – two of which are full length novels and the others are novella length which is basically 10k to 30k words. I know on my own how many books I can move and I know that to get me $25,000 worth of book sales, they are going to have to do some sort of promotion and that means that my other six titles are going to benefit as well. So I could easily be looking at double that amount in book sales.

The problem is, getting them to accept me. First and foremost I had to write a book that was at least 50,000 words in length and fit into one of their three currently acceptable genres – Romance, Sci-fi / Fantasy or Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.

As a romance author, obviously this was a no brainer for me. So I finished up my manuscript, created and then went to submit it. Next I had to come up with a cover. Anyone who visits the Kindle Scout website will quickly notice the quality of the book covers on the site are downright comical.

At the time of writing this article there are currently 15 books listed on the site and out of those only two have a somewhat professional or remotely decent looking cover. So in this area I knew I was pretty safe. I had a sexy cover for my book that looked like I spent a lot of money on having produced.

With that out of the way I pressed submit and waited. It took the Kindle Scout team a few days to get back with me and approve my listing. Once they did, they actually didn’t start it right away. Instead it was scheduled for several days out. The process for me began on June 2nd and would end officially on July 2nd at midnight.

I should note that unlike the normal Amazon site which runs based on PST, everything on the Kindle Scout site seems to run based on EST.

I pushed my book hard, harassing all my friends and followers on Facebook and twitter to please nominate my book. In the end I was able to generate 1.7k page views to my page and stayed hot and trending 60.5% of the time.

But was it enough? That I had to wait to find out. When my campaign ended, I was sent an auto-generated message letting me know that my book was under review for consideration for publication and that they would let me know in less than three business days. Of course it was a Friday when I got that letter so that meant I had to wait possibly until Tuesday of next week. Turns out though, I didn’t have to wait that long. At exactly midnight EST, two days later (Saturday night) I got a letter letting me know that they decided not publish my book. At the exact same time they notified all of those people who nominated my book letting them know.

I tried to find stats on other people who have used Kindle Scout but the information just flat out isn’t available. I hope that by sharing my stats, other authors will do the same.

  • 436 / 720 possible hours in hot and trending
  • 1.7k total page views

In the end I think that Kindle Scout is a good idea for independent authors that can’t generate at least $25,000 in sales on their own. Most independent authors find that they make less than $2,500 on their book. Honestly marketing a book on your own isn’t always easy and it takes time to build a platform. If you are a new author and don’t have a mailing list with 1,000 or more names on there, then getting Amazon to publish and promote your book can be a great thing.

However if you’ve been around awhile and can push your book to your legion of fans on your own, then you don’t really need Amazon or any publisher for that matter. Just publish your book yourself and sit back and enjoy the sales through your own marketing efforts. For the rest of us though, Kindle Scout offers some real possibilities.

While my book didn’t end up getting picked, I still think it has some great potential.

Dear friends, I really am in need of your help. I’ve been given the opportunity to have my latest book published by Amazon. This means not only a nice cash advance for me but also some other very lucrative benefits long term.

The catch? I need your vote. Basically, they do it based on whatever book(s) gets the most votes in a 30 day period.

I know you are busy and I appreciate you taking less than two minutes of your day to help me. In the end, I appreciate this so much!!!!!!!

What you have to do is ,,,

  • #1 go to https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/ZUZUHN87S5KB
  • #2 click NOMINATE

*** Update – voting is now closed

And that’s it! Anyone who has an amazon account can vote.

Mr. Hollywood by Tracy Tegan


Oh and by the way, if I win, Amazon will give you a free copy of my book! How great is that?

I really appreciate your help. In all (from what I hear) I will need about 100 votes so every single one of your votes really will make a huge difference.

This helps me more than you could ever know.

Waiting For You by Tracy Tegan

Now that Waiting For You is available at Amazon I thought I would try out some good old-fashioned radio advertising to promote it. I’ve never done radio advertising before so I’m not quite sure how it will work out for a book but I guess we’ll see. 🙂

In the mean time, I thought I would share the audio file with you and see what you think of my commercial. Let me know! I love to hear your feedback.

If the player below doesn’t work for you then you can click here to play it.


Waiting For You



Waiting For You by Tracy Tegan

My next full length novel is called Waiting For You. It’s a contemporary romance and is now available at Amazon as an e-book and will be available in paperback around the first week in June 2014 and from all other major retailers in paperback and as an e-book including Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, etc. sometime in July.

Waiting For You by Tracy Tegan

Three years after the worst moment of her life — walking in on her husband in the midst of cheating—Kimberly Morgan has put her life back together. Sure, she hasn’t started dating again, but she has a great job as a social media expert … until she doesn’t. When her company abruptly goes belly-up, she watches her savings trickle away as she searches for new work.

While interviewing for a new company, she is recruited for another job: wife to an Australian businessman who needs to smooth over his immigration problems so he can focus on the task of making money, and an American wife who doesn’t require wooing is just what he needs. He’s drop-dead gorgeous and rich: What’s not to like? But when the heart yearns for happily-ever-after, will a make-believe marriage be enough?


If you read Stephen King’s book Under The Dome then one of the things you might have noticed were the unique names of each of his characters. There was Dale “Barbie” Barbara, Julia Shumway, James Rennie, Joseph McClatchey. Brenda Perkins, Frank DeLesseps, Carter Thibodeau, Phil Bushey, Dodee Sanders, Rose Twitchell, Alva Drake, Norrie Calvert, and Georgia Roxu just to name a few. Without knowing a single thing about any of these people, you know just by seeing their names that they sound like real people, not made up fictional characters in some book.

All to often when we are making up names for the characters in our books, we tend to name them things like Amy Adams, Tom Travis, Lisa Love.

People tell us that when we pick a name for our character it should tell them something about who they are, where they come from or where they are going. But that’s much easier said than done. I also think that’s totally stupid advice.

Let me ask you a question … what do you know about Phil Bushey from the Under The Dome story? His name doesn’t tell you anything about who it is, where he is from or that he’s some crazy meth chemist. It’s just a name, but a unique, real sounding one.

Giving your character a bad name can actually detract from your overall story.

So how do you pick a good name?

I use resources like baby naming websites, or websites like Name My Sim, but another great resource is your own family tree. Several years ago I began researching my family tree at ancestry.com. A family tree has a bunch of branches, that include a huge database of names, not just your mother and fathers.  You have your mother’s maiden name, your grandmother’s maiden name and then from there it just keeps branching out.

I have over 3,800 in my family tree and every one of those names is a potential new character in one of my books. I even added in my step-father’s name into my tree and started working on the branches of his tree, giving me even more fabulous names to pick from. “Errett Fox” … I mean come on, how great of a name is that?

So how do you create a family tree? Well before you visit a site like Ancestry.com you have some work to do. You always start a family tree with yourself. You can track this information using a spreadsheet.

Write down your first, middle and last name, your date of birth and where you were born at. Now do the same for any brothers or sisters you may have, as well as your parents. Keep in mind when it comes to your mother, you want her maiden name. Now Find out when your parents got married and where. If your parents got divorced find out when and where as well. ie: June 15, 1993, in Wise, Texas. Now it’s time to get the same information about your grandparents, both sets. If they died, find out when and where they passed.

Now that you have all of this information you can register for a trial account at ancestry.com and start entering this information. Once you have all of that put in, you’ll notice little hints will start to appear and you can use that information to find out more on your family.


It's You by Tracy Tegan

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ll be releasing a romantic novella called It’s You. It’s You will be available exclusively through Amazon as an e-book.

Evan Scott has been successful in all aspects of his life, except for one, love. But that’s only because every other woman has paled in comparison to Zoey Parker, his sister’s best friend and the one girl he promised he would never pursue. But when love is meant to be, nothing can stand in the way.

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It's You by Tracy Tegan