Amazon Looking To The Wisdom Of Crowds To Find New Authors

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According to a Kindle Direct Publishing forum user, Amazon is quietly rolling out a way to find diamonds in the proverbial publishing rough. The unnamed project would bring a crowd approach to the acquisition of new titles using a voting system that ranks new books based on crowd favorites.

The forum posting notes that some KDP authors (essentially indie authors using the platform) have received an email describing the following program:

Authors will be asked to submit their complete, never-before-published book and cover.
After a few days, we will post the first pages of each book on a new website for readers to preview and nominate their favorites.
Books with the most nominations will be reviewed by our team for potential publication.
Should you be selected for publication you will receive benefits that include:
Guaranteed advance & competitive royalties: You will receive a guaranteed $1,500 advance and 50% royalties on…

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