RIP: Kindle Scout

Just a little over three years since its first round of books was released, the “crowd-sourced publishing platform” that was Kindle Scout is being closed down. I received an announcement today of the news, along with other authors who have had books selected through the program and published by Kindle Press.

Kindle Scout

As of today, April 3rd, Kindle Scout will no longer accept new submissions. The books that have been published through the program will remain within the Amazon wheelhouse for now and we’re being told will still be eligible for inclusion for promotional opportunities. I suspect, however, that quite a few Kindle Press authors who have been on the fence will now request their rights reversion and move on to self-publish their novels or find another home for them elsewhere.

Having been one of the first authors published through the Kindle Scout program I find the news disappointing but far from unexpected. Kindle Scout was always an experiment, and while the intentions were good I don’t think it took off like Amazon might have hoped. Publishers — both big and small — come and go, and in today’s ever evolving landscape one certainly can’t fault a corporation or publisher for trying something innovative, whether or not it proves to be a success. In truth, I wish more publishers were looking at breaking the mold and finding ways to disrupt the “tried and true” practices of the industry which have become more “tired” than “true”.

So the big question which will now be asked is whether Kindle Scout was a failure. The answers, of course, will vary, but I’ve always looked at the program as just one stepping stone along a path leading to success. One can look to authors like Sariah Wilson or Michael McBride, for which their Kindle Scout winning novels led to landing further deals with either Amazon or big five publishing companies. And for many Kindle Scout authors, myself included, having a company like Amazon select your book over thousands of entries was a moment of validation, a glimpse that the end of the long and lonely writing tunnel just might end with light.

And yet for every successful story that came out of Kindle Scout there have been just as many authors disappointed with the program. Some books received far less marketing support than others, and some authors have sold far more books self-publishing than they ever have through Kindle Scout. The story remains: “Just add water, but results may vary.”

As for my experience, I’m grateful I had a chance to be a part of it. For a debut novelist with no foreknowledge of publishing or marketing books, Housebroken has been a repeated #1 best-selling novel on Amazon for Horror, broke into the top 100 best-selling books on Amazon, remained #1 in Horror in the UK for over a month, and has sold almost 10,000 copies to date. The Kindle Scout experience has been a jumpstart to my career as an author. It’s also enabled me to connect with a community of authors I never would have known otherwise and reach an audience far wider than the little bubble I travel in. My novel has been picked up by a premier publisher for a limited hardcover release (more details to come), has landed an amazing actor to do the voice work for an audiobook adaptation, and is in the early stages of being optioned for a film (you’ll know more if / when I do). To say that the program is a failure is to dismiss every author for whom doors have been opened because of Kindle Scout.

So whether Kindle Press evolves into something new or permanently closes, remember this isn’t the end of the story. It’s only the end of a chapter. And who knows how many book this series might sustain? I bid a fond farewell to the Kindle Scout program and look forward to whatever twists and turns the future may hold.

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Book Birthday!

Today’s the release of the final book in THE CREATION SERIES and there are 3 ways you can celebrate with me —

 

  1. Pick up Book One for FREE and Book Two for just $0.99!  This is the first time book 2 – The Creation: Let There Be Death – has ever been on sale so grab it while you can at this reduced price!
  2. Join me tonight for the Facebook Release Party for a chance to win signed copies of all 3 books as well as a host of other give-aways!
  3. Share this with a friend!

I’m incredibly proud of this series and appreciate the support of so many readers who have pushed to see this journey completed. Thanks for joining me on this adventure. To many more!

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Win a Signed Copy of All 3 Books in The Creation Series!

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Join us for the Release Party

The final book in The Creation Series will be released next week and in celebration we’re having a party even us introverts can join! That’s right, you can stay in your pajamas for this party —

Join us online at the Facebook event March 20th from 5:30 – 8:30 PST!

Hosted by the Confessions of a Reviewer Publicity Team, you’ll have the chance to meet up with fellow readers and quite a few talented authors and win some free eBooks throughout the night. You can also be entered to win a signed copy of all 3 books in The Creation Series!

So hop on over and register for the event and feel free to share this with any other readers who might be interested in joining! We’ll see you next Tuesday.

Creation Book Release

The End of the World Has Never Been So Much Fun

Creation Book Release.jpgSo partly because my schedule is so chaotic at the moment and partly because the folks at Confessions of a Reviewer are such awesome people, the Confessions team will be running and hosting a Facebook Release Party for book 3 in The Creation Series.

The event will be March 20th, 8:30-11:30 EST and you can sign up here: 

CREATION SERIES RELEASE PARTY

There will be a host of cool give-aways available from some of the top horror and dark fiction authors on the market today, plus a chance to win a signed copy of the entire Creation Series, books 1-3, as well as some other guaranteed give-aways for all who attend.

It’s going to be a blast – so mark your calendars and spread the word. The end of the world has never been so much fun!

What is The Creation Series?

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With the final edits delivered on book 3 in The Creation Series, we officially have a release date. March 20th the end of one world will prove to be the beginning of another, and I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing this series to its epic conclusion.

For those of you not familiar with The Creation Series, I thought I’d share a bit of how these books came to be. In what feels like a lifetime ago, I had the chance to live in the country of Venezuela for a few years while on a service mission for my church, spending some time in a remote town on the outskirts of the Amazon Rainforest. Later in life, after completing my debut novel, Housebroken, I decided I wanted to explore an idea where horror and faith collide and couldn’t escape the recurrent thought that — like most ideas for a novel — began with the magic “what if” …

What if a ‘god-like’ being arrived on this earth with the intentions of starting life over? And what if, as its blueprint, it used the basis of the 7 days of the creation, as recounted in the Bible? 

And that’s where the horror elements crept in, for rather than simply creating light and darkness or plants and animals, this being would distort them to extremes. Blinding light and complete darkness. Water literally separated from the earth. And wait till you meet the “beasts and creeping things.”

(And yes, that’s the language used in the Bible!)

But a high concept is only as good as the characters that inhabit the world of the story, and The Creation Series more than anything is an exploration of the frailties of man. There are no heroes in this story, only men and women who are as flawed as any of us in real life. Toss these characters — each with their own agendas and complexities — into the boiling pot of the plot taking place around them and you’ve got a stew that is sure to delight and horrify, all at the same time. Then place both the events and characters in the unique setting of the Amazon Rainforest, and it’s a story I haven’t seen anything quite like.

Part thriller, part sci-fi, part horror, this series breaks the boundaries genres normally operate in, but if you’re a fan of speculative fiction with a dark twist I invite you to dive in.

In celebration of the launch of book 3, The Creation: Gods and Man, the first book in the series will be on sale for just $0.99 for the entire month of March. And if a buck is too steep of an entry price, you can whet your appetite on Part Zero – The Creation: In The Beginning, which is free on Amazon, to determine if the story grabs you.

More to come this month, including a chance to win signed copies of all 3 books in the series, so stay tuned and please, help spread the word!

Part Zero – The Creation: In The Beginning – FREE   U.S. / UK

Part One – The Creation: Axis Mundi – On sale for $0.99  U.S. / UK

Part Two – The Creation: Let There Be Death – Reduced to $2.99  U.S. / UK

Part Three – The Creation: Gods and Man – Pre-order today  U.S. / UK

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Cover Reveal – THE CREATION Book Three

In case you missed the announcement on the Confessions of a Reviewer website, I’m thrilled to share the cover for my upcoming release in The Creation Series!

The third and final book in the series, The Creation: Gods and Man, will be available March 20th. Books one and two are both available on Amazon now and free through Kindle Unlimited.

More to come as far as what to expect (or to shatter your expectations) as to the conclusion of this series but for now check out the amazing cover, courtesy of ElderLemon Designs and the ever gracious Kealan Patrick Burke.

Excited to be sharing this vision with you soon.

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If you’re new to The Creation Series, you can pick up Part Zero: In The Beginning FREE on Amazon here.

The End is Coming …

“In seven days God created the world.
This God will destroy it in even less.”

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I’m thrilled to share that the final book in The Creation Series will be seeing publication early this Spring!

For those who have joined me on this journey from the beginning, my sincerest thanks. I’m extremely proud of this series and, while book three has taken longer than anticipated, it’s everything I could have hoped for.

I’ll be sharing more news with release dates, cover reveals, synopsis, etc, soon, as well as holding a few give-aways related to the release. If you haven’t connected with me on social media, please head on over to Twitter or Facebook as I’ll be sharing info there regularly.

And if you haven’t had a chance yet to jump into this series, there’s never been a better time! Book one, The Creation: Axis Mundi, will be on sale for just $0.99 now through Feb. 13th. And if you’re at all hesitant about what this adventure entails, check out a few of the reviews below:

Grab book one while on sale!

 

This is a thriller of the highest order. It will intrigue you and excite you and, to be quite frank about it, will have you begging for more. Highly recommended.”

     — Confessions of a Reviewer

“The Creation is a story that captured my complete, undivided attention from the first to the very last page … the emotions felt as if they were “bleeding” off the page. Highly recommended!”

     — Horror After Dark

“From the boardrooms of corporate America to the jungles of the Amazon, this novel completely captivated me.”

Joseph Souza, best-selling author of Unpaved Surfaces