For new authors, this is a difficult decision to make. Both types of publishing have their pros and cons. Amazon is offering what I like to think of as a third choice: The Kindle Scout program.
Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Each book submitted to the program goes through what they call a campaign for 30 days. During this time readers can vote (or nominate) the books (up to 3 at a time).
At the end of the campaign
When a book’s 30-day campaign ends, the author is notified whether their book has been selected for publication. If the author is selected for publication, every person who nominated the book will receive an early, FREE copy of the published book.
For readers this is a win-win. Not only do you get to help decide what books are published, but you are rewarded with a free copy of any book you nominate that is chosen to be published.
For writers, it’s a good way to get your book seen by more readers prior to publication and if selected, are published by Kindle Press. Not self published… published by Kindle.
I have chosen to participate in this program for my upcoming novel, Remembering Lauren. My launch date is June 11th. I will be posting a link as soon as the campaign is live. Until then, please visit my Available Works page to see a preview.