Earlier this year, legendary comic book creator, creator and co-creator of Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora and Shang-Chi, Jim Starlin submitted his novel, Lazgood's Boys to Amazon's Kindle Scout Program for consideration. The book was originally intended as an illustrated novel but when it became apparent he was never going to get the drawings done for it, Starlin decided to go the Amazon route to get the E-book published.
Unfortunately he didn't read the submission instructions thoroughly and only later discovered the submission was really an audition to readers.
Instead of going on sale after being reviewed by an Amazon panel, as Starlin mistakenly thought it would, only an excerpt of the book and a little info on the author is all Amazon puts up for the first thirty days. "Found myself involved in a popularity contest," said Starlin.
Readers or Scouts (as Amazon calls them) check out the excerpt, then vote/nominate it. This involves filling in a very short survey about the book; a thirty second task at worst. At the end of thirty days, if the novel gets a sufficient number of votes, (and no, Starlin has no idea how many a sufficient number is) Amazon will publish the E-book version of the story and voters get a free copy of the E-book for their Kindle, I-Pad, etc.
"There are a number of good reasons," says Starlin, "to continue to go along with Amazon on this, so I'm biting the bullet and playing the game. But I need your help to do so. Please take a couple minutes and give Lazgood's Boys your vote. If you're so inclined, feel free to forward this contact info along to any friends or family you think might not mind voting for the book. Thanks."