Last week I finished the two books I was studying from Kindle Scout (one non-winner, one winner). I've already written my reviews, so I won't go into too much of that here, but you can read my review for The Standout and Autumn's End if you are interested.
So, what's my verdict on what should have been published and what shouldn't? Truth is, I think both of these books should have received a contract for Kindle Scout. Although I didn't enjoy The Standout as much as I thought I would, there was nothing wrong with the story, and I may have even been more interested in reading it if I had read the previous Robin Bricker novels. And Autumn's End was a great book--it had characteristics of books I already love, and it still provided surprises I wasn't expecting.
Because I think both of these were on equal footing to receive a contract, my first conclusion into this process is that a well-built audience prior to submitting your book is essential for being considered. Staying in the Hot & Trending category throughout the whole nomination process probably doesn't hurt either. Good to know. That means I have a ton of work ahead of me if I'm going to take on this journey myself.