This week I managed to find out a few things about the early process of Kindle Scout and working with Kindle Press. I had a phone call with one of their representatives where they went over what is going to happen next.
First, I submit the book with any of my changes. Then, once they approve that, they trigger a few processes: sending it off for final edits (which takes about 2-3 weeks to return to me), getting me payment information (not the same as KDP) for handling royalties, and discussing the promotional things that will take place during the launch.
More or less they said once I get my edits and make my changes (all optional) then it's up to me to get it to them and get it published. It takes between 1-2 weeks to start the preorder, and that will run for 2 weeks before the book is published and available. During the preorder phase everyone who nominated the book will get their copy and encouragement to write a review.
I might try to stage a few of my own promotions/giveaways, especially on the hard copy and paperback to hopefully get those to take off as well. I don't know an exact release date just yet, but I'm hoping by the end of June to early July (ideally before the 4th).
It's an extremely exciting process and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. I've met a lot of great people who were already published, and everyone is sort of wrapped in their own little world trying to find things out. I think they said the hope is to start utilizing the translation and audio rights they have (before they expire) which could be cool in the future.
Thanks all of the support, and I'll keep you updated as a find out more and when I have a solid release date!