Kindle Scout & Better Verbs: Interview with Kerry Donovan


Kerry Donavon takes fiction writing as seriously as he did his work with scientific articles. Every verb is weighed and measured, and when the work is done he ensures that someone else gives the manuscript the same scrutiny, so nothing is missed.

In an attempt to expand his reach Kerry submitted to Kindle Scout and we cover all the details of what it means in terms of campaigns, royalties, and rights if your accepted into the program.


In 2009 and I wanted to get back to what I always wanted to do, write fiction, but that’s when I started to really learn how to write fiction. It’s entirely different than any other kind of writing. There is no endto the difference between the two.

I decided I’m too old to be discovered, so I went with self-publishing. Also, I don’t have to wait 18 months to two years for my book to come out.

The best answer to the question all writers get asked: how fast do you write a book. “As fast as I can.”

I found out at 3:00 a.m. that I was accepted into the Kindle Scout program. I was so excited I accidently woke my wife. She thought we were being burgled.

A great example of classic over writing is “John sat down.” You don’t need to write “down” because you only ever “sit up” if you’re already sitting, and slouching.

If you write “John went to the car” grammatically it’s perfectly fine, but dramatically it’s like a slap with a wet sponge. The problem is “went”. It’s dull. It’s one of those vague verbs and you might as well write a yawn in there.