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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #125 on: August 12, 2015, 09:59:13 AM »
Bates, you loaded up on Kindle Scout yet?  :)

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« Reply #126 on: August 12, 2015, 11:29:07 AM »
Bates, you loaded up on Kindle Scout yet?  :)

It goes live tonight at midnight!

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1K3H6W4OEKYS9

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« Reply #127 on: August 12, 2015, 11:56:01 AM »
It goes live tonight at midnight!

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1K3H6W4OEKYS9

:-)

So cool. I'll be looking for it. Good luck!

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« Reply #128 on: August 12, 2015, 12:24:40 PM »
It goes live tonight at midnight!


So exciting!  You must keep us posted!  (The dashboard sounds cool.)

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« Reply #129 on: August 12, 2015, 09:34:20 PM »
I stayed up just to watch it go live! Total nerd here. Anyways if anyone else has a book that needs a nomination let me know. I've got a couple that are falling off soon. Good luck Salvador!

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« Reply #130 on: August 13, 2015, 06:35:38 AM »
I stayed up just to watch it go live! Total nerd here.
Yup, that sounds like what a lot of us would do!  :)  I just nominated ya.

I was just notified by kindle scout that two of my nominations went through, so that's two free books coming my way!

Good luck Bates!  Keep us posted.

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« Reply #131 on: August 14, 2015, 07:54:17 PM »
I stayed up just to watch it go live! Total nerd here. Anyways if anyone else has a book that needs a nomination let me know. I've got a couple that are falling off soon. Good luck Salvador!

Thanks and very nice cover btw.  I don't nominate many books so I don't use all three of my slots but I got yours down now for sure.  Good luck yourself, the 30 days seems to go by quickly.  Will you have any sort of promo campaign for it?  I didn't really market mine too much though I just got 138 new subscribers from the Free Kindle Giveaway promotion.  I'll see if I can get a dozen to click on this book.

Hope you do well and I'll be sure to report what happens one way or the other.
 

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« Reply #132 on: August 15, 2015, 08:58:57 AM »
I'm not doing to much outside of using my twitter and Facebook. I have another full book coming out later this month. I am going to use my newsletter then to promote the book and grab some votes for Kindle Scout. I got in the Hot and Trending list for 10 hours somehow and had 110 pages views over two days. Since then it has been kind of cool, but I'll make my big push about around the 24th.

Your book is almost done Salvador, looking forward to my free copy when you win!
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« Reply #133 on: August 15, 2015, 10:49:02 AM »
I'm not doing to much outside of using my twitter and Facebook. I have another full book coming out later this month. I am going to use my newsletter then to promote the book and grab som votes for Kindle Scout. I got in Hot and Trending for 10 hours somehow and had 110 pages views over two days. Since then it has been kind of cool, but I'll make my big push about around the 24th.

Your book is almost done Salvador, looking forward to my free copy when you win!

I'm not so optimistic.  I only have 388 page views with 4 yesterday tying my low despite me having only 5 more days left.  I only have the 23 hours from July in the hot and trending list so a lot depends on how much the Kindle Scout team weighs the social media part of their submissions.  Like a few others however, I did put into my thank you email (at least I'm pretty sure I did) the fact that if NOT selected then any one who nominated it can email me and I'll gift the book to them when I self publish.  We'll have to see what happens.

Your book is listed at the bottom of my campaign stats showing books that were also nominated by those who nominated my book.  I'm pretty sure that's completely due to the kindness of our fellow kboarders, at least for my part of the link.

Again, the time goes by rather quickly so I'm sure you'll enjoy the process.  Best of luck, I'll be following the program closely from now on.
 

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« Reply #134 on: August 15, 2015, 11:07:06 AM »
CRYING WOMAN BRIDGE entered the Kindle Scout campaign last week.  Since then it has gone in and out of hot and trending until I'm afraid to look.  It's kind of a stressful experience.  I have mostly posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.  I've tweeted until I'll probably lose some of my followers.  I feel I have run out of places to promote.  Win or lose, it will be an experience.

 Haunted bridge, crying woman, missing baby... Read about the book at the link below:

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2OJCOUR5XXLDE

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« Reply #135 on: August 15, 2015, 12:53:51 PM »
From my observations (which, in this case also actually makes sense), you will get the most organic notice with saves and nominations when you are new on the site due to the visiblility of being on the front page. You will then get organic notice at the end when you return to the front page in the "Ending Soon" section. This is also the time period when people who saved the book will put it in their nominations list as other nominations roll off.

Jill, & everybody, thanks so much for your very very helpful observations & insights! I look forward to going on K Scout & checking out the current campaigns.

I do have one big question that nobody here (that I could find) has answered, & Kindle didn't give me a straight answer, either.

Are all Kindle Press books (i.e., Scout winners) automatically enrolled in Kindle Unlimited? That potentially makes a huge difference in PR, "royalties," & the overall future of the books, it seems to me.

Thanks for any help,

Carol
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« Reply #136 on: August 15, 2015, 02:49:47 PM »
From what I have seen by looking at the winners and a few talking to a few folks they are automatically entered in KU. Amazon, holds the Ebook and Audiobook rights. My understanding is also that you (the Author) receive the full KU payout and not just the 50% like you do on sales.

I have 3 books in my list but two come out next week (Salvador)and I will add the Crying Woman Bridge to my list. I know I had my wife add your book as well Salvador so we are in good company!
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« Reply #137 on: August 15, 2015, 05:09:04 PM »
Hehe, too funny...  I like that title except around my house it is "Haunted home, crying baby, missing wife"  :P  (The wife starting working evenings to help us pay the bills and I'm now working all day and babysitting all evening).

Yeah, added it and I should know something by either next Friday or the following Monday so won't be long.
 

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« Reply #138 on: August 15, 2015, 05:40:38 PM »
Vickie, I nominated you as well.

Good luck everybody!

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« Reply #139 on: August 15, 2015, 06:57:10 PM »
Jill, & everybody, thanks so much for your very very helpful observations & insights! I look forward to going on K Scout & checking out the current campaigns.

I do have one big question that nobody here (that I could find) has answered, & Kindle didn't give me a straight answer, either.

Are all Kindle Press books (i.e., Scout winners) automatically enrolled in Kindle Unlimited? That potentially makes a huge difference in PR, "royalties," & the overall future of the books, it seems to me.

Thanks for any help,

Carol
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Hi Carol,

Books are automatically enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. I talked to one of the Scout representatives about my book this week, and she verified that Kindle Unlimited is not paid from the general pot.

KU reads for Kindle Press books are paid at 50% of that month's average price of the book after the book has been read to 10%. If the book is not read to 10%. there is no royalty payment.

Jill
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« Reply #140 on: August 15, 2015, 08:29:47 PM »
Hi Carol,

Books are automatically enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. I talked to one of the Scout representatives about my book this week, and she verified that Kindle Unlimited is not paid from the general pot.

KU reads for Kindle Press books are paid at 50% of that month's average price of the book after the book has been read to 10%. If the book is not read to 10%. there is no royalty payment.

Jill

Interesting so maybe they are paying based off the lending library instead of pure KU, since KU is now based on pages read and not making it past 10%?

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« Reply #141 on: August 16, 2015, 06:14:12 AM »
Interesting so maybe they are paying based off the lending library instead of pure KU, since KU is now based on pages read and not making it past 10%?

The lending library (KOLL) is paid the same as KU whether that is by pages read or full royalty. The difference is that, like a traditional publisher, the Kindle Press books are compensated by earning the full royalty after 10% (which is the same as the free sample found on the book page and is accessible to anyone for nothing).

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« Reply #142 on: August 16, 2015, 06:26:36 AM »
The lending library (KOLL) is paid the same as KU whether that is by pages read or full royalty. The difference is that, like a traditional publisher, the Kindle Press books are compensated by earning the full royalty after 10% (which is the same as the free sample found on the book page and is accessible to anyone for nothing).

Thanks for the additional information about how KU royalties are handled on Scout books. I've been thinking about putting a standalone I'm writing into Kindle Scout. This thread has been incredibly helpful. I'm fairly certain I'll give the program a try once this particular book is done.

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« Reply #143 on: August 16, 2015, 05:51:56 PM »
Thanks everyone for you support in nominating Crying Woman Bridge.  The middle slump is the worst.  I know most of the clicks come toward the beginning and the end but the middle is torture.  I understand about the crying baby--missing wife.  That might make a good mystery, or is it one too easily solved?
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« Reply #144 on: August 18, 2015, 08:10:22 PM »
Hi Carol,

Books are automatically enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. I talked to one of the Scout representatives about my book this week, and she verified that Kindle Unlimited is not paid from the general pot.

KU reads for Kindle Press books are paid at 50% of that month's average price of the book after the book has been read to 10%. If the book is not read to 10%. there is no royalty payment.

Jill

Thanks, Jill. That sounds good to me, although obviously a far cry from the 75% we earn on Amazon sales outside of Scout. My biggest gripe with the new KU system of paying on the basis of "normalized pages read" out of an arbitrary pot is not being able to keep track of what I'm earning in any realistic way . . . which got sticky enough when Amazon broke up its payments by country.

The prices of K Scout/Press books I've seen look in line with the indie market rather than the Big 5 market. Have they told you anything about that?

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« Reply #145 on: August 18, 2015, 08:21:20 PM »
Thanks, Jill. That sounds good to me, although obviously a far cry from the 75% we earn on Amazon sales outside of Scout. My biggest gripe with the new KU system of paying on the basis of "normalized pages read" out of an arbitrary pot is not being able to keep track of what I'm earning in any realistic way . . . which got sticky enough when Amazon broke up its payments by country.

The prices of K Scout/Press books I've seen look in line with the indie market rather than the Big 5 market. Have they told you anything about that?

Sounds like you haven't heard of BookReport yet.  I know what I've earned even on pages read (at least the best estimate which is very close) each day.  Helps me to plan and set goals.
 

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« Reply #146 on: August 20, 2015, 07:00:03 AM »
Salvadore do you have any last day stats to share with us. I know you were in H&T the last 48 hours straight! I was looking back through the thread and Jill had something like 382 hours in H&T with 1664 page views and was picked while Anya had 639 hours in H&T with 1400 pages views and was not picked. I guess I'm just looking to see if there is any rhyme or reason to the stats. I have a feeling they have to decide if they want the book before the end of campaigns to get back to people so fast.

HOPE YOU WIN! I'm looking forward to my email from scout telling me you won.

So far I had my best day yesterday with 24hour in H&T bringing my total up to 80 hours and I have 306 page views. 22 days left. Who knows if that momentum is sustainable. I heard the middle of the campaign is the hardest part when you do not have the benefit of being listed as new, or about to end.

I'll be putting in my nomination for Crying Woman Bridge when Salvadore's is done. Hope it helps!

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« Reply #147 on: August 20, 2015, 09:58:39 AM »
I'm in!  I just got the confirmation email that my submission was accepted.  The campaign goes live tmrw midnight.

Thanks again to all who posted before: your info definitely helped me decide.

And best of luck to those who are still campaigning!  (I voted for all the Kboarders that are currently there and am sending you strong karma.)

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« Reply #148 on: August 20, 2015, 10:00:53 AM »
Sweet I have two books coming down in the next couple of days so I have a spot saved for you.

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« Reply #149 on: August 20, 2015, 12:02:02 PM »
Sweet I have two books coming down in the next couple of days so I have a spot saved for you.

Thanks Bates!

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