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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #150 on: August 20, 2015, 02:08:49 PM »
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.

Salvador, no, I haven't heard of BookReport. What is it?

I'm deep-fried from the Sisyphean push to get Zapped: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery submitted to K Scout -- from their website I thought it would take 2 weeks till (if) my campaign launches, but ZOWIE! it was less than a day for approval, & launch is midnight tomorrow! (technically 12 AM Sunday)

So I just took a break from tweaking my website etc. to vote for Lunar Discovery on its last day, & Crying Woman Bridge, & The Ascendancy. HN Wake I'll add yours when Salvador's comes off.

Best wishes to us all!

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« Reply #151 on: August 21, 2015, 08:53:22 PM »
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!

My stats aren't even close to those.  I had only 90 hours in the H&T category and only 544 page views.  If the social media/following is a large part of the process then I doubt I'll be selected.  Of course either way I'll post what they decide to do.

Salvador, no, I haven't heard of BookReport. What is it?

I'm deep-fried from the Sisyphean push to get Zapped: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery submitted to K Scout -- from their website I thought it would take 2 weeks till (if) my campaign launches, but ZOWIE! it was less than a day for approval, & launch is midnight tomorrow! (technically 12 AM Sunday)

So I just took a break from tweaking my website etc. to vote for Lunar Discovery on its last day, & Crying Woman Bridge, & The Ascendancy. HN Wake I'll add yours when Salvador's comes off.

Best wishes to us all!

OMG!  :o

You haven't heard of BookReport?  There is a huge thread around here somewhere on it.  It is a program that automatically adds your sales and pages read so that you can see daily, weekly, monthly or any other custom time frame exactly how much money your book(s) have made.  It's pretty easy to download find and use and it's free until you make over $1k US in a month then it costs $10 a month and back to free if you fall below that again.

Thanks for the nomination and hope you do well when you submit.

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« Reply #152 on: August 21, 2015, 10:27:36 PM »
My stats aren't even close to those.  I had only 90 hours in the H&T category and only 544 page views.  If the social media/following is a large part of the process then I doubt I'll be selected.  Of course either way I'll post what they decide to do.

OMG!  :o

You haven't heard of BookReport?  There is a huge thread around here somewhere on it.  It is a program that automatically adds your sales and pages read so that you can see daily, weekly, monthly or any other custom time frame exactly how much money your book(s) have made.  It's pretty easy to download find and use and it's free until you make over $1k US in a month then it costs $10 a month and back to free if you fall below that again.

Thanks for the nomination and hope you do well when you submit.

Regards,
SM

Salvador, thanks - I just downloaded Book Report. I've been trying not to get too OCD about stats, but now that ZAPPED: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery just went live on Kindle Scout, I'm throwing restraint to the winds.

 https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3FCUZJ3DVQMCQ

So -- how do you find out how many page views you had on Scout? & how many hours on H&T?

& I'm also keeping fingers crossed for your good news....

Now, 

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« Reply #153 on: August 22, 2015, 05:45:57 AM »
Verb,

I posted how to find the stats here: http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,214231.0.html

Let me know if you still can't see/find them.  Good luck yourself and I'll keep you posted though I may not hear news till Monday.

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« Reply #154 on: August 22, 2015, 06:31:36 AM »
Also even though it says live they only update once a day from what I have seen. Mine is always sometime around 7am.

That is like a little morning sweetness, unless of course I had a bad day. Yesterday was my worst day stat wise.
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« Reply #155 on: August 22, 2015, 09:26:03 AM »
Also even though it says live they only update once a day from what I have seen. Mine is always sometime around 7am.

That is like a little morning sweetness, unless of course I had a bad day. Yesterday was my worst day stat wise.

Salvador & Bates, many thanks for your latest info - I thought I was pretty well prepared, but there's so much I didn't know about KS...& still is...

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« Reply #156 on: August 22, 2015, 12:46:06 PM »
No problem, this entire self-publishing business is several times harder than I ever thought possible.  I'm still learning after nearly a year at it.

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« Reply #157 on: August 22, 2015, 07:17:41 PM »
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.)


Wake, your book & mine apparently went live at the same time. After 22+ hours, my campaign still has not updated, i.e., no stats at all yet, although I know I've had page views & nominations. Are you seeing the same? (You got my nomination.)

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« Reply #158 on: August 22, 2015, 07:39:19 PM »
I can tell you for a fact it only updates every 24 hours in the am.

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« Reply #159 on: August 23, 2015, 04:47:02 PM »
Hey fellow Scouters!

I have negative news regarding my submission in that the Kindle Scout team declined my submission.  I wanted to make sure to thank everyone that was helping with my campaign the last month or so.  Foremost I want to thank my cover specialist, Cagnes, for making a super banner for me to use and also Jill for being so gracious as to host the banner and give me the html code, since I'm an old fart and not quite so computer savvy :)  I also want to thank the many kboarders who supported and nominated my book.  That was super seeing all those kboard links in my stats page.  I'm deeply humbled by how gracious my fellow authors are.

Something really cool that I wasn't aware of is that on my campaign page, which is still active for me at least, there is a button to alert every Kindle Scout who nominated my book when the book is published on Amazon.  I thought that was a very classy thing for the Kindle Editors to do for those submissions that didn't meet their requirements.  I wasn't expecting that and don't remember reading about it so I wanted to share that in case anyone else follows and doesn't get selected.  I am thinking the book's launch can still be a pretty good one with the mailing list and the notify button on my campaign page.

My second book taught me the importance of launching heavy to get onto the Hot New Releases list so I'm planning on a last revision then an edit and a couple of ARCs before publishing.  We'll see how it goes because it is in a different (but similar no?) genre.

I had a blast writing it and more OCD moments courtesy of Amazon on the stats page, though I'm getting better at going longer periods of time without looking at my KDP dashboard LOL.  I'll be scouting books and watching other submissions and as my last thought I'd say it was worth it to submit and to actually experience a campaign.  I think watching how Kindle Press handles things has taught me a bit on what I should be doing and not be doing.

So thanks for all the support and I have no doubt you'll see my book in my signature line soon  8)

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« Reply #160 on: August 23, 2015, 06:31:05 PM »
I'm sorry that you didn't make it, that being said your books sounded awesome and I will check it out when it's released. Amazon sent me an email that asked if I would like to be notified when it goes live, and I signed up. I didn't know that they did this and I thought that was a really nice touch to keep readers and Authors connected.

19 days left on mine here. I started out doing really well, but my last two days have left me in a rut. I hope it gets a little bit better and I have chance to win. Either way so far it has been an awesome experience. I'm thinking I might put the SYFY book I am planning for NaMoWriMo into Kindle Scout as well.

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Good Luck Salvadore I hope you find success on release and that your other books keep doing well.


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« Reply #161 on: August 23, 2015, 06:34:33 PM »
Thank you much and it was good to know that they asked you if you wanted to be notified.  I had a couple of folks post to my facebook page on that same topic.  Either way I have no regrets and my current two books are doing fairly well for a prawn :)

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« Reply #162 on: August 23, 2015, 06:43:34 PM »
I just want to say I'm pretty impressed with the comraderie here on this thread. I've been trying to make a point of nominating everyone I see here who's in a Scout campaign and it's really cool to see so many others doing the same.

Here's a question I had after getting a few notifications of Scout winners: does winning once disqualify an author from future Scout campaigns?

Inversely: does losing disqualify an author from future Scout campaigns?

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« Reply #163 on: August 23, 2015, 07:25:17 PM »
I just want to say I'm pretty impressed with the comraderie here on this thread. I've been trying to make a point of nominating everyone I see here who's in a Scout campaign and it's really cool to see so many others doing the same.

Here's a question I had after getting a few notifications of Scout winners: does winning once disqualify an author from future Scout campaigns?

Inversely: does losing disqualify an author from future Scout campaigns?

Neither winning nor losing disqualifies you from future Scout campaigns. Two previous winners that I know have just gone through the selection process again. And basically, Amazon wants books they think will sell. So why would they decline one just because a previous one didn't win?

Even losing after running a strong campaign has its benefit, as you guys have noted, due to the email push to ask people if they want to be notified when your book is published. In a way, even if you lose, the time you spend on it is a "win" in terms of having that little extra mailing list push when the book launches. Just my take, but if I'd lost, that would have been worth it for me. I don't have much in the way of sales for my existing series and any extra interest for upcoming books is a big bonus.

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« Reply #164 on: August 23, 2015, 09:15:50 PM »
Wow! I started this thread months ago and just now am reading all of these responses. Great information and some much needed encouragement to jump start me on finishing my first mystery novel and submitting it to KS. Thanks.

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« Reply #165 on: August 24, 2015, 06:00:41 AM »
Hi all!

First, Salvador I was really sad you didn't get picked up.  But it sounds like it was good visibility regardless.  This household for sure is going to buy your book when it's released!  You are a gentleman and a scholar.  Keep doing what you're doing.

Thank you to everybody for your ongoing data!  It's been very helpful.  I'm three days in, haven't hit Hot & Trending, and would estimate I'm doing medium -- not great but not terrible.  Will have to pick up my social media game.  :)

Bates thanks for the info that the dashboard updates at 7 am only.  You, my friend, just saved me hours of OCD checking.

CJ - I nominated ya!

My sense is the same as those before me--this is worth the risk to diversify our platforms.  Worst case scenario: I do miserably, then I can start to figure out what I did wrong.  Those types of lessons are invaluable for self publishing: we have so few avenues for feedback in terms of marketing (thank God for KBoards.)  Clearly cover and first few paragraphs + opening line are crucial, crucial, crucial.  (Which was also a recent debate over on The Passive Guy.)

I would not say I'm enjoying this process but it sure is a helluva learning curve.

Thanks for the nominations!

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« Reply #166 on: August 25, 2015, 07:40:53 AM »
Congratulations, Salvador, on running a strong campaign & getting so much insight about the process. Also, Jill & others, I agree -- there's a lot to learn from doing this, win or lose. I feel like I've taken a lot of marketing steps outside my comfort zone that I should have done a long time ago. And it is good to hear that Kindle gives us a way to follow up all this hard work.

I'm doing a reading in 2 weeks on Cape Cod where Zapped is set -- hoping the publicity around that will give it a boost. If anybody's in the area, come by the Edward Gorey House on 9/10!

Thanks to all for the many helpful comments & mutual support.

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« Reply #167 on: August 25, 2015, 08:46:25 AM »
So from everything I've read on this thread, success on kindle scout requires a heavy promotional campaign?

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« Reply #168 on: August 25, 2015, 10:23:56 AM »
There was one person here that ran a super successful campaign and didn't win. So the campaign is just a part of the equation.

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« Reply #169 on: August 25, 2015, 11:06:00 AM »
So from everything I've read on this thread, success on kindle scout requires a heavy promotional campaign?

There have been books that have been selected without a heavy promotional campaign. There are no hard and fast rules known for the Scout program, but I expect that unknown authors (such as myself, having been selected) benefitted from demonstrating that there would be interest in the book.

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« Reply #170 on: August 26, 2015, 10:08:40 AM »
Amazon sent an email out to authors today about Kindle Scout. I'd expect there to be some increased competition to go along with the additional awareness of the program.

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« Reply #171 on: August 26, 2015, 10:12:36 AM »
I got that email today. Looks like they are trying to ramp up the submissions.

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« Reply #172 on: August 26, 2015, 10:45:40 AM »
Okay, Amazon just sent me an invite to join this program.

My questions is: Why?

You have to do heavy promotion to win, just like selling a regular book, and for what? 20 percent less royalties and a $1500 advance? It doesn't sound like a smart idea. If you do the same amount of promotion on your book, just to sell it, you should see great sales (if your book is good enough to win the scout selection that is) and you'll make more money, because you're getting a higher royalty.

And $1500? Really? For $10,000 I'd consider it. But $1500? Any book that wins the scout program should rack up that much in royalties in the first week.

I don't know, this program just doesn't make any sense to me. Did I miss something, somewhere?

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« Reply #173 on: August 26, 2015, 11:08:36 AM »
Okay, Amazon just sent me an invite to join this program.

My questions is: Why?

You have to do heavy promotion to win, just like selling a regular book, and for what? 20 percent less royalties and a $1500 advance? It doesn't sound like a smart idea. If you do the same amount of promotion on your book, just to sell it, you should see great sales (if your book is good enough to win the scout selection that is) and you'll make more money, because you're getting a higher royalty.

And $1500? Really? For $10,000 I'd consider it. But $1500? Any book that wins the scout program should rack up that much in royalties in the first week.

I don't know, this program just doesn't make any sense to me. Did I miss something, somewhere?

Yeah, I got that email this morning and had the same thoughts. Sounds like too much work. If I had that big of a following on social media to get behind supporting my book in Scout, then I wouldn't need their program in the first place  :D

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« Reply #174 on: August 26, 2015, 11:22:57 AM »
I got the same email today. Also wondering why I would choose Kindle Scout. It sounds like you must do a lot of heavy promoting anyway. I would think the point would be to have the Amazon machine behind your book.
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