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« Reply #18625 on: June 08, 2017, 07:46:28 AM »
I'm truly stunned that The Rectifiers wasn't selected. Great campaign and first pages. Looking forward to buying it when it's released. I have my eyes on many delicious books. I love KS for being a home to so many great writers. I'm reading Nick of Time first pages tonight. With popcorn  :D

I've given up being stunned when they don't select books with good covers, blurb, and excerpt! There have been some really good ones passed up recently, and it's nice to hear some of those are doing well on Amazon now. :)
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« Reply #18626 on: June 08, 2017, 07:54:03 AM »
Hi everyone!  V.L. Rainey (author of The Rectifiers) is my daughter.  I guess it's okay to post here now that the campaign is over.  Thanks for your kind words about the book.  Valerie is taking it all in stride and being very zen about the whole thing.  Me...I've been a nervous wreck.  I read Lincoln's very helpful book and then found kboards and we have both have learned much.  We've both been following many of your campaigns  with interest and have nominated many  - simply because they are awesome sounding books and we want to read more!  Because everyone is curious about stats, I thought I'd share:  The Rectifiers had over 3.5K page views.  33% external and 67% internal.  It spent 671 hours in H&T - or 86%.  I think these are great stats for a first time author with little following and I am proud of her.   We both posted to our FB pages and she does have an author page with a small following (mostly our friends).  In addition, she gave herself a budget of $100 which she spent on various fivver promotions.  I'm not sure how effective they were though.  I was playing around with boosting a post to FB and accidentally pushed go.  I luckily talked it down from the $200 it wanted me to spend to a more reasonable $20!  That one seemed to be doing pretty good in that it drove some people to her page and so I increased it another $20.  She is right now taking a breath and then will try to figure out how to proceed with the whole self publish thing.

Best of luck to your daughter for self-publishing! It looks like a great book and one I'd nominated on Scout. They don't seem to take many young adult books. Thanks for sharing the stats too... they're fab numbers for her campaign! It should help give her a good launch when she does publish. Glad you got the accidental ad down to a more reasonable cost!! :o
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« Reply #18627 on: June 08, 2017, 07:59:25 AM »


Thanks Julianne

And though your book has like 14 days to go, I've already had it nominated. When I saw it I was like why didn't I think of that, I'm very interested to read. Did the same for Isabella and the slipper.
So fingers crossed. Good luck.

Using the other two spots for the top of the list.


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« Reply #18628 on: June 08, 2017, 09:05:23 AM »
As some of you might now, ACX has recently opened the doors to us Canadian authors and I have been steadily marketing my books there over the last week or so. It's a bit of a slow process because I have to enter each of my works and put them up for audition. I also have to spend a bit of time browsing through the different narrator's samples and contacting them individually, pitching them different projects.


I didn't know this! Thanks for the share, Steve. I've been waiting for ACX to open to Canadians forever! So excited to have a new venue.

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« Reply #18629 on: June 08, 2017, 09:09:29 AM »
Hi everyone!  V.L. Rainey (author of The Rectifiers) is my daughter.  I guess it's okay to post here now that the campaign is over.  Thanks for your kind words about the book.  Valerie is taking it all in stride and being very zen about the whole thing.  Me...I've been a nervous wreck.  I read Lincoln's very helpful book and then found kboards and we have both have learned much.  We've both been following many of your campaigns  with interest and have nominated many  - simply because they are awesome sounding books and we want to read more!  Because everyone is curious about stats, I thought I'd share:  The Rectifiers had over 3.5K page views.  33% external and 67% internal.  It spent 671 hours in H&T - or 86%.  I think these are great stats for a first time author with little following and I am proud of her.   We both posted to our FB pages and she does have an author page with a small following (mostly our friends).  In addition, she gave herself a budget of $100 which she spent on various fivver promotions.  I'm not sure how effective they were though.  I was playing around with boosting a post to FB and accidentally pushed go.  I luckily talked it down from the $200 it wanted me to spend to a more reasonable $20!  That one seemed to be doing pretty good in that it drove some people to her page and so I increased it another $20.  She is right now taking a breath and then will try to figure out how to proceed with the whole self publish thing.

Thanks for the share! I had my eye on The Rectifiers, and nominated it. It looks like a great book. Good luck to your daughter with self-publishing. I'm sure the visibility of Kindle Scout will help with her launch.

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« Reply #18630 on: June 08, 2017, 10:37:35 AM »
Hi everyone!  V.L. Rainey (author of The Rectifiers) is my daughter.  I guess it's okay to post here now that the campaign is over.  Thanks for your kind words about the book.  Valerie is taking it all in stride and being very zen about the whole thing.  Me...I've been a nervous wreck.  I read Lincoln's very helpful book and then found kboards and we have both have learned much.  We've both been following many of your campaigns  with interest and have nominated many  - simply because they are awesome sounding books and we want to read more!  Because everyone is curious about stats, I thought I'd share:  The Rectifiers had over 3.5K page views.  33% external and 67% internal.  It spent 671 hours in H&T - or 86%.  I think these are great stats for a first time author with little following and I am proud of her.   We both posted to our FB pages and she does have an author page with a small following (mostly our friends).  In addition, she gave herself a budget of $100 which she spent on various fivver promotions.  I'm not sure how effective they were though.  I was playing around with boosting a post to FB and accidentally pushed go.  I luckily talked it down from the $200 it wanted me to spend to a more reasonable $20!  That one seemed to be doing pretty good in that it drove some people to her page and so I increased it another $20.  She is right now taking a breath and then will try to figure out how to proceed with the whole self publish thing.

Sorry to hear the book wasn't picked but it does sound incredible! I'm glad my book was useful for you, and it sounds like you guys had a really solid plan considering how much time you spent in hot and trending!

Good luck with the self-publishing launch and I can't wait to get a copy! Make sure to post and let us know when it is available!

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« Reply #18631 on: June 08, 2017, 12:22:02 PM »
It's Thursday.

I'm heading out early this morning for a yearly appointment with my specialist. I have a bit of a tremor, which runs in my family, and I have a yearly check-up just to keep an eye on it.

I do have a bit of exciting news on the writing front. My regional publisher just contacted me, looking for another book. I'm excited about that. I can't offer any more details than that, but the advance money will come in handy.

This morning I received word from an ACX narrator regarding what is going to be the first audiobook that I have independently published. As some of you might now, ACX has recently opened the doors to us Canadian authors and I have been steadily marketing my books there over the last week or so. It's a bit of a slow process because I have to enter each of my works and put them up for audition. I also have to spend a bit of time browsing through the different narrator's samples and contacting them individually, pitching them different projects.

I've just had my first acceptance of a project. My novel, GYPSY BLOOD, should be available in audiobook format by the end of the summer, depending upon how quickly my new narrator works. I can't tell you much more because I am still learning all about it myself - but I am VERY excited to get this new sales venue up and moving. I have heard that audiobooks can be very lucrative. I am looking to find out just how true that is for my own work.

Now, let's get on with today's list, shall we?

Remember - the campaigns that need nominations the most are the ones that are closest to the LAST DAY LEFT, 1 day left, 2 days left etc.

Updated List

LAST DAY LEFT! No Place in Eden by Hilary Murray
LAST DAY LEFT! The Things We Do For Love by Anita Louise
1 day left Plunge by John Greco
1 day left The Smart One by Joe Clifford Faust
2 days left The Book Knights by J.G. Mckenney
2 days left Night of the Webcam by Robertson Tait
2 days left Thread of a Spider by D.L. Gardner
4 days left Fallen from Grace by Nikki Landis
4 days left The Modern Mage by T.J. Flaxman
7 days left Shipley Bridge by David Thompson
9 days left Black Sun Ascension by T.S. Starkenberg
9 days left Finding Home Again by Mary Head
11 days left Self Possessed by Lee Isserow
14 days left Nick of Time by Julianne Q. Johnson
16 days left The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole
17 days left The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount
21 days left Beyond Gaza by Yvonne Crow
22 days left Heart of Time by Skye Mackinnon
24 days left Justice Returns by William Bernhardt
25 days left I Rode for the Wigglin' W by Flynn Mcguin
28 days left The Summoner by M.C. Glan
28 days left The Book of Witches by Leena Maria

I put this list up every morning and I strive to keep it up-to-date so that this thread needn't dissolve into a flurry of "NOMINATE MY BOOK, NOMINATE MY BOOK" posts. No one is under any obligation to nominate any of these books. I'm just trying to keep the thread clear of unnecessary clutter. This way once a day there is a complete list of current candidates and folks can readily check out the kboards members who have a book in the running and can make up their own mind. I try and stay nonpartisan about it - which is why I don't comment on any particular book by title. I just keep the list.
 
If I have missed anyone please let me know either with a PM or by posting a link here in the thread.

Happy scouting folks!
You're a dynamo, man. An inspiration. Thanks for all you do 😊

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« Reply #18632 on: June 08, 2017, 12:40:24 PM »
You're a dynamo, man. An inspiration. Thanks for all you do 😊

Steve has been incredible and definitely deserves some major support!


I do have a bit of exciting news on the writing front. My regional publisher just contacted me, looking for another book. I'm excited about that. I can't offer any more details than that, but the advance money will come in handy.

This morning I received word from an ACX narrator regarding what is going to be the first audiobook that I have independently published. As some of you might now, ACX has recently opened the doors to us Canadian authors and I have been steadily marketing my books there over the last week or so. It's a bit of a slow process because I have to enter each of my works and put them up for audition. I also have to spend a bit of time browsing through the different narrator's samples and contacting them individually, pitching them different projects.


Congrats on the publisher and advance! I haven't even submitted or contacted any publishers since going the solo route. It just hasn't really appealed to me.

I have three audiobooks published, and my favorite narrator (she did UAV for me) signed on a few days ago to narrate my entire World on Fire series, so by the end of the year I'll have 4 more audio books up for sale!

The sales have been slow, but then again the books I had converted to audio don't sell a lot anyway, so here's hoping that my more popular series has some audio love. I'm also planning on doing The Everett Exorcism as soon as possible with audio whether it is selected or not to hopefully capitalize on it.

I do the royalty split option (my narrator charges $100 PFH but is willing to do the royalty split option which ends up being way cheaper for me) and it's worked out fairly well for me.

Good luck dropping into the audio space and here's hoping you see some success with it! It has been very lucrative for some authors.

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« Reply #18633 on: June 08, 2017, 12:54:36 PM »
Hi everyone!  V.L. Rainey (author of The Rectifiers) is my daughter.  I guess it's okay to post here now that the campaign is over.  Thanks for your kind words about the book.  Valerie is taking it all in stride and being very zen about the whole thing.  Me...I've been a nervous wreck.  I read Lincoln's very helpful book and then found kboards and we have both have learned much.  We've both been following many of your campaigns  with interest and have nominated many  - simply because they are awesome sounding books and we want to read more!  Because everyone is curious about stats, I thought I'd share:  The Rectifiers had over 3.5K page views.  33% external and 67% internal.  It spent 671 hours in H&T - or 86%.  I think these are great stats for a first time author with little following and I am proud of her.   We both posted to our FB pages and she does have an author page with a small following (mostly our friends).  In addition, she gave herself a budget of $100 which she spent on various fivver promotions.  I'm not sure how effective they were though.  I was playing around with boosting a post to FB and accidentally pushed go.  I luckily talked it down from the $200 it wanted me to spend to a more reasonable $20!  That one seemed to be doing pretty good in that it drove some people to her page and so I increased it another $20.  She is right now taking a breath and then will try to figure out how to proceed with the whole self publish thing.
I see where V. L. gets her talent :) That's a wonderfully written post. Perhaps we'll see a mother/daughter collaboration in the future?

I'm looking forward to reading the book!

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« Reply #18634 on: June 08, 2017, 01:45:27 PM »
Ah well, just got my 'no' for city under ice. Hope someone else on here is more lucky. I'll be hitting publish in three weeks or so, will pop in and say hello then!

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« Reply #18635 on: June 08, 2017, 01:46:38 PM »
Ah well, just got my 'no' for city under ice. Hope someone else on here is more lucky. I'll be hitting publish in three weeks or so, will pop in and say hello then!

Sorry you didn't get a contract, but good luck with hitting that publish button and getting some major sales out of it!

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« Reply #18636 on: June 08, 2017, 01:50:03 PM »
Ah well, just got my 'no' for city under ice. Hope someone else on here is more lucky. I'll be hitting publish in three weeks or so, will pop in and say hello then!

Really sorry to hear that! I'm sure it will do really well when you publish though! Best of luck with your launch.

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« Reply #18637 on: June 08, 2017, 01:53:29 PM »
Hi everyone!  V.L. Rainey (author of The Rectifiers) is my daughter.  I guess it's okay to post here now that the campaign is over.  Thanks for your kind words about the book.  Valerie is taking it all in stride and being very zen about the whole thing.  Me...I've been a nervous wreck.  I read Lincoln's very helpful book and then found kboards and we have both have learned much.  We've both been following many of your campaigns  with interest and have nominated many  - simply because they are awesome sounding books and we want to read more!  Because everyone is curious about stats, I thought I'd share:  The Rectifiers had over 3.5K page views.  33% external and 67% internal.  It spent 671 hours in H&T - or 86%.  I think these are great stats for a first time author with little following and I am proud of her.   We both posted to our FB pages and she does have an author page with a small following (mostly our friends).  In addition, she gave herself a budget of $100 which she spent on various fivver promotions.  I'm not sure how effective they were though.  I was playing around with boosting a post to FB and accidentally pushed go.  I luckily talked it down from the $200 it wanted me to spend to a more reasonable $20!  That one seemed to be doing pretty good in that it drove some people to her page and so I increased it another $20.  She is right now taking a breath and then will try to figure out how to proceed with the whole self publish thing.
I was so shocked when I got the email this afternoon, I think I yelled, "What!" loud enough for the people across the hall to come out of their offices. I'm so sorry The Rectifiers wasn't chosen. I read the excerpt and was bummed I couldn't read any more right that moment. I think it will do really well when she publishes. We have a thread for authors of books that were not selected, and there are a lot of amazing authors over there who are happy to help with any self-publishing questions you or Valerie may have. We'd love for you to join us.  I hope she gets it out soon because I need to find out what happens next!

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« Reply #18638 on: June 08, 2017, 02:25:55 PM »
Ah well, just got my 'no' for city under ice. Hope someone else on here is more lucky. I'll be hitting publish in three weeks or so, will pop in and say hello then!

Sorry, TE :( I'd just seen it on my Scout noms page, although I haven't had the email yet. Good luck with the launch!
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« Reply #18639 on: June 08, 2017, 03:47:29 PM »
Thanks Julianne

And though your book has like 14 days to go, I've already had it nominated. When I saw it I was like why didn't I think of that, I'm very interested to read. Did the same for Isabella and the slipper.
So fingers crossed. Good luck.

Using the other two spots for the top of the list.
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« Reply #18640 on: June 08, 2017, 03:49:07 PM »
Ah well, just got my 'no' for city under ice. Hope someone else on here is more lucky. I'll be hitting publish in three weeks or so, will pop in and say hello then!
Sorry to hear it, TE, but I hope you have a great launch!


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« Reply #18641 on: June 08, 2017, 03:53:59 PM »
It's Thursday.
I'm heading out early this morning for a yearly appointment with my specialist. I have a bit of a tremor, which runs in my family, and I have a yearly check-up just to keep an eye on it.

I do have a bit of exciting news on the writing front. My regional publisher just contacted me, looking for another book. I'm excited about that. I can't offer any more details than that, but the advance money will come in handy.

This morning I received word from an ACX narrator regarding what is going to be the first audiobook that I have independently published. As some of you might now, ACX has recently opened the doors to us Canadian authors and I have been steadily marketing my books there over the last week or so. It's a bit of a slow process because I have to enter each of my works and put them up for audition. I also have to spend a bit of time browsing through the different narrator's samples and contacting them individually, pitching them different projects.

I've just had my first acceptance of a project. My novel, GYPSY BLOOD, should be available in audiobook format by the end of the summer, depending upon how quickly my new narrator works. I can't tell you much more because I am still learning all about it myself - but I am VERY excited to get this new sales venue up and moving. I have heard that audiobooks can be very lucrative. I am looking to find out just how true that is for my own work.


Huzzah for all the good news!  Congrats on the publisher!
Hey, you and I might have our first audiobooks out around the same time.  I've got an actress friend who does a lot of voiceover work and is now doing audiobook as well.  She approached me to do an audiobook of my Wyrd House.  I'm lucky, as she wants to do it for free to get more book credits, and she's worked through ACX before, so she can help me get it submitted correctly.  I'm very excited about it!


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« Reply #18642 on: June 08, 2017, 04:36:42 PM »
Thank you all!  You've been amazingly supportive - even though The Rectifiers was never part of this group.  I will definitely tell Valerie about the "after KS" group that was mentioned.  If they have the same level of support and help then I know she will benefit from it. 
Keep writing and I'll keep nominating!
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« Reply #18643 on: June 08, 2017, 08:10:14 PM »
Today is an auspicious day for my campaign...

My Raven's Peak Campaign netted 4,550 page views for the entire run.

The Everett Exorcism has surpassed that already today with 17 days to go!

Not only that, but all of the big promotions that I'm actually hoping drive a lot of traffic haven't even started yet. With luck, things will only continue to skyrocket from here!

Do you mind me asking what promotions you are using?  I also have a book in Kindle Scout. Unknown Presence started yesterday and it's already doing very well, and I want to keep it moving forward.

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« Reply #18644 on: June 08, 2017, 09:30:06 PM »
Ah well, just got my 'no' for city under ice. Hope someone else on here is more lucky. I'll be hitting publish in three weeks or so, will pop in and say hello then!
I'm sorry to hear that. I nominated it and really thought it would be selected.

I just got my no too. I'm not going to waste a lot of time trying to figure out why they rejected it. It's my eleventh novel and was professionally edited. It's a very strong book. On the the bright side--i'll get 70% instead of 50%. And I won't have to wait a couple of months for it to be released.  Cold Ground Ginger will go on sale next week.

Best wishes to those of you who are still in limbo.

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« Reply #18645 on: June 08, 2017, 11:00:59 PM »
Slips quietly into the waiting room... wonder if there are any cookies left?

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« Reply #18646 on: June 08, 2017, 11:16:15 PM »
I'm sorry to hear that. I nominated it and really thought it would be selected.

I just got my no too. I'm not going to waste a lot of time trying to figure out why they rejected it. It's my eleventh novel and was professionally edited. It's a very strong book. On the the bright side--i'll get 70% instead of 50%. And I won't have to wait a couple of months for it to be released.  Cold Ground Ginger will go on sale next week.

Best wishes to those of you who are still in limbo.

Sorry to hear it, Robert.  Keep in mind that quality of book is only one criteria all publishers look at, so rejection does not mean it's not well written.  I hope you have oodles of sales at launch.


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« Reply #18647 on: June 09, 2017, 12:17:08 AM »
I'm sorry to hear that. I nominated it and really thought it would be selected.

I just got my no too. I'm not going to waste a lot of time trying to figure out why they rejected it. It's my eleventh novel and was professionally edited. It's a very strong book. On the the bright side--i'll get 70% instead of 50%. And I won't have to wait a couple of months for it to be released.  Cold Ground Ginger will go on sale next week.

Best wishes to those of you who are still in limbo.

Surprised to hear that Robert, I nominated it and thought you were in with a very good chance.

Two open spots and nominated The Smart One by Joe Clifford Faust and The Book Knights by J.G. Mckenney. Good Luck both!

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« Reply #18648 on: June 09, 2017, 01:28:45 AM »
Slips quietly into the waiting room... wonder if there are any cookies left?

Only those with candy in, Hilary. Didn't like them. Good luck. Hope you get selected because then I'll get your book for free! Yay!

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« Reply #18649 on: June 09, 2017, 03:48:08 AM »
The thing is, Victorine is an Indie author.  Her book that was on the NYT eBook bestseller list was published by CreateSpace and the Kindle edition by ADS, which is what it says when you publish it yourself.  She doesn't have some big publisher backing her up, nor has she left any publisher to slum it at KS.  I guess I look at KS as a great place for Indie authors, but not a place only for Indie authors of a lower level of success in the self-pub world.  Victorine has done well for herself through her own hard work just like all of us, and personally, I think she sets an awesome example of what we're all trying to achieve.  That's just how I look at it, of course.  Everyone has their own personal way to look at the crazy world that is KS.

I totally agree with you, Julianne. We're all looking to succeed. Hopefully, to one day be a recognized name with agents & big publishers knocking on our door. In the meantime we are learning a great deal about our craft and the art of marketing. Plus we now have this wonderful support group where we can share our highs and lows.  ;D

My 2nd Scout campaign has ended. This time I didn't stress out over it as much. The last 3+ days were spent H&T thanks to this group. lthough time spent H&T was almost half, page views were almost double. Go figure.

Just learned about Kindle World's where indie authors can write spin offs from well known authors books. Thinking of giving it a try. Anyone have any experience with Kindle World's?

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