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Offline HilaryM

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18900 on: June 18, 2017, 12:59:48 PM »
Shipley Bridge is in review. Cave Hill starts today!


Added Cave Hill to my saved list. Loved the excerpt of Shipley Bridge and this one too - perhaps because I'm ex-WRNS? :D

Nominated top three. Good Luck everyone!

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18901 on: June 18, 2017, 01:18:12 PM »
And that's me officially done! 207 hours in H&T, and 1850 views. That's slightly better than my first campaign (205 hours in H&T, and 1695 views), but I feel like it's roughly the same in the grand scheme of things. The biggest difference was my internal vs. external views, my first campaign was largely skewed towards external, but this one was skewed heavily internal. At any rate, it's in the hands of the KS gods now. Thanks, everybody, for your nominations and support!

Congratulations! This is my first post on this forum. I can't believe I didn't find it until now. I enjoyed reading the excerpt of your book. Good luck!
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18902 on: June 18, 2017, 03:01:15 PM »
Lucy- I'm on my 4th campaign in a row as well.  I'm just starting out self-publishing, and it's a great way to get eyes on your books even if you aren't selected.

That's awesome, Julianne! I certainly got some eyes on my book when I first published it a couple of weeks ago through the announcement Amazon does, but it wasn't as much as I was led to believe it would be. But any eyes are always welcome.

Best of luck with your current book. Which is it so I can add it to my list?
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18903 on: June 18, 2017, 04:54:24 PM »
Congratulations! This is my first post on this forum. I can't believe I didn't find it until now. I enjoyed reading the excerpt of your book. Good luck!

Thank you, and welcome!
 
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18904 on: June 18, 2017, 05:04:52 PM »
You can ask the support team to upload a revised excerpt for you.  I had a formatting issue in my first campaign. They reloaded the excerpt I sent them and it was fine. Click Your Campaigns and Contact Us . Your call, of course, but I would do it this early in the campaign.

Good idea, Jada...will do. Thanks.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18905 on: June 18, 2017, 05:09:14 PM »
Added Cave Hill to my saved list. Loved the excerpt of Shipley Bridge and this one too - perhaps because I'm ex-WRNS? :D

Nominated top three. Good Luck everyone!

Thanks Hilary...always nice to meet a Jenny :)

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18906 on: June 18, 2017, 07:26:07 PM »
That's awesome, Julianne! I certainly got some eyes on my book when I first published it a couple of weeks ago through the announcement Amazon does, but it wasn't as much as I was led to believe it would be. But any eyes are always welcome.

Best of luck with your current book. Which is it so I can add it to my list?
It's very true that the amount of eyes on you get varies from campaign to campaign.  Your ending stats for the campaign tell you how many people looked at the page, but not how many actually nominated. Only folks who nominated get the published notification.  Some folks have rocking campaigns that have over 6k page views, and a more average campaign gets in the 1k range, then there's tons of folks in between.  Of the people who nominated, only a percentage are going to be willing to buy when they don't get it free.  And it also depends heavily on how much other promotion one does at launch to get it in people's faces.  Any free thing that points your book out to people is a good thing, no matter what the numbers.  KS is the best free promotion I've run into so far.

My book is Nick of Time, and the link is on Steve's list.  4 more days to go!
             

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18907 on: June 18, 2017, 07:30:01 PM »
Patrick, I just saw the news about Imaginary.  So sorry it wasn't picked, and I wish you oodles of sales when it comes out.  Don't forget to use the notify button on your campaign page when you publish.  And it can go out immediately or take a few days, as KS sends the notifications out in batches.
             

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« Reply #18908 on: June 18, 2017, 10:19:00 PM »
It's very true that the amount of eyes on you get varies from campaign to campaign.  Your ending stats for the campaign tell you how many people looked at the page, but not how many actually nominated. Only folks who nominated get the published notification.  Some folks have rocking campaigns that have over 6k page views, and a more average campaign gets in the 1k range, then there's tons of folks in between.  Of the people who nominated, only a percentage are going to be willing to buy when they don't get it free.  And it also depends heavily on how much other promotion one does at launch to get it in people's faces.  Any free thing that points your book out to people is a good thing, no matter what the numbers.  KS is the best free promotion I've run into so far.

My book is Nick of Time, and the link is on Steve's list.  4 more days to go!

I just nominated Nick of Time and the other two first books on Steve's list. I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of how things are done around here. ;D Your book sounds fascinating!
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18909 on: June 19, 2017, 01:57:39 AM »
It's Monday, so 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! Self Possessed by Lee Isserow
3 days left Nick of Time by Julianne Q. Johnson
5 days left The Everett Exorcism by Lincoln Cole
6 days left The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount
10 days left Beyond Gaza by Yvonne Crow
10 days left The Lost Spy by Kate Moira Ryan
11 days left Heart of Time by Skye Mackinnon
13 days left Justice Returns by William Bernhardt
14 days left I Rode for the Wigglin' W by Flynn Mcguin
17 days left The Summoner by M.C. Glan
17 days left The Book of Witches by Leena Maria
17 days left Unknown Presence by Alicia Rivoli
18 days left Hunter's Soul by Stacey Oakley
18 days left The Lost Word of Khymera, Part II by Theresa A. James
26 days left October Winds by Katie Mettner
28 days left Cave Hill by David Thompson

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!


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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18910 on: June 19, 2017, 05:26:41 AM »
Another blog post today! In this one I discuss a bunch of the promotions I ran and their results!

Check it out Here

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18911 on: June 19, 2017, 06:04:45 AM »
Hi All, I just found this thread and wanted to introduce myself as I have just submitted a book onto Kindle Scout. (My book is Tikopia).  Its really good to find other people who are going through this experience  - I've been obsessed with reading other people's blogs which has been really helpful and I have booked a campaign with Author Shout so will see how that goes.   

This is my first novel ever and I have absolutely no contacts or mailing list bar 70 followers on Facebook and about 3k on Twitter.  I must say I'm finding it very nerve wracking seeing my book on the Hot and Trending list with no idea what is keeping it there, or what I can do to influence it!  I look forward to chatting with you all.

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« Reply #18912 on: June 19, 2017, 06:06:04 AM »
Hi All, I just found this thread and wanted to introduce myself as I have just submitted a book onto Kindle Scout. (My book is Tikopia).  Its really good to find other people who are going through this experience  - I've been obsessed with reading other people's blogs which has been really helpful and I have booked a campaign with Author Shout so will see how that goes.   

This is my first novel ever and I have absolutely no contacts or mailing list bar 70 followers on Facebook and about 3k on Twitter.  I must say I'm finding it very nerve wracking seeing my book on the Hot and Trending list with no idea what is keeping it there, or what I can do to influence it!  I look forward to chatting with you all.

Welcome aboard and good luck! You definitely came to the right place to be absorbed in this process!

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18913 on: June 19, 2017, 07:11:21 AM »
Lucy- Thanks for the nom!

Rachel- Welcome to the madness!  If you recently submitted, then being on the recently added list is often enough to get on the H&T list for a few days.  If you post a link, Steve V can add you to his awesome list and the folks in this thread will give you a nice boost towards the end of the campaign.
             

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« Reply #18914 on: June 19, 2017, 11:01:48 AM »
Thank you for the help, Skye! Hopefully, the cover will appear below when I post this. Lincoln your trailer is as my kids say 'amazeballs' and your last blog post has been incredibly helpful to my 10 day countdown.

I've got my Kboards banner ad running tomorrow and Just Kindle Books promo today. Authorshout has been amazing and so has readper. So thank you for those suggestions.

Since everyone has been so helpful - Here's some marketing tips that have worked well for me--

My MailChimp appeal to my email list has gone pretty well and every morning I do something I call reach outs -- I reach out to 20-25 Facebook friends with a personal request.  I also post on 10-15 FREE AUTHOR PROMO FB pages which Lincoln listed in his Kindle Scout Guide - if this is your first-time on Kindle Scout - get the guide- it breaks down everything and read his blog.

I am going to maybe try google or twitter ads-  I'm a bit shy on using those because I'm scared that I'll inadvertently exceed my budget and use my boys' college funds.
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« Reply #18915 on: June 19, 2017, 11:24:58 AM »
Welcome aboard and good luck! You definitely came to the right place to be absorbed in this process!

Thanks Lincoln - I read your blog last night and it was really helpful,  I've got a campaign running on Author shout and my book has been in H&T all day but I have no idea whether the two are related!  I noticed that 90% of my traffic is internal and only 10% generated by marketing.  What is everyone else seeing? Is this unusual?

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« Reply #18916 on: June 19, 2017, 11:31:41 AM »
Thanks Lincoln - I read your blog last night and it was really helpful,  I've got a campaign running on Author shout and my book has been in H&T all day but I have no idea whether the two are related!  I noticed that 90% of my traffic is internal and only 10% generated by marketing.  What is everyone else seeing? Is this unusual?

When your book first hits the Recently Added section, you tend to stay in Hot and Trending regardless of what you're doing outside of KS because so many people are checking it out and saving it or nominating it right awy.  That's not always the case, but since there are not a lot of other books in Recently Added, that might be why. It would explain the high percentage of Internal views vs. External views as well. Once more books come on, you could slip off--but not if people really like your book (which hopefully they will!) or you are doing a lot of external promos. Those could keep it on for a very long time.
I have your book saved and will nominate when your campaign is closer to ending. Best of luck!!

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18917 on: June 19, 2017, 12:19:17 PM »


Hey guys :-) I haven't been on here in a while, but I'm still checking the lists and nominating.

So, Lincoln, Louise, Jacqueline, and I (along with several other Kindle Press authors) are doing a Facebook and Twitter Q & A about going through Kindle Scout and being published through Kindle Press. The Q & A is on Wednesday June 21st (all day). You're all invited! Feel free to ask anything, and if you want to ask your questions in advance, you can do so on the party invite or on the Q&A page.

Here is the party invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/831256907023915/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18918 on: June 19, 2017, 12:31:14 PM »
Thanks Lincoln - I read your blog last night and it was really helpful,  I've got a campaign running on Author shout and my book has been in H&T all day but I have no idea whether the two are related!  I noticed that 90% of my traffic is internal and only 10% generated by marketing.  What is everyone else seeing? Is this unusual?
My book has had between 90 and 85% internal traffic so far, and today is Day 19. Don't think that's completely normal though :)
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18919 on: June 19, 2017, 01:37:17 PM »
My book has had between 90 and 85% internal traffic so far, and today is Day 19. Don't think that's completely normal though :)

Keep in mind for internal vs external there is also some factor of number of views.

For example, let's say you're getting 2,000 views so far and you're at 50/50 internal external views. That would mean 1,000 people YOU sent outside to your book, and 1,000 people browsed and clicked on your book.

Let's say, though, that you have 4,000 views and 25/75 internal to external views. That means you send 3,000 people to your campaign, but it still got the same 1,000 people browsing.

Hence, the book that was 50/50 isn't doing 'better' at browsing, and you probably wouldn't need to worry unless you were closer to like 500 page views total and only like 25-30 were internal (hence no one clicking your cover).

Hot and trending pushes your book because most people browse the H&T list, so your internal is going to be higher based on your time spent on H&T. The longer you spend on H&T, the more internal page views you will have in general.

Also, there seems to be something about their system that registers some external page views as internal ones (maybe, for example, if users click to the campaign and then log in, it might register that click as internal because the most recent click from that user came from kindle scout). I don't have any proof of this or way pf verifying this sort of activity, but it seems plausible.

Interested in my convoluted reason? I've had a huge spread of pageviews (from 160 to 1,050) per day and yet my internal/external ratio has stayed consistently around 45/55 spread. If the numbers want me to believe that every time I've had a huge spike in pageviews from external sources they have miraculously had a huge spike in people browsing the website who also clicked on my campaign, I'll call shenanigans. It's more likely that either: the internal/external spread isn't calculated as often or accurately as the actual pageviews, or some external traffic ends up registering as internal through some sort of click tracking magic.

Or, maybe I'm just overthinking that. Oh well.

In any case, I'm super close to breaking through my campaign goal in page views (already double my Raven's Peak campaign and in a good place for hot and trending) and I have 6 days left to do it!

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18920 on: June 19, 2017, 02:32:41 PM »
No more wine and cookies in the waiting room for me!!! Just got the rejection email and first thoughts, what a relief that's all over! Disappointed? Of course. I wouldn't have gone through all the palaver otherwise! But now I can take back ownership of my writing and publishing career and that for me was the whole point of going indie.

On the plus side, the support, advice and camaraderie on this thread have been terrific and I have to say I've learnt so much these last six weeks. On top of that, being able to share the journey with other authors in the same boat has been wonderful.

I'll still be nominating though, and wishing good luck to everyone still in the process!

Now, where's that other thread...

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« Reply #18921 on: June 19, 2017, 02:55:52 PM »
Nominated:
Self Possessed
Nick of Time
The Everett Exorcism

Still waiting to hear the fate of "The Things We Do for Love"  :-X

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18922 on: June 19, 2017, 03:28:16 PM »
No more wine and cookies in the waiting room for me!!! Just got the rejection email and first thoughts, what a relief that's all over! Disappointed? Of course. I wouldn't have gone through all the palaver otherwise! But now I can take back ownership of my writing and publishing career and that for me was the whole point of going indie.

On the plus side, the support, advice and camaraderie on this thread have been terrific and I have to say I've learnt so much these last six weeks. On top of that, being able to share the journey with other authors in the same boat has been wonderful.

I'll still be nominating though, and wishing good luck to everyone still in the process!

Now, where's that other thread...

Sorry to hear that, but good luck on your further journey!
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18923 on: June 19, 2017, 04:39:47 PM »
No more wine and cookies in the waiting room for me!!! Just got the rejection email and first thoughts, what a relief that's all over! Disappointed? Of course. I wouldn't have gone through all the palaver otherwise! But now I can take back ownership of my writing and publishing career and that for me was the whole point of going indie.

On the plus side, the support, advice and camaraderie on this thread have been terrific and I have to say I've learnt so much these last six weeks. On top of that, being able to share the journey with other authors in the same boat has been wonderful.

I'll still be nominating though, and wishing good luck to everyone still in the process!

Now, where's that other thread...

There's wine?? Hey, sorry to hear that Hilary...good luck with the launch and I'm looking forward to your next campaign! See you soon Jenny Wren!

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #18924 on: June 19, 2017, 06:13:02 PM »
No more wine and cookies in the waiting room for me!!! Just got the rejection email and first thoughts, what a relief that's all over! Disappointed? Of course. I wouldn't have gone through all the palaver otherwise! But now I can take back ownership of my writing and publishing career and that for me was the whole point of going indie.

On the plus side, the support, advice and camaraderie on this thread have been terrific and I have to say I've learnt so much these last six weeks. On top of that, being able to share the journey with other authors in the same boat has been wonderful.

I'll still be nominating though, and wishing good luck to everyone still in the process!

Now, where's that other thread...

Sorry to hear about the rejection.  Were you looking for this thread?:

http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,243477.0.html

Mark