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« Reply #19575 on: July 17, 2017, 02:14:25 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.

Sorry to hear about your rejection.  Thank you for solidifying the fact that H&T doesn't always make a difference.  Definitely post when your book is available.  I would be happy to RT if you send out something on Twitter about it being available.

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« Reply #19576 on: July 17, 2017, 02:24:18 PM »
Sorry to hear about your rejection.  Thank you for solidifying the fact that H&T doesn't always make a difference.  Definitely post when your book is available.  I would be happy to RT if you send out something on Twitter about it being available.

Thanks. I'll for sure post on here when it's available and I'll tweet it also.

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« Reply #19577 on: July 17, 2017, 02:52:57 PM »
Ok Steve,
I'm going to try and do this right. You said post my link.

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« Reply #19578 on: July 17, 2017, 02:55:37 PM »
Guess I should have finished after link.
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« Reply #19579 on: July 17, 2017, 03:40:57 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.
Sorry to hear that! I've come to the same conclusion about spending money on campaigning.  There have been a ton of successful self-launches after KS. I'm sure your book will still do very well! Think of all the people you already have interested! :)

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« Reply #19580 on: July 17, 2017, 03:46:18 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.
After all that time in the waiting room, that's hard news to hear after such awesome stats. But all those nominations will translate to a great launch & much success for Unknown Presence. I'm looking forward to hearing when it's out.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #19581 on: July 17, 2017, 04:59:16 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.

Oh ! so that again ratifies, that H&T is not the boss. The internal , external or number of views  does not make much difference, it is what the Kindle press editors feel is good to publish. Luckily, i have not spend a huge amount promoting the book, but through my own network alone. The newsletters and email campaigns are very effective. All the more better of you shoot personalized e-mail campaigns. SMS campaigns. Instead of facebook ads, try and get them posted on the timelines of your friends, often.
Best wishes for your book. May it become a bestseller soon, even without kindle press.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #19582 on: July 17, 2017, 05:54:01 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.

Sorry to hear the unwanted news, Alicia. However, look at all the potential readers you now have! I expect you to have a great launch.

Nominations are:
Cave Hill
Red Fingernails
Silver Spring-Time

Best of luck to all.

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« Reply #19583 on: July 17, 2017, 06:02:26 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.
Sorry to hear that. Its really tough, especially considering your campaign stats & agree with everyone that at least you have set up a good market for your book if you want to self -publish!

Best of luck!

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« Reply #19584 on: July 17, 2017, 06:05:32 PM »
Sorry Alicia. But remember that you weren't rejected...just not selected...a BIG difference! Your book now has gazillions of potential readers! Good luck.

Last day for Cave Hill. Thanks to everyone for the views and noms. In hindsight I don't think I should have gone with the knife, but what's done is done. During the campaign I put the finishing touches to The Fallen Child (which is not an Ian Tercaronni adventure) so hopefully I'll be back in a couple of days. Hammering away at Truk Lagoon (the next Ian Tercaronni Adventure) now. :)

It's all fun...right?

David

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #19585 on: July 17, 2017, 06:18:14 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.

Sorry to hear the news and I hope you have an awesome launch.  With those stats, you should have a good release.  You are smart to get it out soon.  Waiting too long after the campaign can slow your momentum.
             

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« Reply #19586 on: July 17, 2017, 06:34:59 PM »
Sorry Alicia. But remember that you weren't rejected...just not selected...a BIG difference! Your book now has gazillions of potential readers! Good luck.

Last day for Cave Hill. Thanks to everyone for the views and noms. In hindsight I don't think I should have gone with the knife, but what's done is done. During the campaign I put the finishing touches to The Fallen Child (which is not an Ian Tercaronni adventure) so hopefully I'll be back in a couple of days. Hammering away at Truk Lagoon (the next Ian Tercaronni Adventure) now. :)

It's all fun...right?

David

I've seen at least one Kindle Press title with a knife or weapon on the cover, including "Deadly Choices," which features a knife on the cover. Besides, I think Kindle Press allows for change of cover after acceptance. See this link:http://www.sfwa.org/2016/04/kindle-scout-works/

Anyway, I wouldn't thrown in the towel because of the cover. Cave Hill is a fantastic read. You stand as good a chance as they come.

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« Reply #19587 on: July 17, 2017, 07:27:23 PM »
In hindsight I don't think I should have gone with the knife, but what's done is done.

One more thing about covers: Rita Stradling posted here that she had the following experience ---

I just found out that Kindle Press can give you 48 hours notice before changing your cover... I'm a little sad and worried about this because one of my favorite things about Kindle Press is you get to pick your own cover.

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« Reply #19588 on: July 17, 2017, 08:31:09 PM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.

Alicia, your campaign goes to show that you can market well, and I'm sure you will do well with the book. Good luck with the launch!

Also nominated Cave Hill, good luck, David!

I've got a little less than a week left on Untangling the Black Web. What an experience it's been.

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« Reply #19589 on: July 17, 2017, 08:49:44 PM »
Sorry Alicia. But remember that you weren't rejected...just not selected...a BIG difference! Your book now has gazillions of potential readers! Good luck.

Last day for Cave Hill. Thanks to everyone for the views and noms. In hindsight I don't think I should have gone with the knife, but what's done is done. During the campaign I put the finishing touches to The Fallen Child (which is not an Ian Tercaronni adventure) so hopefully I'll be back in a couple of days. Hammering away at Truk Lagoon (the next Ian Tercaronni Adventure) now. :)

It's all fun...right?

David

I am going to frame this and have it handy for when I get my rejection notice! LOL! "Remember you weren't rejected...just not selected."  Great words David!

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« Reply #19590 on: July 17, 2017, 08:53:27 PM »
Alicia, your campaign goes to show that you can market well, and I'm sure you will do well with the book. Good luck with the launch!

Also nominated Cave Hill, good luck, David!

I've got a little less than a week left on Untangling the Black Web. What an experience it's been.

Hi Jacobs,

Wishing you all the best !! I am pretty sure, you'll make it.  I have nominated your book. The medical corruption is at its heights in most of the countries today. A great plot to have written a book on that. Waiting for it to get selected.

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« Reply #19591 on: July 17, 2017, 09:00:50 PM »
You're welcome! Debbie Burke pointed me to your site in the middle of my campaign as well kboards, as did Michelle Kidd. Both tips have made quite a difference in my views/H&T stats. Next time (if there is one) I'll be more prepared instead of abysmally not so. Of course, I can only pray that DM thinks my editing/proofing stands up to her standards  ;)

Ajit,
My family is spread out across the continents, I'm afraid! Globalization is not always a good thing although travel of course makes keeping in touch much easier. Good luck to you in your campaign as well. You are a good storyteller, so that in spite of the fact that English is not your native tongue, you are able to communicate certain cultural attitudes & perspectives in an entertaining fashion. Besides, the Romeo & Juliet love story never gets old!

Thanks Rena !!
It means a lot when it comes from the fellow authors. It does boost you up, to be better, the next day. Best wishes for your book. I have nominated your book. Though i feel, you'll have a neck to neck with 'Fairest One' by Amy Linnabary.

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« Reply #19592 on: July 17, 2017, 09:46:02 PM »
Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement.  They are very much appreciated.

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« Reply #19593 on: July 18, 2017, 12:23:53 AM »

Nominations are:
Cave Hill
Red Fingernails
Silver Spring-Time

Best of luck to all.

Thank you Anita
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« Reply #19594 on: July 18, 2017, 01:35:32 AM »
It's Tuesday.

The birds outside my window are singing sweetly. I want to sing along with them, but I'm pretty sure I'd only scare them away.

Let's get to the 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

2 days left Red Fingernails by Maryann Pride
2 days left Silver Spring-Time by Cecilia Hopkins-Drewer
2 days left Necrosworn by J.B. Markes
5 days left Untangling the Black Web by T.F. Jacobs
9 days left Cybele by Rena Arun
12 days left Tropical Nights by Jelmer De Haan
13 days left I Think I Know You...Karyuna, Do I? by Ajit Panicker
13 days left The 13th Sign by Kate Warren
20 days left Ghost in the Park by Julianne Q. Johnson
20 days left Mister Miracle by Carey Lewis
23 days left Ardor's Peril by Bemy Well
25 days left Ersha's Revenge by D.M. Chappell

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 #19595 on: July 18, 2017, 04:17:45 AM »
How's everyone else doing in the waiting room?  I'm checking my email continually even though I know it's the middle of the night in the US (I assume that's where they make the decision).  Thinking of upgrading the icecreams and coffee to something stronger like G&T if they take too long!

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« Reply #19596 on: July 18, 2017, 06:51:25 AM »
I want to warn anyone who reads this post NOT to post a nomination request on the community forums on KDP.  Since everyone had recommended that I look at Lincoln Cole and Tom Swyer I searched those boards and saw they, and many others, had asked for nominations. So, I posted mine. I was just notified by KDP that I am banned from posting on the boards because of my request.  You are not allowed to "solicit" the KDP members in any form.  So, learn from my mistake.  Don't do it.
Vintage Amazon reaction: ignore something for months, then randomly ding someone for it. I've seen several people go through their whole campaigns with a solicitation thread on the KDP forum.

At least you got an email. The other day, I tried to post and discovered I was banned. I sent customer service an email questioning the decision, since all my posts have been innocuous (unless they were going back months to when I joined a Scout promotion thread). I never got an answer, but when I tested again, the ban had been lifted.

I sometimes think being banned by the KDP forum is actually a favor. This is a much better place to spend time, anyway. I've hung onto the KDP forum because there are a few good posters there who've never shown up here, but I'd actually make better use of my time if I didn't.


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« Reply #19597 on: July 18, 2017, 06:55:42 AM »
Just got my rejection letter. 97% on my campaign on H&T with 6K views doesn't mean anything but a self promotion for publishing it myself. From what I've learned in this campaign, I wouldn't spend very much money on getting views, because it doesn't mean anything. They will pick whatever they feel will be best for their program. Good luck to everyone!  I'll be rooting for you from the side lines. 😊  Unknown Presence will be available very soon. I need to make a few changes before I self publish.
If I recall correctly, someone with 14,000 views got rejected a few months back.

The good news is that, with that much activity, you have an excellent shot at a strong new release. My Scout reject (with lower stats than yours) broke every (prawny) record I had up to that point and stayed in the top 5,000 (and frequently the top 2,000) for three months, in the top 20,000 for another two. While I would have liked to be published by Kindle Press and will try again, I benefited enormously from my campaign.


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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #19598 on: July 18, 2017, 07:06:33 AM »
Had a couple slots open, so nominations are in for:

2 days left Necrosworn by J.B. Markes
5 days left Untangling the Black Web by T.F. Jacobs

Good luck to everybody!


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« Reply #19599 on: July 18, 2017, 07:09:12 AM »
It's Tuesday.

The birds outside my window are singing sweetly. I want to sing along with them, but I'm pretty sure I'd only scare them away.

Let's get to the 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

2 days left Red Fingernails by Maryann Pride
2 days left Silver Spring-Time by Cecilia Hopkins-Drewer
2 days left Necrosworn by J.B. Markes
5 days left Untangling the Black Web by T.F. Jacobs
9 days left Cybele by Rena Arun
12 days left Tropical Nights by Jelmer De Haan
13 days left I Think I Know You...Karyuna, Do I? by Ajit Panicker
13 days left The 13th Sign by Kate Warren
20 days left Ghost in the Park by Julianne Q. Johnson
20 days left Mister Miracle by Carey Lewis
23 days left Ardor's Peril by Bemy Well
25 days left Ersha's Revenge by D.M. Chappell

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!

Thanks a ton, Steve 😊👍

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