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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23775 on: January 14, 2018, 10:01:17 AM »
I nominated the top three. Good luck to Colin, Joseph, and Debralynn.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23776 on: January 14, 2018, 10:05:50 AM »
Got some really great feedback today from someone who used to submit to Scout. It's really the small things isn't it? A little bit of positivity and suddenly the world feels a lot brighter. And lo and behold, my page views really jumped up today.
Will try and be extra, super, super positive. Haha! 
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23777 on: January 14, 2018, 10:15:25 AM »
I nominated the top three. Good luck to Colin, Joseph, and Debralynn.

Thank you!
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23778 on: January 14, 2018, 10:21:50 AM »
Congrats to Joan the Made. Can't wait to read it!!
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23779 on: January 14, 2018, 10:23:48 AM »
Had three open slots and nominated:

The Commander's Daughter by Colin Moerdyke
Grak - Gnomercy by Joseph J. Bailey
Aaron and Me, Works in Progress by Debralynn Fein

Best of luck to all three!

Mark

Me too.  I hope all three get published!  So much great material, you can tell how much time and effort each author put in.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23780 on: January 14, 2018, 10:40:50 AM »
Me too.  I hope all three get published!  So much great material, you can tell how much time and effort each author put in.

Thank you, guys. This is very true, at least for me.
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23781 on: January 14, 2018, 04:17:40 PM »
May I add my new campaign to the list?

Justified Sins by Brian Drake

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/12KYCC5ARKCY7

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23782 on: January 14, 2018, 04:52:09 PM »
Hello, everyone. I want to thank Steve Vernon for creating and updating the nominations list. It helps a lot, because I was wasting my slots, basically never nominating any book until I decided to check this thread and saw his list.

Now, I'm using my slots, and I'm very happy to report that three of the books I recently nominated were selected. When I got the emails I was happy dancing, it's a nice feeling knowing my KB fellow authors were selected.

Congratulations to Carrie, Karen and Kristen!

BTW, I just nominated The Commander's Daughter. I got a good hunch about that one.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23783 on: January 14, 2018, 04:57:49 PM »
For those who followed my Scout campaign for Forged by Fire, I wanted to provide a follow-up. The campaign ended at the beginning of December, and because of some confusion within Scout, they had to kill my book twice. By then it was mid-December, and I published Forged by Fire on KDP and put it in select.

That was obviously right before Christmas, and I opted for a soft launch, which turned out to be ultra-soft. The book debuted with a ranking of #4.8 million. Thanks to some love from Kboards and a small mailing list, it zoomed up to the low five figures. It bounced around the 20K-50K range with almost no promotion for a month until I launched the second book in the series on 1/12/18. I put the first book free for five days, and by the way, if anyone wants one who didn't get it earlier, the link to Forged by Fire is in my signature.

The current launch is going great. I arranged for five days of email promotion through Book Rank, which is on Kboards, at a cost of $400. Forged by Fire is currently ranked #59 in the free Kindle store and is #1 in both free Dark Fantasy and Paranormal.

Some of that success in the launch I attribute to the visibility I got from my Scout campaign, so thanks to everyone for their support. And best of success with your efforts.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23784 on: January 14, 2018, 05:04:43 PM »
May I add my new campaign to the list?

Justified Sins by Brian Drake

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/12KYCC5ARKCY7

Great! I was wondering where the new people were recently.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23785 on: January 14, 2018, 07:10:26 PM »

BTW, I just nominated The Commander's Daughter. I got a good hunch about that one.

Thank you! I really appreciate.
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23786 on: January 14, 2018, 08:37:31 PM »
Thank you! I really appreciate.

You're welcome, best of luck!

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23787 on: January 14, 2018, 09:10:02 PM »
And the game goes on!

 :D

Nominated "Fighting to Win" and "Cutie".
Both are kick-ass books (excise my non-native English  ;))

"Aaron and Me" was already on my list.

All three are now in H&T after yesterday's bunch rode into the sunset.
Keep up the good work, guys!
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23788 on: January 15, 2018, 01:23:37 AM »
It's Monday morning. I've got a day shift at work waiting for me.

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

3 days left Aaron and Me, Works in Progress by Debralynn Fein
4 days left Fighting to Win by Sadie Riley
6 days left Cutie by Peter Stein
10 days left An Occupied Grave by A.G. Barnett
12 days left Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller
12 days left Knight School by Robert G. Culp
12 days left The Thief's Son by Jose Carlos Antunes
13 days left Blood Will Tell by Colleen S. Myers
17 days left Acts of God and Other Damage by Missy Wilkinson
17 days left Secret of the Lost Key by Paul Kilmartin
18 days left Angels In The Basement by Kristi Lane
18 days left The Human Dilemma by Rupert Exavier Moore
19 days left The Ancient Tripod of Peace by Kalen Cap
19 days left My Love Is Vengeance by Georgiana Derwent
27 days left Justified Sins by Brian Drae
27 days left Imperfect Li(v)es by SA Krishnan

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!

PS: Don't forget, if you HAVEN'T been selected for Kindle Scout and you are wondering what to do next you can get just as much help from the "My Book Wasn't Accepted For Kindle Scout - Now What?" thread. Even if you already know what you are going to do I guarantee you'll get an awful lot of support from the gang over there!

Check it out - https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,243477.0.html

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23789 on: January 15, 2018, 03:09:00 AM »
The final stats for "The Commander's Daughter" are in!

Total views: 11,188

Kindle Scout: 4.1K (37%)
External: 7K (63%)

Hours in H&T: 305 (42%)


For anyone interested in day-by-day breakdown, here are the links to my stats:

- Final stats page (PDF):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kwkm78kgkff5iv5/Kindle%20Scout%20Final%20Stats.pdf?dl=0

- Tracking Dashboard (Excel):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/u6kj1o3bsmc9fk0/The%20Commander%27s%20Daughter%20-%20Kindle%20Scout%20Stats%20Final.xlsx?dl=0

Some take-home learnings:

1. Never underestimate the power of niche book marketing sites (readper.com, justkindle.com) and one-man-band freelancers (abavaz on Fiverr etc.) They got me onto H&T, FB ads didn't.
2. FB clicks are expensive.  :o Prepare your bank balance to take a serious burn. Save up in advance if you don't want your mortgage payment to bounce (yes mine did, sorting that out now).
3. It's all about the spirit of the game, sense of community and belonging. The best thing I got out of this campaign is you guys. Thank you for being along with me on this roller-coaster trip.

Good luck to all those who are still enjoying the ride!
« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 04:28:29 AM by sceptique »
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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23790 on: January 15, 2018, 06:35:59 AM »
Now that I've received my rejection, I plan to get the ebook out quickly. I want to look the book over first before hitting that Submit button.

Hey, just preordered my kindle copy of Ronessa Aveela's "The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village (Dragon Village Book 1)" - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B078Z8J41V

Neat to see something so recent up on Amazon already.

My listing with kindle scout for "The Ancient Tripod of Peace" is in that murky middle third of its run.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1X44DG0TTIURM

The listing's been a bit of a yo-yo on trending, but am grateful for the support and learning valuable nuances with the ks stats, promotions, and this forum.

 

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23791 on: January 15, 2018, 08:04:15 AM »
The final stats for "The Commander's Daughter" are in!

Total views: 11,188


That's just amazing. I expect to see a "selected" for your book in a couple of days. :)

1. Never underestimate the power of niche book marketing sites (readper.com, justkindle.com) and one-man-band freelancers (abavaz on Fiverr etc.) They got me onto H&T, FB ads didn't.

Interesting. FB ads worked for me, but not the other avenues.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2018, 08:06:14 AM by ronesa_aveela »

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« Reply #23792 on: January 15, 2018, 11:15:25 AM »
Bang! Hit the H&T list bigtime! Cutie is back in the game!  :o

To all of you that has given me encouraging words, one million thanks, it really means the world to me.

I don't like to disturb the peace here by posting every five minutes or so, but I have read everything:

R.E.Moore: "Don't give up before it's over", Bill Hiatt: "Books have been selected with few hours in hot and trending"
Brigitta Moon: "So, even if you throw in the towel, ignore your campaign, or give up, the campaign will run without you."
sceptique: "Nominated 'Fighting to Win' and 'Cutie'."

With those words ringing in my ears I decided to do one last push. At least I can finish this program the best way possible.

(And there is always that editorial note for consolation prize, right?)

Before I go, one of the books I've nominated, when I got the thank you letter, it stated that the author
would make sure that everyone that had nominated would get the book even if it wasn't selected. (Just send an email...)

What do you think about that?

Kind regards from this happy camper!

/Peter

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« Reply #23793 on: January 15, 2018, 12:06:54 PM »
It's Monday morning. I've got a day shift at work waiting for me.

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

3 days left Aaron and Me, Works in Progress by Debralynn Fein
4 days left Fighting to Win by Sadie Riley
6 days left Cutie by Peter Stein
10 days left An Occupied Grave by A.G. Barnett
12 days left Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller
12 days left Knight School by Robert G. Culp
12 days left The Thief's Son by Jose Carlos Antunes
13 days left Blood Will Tell by Colleen S. Myers
17 days left Acts of God and Other Damage by Missy Wilkinson
17 days left Secret of the Lost Key by Paul Kilmartin
18 days left Angels In The Basement by Kristi Lane
18 days left The Human Dilemma by Rupert Exavier Moore
19 days left The Ancient Tripod of Peace by Kalen Cap
19 days left My Love Is Vengeance by Georgiana Derwent
27 days left Justified Sins by Brian Drae

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!

PS: Don't forget, if you HAVEN'T been selected for Kindle Scout and you are wondering what to do next you can get just as much help from the "My Book Wasn't Accepted For Kindle Scout - Now What?" thread. Even if you already know what you are going to do I guarantee you'll get an awful lot of support from the gang over there!

Check it out - https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,243477.0.html

Just nominated The Cutie and Fighting To Win.  Good luck to both authors :)

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23794 on: January 15, 2018, 01:26:55 PM »
The final stats for "The Commander's Daughter" are in!

Total views: 11,188

Kindle Scout: 4.1K (37%)
External: 7K (63%)

Hours in H&T: 305 (42%)


For anyone interested in day-by-day breakdown, here are the links to my stats:

- Final stats page (PDF):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/kwkm78kgkff5iv5/Kindle%20Scout%20Final%20Stats.pdf?dl=0

- Tracking Dashboard (Excel):
https://www.dropbox.com/s/u6kj1o3bsmc9fk0/The%20Commander%27s%20Daughter%20-%20Kindle%20Scout%20Stats%20Final.xlsx?dl=0

Some take-home learnings:

1. Never underestimate the power of niche book marketing sites (readper.com, justkindle.com) and one-man-band freelancers (abavaz on Fiverr etc.) They got me onto H&T, FB ads didn't.
2. FB clicks are expensive.  :o Prepare your bank balance to take a serious burn. Save up in advance if you don't want your mortgage payment to bounce (yes mine did, sorting that out now).
3. It's all about the spirit of the game, sense of community and belonging. The best thing I got out of this campaign is you guys. Thank you for being along with me on this roller-coaster trip.

Good luck to all those who are still enjoying the ride!

Wow, well done on those stats. that's got to give you a good chance of selection (fingers crossed for you). or failing that, a massive boost if you publish yourself.
And thanks for sharing your detailed breakdown, it makes for a fascinating read. I'm having a major lull at the moment, need to think of a way to get things moving again.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23795 on: January 15, 2018, 03:51:00 PM »

Before I go, one of the books I've nominated, when I got the thank you letter, it stated that the author
would make sure that everyone that had nominated would get the book even if it wasn't selected. (Just send an email...)

What do you think about that?

Kind regards from this happy camper!

/Peter
One of Lincoln Cole's old tricks. And a very good idea.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23796 on: January 15, 2018, 05:50:08 PM »
Please vote for the story Imperfect Li(v)es if you like the preview of the story.
A sudden rain and some lies.
Imperfect Li(v)es
An ex-army man and a girl meet by chance.
Their unexpected trip throws up some surprises and a love story.
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/A2Z1UO0COSI6
If you like the preview, please vote for it.
Thank you!

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23797 on: January 15, 2018, 06:55:03 PM »

Before I go, one of the books I've nominated, when I got the thank you letter, it stated that the author
would make sure that everyone that had nominated would get the book even if it wasn't selected. (Just send an email...)

What do you think about that?

Kind regards from this happy camper!

/Peter

I did make the offer of a free book to everyone who nominated my book, based on a suggestion by Lincoln. My campaign was for a first in series urban fantasy, Forged in Fire, and I'd give it to everyone if I could. It's in Kindle Unlimited, so that's not possible.

Anyway, I put my email address in the message Scout sends to everyone at the end of the campaign, and I was surprised that several dozen people took me up on the offer. I promptly sent the mobi file out with instructions on how to sideload it.

And that was that. As far as I can tell, only one of those folks left me a review. But as I said, my main purpose was to introduce as many people as possible to the series, so I don't regret giving the first book away at all.


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« Reply #23798 on: January 15, 2018, 07:01:03 PM »
Only 12 days left for Knight School.  Please, anyone who has read the plot, one-liner or story preview, and has an open slot nominate Knight School.  You can do so at this link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1DM8E9JSHPS3S

I need all the nominations that I can get, because after all this time I have still failed to get on the hot and trending list.  I'm hoping to get some editorial feedback, even if my book does get rejected.  Thanks for everyone who has nominated my book or added it to their saves.  I'll try to keep everyone posted on Knight School's stats.  I have to admit it's been a fun experience so far and I hope that I can finish strong.  Either way it's been a hell of a ride.  Lol.

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Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« Reply #23799 on: January 16, 2018, 12:19:13 AM »
Wow, well done on those stats. that's got to give you a good chance of selection (fingers crossed for you). or failing that, a massive boost if you publish yourself.
And thanks for sharing your detailed breakdown, it makes for a fascinating read. I'm having a major lull at the moment, need to think of a way to get things moving again.

Thanks for the encouragement!

Yep, it's all in that file: ups and downs, soaring highs and soul-crushing lows.... :) No wonder some people love staring at numbers. ;)

Good luck with your campaign and my regards to good ole London! I miss it.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2018, 12:20:52 AM by sceptique »
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