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BTW - For those of you who are interested, I just published on Amazon . . .

As promised, here is the tweet link in case you would like to share:

I proudly retweeted -- best of luck to you!

Thanks for sharing your story, Ronn. I'm still working on my first and your story is especially encouraging because those dates you list don't seem so very long ago. But then I'm about your age :D.

BTW, I also grew up fascinated by my dad's 1944 Bluejacket's Manual, which I still have. A lot of good advice there, like to always carefully dry between all of your toes after a shower.

Best of luck with your next release!

Paying for ads is definitely the way to go . . . Here's that site:

Thanks, Aaron! This is really great info for me, a newbie whose original roll-out plan was based on submitting to Kindle Scout in May. (Now working on Plan B.)

Why can't it always feel like step #3?

I didn't see any posts from anyone saying if it was only my account that was fixed (nominations not leaving after the campaign ended), or if everyone was fixed?  I am hoping it is the latter being that it time for my final stretch and I need to beg for nominations.


It's fixed for me too.

I went to nominate Steve's list for today and found the nominations due to end yesterday still showing as current. I deleted the older ones so I could enter today's, but felt like I might be un-nominating the earlier ones in doing so. There's a definite ghost town vibe.

Yep, just got the same email.

"As of April 3rd, Kindle Scout will no longer accept new submissions, and you will no longer be able to start a new Kindle Scout campaign. Once the current campaigns end their voting period, you will have until May 31st to log into your Kindle Scout profile, redeem free copies of your selected nominations, and save any info you may want."

Writers' Cafe / Re: How will the facebook troubles effect writers?
« on: March 27, 2018, 03:23:45 PM »
Upon checking, I found one piece of information Facebook showed was my birth date. :( Heck, that's the universal "password" used by medical offices, so Facebook might as well show my social security number. I deleted it right away. Sure, that's closing the barn door after the cow's gone, but maybe it's not too late for some of the chickens.

I finally got all my campaign data analyzed, and oh boy, do I have some really cool insights. SICARIUS SOUL hit the H&T list within 9 hours of launch and stayed there for the entire campaign, which gave me 711 hours of unbroken H&T data. I also followed up with all my vendors for click data, so I know the cost-per-click (not per view, necessarily, as you'll see in my notes.)

I pulled the information into a book which is FREE for the next two days as a huge thank you to this community.

In addition to cost-per-cilck information, I have data on:
1. On average, how many internal views does 24-hours on the Hot & Trending list generate each day
2. Is the rotation on the Hot & Trending list truly random?

Once you've read through it, let me know if you have any questions or want me to dig deeper into my data. I can look and see if I have enough data to glean more insights. Happy reading!

Thank you!!!

There's something to be said for efficiency. My campaign closed Friday at midnight and before 9:00 a.m. today I was already rejected...
I promised to share my feedback and here it is.

JT, sorry Cleopatra wasn't chosen, but I'm sure it will do well anyway.

Thanks a million for "paying it forward." I'm still in the editing phase with my upcoming KS candidate so your feedback is tremendously helpful. Insta -- who'd have thought?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: February 24, 2018, 08:04:11 AM »
I'm hacking and coughing up gross gooey green globules of phlegm and my speaking voice sounds like the love child of Louis Armstrong and George Burns gargling in a sandstorm.

There are no symptoms like a novelist's symptoms.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Feelin' down, and wondering "what is the point"?
« on: February 22, 2018, 12:20:47 PM »
I have to admit, the wind has really been taken out of my indie sails lately...

Thank you for starting this thread, RightHo. My first novel is just now at the copy edit stage and I've got way more questions than answers. This discussion, drama and all, has really helped me realize the decisions I need to make. Do I intend my efforts to be an art or a business? Or maybe some kind of semi-profitable craft? Do I want to appeal to the paying customers of 2018 or the schoolchildren of 2118? Do I want to keep up with the Joneses or do I maybe want a shot at being the new Jones?

Best of luck on getting your mojo back. And, again, thanks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: February 08, 2018, 07:58:50 AM »
Hi fellow writers - I was told I should post here too. Ashamed to say I wasn't previously a member!

I have a Kindle Scout campaign active in sci-fi called Neon Sands: - would love for your support if it gets your interest :) Thanks in advance!

Now, to have a look around...

Welcome, Adam!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:04:24 PM »
The good news is that KELPIE DREAMS is currently on sale from this Sunday to next Sunday (February 4 to February 11) for 99 cents.

Check it out -,243477.0.html

Thanks, Steve - I just invested $0.99 (US) in what promises to be a great read.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:01:04 PM »
Hi. One of the lovely people on this thread reached out to me and told me about this board. I have my first Kindle Scout book in a campaign right now. It's been on hot and trending for half the campaign but slipped off last night.

Also happy to see that a book I nominated, Island on Fire, was selected!

Glad to see you here, Beth. Coyote Ate the Stars looks like it could be a real contender.

Thanks, Lincoln. I like that cover quite a bit myself. :) I got Author Shout off your website. They are amazing. They made me graphics and a short teaser video.

Jill, I went to Author Shout and watched your teaser video. Impressive!

This just in: Cutie was not selected.

Sorry it didn't get selected, but I'm still looking forward to reading my copy of Cutie!

Some of us need Kindle Scout to get the ball rolling.
That's my situation, too. Getting selected would be super, but the real motivation is early exposure to a whole lot of eyeballs. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: I need help with a trope
« on: January 16, 2018, 09:25:14 AM »
Possibly lack of facial hair?

Greetings and welcome!
Your novel sounds interesting. My two cents: (1) Don't hurry with the edits, and (2) don't underestimate the importance of the cover.
Good luck.
Thanks for the advice, R.E. If you wouldnít mind sharing, what editing steps did you go through before submitting to KS?

Greetings, all!

Iíve been lurking here for a while so itís time to step out of the shadows. Per the frequent suggestions, Iíve read the last 50+ pages before posting. I will try, but probably fail, to avoid stale questions.

I am a Texan, retired from a career in IT and manufacturing. During NaNoWriMo I completed the first draft of Two Moons, a YA si-fi novel about a planet where everyone remembers a previous life on Earth. The book is still very much in the re-draft stage, but I plan to submit it to KS when itís ready.

Meanwhile, Iím keeping my KS nomination slots filled with the books on Steveís list.

Introductions & Welcomes / By way of introduction...
« on: January 05, 2018, 10:54:41 AM »
Hello, all!
     I'm RE Johnston, from Fort Worth, Texas. I've retired from a life of information systems and manufacturing, and am now working toward a second career as an indie author. Although I've previously failed to come close to finishing a novel, I decided all that would change with Nanowrimo 2017. I finished cranking out 50,000 words with four days to spare, so I proudly bought the "winner" tee shirt! Since then, I've written all the way to those two magic words, "The End." The book may not yet be ready for the bright lights, but it's a completed first draft nonetheless. :D
     Beta readers (i.e., family and friends) are now scouring through the draft. After recovering from beta, the novel will then go on for editing, cover design, formatting and proofreading. Polished and properly attired it will then seek its fortune on Kindle Scout.
     I'll see y'all on the boards!

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