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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 27, 2015, 12:45:48 PM »
Black Friday News: I sold 12 copies of Almshouse in the last 5 hours, and my ranking is dropping instead of rising. I think the system is either taking longer to update at 99 cents a copy, or everyone is selling bulks today. Oh well, tomorrow is another day :P
Those are awesome sales Blanche!  I had this happen quite a bit recently (for downloads not sales).  I was showing a lot of pages read during a day, and I just figured that they had borrowed before then and that it wasn't affecting sales ranks because of that.  But then my rank rose by a lot seemingly randomly later in the day.  This has happened on sales too.  I think it waits for payments to process which can (for some reason in this day in age) take a while.  Sometimes I buy a book in the early afternoon, and I don't get the conformation email until the evening.  Frustrating since it does update hourly, just not always accurately for the hour.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 27, 2015, 11:28:28 AM »
:( sounds like more trolls...

out of curiosity, who did the covers for your series?
My husband freehand drew my other series on paper, and I used Photoshop for filling in color and texture.  I know they aren't the best, but I'm happy with them.  With the new one, I did it all with Photoshop.  I've been tempted to looking into professional cover artists, but I'm not really able to afford it yet.  Maybe one day.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 27, 2015, 10:47:52 AM »
Dowloading Fazed onto KU now. I'll read and review by the end of the day. :)

For my own book, I finally told my network (art community, law school and alma mater schoolmates) that I wrote a book; they took it better than I expected. Some of them shared it on their websites/with their network or recommended it to family members. Maybe ask friends to help out? One of my former business partners offered to help me promote in exchange for some of my artwork.
Thanks Blanche! ;D I've never had good luck with the friends or family.  If they have written reviews, I shake my head while reading them because they look so fake and like I paid someone to write them (they've gotten down-voted because of this).  I gave up there a while ago.  I did get one good review on Goodreads from a giveaway I did for this book.  Giveaways are always hit and miss for me there.  I feel like people don't necessarily read the excerpt before entering the giveaway.  I've gotten some bad ones on my previous series because winners weren't in my target audience or because they got book 5 in a 6 book series and (surprise) had no idea what was going on because the series had already been established.  I no longer have connections to my previous employment.  I've been doing some research and I might have a possible avenue for generating reviews.  If it pans out I'll share it here for anyone else in my situation.  I've got The Almshouse on my Kindle waiting for my winter break where I get to binge-read!  Looking forward to it!  And I will most definitely write a review.  I did down-vote your troll.  I hate it when that happens.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 27, 2015, 09:58:50 AM »
Has anyone else noticed the massive chart shifts? It seems like sales are double what they normally are. I used BKnights to try to stay afloat (He works miraclees; 5 units sold in 3 hours, and the ad cost $5.) I recommend him for cybermonday.
I wish I could see a difference.  I think my lack of reviews is hurting me there though.  I signed up for a BKnights promotion and it's supposed to happen on Monday.  We'll see.  My books often fall into obscurity in the rankings.  I'm glad to see yours doing well Blanche :) Did you do something for upping reviews?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 25, 2015, 02:31:04 PM »
Just got my email!  Congrats Armand!!!   ;D  Looking forward to getting to read more of Dirty Deeds!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 20, 2015, 05:46:51 PM »
Well dang it.  I hate the "string of bad emails" days.  My condolences Daisy, Amelia & Blanche  :(  I loved all of your excerpts and wish you all luck on your future plans.  I hope I get the opportunity to buy my copies  ;D

Hang in there Armand!  I know how it feels to be left alone in the limbo fun.  Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Well, day 3 since launch day for me and I'm already seeing my Amazon ranking falling into obscurity.  Meh, that's life, right?  I did get my first review on Goodreads from my giveaway which did brighten my day a bit at least.  It's giving me the drive to work on book 2 in my series when I have the time  :D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 19, 2015, 12:34:04 PM »
Heck, Skyla - I see that cover of FAEZED & CONFUSED all over my Twitter and Facebook feeds these last couple of days. Word is getting out. You will definitely sell a bunch.
:)
Thanks Steve :)  Getting the word out has always been my downfall so hearing this is a real morale booster.  My Amazon rank numbers are staying good, but KDP slacks on the updating of sales/page reads so I kind of get to find out after the fact.  It had me a little discouraged in the beginning as my numbers weren't matching up.  Now, I'm just nervous waiting for that first review.  I know not all are good, but the first one I am always more anxious about.  Trying not to think about it.

James, welcome to the board, and 1,000 page views in a couple days is freaking awesome!  Just remember it's a marathon, not a sprint.  Spread some of your pleading for nominations out over the 30 days.  I wish I had done better with that.

Armand, congrats on entering the final day!  And then onto limbo.  I've got a good feeling, that I hope is right.

I've gotten all new Scout books saved to peruse later, and I'm keeping up on my nominations.  I'm hoping to hear some good news soon on those stuck in limbo soon!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 18, 2015, 06:39:44 PM »
Funny thing, Jennifer, your thunderclap came up on my twitter feed, and it's been just about the most popular tweet I've ever had. It's been retweeted like 5 times. It looks like people are interested in your book!
Aww thanks Dale, that makes me feel good.  It hasn't been a very big launch for me, but it's definitely the best I've ever had so that means a lot.  I really like watching the Kindle Unlimited chart which shows pages read, which has easily topped every other ebook to date.  Someone can buy a book and take months-years before they ever read it.  I like seeing that people are actually reading it, and from the looks of it a lot of people are.  That's what brings me the most joy :D  It's nice that Amazon allows this while I still get to make a bit of money when they do.

I look forward to reading Watching Amy when it's finally available ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 17, 2015, 11:16:50 AM »
So glad you have your book in Kindle Unlimited, Skyla! Thank so much :)
I love giving people the option to read for free :D All my ebooks are exclusive to Amazon simply for that fact.  I'm happy to see people taking advantage of it!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 17, 2015, 10:59:04 AM »
Good luck! Nice ranking so far, which is a good sign! Let me know if you tweet about it and I'll share it to all of my Twitter followers.

Armand
Thanks Armand  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 17, 2015, 09:44:02 AM »
I've already got my copy!!  Good luck!!!  And good luck to everyone still waiting!!

Diary:  November 17th, 12:37 pm:  I am now halfway through the 5th day of my self-imposed torture.  It is getting so that I dread the vibration of my cell phone signalling another new email has been received only to be disappointed again.  While I'm, naturally hoping for a positive response, I am moving quickly to the point of I JUST WANT TO KNOW.
Thanks Daisy!  ;D  And I totally get that frustration/optimism.  Limbo is a horrible place to be, especially when it stretches on.  Hoping for news soon, good news!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 17, 2015, 09:33:13 AM »
Well, it's release day for me and I'm definitely nervous.  I've never had a good release day before, partially because I've never done much to promote my books.  I learned a lot about promoting during my Scout Campaign and I'm really hoping that this will transfer over to a better day one for me now.  I guess we'll see.

Faezed & Confused on Amazon

I'm still keeping up on my nominations.  I've got Armand, Jenny & Alison in there now.  Looking forward to hearing good news for Blanche, Daisy & Amelia.  Good luck to everyone!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 14, 2015, 09:28:52 PM »
Steve & Bob glad to help and get some enjoyment in too!   ;D

So I totally slacked on homework today and instead devoured The Lost Art of Second Chances (I was in a romantic mood I guess).  Great read Courtney!  I'm sure you're still lurking around here from time to time.  I loved the back and forth between the past and present.  The flow was excellent.  I'll be looking into your other books when I get through my to-read pile.  So many books, so little time.

Which one shall I read next?  Hmmm I think it will depend on my mood at the time, since they're all so different, but I'll have all read by the end of the year.  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 14, 2015, 11:22:11 AM »
I've got: Uncertain Origin, A Blurt in Time, The One-Eyed King, Char & The Lost Art of Second Chances on my Kindle now.  I also have The Prophet of Marathon for pre-order.  I have many others, but K-boarders are first on my to-read list.  Oh, and Lisa, I picked up my copy of Betrayal's Price  ;D

I might not be able to wait for December to read.  Shhhh don't tell my professors  8)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 14, 2015, 10:09:04 AM »
Such a great attitude Steve!  Can't wait to dig in.   ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 13, 2015, 07:21:03 PM »
I just wanted to let the people who nominated Char in Kindle Scout know that I set up today as a free day as a thank you for your support. I was going to post here earlier but I'm a news junkie and got snared by the stuff happening in Paris.

Bottom line, if you can over to Amazon before midnight Pacific Time, you can pick Char up for free. After that it goes to $2.99. I noticed a lot of links from here in my stats, so I just wanted to let you know.

And for those of you still in Scout campaigns: Good luck. I'm still scouting and nominating.
That is awesome Dale!  I got my copy.  My binge reading month is going to be awesome!  So many good books to read.  Soooo looking forward to it  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 13, 2015, 04:51:12 PM »
 :(  Sorry Steve.  I wish it was better news.  I hope you'll be joining the majority of us into self-publishing so I can get my copy!  December is going to be a big reading month for me ;D  Gotta stock up as much as I can.  K-boarder books are first in line  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 13, 2015, 11:29:26 AM »
Thanks Felipe! :)

 They finally decided on Death God, the book that ended its campaign on November 1. I feel like I should buy the book anyway. The author clearly worked hard on it, and I can't imagine what it's like to wait two whole weeks for a decision.
Seriously, Blanche.  I was looking forward to a positive outcome on that one based on how long they were taking.  I sent the author an email, and offered for her to join us to share her experience.  I'll buy it if she does self-publish.  I really liked that one.  Good luck on your final day, Blanche!  You've got 2 nominations from this house.  And have a good trip  :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:54:58 PM »
Hang in there Belle!  Yes, 30 days seems a lot longer during campaign time than it does before going in.

I've been lurking on here, but have been so drenched in my school workload I haven't had much time to comment.  I've been keeping up with my K-boarder nominations though  ;D  I think I have found a record for the amount of days Scout has left someone in limbo.  Death Gods ended on November 1st and still hasn't been decided as of today.  Yeesh.  Glad I didn't have to wait that long.

A belated congrats to Bradley!  I am looking forward to reading my free copy  ;)  Bob, my condolences.  I know exactly how you feel.  At least you get to maintain control now.  I'll be buying my copy of your book, Frank's and Kenny's on payday, though I probably won't get to read them until December (I read plenty during the term, but nothing fun.  I look forward to my binge reading time  8)).  Steve, good luck!  I know you have 2 people in this house who nominated you and hope you make it through!

Other than that, I've been working on my promotion as I get ready for my own release day.  It's the 17th and rapidly approaching.  I have my Thunderclap and Headtalker all set to go off on release day, and I'll post in here too.  I've never had a good release day before, mostly because my marketing skills were sub-par.  I've gotten a bit better now, partially thanks to the migraine which was Scout, so I'm hopeful.  We shall see.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 04, 2015, 12:05:19 PM »
Skyla, amazing reading your journey as I read through the pages from the start. (now about ten pages from current)

I like your idea of everyone having their theory. My own pet thought on it is that the amount of preview read with a nomination would be the highest. I'm sure, with Amazon being able to see how much is read, those books whose whole preview is read, whether in one sitting or more, and were nominated, would be the best for them to look further into.

My own work is still in progress. Making hopefully my last edit-enhancement-cuts and about 1/5th through. Then proofread. Cover's being worked on. I get wanting to hurry because of the probable huge influx of files via NaNo, but can't get myself to hurry past a few lines. This is my 11th pass into the story, and just can't rush it even when I want to.

Anyway, all the best. Your story of yourself has been very helpful, thank you  :)
Thank you, Adanlerma.  I like to be transparent and contemplate things.  I think your thought is definitely something that's plausible.  Anyone can nominate without much thought.  Those who actually read and weigh the book before nominating would be the way I would look at it if I were a decider.  I worked for a few years at a wine store, and there were so many people who would ask for my recommendations based on what they were looking for, and there were so many who would select a bottle that just had a pretty label and were not rated very high.  In the same fashion, I know so many people who simply buy books based on the cover or blurb alone that I know not everyone who doesn't read it wouldn't necessarily buy it and read it.  Actually reading the excerpt and still nominating a book, should weigh heavier than simple nominations though, in my opinion.

Good luck with your future campaign.  And, since books need to be polished, I think submitters won't really need to be worried with the influx from NaNo until the end of December.  Books might be written before then, but I know anything I write in a month isn't read-worthy until at least a month after that.  And with detailed editing, probably months later.  Take your time, and especially get those first 5k words polished up nice.

I'm glad I could be helpful to you :)  Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:53:11 AM »
Using the Thunderclap group is easy and it is one less stressful thing to worry about since you'll hit 100 in a few days as long as you play fair and share everyones... I enjoy sharing all of the posts regardless of genre. My goal is always to help other authors as much as possible. Good karma and all that. I hope others doing a Thunderclap will join in, I'd also be happy to add you if I see a pending for ya

Armand
So true Armand.  I have been sharing all I see and getting shared.  I wish I had known about it my first go-around with it.  So much less stress  ;D  Thank you so much for sharing it!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 03, 2015, 09:38:32 AM »
Skyla and Bradley - I have clapped your thunder. Oh wait, that's not right - I have thundered your clap. Oh wait, that's even worse...

In any case, I am going to have to look into this Thunderclap for myself. Looks awfully interesting. Any of you folks got any tips on making that mechanism work for you?
Ha!  And thank you Steve.  I've got you, Bradley & Daisy sitting in my nomination list  ;D  I did a Thunderclap during my campaign and it drug me out of the dark ages and into the light.  It was hard for me to get to 100, so I forced it through with money.  Armand put up a group that basically just supports book Thunderclaps (though there are some headtalker ones on there which appear to be very similar).  You support other people's Thunderclaps and they support yours.  I put mine up on here and there yesterday less than 24 hours ago and I already have 43 people so far, that will reach 304,440 people when it goes off (about a 1/3rd of that is Armand alone).  Let me know if you do decide to do one and I'll add you into the group.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 02, 2015, 06:41:42 PM »
Bradley, got you covered  ;)  Courtney, thank you so much  ;D

Belle, donít you think for one second that any of the seemingly invisible feeling you get during your Scout campaign is a reflection of your book.  Itís not.  I love your premise and look forward to reading more!  The middle is definitely the hardest part.  Weíre all here to help you through it.

Nancy, congrats!  I got my email while I was in class, and Iím looking forward to reading more of Land Sharks!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 02, 2015, 12:48:07 PM »
Hey everyone, been a bit busy with grad school, but Ive been keeping up with my K-board nominations.  Dale, that is wonderful news on the self-publishing front!  I look forward of reading Watching Amy ;D.

I've been supporting all the Thunderclaps on here and finally got the approval for mine.  I appreciate all the help I can get!
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: October 31, 2015, 02:41:02 PM »
Would you guys recommend Thunderclap for promoting the second half of the Kindle Scout campaigns? I signed up for it a week or so ago, but abandoned it when I saw it required me bothering more friends. The process has been stressful. After Amazon declined all those good books, I've been hesitant to enlist more friends in case I fail.
Blanche, I did a thunderclap for the second half of my Scout campaign and my views/H&T time took a huge spike.  I know you are afraid of everyone you know learning that you didn't get selected, but not being selected doesn't mean you failed.  The only time you really fail, is when you don't try  ;)

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