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Writers' Cafe / Re: For heaven's sake, people, you're authors.
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:21:40 AM »
Your "brow"  is your forehead, NOT an eyebrow. If you write, "His brow lifted", are you saying his forehead elongated??

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 30, 2017, 09:51:41 AM »
After what has been another incredibly long journey, today is the day FEATHERED launches into the world! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077RNPNJB

Once again, I want to thank everybody here who helped me get to this stage, although most people who campaigned with me are probably long gone by now. And if you happen to be free at anytime on New Year's Day, be sure to pop along and join in with the virtual launch party I'm holding over on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/216184998921858/

This will probably be my last post here for a while, but I'm sure I'll pop back in from time to time. Thanks again! You guys are fab!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:33:29 AM »
I'll tell you why I do it. Maybe that will help some with decisions.

I do it because I want my newsletter folks to be able to get it at a low price...which also urges them to buy during those first crucial days instead of waiting. I'd rather sacrifice a little in royalties and get a few hundred sales which will boost rankings and make Amazon show my book to loads of other folks, who will eventually pay full price. 99 cents is still within the impulse "almost no money" zone for people, even those who are total bargain shoppers.

Would I do that if I didn't have a whole lot of folks on my list? Probably not, unless I could arrange a whole lot of advertising.
This is pretty much my thought process, too. I'm still relatively new to this game, so my emphasis is more on getting my books out there than making money.


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 14, 2017, 06:31:08 AM »
Just a friendly tip here: Don't do it.

Getting that #1 in a category, particularly a sub-sub-category with the next highest ranking book somewhere in the five digits, does not a best-seller make. It absolutely ruins your credibility because it's super easy to check the best rank a book ever achieved.

I'm a USAT and WSJ Bestseller (#14 and #4). I'm also Amazon BS (love that BS...lol) oh so many times. I never once called myself a bestseller until I hit those official lists. If you hit #1 in the PAID side of Amazon, then you can too, but only if that Amazon caveat is before it. Some people do it if they hit top 100 of all of Amazon on the PAID side.

If you're hitting a small subcat, don't do it. Just don't.
Thank you for your advice! I will be careful. Wouldn't want to ruin my credibility!!


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 12, 2017, 05:06:28 PM »
Query time: to become an official bestseller, it only has to hit #1 in one of the selected categories, right??


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 12, 2017, 05:05:56 PM »
Query time: to become an official bestseller, it only has to hit #1 in one of the selected categories, right??


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:27:52 PM »
Well, I didn't think I'd any sales ranks until the book went live, but it just so happened to catch my eye that Feathered is currently in the top 100 paid books in Fairy Tales! Well, that certainly made me smile!


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:57:39 PM »
Hey, everyone - it's been ages since I posted on here, juggling too many projects than I know how to keep in the air, but I wanted to let you know The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er Vol. 1 is finally live on Amazon! 

I must be the last of the campaigners from August to publish, but the wait was well worth it.  The amount of knowledge to gather, digest and put into action is like filling up your mug at the waterfall.  Props to all of you who have published before - this indie business is a tough slog! 

That said, I'm publishing the Book through Book Baby, so it isn't launching for free, but I will run a 5-day free eBook promo starting January 11.  Softcover, hardcover and audiobook in the works, too!

Finally, I don't remember who posted it before (I think it was Julianne) but thanks for the tip on changing browse categories.  My book was dumped in a very generic category at launch, but the change request is now in the hopper.  Up the adventure!

-Jack


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Best of luck with the launch!! Hope it all goes well for you :)


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:03:07 AM »
Question about the series option. When I uploaded my entry, Soul Catchers, I marked that it wasn't a series, since I haven't even started plotting a book 2. It works as a stand-alone, but it's also set up to where it could be a series.

Should I send them a message and let them know that it has series potential?

And how does it work if you enter book 1 of a series, and it's selected? Do you have to put each subsequent book into Scout, or do they automatically pick them up because they are part of the series?

Thanks! :)
From what I've seen and heard from others, you do have to put each book through the process of you want them to be selected. Sometimes they will pick the first book but not subsequent ones, and sometimes it's the other way round.
As for mentioning that it is a potential series, I shouldn't think it matters so much that you need to tell them now. If you get selected, there will be chance to make adjustments. Hope that helps :)


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:57:58 AM »
It worked. I just got the notification email from Scout. Good luck with your launch.
Thank you! :)


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:07:39 AM »
I've gone ahead and sent the 'Tell my Scouts' email with the pre-order link for Feathered, even though Scout said they only link to fully-published books. Well, other authors have done it, so why can't I?

Anyways, I have a giveaway running at the moment if anyone's interested in winning a free copy: https://promosimple.com/ps/c738 (It's an excellent host site if anyone's planning something similar for their own books!)

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Writers' Cafe / Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:04:55 PM »
Do any of you blokes know if the place you're in at Kindle Scout's "hot and trending" means anything?  In other words, are you "hotter" if you're number two or number three in the order of the carousel?
I’ve always read it that way, but I guess there's no way to know for sure.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 06, 2017, 07:07:18 AM »
I’m a little disheartened at the number of rejections lately. Only two books have been chosen within the last month! So many great stories being passed up :(


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Writers' Cafe / Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 05, 2017, 05:31:37 PM »
It is Stress Central over here, let me tell you. I have four big university assessments due in within the next month and Feathered launches slap bang in the middle of it all. Talk about bad timing!! On top of that, there is also Christmas and my part time job to worry about and—oh yeah—the fact that I actually need to fit sleep into my schedule somewhere (it's currently 1:30am here and I have to be up early for lectures tomorrow). No wonder my mental health's been all over the place!
Anyways, good luck to all those in the waiting room. I'm doing my best to keep my nomination slots filled . . . you know, when I actually have time to do so.


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:07:05 PM »
I know I wasn’t the only one wondering, so I’ll share this—I emailed Scout recently asking if the tell-your-scouts tool was available for books that are for pre-order, and they replied to say it isn’t. A bit of a bummer for me, because my book doesn’t release until the end of the month—far enough away that many of my scouters will probably have forgotten their nomination. Ah, well. Win some, lose some.


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:35:21 PM »
Hey guys! So I mentioned earlier about my Facebook launch party and I'm looking to feature guest posts from other authors. I have four slots left, so let me know if you're interested and I'll let you know more details! :)


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author
Ps, probably should mention, because my book is fantasy, it’ll help if that’s the genre you write it, too :)


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:01:05 PM »
Hey guys! So I mentioned earlier about my Facebook launch party and I’m looking to feature guest posts from other authors. I have four slots left, so let me know if you’re interested and I’ll let you know more details! :)


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:21:06 PM »
Currently implementing the editorial feedback from Scout. Thought it best to get it over with so I can focus on my university assignments which are due in the week after next and I am really quite behind on thanks to my campaign!!


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 01, 2017, 01:18:18 PM »
Disappointed to see Vanished didn't get selected. All the best with selfpub, Dan. 
Good luck to Julianne and Bill and everyone else in the waiting room. I'm sure it's almost over LOL.

If it's a self-pub launch; I've also heard early to mid December is bad timing.  But perhaps soon after Christmas when people are spending their Amazon gift cards perhaps? I'm not sure.  But I guess you could still launch early, then only send the Scout launch notification button on or just after Christmas or something. In my family we normally use our gift cards between 25 December and 10 January before the back to work/school stuff.

Anyway, have nominated Forged by Fire.
Best,
Kim
Don’t worry—I’ve thought about that. The release itself isn’t until December 30th and the launch party is on 1st January :D I should have mentioned that in the previous post.


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: December 01, 2017, 10:44:41 AM »
Well, I have messaged an enquiry to Scout asking where they stand on posting links to pre-order Amazon books and am awaiting a reply :)

In the meantime, I want to take this moment to tell you that I am hosting a big online launch party for Feathered over on Facebook and that all you lovely people are very much welcome to join in!! It'll also be a chance to promote your own books and ongoing Scout campaigns!

http://bit.ly/FeatheredLaunch

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:44:15 AM »
Yah! I thought it strange that you wouldn't get feedback. What didn't they like about the cover?
They wanted something more unique—preferably with swans in it.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 29, 2017, 07:35:26 AM »
I am so happy!! A whole FIVE DAYS after my initial rejection email, I finally got feedback on my submission for Feathered!!

Basically, they liked the story and the main characters, but I need to develop some of the other characters a little better and they didn’t like the cliffhanger ending. They also said that the categorising was a little off and—get this—they didn’t like my cover!

Still, I am ecstatically happy to have received this feedback and I feel SO much more confident about releasing the book next month!


Rachel Wollaston | YA/Fantasy author

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 28, 2017, 12:57:26 AM »
Thanks when and how did they communicate th editorial commentary?  I didn't receive anything...
I never got any, which was a huge blow to my confidence. More gutted about that than not getting chosen.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 27, 2017, 12:25:33 PM »
Well, the boom just lowered on Vanished.  Not chosen.  I received an email notification but nothing about editorial remarks... Thanks to all See you at the Launch! Dan
Well, that’s a complete shock. I was convinced you would be selected.
Still, I wish you all the best with your launch. Time to prove them they chose wrong!


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