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Wish Granted! Tips, Tools, and Templates to Write a Winning Grant
by Holly Rustick

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 17, 2017, 04:59:20 PM »
Thanks everyone for your kind words!

Yes, I have not done any paid promos yet.  Only a few tweets, Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads posts.  Instagram and Goodreads have worked best for me. But now am about to experiment with Amazon ads to see how that goes when I get back from traveling at the end of the month.  Like Bill said, a campaign is a useful tool to launch a selfpub.

Changing my cover helped a great deal; that's when my rank rose from ~900 to ~600 overnight.  One review says: "the only thing good about this book is the cover".

Yes the one star reviews   :). They are part of the game, I guess. One direct email I got "Your book was the worst book I've ever read but I just couldn't stop turning the pages."  That's hilarious.  ;)

Hopefully will launch a campaign early next month so will be back stressing about Hot and Trending along with you all!

Kim, I love your attitude about this whole crazy publishing business. My most successful series by far has mediocre reviews, but most people still buy it like crazy or download on KU. That tells me something about the books works, but danged if I know what. I did try to read some of the early reviews to figure out why readers like the series, without success. Now, I don't even glance at the reviews. I just keep writing the best books I can. Best of continued luck in a fabulous launch.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 15, 2017, 02:18:44 PM »
Woot! My page views went from zero to 400 for yesterday without me lifting a finger. Like Lincoln says, it'll all sort itself out in days or weeks. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the roller coaster.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 15, 2017, 08:59:11 AM »
Dang it! When I checked my KS stats today, I was all hot and excited to be able to report what I thought was an impossibility--zero page reads but I was hot and trending for 24 hours. But Bill and Seborn beat me to the punch.

Edited to add--it looks like quite a few people beat me to the punch.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:28:48 AM »
This is the first time I haven't had enough nominations too cover everyone on Steve's list. I nominated Damaged Beyond all Recognition, Cold Solar, and Murder on Perry's Island. Good luck to everyone.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 13, 2017, 08:20:46 AM »
Thanks for the answers.  Strangely, I had 9 hrs in the hot/trending, then fell off.  I checked today and saw I had 25 hrs in h/t.  So, I guess you CAN make it back into it.

Stressful...I feel like if I am not hot/trending the whole time that it won't happen.
I have to admit some confusion about hot and trending too. My campaign has gone on for 12 days. In the first week, I averaged about 500 pages a day read, with no hot and trending. Yesterday, I had only 200 Page reads, but 24 hours of hot and trending.

In other words, it does seem to be somewhat arbitrary. My main takeaway is not to take the public campaign too seriously. It sounds like the Amazon gods do what they want, irrespective of the stats, so why worry?

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 09, 2017, 07:19:58 AM »
OMG! It happened! I got a giant letter full of editorial feedback to devour on my rejected Scout book and I am over the moon!! To backtrack, my super successful (in terms of stats) campaign ended on 11/04, and by 11/06 I got a quick harsh deadpan NO. I was devastated to be rejected so quickly - instead of a no, it felt more like a $#@! no to me.

That's terrific. I'm sure your book will come out much better by virtue of starting a Scout campaign.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:22:59 AM »
I had just opened a Pronoun account on Saturday, thinking that I might move my first book to that publishing platform. My experience with Kindle Unlimited is that the return isn't worth the exclusivity. A few months back I actually got a royalty of $0.01 from KU because someone had only gotten through the first 23 pages. Most months it's a complete zero. Maybe I should be promoting the book's KU availability more than I am. If someone has figured out how to increase KU numbers, I'm all ears.

Everybody wonders about how to increase KU numbers, and there are lots of theories. I've had over five million KU page reads this year, and I still don't know what works and what doesn't.

My favorite theory is that certain genres are very hot on KU. Most of my success has come from the tough guy urban fantasy series in my signature. Lots of other urban fantasy writers report much more success than I've had, to the tune of millions of page reads per month. Romance is also supposed to be very popular. Some mysteries, particularly female-lead cozies, do extremely well. I can tell you that my mystery series set in the Colorado Rockies is not one of the success stories. Success with KU seems very hit and miss.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 07, 2017, 08:12:21 AM »
I have some great news for you! The campaign stats do NOT matter! Wahooo! Now don't you feel better? You can breathe easier and stop obsessing over things like Hot & Trending time. You're welcome.

Want to know how I know this? Because my campaign had 9.7k views and over 700 H&T hours - and they sent me my denial letter in less than 48 hours (amazing how eager they were to let me down, right?!) Gah. So bummer news for me - but that is good news for those of you agonizing over the numbers. This is a pretty strong indicator that the numbers just simply don't matter as much as you think.  ;D

Hope my failure is inspiring for some of you, lol.  :P

RK, I wouldn't say that anyone's failure is inspiring, but I will say that your upbeat attitude through your whole campaign has been inspiring. We seem to take this self-publishing process so much to heart that it really hurts when things do go as well as we like. Best of luck to you in what I think will be a great success.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 06, 2017, 12:24:54 PM »
I'm intrigued . . . what are people's ratios of KS views to external traffic? I'm getting 90% internal KS traffic!
My page views are 97% from Scout, but I'm not sure what that means.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 05, 2017, 07:07:20 AM »
I am feeling a little philosophical tonight, and would like to offer some perspective on KS if I may.

At the start of its campaign, my little book DEADLINE spent several days on hot & trending, then fell off. It has not been back since. About the same time of its decline, my dad, who has been battling cancer for the last decade, passed away. Frankly, I didn't care about my Kindle Scout at that moment. I just couldn't even think about it. If I could have pulled the plug on my campaign, I would've. But since I couldn't, I just didn't stress about it.

Some of you have paid promos, and I think that is great. It shows that you are on the ball and you've backed up your dream with effort. Some of you don't have much in the way of promos, and yet your book probably will still get some traction. There are some well-done books on the line-up that wouldn't surprise me if they get picked.

The one takeaway I have gotten so far during this first campaign is this: the best promo you can do for your book is to write a good book that hits the right notes in its genre, with a compelling cover and excerpt. If you'd done that, you'd have won half the battle. I guess what I am trying to say is, by the time your KS campaign kicks in, the promo is a tool, but it's not the clincher. Here's another takeaway: you can take several days off your campaign, not promote and not check your stats, and life can still be beautiful spent on people and things that truly matter. :-)

Best of luck to you all. I admire each and every one of you for putting your creative work out there and for being so supportive and informative here. You are an inspiration to me.

Thanks for your insights. I think they're terrific, and they triggered a thought I haven't noticed being expressed before. I also see Kindle Scout as a chance to get great feedback on my book, at least the cover, blurb and first five thousand words, before I publish. That's particularly true if I happen to qualify for an editorial letter. That's priceless and it's free.

Best of luck to you, Jewell.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Question on how to proceed
« on: November 04, 2017, 03:00:19 PM »
OP, your experience is exactly opposite to mine. I started with mysteries and found a little success. My urban fantasy series is doing far better and makes up about eighty percent of my sales. I'd go with your strength unless you hate writing mysteries. Readers are seeing something in your mysteries that they like, and they're usually right. Best of luck.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:54:31 PM »
Just recieved the "thanks but no thanks" letter for Girl Vs.  The past 4 books they've accepted have all been notified within 2 days. Not sure what they're playing at, making the rest of us wait to the end of the 14 days...   

Anyway, I just received a request for the manuscript from an agency I queried MONTHS ago. Don't know if I'll give that a shot because I've already got the ball rolling for a release this week.

Thanks to all who nominated my book and thanks to Steve for keeping the list. I will continue to nominate from it. Best of luck to the rest of you!

I'm sorry about the rejection, but hopefully the KS process will help with your future sales. As for the agency, you could wait for months to hear whether they like the manuscript and if they do, you can wait for months or years to hear whether they can sell it. Or you can hit publish. For me, it's an decision. I don't like to wait. Best of luck to you.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 04, 2017, 02:49:19 PM »
In the waiting room. I feel like I'm at the DMV. Thank you to everyone who nominated the book.

PS: Do I have to wait until the KS decision to start the process through createspace of printing the paperback?

At the DMV, there's no chance they'll pay you anything. At KS, there's miniscule chance!

As for the print book, you don't give up your print rights, so you can publish it anytime. But given that there is a miniscule chance of a KS contract, you might want to wait to be sure. If they do pick it up, they're supposed to edit the ebook. It'd be nice if both versions were the same. Best of luck!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Alternative to Book Report
« on: November 04, 2017, 06:39:10 AM »
Hey Guys, I searched the forum but couldn't find an answer. Is there an alternative to book report? If not, how would one find the last Kindle Page Read royalties?

Why do you need an alternative? Book Report is fantastic, proving a wide variety of information that is easily customizable. It's even free until you start making four figures a month. From my perspective, it's one of the best features of self publishing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences & Nomination Requests (MERGED)
« on: November 02, 2017, 07:25:05 AM »
Look at a what you made me do! (cue Taylor Swift singing mournfully)

You said it couldn't hurt. You said that if Scout picks my book, they'll market it like the next Gone With the Wind. You said it's fun.

I believe you. The latest product from my demented mine is now available for nominations on Kindle Scout:

Here's the blurb: I'm Gabriel, a preacher's son. Dad claims God puts challenges before us to help us grow. I believed my father--until I got caught in a forest fire in Colorado. A great opportunity? Nope! Demons thrive on fear and anger, and they're setting wildfires everywhere. Naturally, humans are panicking. The earth's angels are fighting back, but the good guys are badly outnumbered. As a former cop and the newest angel, I'm working to save our planet, but what can one person do? May God help us all.

Here's the link to the book's Scout page: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3B0SE0STEKLUT

Steve, please add me to your list.

And thanks everybody for your advice on the program.

Not the first pig I've ever slept with!  :P

It's probably kind of "gimmicky" to sell out my pet for votes/sales, but - - it works. I remind him all the time that's what keeps him living the lifestyle he's accustomed to (indoors in a swanky heat-controlled 2-story house) while the other pigs who aren't selling books are out in a cold shed somewhere. It's a mutual agreement.  ;D

LOL. He's probably the happiest pig in the country.

RK, I've heard of people doing crazy things to sell books, but sleeping with a pig beats all.

Updated my book launch post in my signature below if anyone is curious how it is going!


-71 reviews in 6 days
-Over 500 sales between all three books (mostly Amazon)
-Rank has sat between 3700 and 5k since launch.
-Today is the biggest day.

It'll be a big day of sales because it is not only the most promotions running in a day, but it is also the biggest promotions for this book. I'm hoping to finally push the rank under the 3k ranking mark if possible.

Tomorrow there will be a few more promotions running, and the second book will also launch and be available for sale, so hopefully that will also help drive it forward. Either way, the launch is basically over with and now it's back to writing more books!

Contratulations on such great success. Your hard work paid off.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A reminder that success can take a long time...
« on: October 27, 2017, 05:40:32 PM »
Thoreau seemed to have had a sense of humor about it, though:

 When publisher James Munroe returned the unsold copies to him in 1853, Thoreau wrote in a journal entry for October 28, 1853, "I have now a library of nearly 900 volumes over 700 of which I wrote myself--"
That reminds me not to take this publishing stuff too seriously. Great quote.

Might be for the best just so you don't end up thinking about it too much!

A vacation would help a lot of folks!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Ain't No Promotion Like a New Book Launch
« on: October 23, 2017, 09:34:19 PM »
I'm a Believer. Good luck with your new book.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Book Launch Stat thread - Day 5
« on: October 23, 2017, 12:12:03 PM »
Congratulations on the launch. I noticed you plan to raise your price soon to $3.99. You've obviously studied various posts on marketing, and I was wondering why you don't keep the first book at $.99 as a leadin to your second book on 11/2. Whatever your approach, I wish you the best luck with your new books.

I'm following with great interest. You've been very helpful in sharing your experiences, and i wish you the best of luck with your launch.

Omg. This is my 7th day since KDP launch and I woke up to this:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#11 in Books > Literature & Fiction > African American > Women's Fiction
#12 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > African American > Women's Fiction
#17 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Multicultural & Interracial

I'm grateful I did the KS run; without it I would have no chance.  Being a debut author, I was failing to understand  how decently I was performing until I looked up a KP scout winner book that launched a week before me and is hovering around the 2300 mark which I understand is also good.  So I guess if you get a rejection there's hope.  So far no paid promo; just a tweet nobody responded to, 1 FB post got 2 likes, 3 Instagram posts and 2 free days on KDP select.  I did however write to several people on Goodreads.
I know there's a cliff after the buzz is over where you go to obscurity unless you do some promos, so I'm looking at my options. But definitely, in my limited one book experience, a KS run is essential even if you don't win.

Kim, anything in the top 10K is great, and its much harder to reach the top thousand. That's a fantastic debut for a newly published author.

Wouldn't this be the perfect time to launch?  I bet you Hollywood is making a movie (about forest fires) right now. You already wrote this before the fires anyway.  I seriously doubt anyone would see you as trying to capitalize on the tragedy.

I just found out Hollywood isn't making the movie, it's already made. Only the Brave was released yesterday.

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