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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #3875 on: February 22, 2016, 05:14:54 am »
Cheers! It's time for the home stretch!

Good luck! Nominated :)
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    « Reply #3876 on: February 22, 2016, 01:00:53 pm »
    Agreed.

    I've spent ten dollars directly on my Kindle Scout promo on two Fiverr promo pages that were aimed specifically at Kindle Scout campaigns - Book Kitty and Marvelous Maven. I've got links to both of them in my blog series and I'm too lazy to go back and look them up right now. I invested the money for two reasons.

    Reason 1 - I am desperate.

    Hey, let's be honest here.
    :)

    Reason 2 - and this is the big one - I was curious. THIS, more than anything else is what has brought me into the world of indie publishing over these last three years or so. I want to get out there and test the waters. I want to find out what works for me and what doesn't. I want to see what happens when you push this button.

    Haha! Aren't we all lumped into #1 in one way or another?!? :)
    Completely agree with both of your reasons! Self-publishing, KS, whatever is next on the horizon ... it's all just one big experiment and hopefully one day the sum of all those parts will add up to whatever it is we're hoping for out of all this effort. (I'm bad with math, so my equations will probably be wrong).

    As to my original comment, by now way am I trying to belittle any paid efforts to support a campaign; quite the contrary. I've just heard of people pumping hundreds of dollars into promoting their campaign and to me, there are much better ways of going about it.

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    « Reply #3877 on: February 23, 2016, 03:55:59 am »
    Wow.

    I'm still riding that big orange train. Chalk up another 24 hours of HOT & TRENDING, bringing me to 352 hours and 1215 views with 9 days to go. By mid-next week I will be swinging in the breeze, awaiting the final decision from the gods of Kindle Scout. I'm freaking out. I'm shaking. I'm snarfing down peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches and snorting cold black coffee.

    But baby, I'm as cool as a frosty glass of ice cold pilsner on a hot August afternoon.

    Let's get to the 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

    2 days left The Digital Graffiti by Rose Carter
    3 days left The Sleepwalkers by B.B. Griffith
    9 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    9 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    9 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    10 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    16 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    17 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    19 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    23 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    26 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    26 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg

    If I have missed anyone let me know. The very best way to do that is just to post a link on the thread. Remember, we are all in this boat together, might as well learn how to row.

    Happy scouting to you all!


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #3878 on: February 23, 2016, 05:01:50 am »
    Let's just see if I have mastered the screen shot yet.



    Look at all of those beautiful orange bars. Kind of looks like a cross between an orange creamsicle convention and the progress chart for Benjamin Grimm's Viagra test.
    :)



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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #3879 on: February 23, 2016, 07:55:31 am »
    Let's just see if I have mastered the screen shot yet.



    Look at all of those beautiful orange bars. Kind of looks like a cross between an orange creamsicle convention and the progress chart for Benjamin Grimm's Viagra test.
    :)


    (Now go and clean the milk off of your monitor screen.)

    Very impressive Steve! I've got good feelings about your campaign. How does this go around compare to past efforts?
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    « Reply #3880 on: February 23, 2016, 06:17:30 pm »
    Very impressive Steve! I've got good feelings about your campaign. How does this go around compare to past efforts?

    My first kick at the Kindle Scout can netted me 156 hours H&T and 959 views - so I have come up a bit on this end of things. Still, a lot is going to depend upon variables such as my sales history, my fans and followers (three, counting my cat), and whether or not they even LIKE my book. This isn't in the bag yet - but I am enjoying those big orange bars.

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    « Reply #3881 on: February 24, 2016, 01:55:45 am »
    Okay so this is one of those weeks where my work schedule makes Thursday as my Friday. So I am EAGERLY looking forward to getting some writing done this Friday as well as some last-minute campaigning. I'm still hot according to Kindle Scout and my bathroom mirror.

    Let's get to the 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

    1 day left The Digital Graffiti by Rose Carter
    2 days left The Sleepwalkers by B.B. Griffith
    8 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    8 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    8 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    9 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    10 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    16 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    18 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    22 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    25 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    25 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg

    If I have missed anyone let me know. The very best way to do that is just to post a link on the thread.

    Happy scouting to you all!


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    « Reply #3882 on: February 24, 2016, 05:33:25 am »
    Let's just see if I have mastered the screen shot yet.



    Look at all of those beautiful orange bars. Kind of looks like a cross between an orange creamsicle convention and the progress chart for Benjamin Grimm's Viagra test.
    :)



    Congrats!

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    « Reply #3883 on: February 24, 2016, 05:48:38 am »
    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone posting here.

    A week ago, I had never heard of Kindle Scout until the editor I was working said suggested I enter it. Not knowing anything about the program, I did some research. The biggest source of information is this very kindleboards thread. And it's not info only either but to read the personal journeys that some of you have shared. (Steve, I'm in Vancouver, the other end of the true north strong and free. You're a real champ!)

    Good luck to all of you and on yes. In a few days, I'll be putting AMERICAN TERRORIST into the program.
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    « Reply #3884 on: February 24, 2016, 06:12:42 am »
    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone posting here.

    A week ago, I had never heard of Kindle Scout until the editor I was working said suggested I enter it. Not knowing anything about the program, I did some research. The biggest source of information is this very kindleboards thread. And it's not info only either but to read the personal journeys that some of you have shared. (Steve, I'm in Vancouver, the other end of the true north strong and free. You're a real champ!)

    Good luck to all of you and on yes. In a few days, I'll be putting AMERICAN TERRORIST into the program.
    Wes

    That's awesome news, Wes. Welcome to Kindle Scout. I look forward to putting your book up on the list. AMERICAN TERRORIST is a great-sounding title. You are sure to draw some attention with that.
    :)

    I hitchhiked out to Vancouver from Halifax back about twenty years ago or so. It was a big old city, but I was only there for a night, so I don't remember all that much about it at all - except for the hostile hostel that I spent the evening in. The Rockies are beautiful and I truly envy your weather and your short winter.

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    « Reply #3885 on: February 24, 2016, 08:19:15 am »
    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone posting here.

    A week ago, I had never heard of Kindle Scout until the editor I was working said suggested I enter it. Not knowing anything about the program, I did some research. The biggest source of information is this very kindleboards thread. And it's not info only either but to read the personal journeys that some of you have shared. (Steve, I'm in Vancouver, the other end of the true north strong and free. You're a real champ!)

    Good luck to all of you and on yes. In a few days, I'll be putting AMERICAN TERRORIST into the program.
    Wes
    Best of luck Wes! Be sure to keep some sanity pills on hand, I hear Steve Vernon gets a discount on them (though he won't reveal his sources). :)

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    « Reply #3886 on: February 25, 2016, 12:13:20 am »
    Hey all, just wanted to say I am here, under the radar, keeping up with nominations!
    And Steve Vernon, your stats look quite similar to mine for Legion Lost, so hopefully that's a great sign for you!  8)

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    « Reply #3887 on: February 25, 2016, 03:13:19 am »
    Best of luck Wes! Be sure to keep some sanity pills on hand, I hear Steve Vernon gets a discount on them (though he won't reveal his sources). :)

    I get them from THIS GUY -
    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk3cylfln2k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk3cylfln2k</a>

    Hey all, just wanted to say I am here, under the radar, keeping up with nominations!
    And Steve Vernon, your stats look quite similar to mine for Legion Lost, so hopefully that's a great sign for you!  8)

    Oh golly, I sure hope so. Right now I am so darned invested in this whole process. My first campaign I pretty well knew was just a dry run rehearsal, but this book is my attempt to reach out of my horror genre and into the paranormal/action romance genre. I am trying to branch out and introduce my old readers into a whole new group of new readers and I really believe that Kindle Scout is going to be the vehicle to help me do that.

    At least that's the plan.
    :)

    As of this morning I am still HOT & TRENDING - with 400 hours of H&T and 1291 views. They still have to actually like the book but right now I have got my fingers crossed so hard that my knuckles have qualified for their Boy Scout knot-tying badges.

    I am NOT saying that I am being cool about this process.
    :)

    Let's get to the 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

    LAST DAY LEFT The Digital Graffiti by Rose Carter
    1 day left The Sleepwalkers by B.B. Griffith
    7 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    7 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    7 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    8 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    9 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    15 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    17 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    21 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    24 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    24 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    24 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes

    If I have missed anyone let me know. The very best way to do that is just to post a link on the thread.

    Happy scouting to you all!

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #3888 on: February 25, 2016, 08:32:23 am »
    Hi, everybody! High-stats/glowing-reviews Kindle Scout loser here, reporting in. :-)  I've been reading along, nominating, watching the current drama (rooting for you especially, Steve!), and I hope you'll indulge me in a little showing off.

    My book is good for Kindle but even better for print, since it's historical, based on a real journal, and lends itself well to some print features. So my print version, launched this morning on Amazon, includes a full gorgeous cover, period-appropriate fonts, special touches of a font based on Rosette's own handwriting (a gift from a friend), and twenty-four charcoal illustrations by my daughter, the cover artist.

    Please go take a peek at my little showcase at www.rosettebook.com .

    Now we'll see how sales synergize . . . I'm doing a Matchbook Price at 99 cents, and I'm offering a promotional freebie autographed bookplate for mailing list folks.  Does anyone else have experience with a unique paperback released alongside a Kindle version?

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    « Reply #3889 on: February 25, 2016, 09:37:52 am »
    Best of luck Wes! Be sure to keep some sanity pills on hand, I hear Steve Vernon gets a discount on them (though he won't reveal his sources). :)

    Thanks. I just nominated your book and Steve Vernon's as well!  As for sanity pills, I prefer scotch or micro-brewery beer!

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    « Reply #3890 on: February 25, 2016, 11:53:18 am »

    My book is good for Kindle but even better for print, since it's historical, based on a real journal, and lends itself well to some print features. So my print version, launched this morning on Amazon, includes a full gorgeous cover, period-appropriate fonts, special touches of a font based on Rosette's own handwriting (a gift from a friend), and twenty-four charcoal illustrations by my daughter, the cover artist.

    The thread isn't the same without you, Cindy. I'm impressed by your daughter's charcoal illustrations, not an easy medium. I bet she doesn't get black smudges up to the elbows like I used to.

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    « Reply #3891 on: February 25, 2016, 02:10:33 pm »
    Hi, everybody! High-stats/glowing-reviews Kindle Scout loser here, reporting in. :-)  I've been reading along, nominating, watching the current drama (rooting for you especially, Steve!), and I hope you'll indulge me in a little showing off.

    My book is good for Kindle but even better for print, since it's historical, based on a real journal, and lends itself well to some print features. So my print version, launched this morning on Amazon, includes a full gorgeous cover, period-appropriate fonts, special touches of a font based on Rosette's own handwriting (a gift from a friend), and twenty-four charcoal illustrations by my daughter, the cover artist.

    Please go take a peek at my little showcase at www.rosettebook.com .

    Now we'll see how sales synergize . . . I'm doing a Matchbook Price at 99 cents, and I'm offering a promotional freebie autographed bookplate for mailing list folks.  Does anyone else have experience with a unique paperback released alongside a Kindle version?

    Congrats, Cindy! You've put so much work into this one it sounds stunning. I love the look of the full cover and the art your daughter did too. Hope the sales go well :D


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    « Reply #3892 on: February 25, 2016, 05:47:13 pm »
    Is it just me or is it completely nerve-wracking watching and waiting to see how your Kindle Scout campaign is going?

    I haven't gone all the way through this thread yet, but is there a consensus on what the criteria are for staying in Hot and Trending?  Has anybody seen information from the editors talking about their decision process, etc.?

    If any of you are looking for a good romance to nominate, please consider taking a look at mine:


    The Risk It Takes To Blossom
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2DDT42GUUWFXQ

    Thanks for listening, and happy scouting!
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    « Reply #3893 on: February 25, 2016, 06:03:38 pm »
    Just Submitted another book to the scout



    Amelia is fine, she has been tirelessdly working on 2 more books, I think book #2 just one Kiss ,  is her best ! ! !

    We are working to get some arc readers for Game Changer currently

    I am even thinking of having her submit the book to the scout



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    « Reply #3894 on: February 25, 2016, 07:16:00 pm »
    Hey Tani. Thanks for posting your link. I've added your book to the list.

    I just got home and found out that after six straight days of full tilt 24 hour HOT & TRENDING, Kelpie Dreams fell off of the roller coaster. I fired off a multitude of Facebook pleas - (there is REALLY no other word for it) - and I am heading for bed. It will be interesting to see if that makes a difference or not. Call it an experiment.

    As far as I can determine, Tani, the HOT & TRENDING is a combination of page views, the amount of times folks read your entire excerpt as well as the actual nomination count. I do not think that there is any real kind of way to calculate the exact manner in which Kindle Scout tallies the HOT & TRENDING list. It is kind of like a mini-Amazon-rank system, so there are a lot of variables. In any case - you might have got to the part where one or two of us actually got 24 hours HOT & TRENDING for EVERY DAY OF THE THIRTY DAY CAMPAIGN - and STILL WASN'T SELECTED.

    So Hot and Trending is NOT a huge factor in improving your odds of selection - but I just like to watch the orange bars go up and down.
    :)

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    « Reply #3895 on: February 25, 2016, 07:33:43 pm »
    Thanks Steve.  I kind of figured that H&T is one of those voodoo algorithms nobody really knows fully except for some pasty coder in an Amazon basement office, but it sounds like if you get enough writers on it there will be plenty of theories.

    I hear you on the Facebook pleas.  Been there.

    If nothing else, the whole KS process is a wild ride, and beats sending out blind queries.

    Happy scouting!

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    « Reply #3896 on: February 26, 2016, 12:10:11 am »
    14 days to go and waiting for stats to update so I can see how I'm doing, still Hot but, like we all know, that could mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. I think at this halfway point it's time to do a blog post and give things another push. This thread keeps me sane, knowing that others have already been through the the process, or are toddling along with me. Off to check for Steve's daily blog post now. Missed yesterdays because it was my boys birthday and I was run ragged, so time for a cuppa and a read :D
    Have a great day everyone, whatever you decide to do!
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    « Reply #3897 on: February 26, 2016, 01:07:26 am »
    All right - so last night, before I went to sleep I checked and KELPIE DREAMS wasn't HOT anymore. I undertook a massive blitz of Facebook promotion BEFORE I went to bed and this morning it is HOT again.

    Whew.

    I feel a little like I am playing that party game where you have to keep puffing to keep a feather alight, hoping that you don't hyperventilate along the way.
    :)

    Let's get to the 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.

    And GOOD LUCK, ROSE!

    Updated List

    LAST DAY LEFT The Sleepwalkers by B.B. Griffith
    6 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    6 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    6 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    7 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    8 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    14 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    16 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    20 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    23 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    23 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    23 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes

    If I have missed anyone let me know. The very best way to do that is just to post a link on the thread.

    Happy scouting to you all!

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    « Reply #3898 on: February 26, 2016, 06:17:26 am »
    All right - so last night, before I went to sleep I checked and KELPIE DREAMS wasn't HOT anymore. I undertook a massive blitz of Facebook promotion BEFORE I went to bed and this morning it is HOT again.

    Whew.

    I feel a little like I am playing that party game where you have to keep puffing to keep a feather alight, hoping that you don't hyperventilate along the way.
    :)

    Let's get to the 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.

    And GOOD LUCK ROSE!

    Updated List

    LAST DAY LEFT The Sleepwalkers by B.B. Griffith
    6 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    6 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    6 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    7 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    8 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    14 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    16 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    20 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    23 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    23 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    23 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes

    If I have missed anyone let me know. The very best way to do that is just to post a link on the thread.

    Happy scouting to you all!

    I'm about to fall off the Vernon list and into the waiting ether, but it's been a blast. I gotta admit, I love the last two or three days when you can do little to no promotion and still hit H&T, I call it a soft landing. You're coming up on the soft landing, Steve, so you won't have to puff so hard. Now, as to whether there's a wall at the end of the landing, only Amazon's editors can say. 
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    « Reply #3899 on: February 26, 2016, 09:15:08 am »
    Guys, my Hot and Trending stats weren't anything amazing.

    Dead and Breakfast:
    320 Hours in Hot & Trending
    936 Total page views

    I wouldn't sweat your stats. If you do have a lot of nominations, and you get selected, that means you're more likely to have lots of reviews on launch day. But I wouldn't go nuts trying to market for H&T hours.

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