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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #3900 on: February 26, 2016, 09:46:17 am »
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.

Amen, Kimberly. I whole-heartedly agree. And yet - for me - I am kind of addicted to the rush of the whole process and it helps take my mind off of the worry that I might get the nod from Kindle Scout.

I definitely would not sweat how many H&T hours anyone gets. The fact of it is at the end of the day what Kindle Scout REALLY is looking at is whether or not they figure your book is going to sell enough to be worth their while.

But I still love those happy little orange pillars. You ought to see me around traffic pylons.
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    « Reply #3901 on: February 26, 2016, 10:16:55 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)

    Nominated! :) I have a good feeling about your book

    edit: oops, it was the other red cover book, Sleepwalker. i have yours already. sorry for the mixup :P
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    « Reply #3902 on: February 26, 2016, 10:30:47 am »
    edit: oops, it was the other red cover book, Sleepwalker. i have yours already. sorry for the mixup :P

    Si! I mean, oui! I mean...I don't understand...
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    « Reply #3903 on: February 27, 2016, 02:18:04 am »
    Wow.

    I'm down to five days left - which I think means six days left, because there is always that last day where it says LAST DAY LEFT. Good thing mathematics isn't my strong point.

    It is coming down to the crunch time and I really ought to start letting go and making peace with this whole campaign - but right now the little orange bars calm me slightly, even though I know that H&T isn't the only factor - or even the most important factor in my book making the grade or not. My past sales figures are DEFINITELY an important part of the judging process - and I am pretty sure that compared to most indie authors out there I truly suck. I sell one or two books every day - which I am worried is going to weigh against me. I really ought to be trying to goose up my sales figures.

    Still, what I am hoping is that the amount of time I spend upon the H&T and showing up on that Kindle Scout front page is going to bring me some new readers, folks who are already well-accustomed to the Kindle Scout scene. I am hoping that this new direction - away from horror and towards paranormal romance adventure - is going to work in my favor as well. 

    At least that is the plan.
    :)

    Let's get to the list before I finish writing my daily blog entry, 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, B.B. GRIFFITH!

    Updated List

    5 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    5 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    5 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    6 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    7 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    13 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    15 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    19 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    22 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    22 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    22 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes

    If I have missed anyone please let me know. The very best way that you can 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 #3904 on: February 27, 2016, 07:57:53 am »
    GOOD LUCK, B.B. GRIFFITH!

    Thanks Steve! The wait already sucks!
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    « Reply #3905 on: February 27, 2016, 08:15:05 am »
    Thanks Steve! The wait already sucks!

    Good luck!

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    « Reply #3906 on: February 27, 2016, 11:21:13 pm »
    I've just submitted my book to Amazon! MEEP! So hopefully within 12hrs it'll be up on the site and ready for pre ordering :D :D :D

    For all the current Kindle Scouters: I've been keeping up with nominations and have everything crossed for you guys, especially those of you now playing the waiting game!

    That said I found the waiting much easier to bear knowing my campaign was now out of my hands! ;)

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #3907 on: February 28, 2016, 01:03:41 am »
    Aiming to join this club next weekend. Viewing with interest ...

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    « Reply #3908 on: February 28, 2016, 02:29:07 am »
    Okay - so I was double-checking a few of these books and I see that I've got the numbers wonked up on a couple of them. I apologize - that can happen when you are cutting and pasting a list before you've had coffee.

    So here's the corrected list. My apologies to those folks who I inadvertently freaked out.
    :)

    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

    4 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    4 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    4 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    7 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    11 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    12 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    14 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    18 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    21 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    21 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    21 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes

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

    Happy scouting to you all!


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    « Reply #3909 on: February 28, 2016, 07:22:24 pm »
    Hey Rose Carter - sorry to hear that THE DIGITAL GRAFFITI did not make the cut.

    I'm sure you'll kick much butt when TDG hits the open market!
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    « Reply #3910 on: February 28, 2016, 07:47:01 pm »
    Can anyone figure out the hot and trending list on Kindle Scout?  I had a day of 360 nominations the next of 160 and neither of them had an hour of hot and trending.  I'm totally confused on how it works.
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1WD2IMI7WA43Z

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    « Reply #3911 on: February 28, 2016, 11:16:29 pm »
    Can anyone figure out the hot and trending list on Kindle Scout?  I had a day of 360 nominations the next of 160 and neither of them had an hour of hot and trending.  I'm totally confused on how it works.
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1WD2IMI7WA43Z

    Your book's Hot now. How do you know your nomination numbers?

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    « Reply #3912 on: February 29, 2016, 01:32:58 am »
    Can anyone figure out the hot and trending list on Kindle Scout?  I had a day of 360 nominations the next of 160 and neither of them had an hour of hot and trending.  I'm totally confused on how it works.
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1WD2IMI7WA43Z

    Hey Walter. I think you mean that you had 360 views - (the second chart on your campaign page).

    Let me see if I can explain it to you.

    I follow a link and come over and have a look at your campaign equals ONE VIEW.

    I hit the nomination button equals ONE NOMINATION.

    Think of it this way.

    Let's say you have decided to build a fund-raising campaign to raise money to save the rare blue-spotted-moose from extinction.

    I come and stick my head into the arena where you are staging the fund-raiser and take a look in the door and think to myself - "Wow, I didn't know the blue-spotted-moose was in danger of extinction" and then walking down the street to get a blue-spotted-mooseburger at the local Macdonalds.

    That's a view.

    I walk right on inside to your campaign table and plunk down a five dollar bill and shout "HALLELUJAH AND SAVE THE BLUE-SPOTTED MOOSE!" - well that's a nomination, and that's worse MORE than a view.

    Kindle Scout does NOT show us nominations. They keep those hidden behind the curtain. So maybe right now 520 people have taken a look at your book but HAVEN'T nominated it. In which case you DON'T show up on Hot & Trending.

    In either case I am STILL going to Macdonalds right now and demanding a MacMooseBurger!!!

    Welcome to kboards. You got any questions about Kindle Scout this IS the page to ask them at. I'll put THE DEVIL'S SOUL on our kboards list.

    Hope that helps.


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    « Reply #3913 on: February 29, 2016, 01:39:26 am »
    It is an absolutely beautiful morning here in Nova Scotia.

    I'm going out in an hour or so for an emergency run to Walmart for an ink cartridge. I'm going to jog over, yodeling, in my sweat suit - it's that warm out there.

    In between then an now I am going to have to figure out how to yodel. Anybody know of any good how-to sites?
    :)

    Enough with the silliness. Let's get to the listing, 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

    3 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    3 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    3 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    6 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    10 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    11 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    12 days left The Devil's Soul by P. Walter Gagnon
    13 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    17 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    20 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    20 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    20 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    28 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong

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

    Happy scouting to you all!


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    « Reply #3914 on: February 29, 2016, 04:52:55 am »
    That was the best explanation that anyone could have given.  Thank you. 

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    « Reply #3915 on: February 29, 2016, 05:33:19 am »
    That was the best explanation that anyone could have given.  Thank you. 

    My pleasure, sir.

    I took the liberty of re-posting it over on my blog. I've been writing a day-by-day journey through my current Kindle Scout campaign and you could do worse things than following it right on through from Day One. I've got a link in my signature at the bottom of this post. If you knew anyone else who is thinking about trying Kindle Scout I'd appreciate if you pointed them at my blog.

    Nag, nag, nag...
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    « Reply #3916 on: February 29, 2016, 05:42:42 am »
    Hey Walter. I think you mean that you had 360 views - (the second chart on your campaign page).

    Let me see if I can explain it to you.

    I follow a link and come over and have a look at your campaign equals ONE VIEW.

    I hit the nomination button equals ONE NOMINATION.

    Think of it this way.

    Let's say you have decided to build a fund-raising campaign to raise money to save the rare blue-spotted-moose from extinction.

    I come and stick my head into the arena where you are staging the fund-raiser and take a look in the door and think to myself - "Wow, I didn't know the blue-spotted-moose was in danger of extinction" and then walking down the street to get a blue-spotted-mooseburger at the local Macdonalds.

    That's a view.

    I walk right on inside to your campaign table and plunk down a five dollar bill and shout "HALLELUJAH AND SAVE THE BLUE-SPOTTED MOOSE!" - well that's a nomination, and that's worse MORE than a view.

    Kindle Scout does NOT show us nominations. They keep those hidden behind the curtain. So maybe right now 520 people have taken a look at your book but HAVEN'T nominated it. In which case you DON'T show up on Hot & Trending.

    In either case I am STILL going to Macdonalds right now and demanding a MacMooseBurger!!!

    Welcome to kboards. You got any questions about Kindle Scout this IS the page to ask them at. I'll put THE DEVIL'S SOUL on our kboards list.

    Hope that helps.


      Excellent analogy. Over the weekend I had a huge number of views but apparently not nominations, as Forrest Wollinsky https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1Z29TY753FBMW didn't bump back into H&T. 6 days left though.

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    « Reply #3917 on: February 29, 2016, 08:16:16 am »
    Hey, I finally got God of Chains up on Scout! With thanks to my editor for the tagline/blurb - I just couldn't handle that tiny character limit. It's the big one in my sig. Hopefully I can get picked up by Amazon so I can use the advance to commission a new cover. Much as I love what I have, it appears the art is already used in a book in the genre :(

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    « Reply #3918 on: February 29, 2016, 08:48:37 am »
    I did manage to learn one thing on my own.  Tell  the people they will get a free book if they nominate you and you get the contract.  My H&T went up once I started doing that in all my posts.

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    « Reply #3919 on: February 29, 2016, 09:26:33 am »
    Hey, I finally got God of Chains up on Scout! With thanks to my editor for the tagline/blurb - I just couldn't handle that tiny character limit. It's the big one in my sig. Hopefully I can get picked up by Amazon so I can use the advance to commission a new cover. Much as I love what I have, it appears the art is already used in a book in the genre :(

    You're on the list, JR. Good luck and have fun!

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    « Reply #3920 on: February 29, 2016, 03:01:17 pm »
    My book just launched on Amazon! :D ...well, the pre-orders for it anyway! If you liked the sound of it whilst I was going through my own KS campaign, please do consider checking it out (and, you know, maybe ordering it?) ;) heh

    And thanks again for all the support from this thread. You guys have been the absolute best!!



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    « Reply #3921 on: February 29, 2016, 03:42:00 pm »
    Congrats

    Amelia's Game Changer is out on the wild today and doing "well" http://amzon.me/game

    My book just launched on Amazon! :D ...well, the pre-orders for it anyway! If you liked the sound of it whilst I was going through my own KS campaign, please do consider checking it out (and, you know, maybe ordering it?) ;) heh

    And thanks again for all the support from this thread. You guys have been the absolute best!!

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    « Reply #3922 on: March 01, 2016, 01:38:24 am »
    Ah.

    500 hours hot and trending!

    I am still hot today. In fact, I am so hot that Smokey the Bear e-mailed me a paper bag and asked me to put it over my own face because "Only YOU can prevent forest fires". I am so hot that Greenpeace has been picketing my bathroom mirror as being a primary cause of global warming. I am so hot that I can break a thermometer at ten long paces. The trees in my backyard are hoping for hound dogs and praying for rain. I wear Hawaiian shirts and Speedo swim trunks and call it winter wear - I AM THAT FREAKING HOT!

    My book is doing pretty good today as well.
     8)

    This is the sweet time. I've got two days left and KELPIE DREAMS is showing up in several of the Kindle Scout lists = including the YOU-DON'T-HAVE-MUCH-LONGER-TO-VOTE-FOR-THIS list. The system is working for me. Lady Luck is winking suggestively in my direction. Faith has begun her final aria and my heart is thumping to the tune of "I think I can, I think I can."

    Enough with the silliness. Let's get to the listing, 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 Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
    2 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
    2 days left Out of Darkness by Kenny S. Rich
    5 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
    9 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    10 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    11 days left The Devil's Soul by P. Walter Gagnon
    12 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    16 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    18 days left The Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    19 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    19 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    19 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    27 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong

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

    Happy scouting to you all!

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    « Reply #3923 on: March 01, 2016, 02:15:34 am »
    Heads up ;D

    Donna White Glaser will be talking with Self-Publishing Roundtable about her experiences with Kindle Scout and Kindle Press. If you're interested in watching live and/or asking questions then tune in here http://selfpublishingroundtable.com/sprt-133-a-successful-kindle-scout-campaign-and-what-happens-next-with-donna-white-glaser/ this Thursday 3 March at 7pm PST / 10pm EST.
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    « Reply #3924 on: March 01, 2016, 02:17:28 am »
    All,

    Just discovered this thread, so I'm posting for the first time. My novel, The Second Sphere is up on Scout.

    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2DN8GB36HOMSW

    It's so funny that 30 days sounds so short, but actually seems so long when you're in the middle of it. I've got 18 days to go. Started strong on H&T, but have since cooled off a little. Anyway, best of luck to everyone up there. All we can do is work hard and hope for the best! Take care,

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