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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #4025 on: March 06, 2016, 04:14:35 am »
Thanks very much!

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4026 on: March 06, 2016, 05:00:55 am »
    Okay - so a couple of folks asked how I did in the final orange bar side of things - so I figured that I would post it here.



    That's awfully hard to read but it is 572 hours on Hot & Trending and a grand total of 1700 views.

    That sounds impressive - but it will take a whole lot more than big orange numbers to impress the Gods of Kindle Scout.

    I figure I should hear from them by sometime this coming week or definitely by next week. I won't pretend that I am not hanging upon tenterhooks...
    :)

    Congrats! That's wonderful to see.

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4027 on: March 06, 2016, 06:41:43 am »
    Hey guys, if you can would you check out my Thunderclap Campaign and consider supporting it? Just trying to get the word out about my novel to as many people as I can as my own social media reach right now isn't all that great :)

    Happily supported!

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    « Reply #4028 on: March 06, 2016, 09:24:54 am »
    Okay - so a couple of folks asked how I did in the final orange bar side of things - so I figured that I would post it here.



    That's awfully hard to read but it is 572 hours on Hot & Trending and a grand total of 1700 views.

    That sounds impressive - but it will take a whole lot more than big orange numbers to impress the Gods of Kindle Scout.

    I figure I should hear from them by sometime this coming week or definitely by next week. I won't pretend that I am not hanging upon tenterhooks...
    :)

    GOOD LUCK!

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4029 on: March 06, 2016, 01:03:03 pm »
    Hey guys, if you can would you check out my Thunderclap Campaign and consider supporting it? Just trying to get the word out about my novel to as many people as I can as my own social media reach right now isn't all that great :)

    Done!

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    « Reply #4030 on: March 06, 2016, 03:26:16 pm »
    Okay - so a couple of folks asked how I did in the final orange bar side of things - so I figured that I would post it here.



    That's awfully hard to read but it is 572 hours on Hot & Trending and a grand total of 1700 views.

    That sounds impressive - but it will take a whole lot more than big orange numbers to impress the Gods of Kindle Scout.

    I figure I should hear from them by sometime this coming week or definitely by next week. I won't pretend that I am not hanging upon tenterhooks...
    :)
    Hey Steve! I've been following your newsletter and finally decided to jump on kboards to see what all the fuss is about. Still getting my bearings, but so far I like it. Curious to hear your Kindle Scout results. I'm thinking of doing that with a book I've written, but it needs a little editing first. Thanks for sharing!

    Author of the magical, fantastical, and romantical. ;)
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    « Reply #4031 on: March 06, 2016, 06:51:31 pm »
    @ Leonard: I just read the excerpt for Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter. It's really good! It reminds me a little of the Vampire Chronicles!

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    « Reply #4032 on: March 06, 2016, 09:10:17 pm »


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4033 on: March 07, 2016, 01:35:40 am »
    Hey Steve! I've been following your newsletter and finally decided to jump on kboards to see what all the fuss is about. Still getting my bearings, but so far I like it. Curious to hear your Kindle Scout results. I'm thinking of doing that with a book I've written, but it needs a little editing first. Thanks for sharing!

    Welcome aboard, Angel. The kboards forum is the single greatest spot for figuring out how this business works. You're going to meet a lot of cool, smart folks here - folks who sell a heck of a lot more e-books than I can do. Ask questions, poke around, have fun and learn.

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4034 on: March 07, 2016, 01:40:34 am »
    I want to hide from Mondays, dang it.

    I'm heading back to work this morning. I had a great weekend but here we go again.

    Now let's get to the list.

    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 Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    4 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    5 days left The Devil's Soul by P. Walter Gagnon
    6 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    10 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    12 days left The Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    13 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    13 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    13 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    21 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
    27 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies

    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, join into the conversation and make yourself right at home here on kboards.
    :)

    I've got my fingers crossed for you, Leonard.

    Happy scouting.


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    « Reply #4035 on: March 07, 2016, 03:29:07 am »
    Thanks, Steve! And thanks to everyone who nominated Forrest. Currently in review.

    Campaign Stats:

    104 hours H&T

    2.3K views

    Thanks again, everyone! I have my nominations filled with those closest to the end. Good luck!

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    « Reply #4036 on: March 07, 2016, 03:30:19 am »
    @ Leonard: I just read the excerpt for Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter. It's really good! It reminds me a little of the Vampire Chronicles!

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!
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    « Reply #4037 on: March 07, 2016, 03:31:14 am »
    Thanks, Steve! My fingers are crossed for you, too.

    And thanks to everyone who nominated Forrest. Currently 'in review.'

    Campaign Stats:

    104 hours H&T

    2.3K views

    Thanks again, everyone! I have my nominations filled with those closest to the end. Good luck!

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    « Reply #4038 on: March 07, 2016, 03:55:09 am »
    Thanks, Steve! And thanks to everyone who nominated Forrest. Currently in review.

    Campaign Stats:

    104 hours H&T

    2.3K views

    Thanks again, everyone! I have my nominations filled with those closest to the end. Good luck!

    Good luck, Leonard, you got my nomination!

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4039 on: March 07, 2016, 05:05:06 am »

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    « Reply #4040 on: March 07, 2016, 06:00:03 am »
    Good luck, Leonard, you got my nomination!
    Thank you. :)

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    « Reply #4041 on: March 07, 2016, 08:08:20 am »
    Has anybody heard anything about how Steve Vernon has fared?  Did I miss an update along the way?

    --Tani

    Throw me a nomination if you're feeling inclined  :)


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    « Reply #4042 on: March 07, 2016, 10:41:22 am »
    Just Submitted another book to the scout

    Just received the email ! ! !

    Up for nominations in 2 days ! ! ! !


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    « Reply #4043 on: March 07, 2016, 10:58:57 am »
    Woot! My campaign was accepted. It launches Wednesday. I've taken care of the mailing list and the headtalker, scheduled my street team to work in groups (two to three members per week), recorded a video for the launch, wrote an intro blog, scheduled a couple of podcast interviews, as well as guest blog posts. Nerves are already starting to trickle down my spine.

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    « Reply #4044 on: March 07, 2016, 11:26:27 am »
    Congrats, BB!


    I just got my free copy of D & B! Congrats :)

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    « Reply #4045 on: March 07, 2016, 11:48:03 am »
    And now I hate my first two paragraphs. Especially one line that has two words the wrong way round. Thing is I tried them both ways several times and thought I'd done it the other way to what's printed. Hoping enough  people don't notice it now [emoji52]


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    « Reply #4046 on: March 07, 2016, 01:02:55 pm »
    Hi Everybody - I was selected for Kindle Scout last February 28th and then my mom promptly went into the hospital so other than an email blast to my subscribers, I've had very little time to promote. My mom's better now so I can start promoting but I'm wondering if this is too late.

    Do any of you know if winners have ever had a build into the HOT category or do you need to be pretty well in there the whole time to have a chance for consideration.

    In you'd like to take a look, the book is AMERICAN TERRORIST, an action thriller with a compelling female hero. https://kindlescout.amazon.com/author/campaigns

    Thanks for all the suggestions on this board. I've had a chance to nominate several of you and wish you the best.

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    « Reply #4047 on: March 07, 2016, 01:19:02 pm »
    Hey guys,
    So since my novel didn't get in Scout, I've been very busy.
    I set up a three month advanced automation email chain for my mailing list, set up my novel for a April release with a preorder, have a plan to get reviews, and wrote 30k of a sequel to my first book.
    https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,231872.msg3230837.html#msg3230837
    I also set up a thunderclap that if any of you guess have any social media. I would really appreciate a sign up!
    https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/38100-the-men-who-killed-god?

    Now on my thoughts on Kindle Scout. I won't lie, I'm an envious person(luck and good fortune are never on my side) which is why when I didn't get in, I stopped posting in this thread, but I cooled off some. Now will I submit again? Maybe, leaning on the maybe not side. Looking at all the statistics at the people who got accepted, I think Amazon should be more up front about being more likely to be accepted if you already have a sizable back list. I know first time authors have gotten in, but more often than not, Authors already with a following and a backlist are far more likely to get in. Not to take away from the winners as they still need to write a good book.
    Of course I have 1.5 books out, but still not as many as some of the winners. I also think the Hot & trending list should be down played alot more when it's not that important in the nomination. I see people doing all this marketing and promotion, which if they don't get in, will leave them with little to no marketing plans left. I'm glad I didn't go all in on marketing. Which hey, maybe that's why I didn't get in.(Or the book sucks, who knows).

    Ultimately, I think that even though the winners are backed by amazon, they are not putting their full marketing power into it. Comparing the rankings of kindle press books, it's not anywhere close as impressive as their imprints. Which was my first hesitation when I was about to submit.
    I think with good planning, a good book, and good marketing and a good first week, I can come up with a good to great launch.

    Could use 1,500 dollars though, and with Kindle Scout, the burden of release off your shoulders which is great.
    « Last Edit: March 07, 2016, 01:26:31 pm by JalexM »

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    « Reply #4048 on: March 07, 2016, 03:20:22 pm »
    Hey guys -- Dead and Breakfast is up on Goodreads. I'd love it if you could add it to your shelves. Just so it doesn't look empty.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29438431-dead-and-breakfast

    It's up on pre-order and goes on sale March 22nd. I'm not sure how to promote it for launch since everyone I know nominated it.

    I just got my free copy of D & B! Congrats :)

    Thanks, Jeanne!!

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    « Reply #4049 on: March 07, 2016, 03:48:54 pm »
    Hey folks - thought I'd pop in here tonight and I see we've got another list member. Welcome, Wesley Robert Lowe.

    Now let's get to the list.

    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 Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    4 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    5 days left The Devil's Soul by P. Walter Gagnon
    6 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    10 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    12 days left The Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    13 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    13 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    13 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    21 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
    21 days left American Terrorist by Wesley Robert Lowe
    27 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies

    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, join into the conversation and make yourself right at home here on kboards.
    :)


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    Has anybody heard anything about how Steve Vernon has fared?  Did I miss an update along the way?
    --Tani

    I'm still swinging in the breeze, Tani. Thanks for asking. :)

    And now I hate my first two paragraphs. Especially one line that has two words the wrong way round. Thing is I tried them both ways several times and thought I'd done it the other way to what's printed. Hoping enough  people don't notice it now

    AD DAVIES - Drop an e-mail to the folks at Kindle Scout telling them how to fix the first two paragraphs. I had a missed word and they added it once I let them know that I had goofed. They're happy to help.

    Hey guys -- Dead and Breakfast is up on Goodreads. I'd love it if you could add it to your shelves. Just so it doesn't look empty.
    It's up on pre-order and goes on sale March 22nd.

    I'll get right on that.
    :)

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