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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #4050 on: March 07, 2016, 04:30:32 pm »
I am going to open an special section in my site for the KS nominees ( aka the losers ) for you guys to post ur promos

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4051 on: March 07, 2016, 05:30:57 pm »
    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]


    You can submit an updated version to KS and they'll change it for you- I had to do that with my campaign not long after it launched!


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    « Reply #4052 on: March 07, 2016, 05:36:20 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.

    Hey, glad to hear your mom is doing okay now!

    And it's never too late to start promoting! You've still got 21days to go which is great (and it looks like your book is HOT right now too!). I know there've been some authors with low H&T hours who've still been selected. I think mostly KS want to see that you can promote your book, but as long as they think you have a story that will sell they'll accept it. So, basically, go wild with the promo! And see what happens :) I've added you to my saved list and will nominate one I get a free space!


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4053 on: March 07, 2016, 05:43:43 pm »
    Got an email today from KS saying that I could now get my free copy of Legion Lost! :D

    ...Which was very exciting until I clicked to order it and realised they'd directed me to the Australian site and now I can't read it because all my devices are linked to my UK account! /dramatic sigh/ I've emailed them to see if they can switch it over but no idea if and when that'll happen.

    It's weird I got directed there at all because I signed up to KS with all my UK details, so why send me to the AU store- the initial email links there (which I didn't notice at the time). I *am* currently in New Zealand, so if they're stalking my IP they'd know that, but it's strange they'd direct me there when everything else about my KS campaign is UK related, right?


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    « Reply #4054 on: March 07, 2016, 08:43:13 pm »
    Hey, glad to hear your mom is doing okay now!

    And it's never too late to start promoting! You've still got 21days to go which is great (and it looks like your book is HOT right now too!). I know there've been some authors with low H&T hours who've still been selected. I think mostly KS want to see that you can promote your book, but as long as they think you have a story that will sell they'll accept it. So, basically, go wild with the promo! And see what happens :) I've added you to my saved list and will nominate one I get a free space!

    Appreciate your insights, Carmen. 

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    « Reply #4055 on: March 07, 2016, 09:04:44 pm »
    Thanks for keeping the list going, Steve. Nominations added! and best of luck!!!

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    « Reply #4056 on: March 08, 2016, 01:26:24 am »
    Good morning all. Happy Tuesday.

    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

    2 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    3 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    4 days left The Devil's Soul by P. Walter Gagnon
    5 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    9 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    11 days left The Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    12 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    12 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    12 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    20 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
    20 days left American Terrorist by Wesley Robert Lowe
    26 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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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4057 on: March 08, 2016, 03:42:47 am »
    Good morning all. Happy Tuesday.

    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

    2 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane


    3 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    4 days left The Devil's Soul by P. Walter Gagnon
    5 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    9 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    11 days left The Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    12 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    12 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    12 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    20 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
    20 days left American Terrorist by Wesley Robert Lowe
    26 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.
    :)

    Brianna, you've got my nomination!
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    « Reply #4058 on: March 08, 2016, 11:18:27 am »
    Voted , all spot are full

    Like I said the other day , I am creating a kindle scout section on TodaysBookDeals.com

    Could some of the authors that participated not not selected pm me or post your asin number I need like a dozen to see what i can come with , I will share with all of you in a week or so.
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    « Reply #4059 on: March 08, 2016, 02:27:20 pm »
    Nominated you Brianna! Best of luck to you.
    Nominated you Brianna! Best of luck to you.

    Awesome! She / I thank you. I should start another account under her name and trade messages with myself.

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    « Reply #4060 on: March 08, 2016, 02:28:00 pm »
    Brianna, you've got my nomination!

    Much appreciated, thank you!

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    « Reply #4061 on: March 08, 2016, 03:32:12 pm »
    I want to thank all of you that have nominated my book.  As you well know, every nomination counts.  Now to my question.  I probably shouldn't even be thinking about this but I can't help it because that's the way my brain works; for those of you that have gotten the pub deal, are you going to try and get a hard copy deal next?  If so, how are you going to go about doing that?

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    « Reply #4062 on: March 08, 2016, 05:49:08 pm »
    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.

    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.

    Welcome back  :D Glad to see you're doing well! You're a fast writer, so I'm sure it won't take long for you to build up a following. The first few books are the hardest, but at least we get to watch veteran authors and mooch from their experiences. Why not throw out a few more books and try again?

    I still think Scout is a great program, despite the lack of upfront information. It provides the tough love new authors need to get off their feet. No other publisher provides upfront information anyway, so it's not like we lose much by participating. But hey, you make some great friends in the process, and at the very minimum, it buys you 30 days to spellcheck for the 100000 time.

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    « Reply #4063 on: March 09, 2016, 03:44:21 am »
    It's Wednesday.

    It's hump-day.

    I am still swinging in the breeze over at Kindle Scout and the strain is beginning to tell on me. I know in my mind that it is only a matter of days before I know for certain, one way or another, but the monkey in my brain is screaming for bananas and flinging his leftovers all over the place.

    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

    1 day left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
    2 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy
    3 days left The Devil's Soul by P. Walter Gagnon
    4 days left Modern Surprises by Joan Marie Verba
    8 days left Fire Girl by Andy Mulberry
    10 days left The Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    11 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    11 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    11 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    19 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
    19 days left American Terrorist by Wesley Robert Lowe
    25 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies
    29 days left Suicide Station by Jack Wallen

    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'm going to go have a long soak in the tub before heading for work and try and calm that monkey down.

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4064 on: March 09, 2016, 04:17:59 am »
    My campaign is now live! Check out Suicide Station.

    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3FISRR65ACBEC

    I should just start checking my stats and refreshing every thirty seconds now, right? Ugh. ;-)

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    « Reply #4065 on: March 09, 2016, 04:47:48 am »
    My campaign is now live! Check out Suicide Station.

    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3FISRR65ACBEC

    I should just start checking my stats and refreshing every thirty seconds now, right? Ugh. ;-)

    Looks like a blast, Jack. Good luck to you. I've just put you on the list.

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    « Reply #4066 on: March 09, 2016, 04:50:25 am »
    Looks like a blast, Jack. Good luck to you. I've just put you on the list.

    Thank you so very much, Steve! :D

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    « Reply #4067 on: March 09, 2016, 05:08:05 am »
    Congrats, Jack! I'll check it out.

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    « Reply #4068 on: March 09, 2016, 05:28:52 am »
    Hi Guys

    Back for another trip , Just One Kiss By Amelia Whitmore is up for nomination  http://amzon.me/onekiss

    Lets see if the second time is the charm ! !

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    « Reply #4069 on: March 09, 2016, 05:45:01 am »
    My campaign is now live! Check out Suicide Station.

    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3FISRR65ACBEC

    I should just start checking my stats and refreshing every thirty seconds now, right? Ugh. ;-)

    Good luck, Jack! Nice sample... I might even vote for ya!

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    « Reply #4070 on: March 09, 2016, 06:23:30 am »
    Wow , there are a LOT of new campaigns stating today ! ! !

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    « Reply #4071 on: March 09, 2016, 08:08:07 am »
    I probably shouldn't even be thinking about this but I can't help it because that's the way my brain works; for those of you that have gotten the pub deal, are you going to try and get a hard copy deal next?  If so, how are you going to go about doing that?


    My campaign is still active, but I am planning on a paperback release now, no matter what the result may be. I am currently formatting Modern Surprises for CreateSpace. (I've formatted over 40 books for CreateSpace.)

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    « Reply #4073 on: March 09, 2016, 11:39:16 am »
    Wanted to share a quick blogpost I put together today about my experiences in being with KindlePress for one year now.
    Keep up the campaigning!

    https://thebehrg.wordpress.com/2016/03/09/choose-your-own-adventure-reflections-on-kindle-scout/

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    « Reply #4074 on: March 09, 2016, 12:12:05 pm »
    Thought I'd share my introductory blog post that includes a video I did explaining Kindle Scout as well as my book, Suicide Station.

    http://monkeypantz.net/some-seriously-special-news/

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