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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #4200 on: March 18, 2016, 04:40:40 am »
All right - so I will be talking with Megan from Kindle Scouts at about 5pm Nova Scotia time. I am so freaking wired about this. I was about 2am trying to figure out what to say. I hate it when that happens. It is like something in your mind decides to wake up and turn on a light and all of a sudden you are wide awake and your mind is running like a hamster on a wheel. It doesn't accomplish anything. It just keeps on running.

Oh well. I am awake now.

Good luck to Andy Mulberry's FIRE GIRL which is now twisted in the Kindle Scout breeze.

And welcome to Ferris Robinson's MAKING ARRANGEMENTS. I've never had the patience for flower arrangements - but I always remember my stepfather - one of the toughest gnarliest most rural redneck you have set eyes upon decided to do the flower arrangements for one of my sister's wedding. He did a really amazing job upon it. Turned out this was a talent he didn't tell too many people about. He was way too busy hunting and fishing and playing cards and cheating (which he was REALLY good at) and pitching baseball, and umping baseball when his soupbone dried up.

People are like Chinese puzzle boxes that way. We always have hidden talents that folks never realize because they are too busy taking us at surface level.

My wife has come to rely upon my eye for fashion. I take a look a new blouse she is holding up in a store and I can tell her "that color or cut or style looks good on you - or it doesn't." She tells me I have a real eye for lady's fashion. I don't know where I got it from. I have no patience with all of those foolish "Who Gets The Dress is my Best Guess" or whatever those fool shows are called. And yet I have an that is absolutely true about her wardrobe. She has NEVER regretted going by my opinion. Same thing with jewelry. Actually, I used to make jewelry and sell it. I was mostly a bead stringer with no talent for silverwork or anything fancy - but the designs I came up with were very popular here in Halifax. My wife still wears my jewelry and gets complimented upon it regularly. I don't figure that's any great accomplishment. The stuff they sell in jewelry stores these days are all so dreadfully tacky.

People are like closed books, aren't they?

You can't always judge them by the cover they happen to be wearing.

So - what secret talents do you folks hide?

Let's get on with 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 Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
2 days left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
2 days left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
2 days left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
10 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
10 days left American Terrorist by Wesley Robert Lowe
13 days left Kells Hitchin' by Maddison L. Beckley
16 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies
20 days left Suicide Station by Jack Wallen
20 days left Just One Kiss by Amelia Whitmore
20 days left Odd Adventures With Your Other Father by Norman Prentiss
21 days left Making Arrangements by Ferris Robinson
23 days left The Deimos Virus: Target Earth by Leonard D. Hilley II
29 days left Facade by Alice Sabo

If I have missed anyone please let me know.

Happy scouting to you!


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4201 on: March 18, 2016, 05:36:50 am »
    Glad I found this thread. It's a good idea to help each other out this way. I just clicked over and nominated my three.

    My first book Trespassing On HIs Heart was accepted for a campaign, and I stayed on the Hot & Trending most of the month it ran, but I didn't get a contract. My second book is almost ready to gowaiting to get it back from editingand I plan to try again with it.

    Good luck to all!

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    « Reply #4202 on: March 18, 2016, 07:00:37 am »
    It's up! Whew! My campaign started this morning...and nobody has looked at it yet.  :(

    I guess I need to start making a little noise.

    Thanks again to everyone who's shared their journey. It helped me prepare.

    Here's my link. I'd appreciate any feedback!
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/34O6AOJ4ER2XY

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4203 on: March 18, 2016, 07:07:18 am »
    Had a nomination free up and it fell to The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes. Best of luck, Tani!!!!

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    « Reply #4204 on: March 18, 2016, 07:18:38 am »
    I love KS!  Voted for a bunch of books listed in this post.  Thanks! :)

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4205 on: March 18, 2016, 08:06:25 am »
    And here is my Kindle Scout Update: Day 9.

    http://monkeypantz.net/kindle-scout-update-day-9/

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    « Reply #4206 on: March 18, 2016, 08:33:01 am »
    It's up! Whew! My campaign started this morning...and nobody has looked at it yet.  :(

    I guess I need to start making a little noise.

    Thanks again to everyone who's shared their journey. It helped me prepare.

    Here's my link. I'd appreciate any feedback!
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/34O6AOJ4ER2XY

    Alice, I took a look and as soon as I can, I'll nominate your book. I'm not into SF, but I liked your pages. Good luck! :)

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    « Reply #4207 on: March 18, 2016, 08:39:50 am »
    Thanks Mare! It's more fantasy than sci-fi, but since it involves interplanetary travel, the consensus was that it should be listed as sci-fi. Personally, I'm calling it space fantasy.

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    « Reply #4208 on: March 18, 2016, 08:54:38 am »
    I added you to the list, Alice.

    Good luck with your campaign.
    :)

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    « Reply #4209 on: March 18, 2016, 08:59:58 am »
    I added you to the list, Alice.

    Good luck with your campaign.
    :)

    Thanks!

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    « Reply #4210 on: March 18, 2016, 09:45:59 am »
    Thanks Mare! It's more fantasy than sci-fi, but since it involves interplanetary travel, the consensus was that it should be listed as sci-fi. Personally, I'm calling it space fantasy.


    Alice, the sample pages were interesting to read. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. ;) 

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4211 on: March 18, 2016, 11:18:52 am »

    Here's my link. I'd appreciate any feedback!
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/34O6AOJ4ER2XY

    Sounds interesting. On my "save" list

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    « Reply #4212 on: March 18, 2016, 11:47:45 am »
    Sounds interesting. On my "save" list
    Thank you!

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    « Reply #4213 on: March 18, 2016, 11:50:43 am »
    Hello all.
    I have been lurking here for quite a while, gathering all of the outstanding info on the submission process to Kindle Scout. Haven't felt the need to poke my head into the conversation until I had something to add to it. I've been fairly successful picking winners and got a few free books from some of this group's offerings. Hoping to score The Behrg's book The Creation in a couple of days.

    I have decided once my latest novel is finished with edits I will try for a Kindle Scout campaign of my own. In the mean time I have an available nomination that I can use if anyone has the need for it.

    Thanks RJ - if it doesn't get chosen send me your email and I'll gift you a copy. :)

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    « Reply #4214 on: March 18, 2016, 02:20:34 pm »
    Thanks RJ - if it doesn't get chosen send me your email and I'll gift you a copy. :)
    I will. The sample really catches a hold of you and makes you want to read the rest. But I am pretty sure I'll get a free copy, because I believe it will be selected. I always try to review all the books I get, seeing as how reviews are the only thing authors need more than money these days.  ;)


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4215 on: March 18, 2016, 03:07:00 pm »
    Hi, everybody. My book didn't get chosen but I wanted to thank you all for your votes, and I'll be releasing it on my own this weekend!

    Brian Drake

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    « Reply #4216 on: March 18, 2016, 04:38:34 pm »
    Hi, everybody. My book didn't get chosen but I wanted to thank you all for your votes, and I'll be releasing it on my own this weekend!

    Good luck on the release Brian!

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    « Reply #4217 on: March 19, 2016, 03:03:58 am »
    I had a GREAT phone conversation with Megan, the program manager of Kindle Scout yesterday and things are moving along nicely for my novel, KELPIE DREAMS.

    The book is currently with an editor. I will receive an edited draft by April 4th at the latest. I will then have five days to run through the edited copy of the manuscripts to make and/or approve any edits that have been made and/or suggested by the editor. Megan told me that I could have more time to go through the edited draft if I felt I needed it - but that would have an effect upon the time table of my release. I told her that I was fine with five days and I am fine with it. I have worked with editors before and I have often needed only one or two days to turn over an edited manuscript. For me, writing the book is usually what takes the most time.

    Assuming I can get the book back to them promptly then my pre-order should go live on April 19th. That is when all of those folks who were kind enough to actually nominate KELPIE DREAMS will receive their free advance copy and THAT is when I will REALLY need to have to hope for some strong early reviews. The plan is to have a good amount of strong early reviews in time for the book's official release date of May 3rd.

    The judging committee said that KELPIE DREAMS was a "funny, exciting, romantic adventure with a complicated protagonist who you could really root for".

    I'm going to write a bit more about the conversation and the release plans on my blog later today - but I am REALLY excited and impressed with how well organized the Kindle Scout and Kindle Press crew are and I am very excited to work with them again in the future. I am already working on a second book in my Kelpie series and I was very excited to find out that because I have already placed a book with Kindle Press that I would have the choice of either submitting to Kindle Press directly - once they've had a chance to see how Kelpie Dreams actually sells - or I could choose to run another Kindle Scout campaign.

    That last bit of information was GREAT to find out.

    Let's get on with 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 Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    1 day left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    1 day left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    1 day left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    9 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
    9 days left American Terrorist by Wesley Robert Lowe
    12 days left Kells Hitchin' by Maddison L. Beckley
    15 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies
    19 days left Suicide Station by Jack Wallen
    19 days left Just One Kiss by Amelia Whitmore
    19 days left Odd Adventures With Your Other Father by Norman Prentiss
    20 days left Making Arrangements by Ferris Robinson
    22 days left The Deimos Virus: Target Earth by Leonard D. Hilley II
    28 days left Facade by Alice Sabo

    If I have missed anyone please let me know.

    Happy scouting to you!


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    « Reply #4218 on: March 19, 2016, 04:48:17 am »
    Hi, everybody. My book didn't get chosen but I wanted to thank you all for your votes, and I'll be releasing it on my own this weekend!


    Sorry, Brian, I know the disappointment, but there's always next time. I learned a lot from the first time, and I'm getting ready to try again. Good luck on the release!

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    « Reply #4219 on: March 19, 2016, 05:08:34 am »
    I had a GREAT phone conversation with Megan, the program manager of Kindle Scout yesterday and things are moving along nicely for my novel, KELPIE DREAMS.

    The book is currently with an editor. I will receive an edited draft by April 4th at the latest. I will then have five days to run through the edited copy of the manuscripts to make and/or approve any edits that have been made and/or suggested by the editor. Megan told me that I could have more time to go through the edited draft if I felt I needed it - but that would have an effect upon the time table of my release. I told her that I was fine with five days and I am fine with it. I have worked with editors before and I have often needed only one or two days to turn over an edited manuscript. For me, writing the book is usually what takes the most time.

    Assuming I can get the book back to them promptly then my pre-order should go live on April 19th. That is when all of those folks who were kind enough to actually nominate KELPIE DREAMS will receive their free advance copy and THAT is when I will REALLY need to have to hope for some strong early reviews. The plan is to have a good amount of strong early reviews in time for the book's official release date of May 3rd.

    The judging committee said that KELPIE DREAMS was a "funny, exciting, romantic adventure with a complicated protagonist who you could really root for".

    I'm going to write a bit more about the conversation and the release plans on my blog later today - but I am REALLY excited and impressed with how well organized the Kindle Scout and Kindle Press crew are and I am very excited to work with them again in the future. I am already working on a second book in my Kelpie series and I was very excited to find out that because I have already placed a book with Kindle Press that I would have the choice of either submitting to Kindle Press directly - once they've had a chance to see how Kelpie Dreams actually sells - or I could choose to run another Kindle Scout campaign.

    That last bit of information was GREAT to find out.

    Let's get on with 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 Second Sphere by Peter S. Banks
    1 day left Summer Love, Winter Tears by Carol Collins
    1 day left The Creation: Let There Be Death by The Behrg
    1 day left The Risk it Takes to Blossom by Tani Hanes
    9 days left God of Chains by JR Armstrong
    9 days left American Terrorist by Wesley Robert Lowe
    12 days left Kells Hitchin' by Maddison L. Beckley
    15 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies
    19 days left Suicide Station by Jack Wallen
    19 days left Just One Kiss by Amelia Whitmore
    19 days left Odd Adventures With Your Other Father by Norman Prentiss
    20 days left Making Arrangements by Ferris Robinson
    22 days left The Deimos Virus: Target Earth by Leonard D. Hilley II
    28 days left Facade by Alice Sabo

    If I have missed anyone please let me know.

    Happy scouting to you!


    Awesome!

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    « Reply #4220 on: March 19, 2016, 05:58:16 am »
    It's up! Whew! My campaign started this morning...and nobody has looked at it yet.  :(

    I guess I need to start making a little noise.

    Thanks again to everyone who's shared their journey. It helped me prepare.

    Here's my link. I'd appreciate any feedback!
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/34O6AOJ4ER2XY
    Great premise! Nominated!

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    « Reply #4221 on: March 19, 2016, 06:08:10 am »
    Voted for every book a few times ;)

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    « Reply #4222 on: March 19, 2016, 06:58:02 am »
    Suicide Station ‪#‎KindleScout‬ Update: Day 10.

    http://monkeypantz.net/kindle-scout-update-day-10/

    Suck it, complacency. ;-)

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    « Reply #4223 on: March 19, 2016, 07:02:03 am »
    I am still planning the Kindle Scout section of my site

    All ur books are welcome to be it ;)  I just need you asin numbers

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    « Reply #4224 on: March 19, 2016, 08:01:14 am »
    Great premise! Nominated!

    Thanks Leonard! I have you saved.

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