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Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« Reply #4350 on: March 30, 2016, 05:17:14 am »
Thank you for including me in your list, Steve.

I have a few questions for all of you, I've read through the lists and I can't find answers there:

Have any UK authors been chosen on Kindle Scout?
Any books set in the UK?
Has anyone without a back catalogue or a single published book been chosen? (A debut author)
How many authors have been offered higher level contracts with an Amazon imprint?

Also, how important is H&T? I've read a lot of different things and in trying to understand the relational aspects of it there are so many variables. Some say you absolutely need it others say not. Have any novels that have not been H&T been chosen.

Just curious (some would say OBSESSED) about the process, which I find fascinating. Good luck to all of you, I've been reading the excerpts and there is some fantastic work there.  :)


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4351 on: March 30, 2016, 08:17:06 am »
    All right. Fess up - how many of you out there are STILL eating Easter chocolate?

    I've got some Lindt eggs on my desk to give me strength.


    OK, I've still got chocolate. But not much. On my last leg (errr, chocolate egg).  :)


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4352 on: March 30, 2016, 08:19:06 am »
    OK, I've still got chocolate. But not much. On my last leg (errr, chocolate egg).  :)

    The bunny ears are long gone...

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4353 on: March 30, 2016, 08:27:46 am »
    Have any UK authors been chosen on Kindle Scout?
    Any books set in the UK?
    Has anyone without a back catalogue or a single published book been chosen? (A debut author)

    Also, how important is H&T? I've read a lot of different things and in trying to understand the relational aspects of it there are so many variables. Some say you absolutely need it others say not. Have any novels that have not been H&T been chosen.

    Hi Jacqueline, I'm a UK author, and so I think is Sarah Denzil. I'm sure there are others... My books are set in London.

    Debut authors have been chosen.

    In my opinion, because as yet there aren't huge numbers of readers nominating on KS, the H & T isn't all that important, and at the moment all books are looked at by KS people.
    « Last Edit: March 30, 2016, 08:44:33 am by Lexi Revellian »

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    « Reply #4354 on: March 30, 2016, 08:40:42 am »
    I will like to invite you guys to a new FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/KindleScoutBooks/

    For all kindle scout nominees , maybe we can help each other after the promo periods are completed

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    « Reply #4355 on: March 30, 2016, 10:36:23 am »
    Thank you for including me in your list, Steve.

    I have a few questions for all of you, I've read through the lists and I can't find answers there:

    Have any UK authors been chosen on Kindle Scout?
    Any books set in the UK?
    Has anyone without a back catalogue or a single published book been chosen? (A debut author)
    How many authors have been offered higher level contracts with an Amazon imprint?

    Also, how important is H&T? I've read a lot of different things and in trying to understand the relational aspects of it there are so many variables. Some say you absolutely need it others say not. Have any novels that have not been H&T been chosen.

    Just curious (some would say OBSESSED) about the process, which I find fascinating. Good luck to all of you, I've been reading the excerpts and there is some fantastic work there.  :)

    I'm just as confused as you are about H&T.  Some authors posting here have mentioned that their novels were in the H&T category nearly their entire campaigns, and yet had them turned down.  So it's not just strictly a popularity contest, as some authors have surmised.  Maybe they're looking not just for authors who are willing and able to promote their books, but well-written books with a unique hook that would be easy for Amazon to promote as well, I don't know.  Probably some combination of the two.  My own young adult novel doesn't fit neatly in any specific YA category, which is a concern of mine.  If I had to compare it to other books I'd say it's a mash up of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (except High School, not Middle School) and Catcher In The Rye, if that makes any sense.  Whether they'll think that's marketable is the big question mark. 

    Well, all we can do is try.  Accepted or rejected, it's certainly been an interesting ride so far.

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4356 on: March 30, 2016, 01:15:29 pm »
    #KindleScout Update: Day 21

    In which I coin the phrase RomPunk.

    http://monkeypantz.net/kindle-scout-update-day-21/

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    « Reply #4357 on: March 30, 2016, 06:29:57 pm »
    Just curious (some would say OBSESSED) about the process, which I find fascinating.

    From reading around (here and elsewhere), it looks like H&T is not the final word on acceptance, but I have to believe it has some weight on Amazon's decision.  As I wrote on my blog, I think it's key that they call it "nominating" a book, not voting for it (which implies something more democratic).

    I've learned a lot about book promotion this month and am rethinking how I'll advertise Bridge Daughter if not accepted.  That Amazon offers the writer a chance to notify people who nominated the book when you publish it on their site sounds like a great opportunity in itself.
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    « Reply #4358 on: March 30, 2016, 08:29:59 pm »
    Jack I had a spot open up and now I've got you nominated.
    TheBehrg have you heard anything on your campaign? I have not received any email about it as of yet.

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    « Reply #4359 on: March 31, 2016, 01:47:44 am »
    On the run this morning. Had a night shift last night and a day shift this morning.

    So 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 Kells Hitchin' by Maddison L. Beckley
    3 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies
    7 days left Suicide Station by Jack Wallen
    7 days left Just One Kiss by Amelia Whitmore
    7 days left Odd Adventures With Your Other Father by Norman Prentiss
    8 days left Making Arrangements by Ferris Robinson
    8 days left Bridge Daughter by Jim Nelson
    10 days left The Deimos Virus: Target Earth by Leonard D. Hilley II
    15 days left Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward
    16 days left Facade by Alice Sabo
    16 days left Purple Kitty - A Serena McKay Novel by Chariss K. Walker
    22 days left Concealed by RJ Crayton
    22 days left A Friend Like Filby by Mark Wakely
    25 days left Love's Tender Heart by Mary J. Hicks

    I put this list up every morning and strive to keep it up-to-date so that this thread needn't dissolve into a flurry of "NOMINATE MY BOOK, NOMINATE MY BOOK" posts.

    This way folks can readily check out the kboarder members who have a book in the running and can make up their own mind.
     
    If I have missed anyone please let me know.

    Happy scouting to you all!

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4360 on: March 31, 2016, 03:32:27 am »
    Thank you for all your answers. That's certainly given me something to think about. My page views are no astronomical, but I'm quite pleased as it's helping me to see the effect of my social networking.

    I'm half way through now and I'm seeing a slight upward trend. I've written about it on my blog, http://wp.me/p3UlQw-az if anyone's interested, it also has the links to the scathing article in the Guardian about self publishing and the response from a million self published author. Interesting stuff.

    Good luck to everyone, especially those waiting  :)


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    « Reply #4361 on: March 31, 2016, 05:34:31 am »
    Hi all,
    Just wanted to let you know my book, "Dogs and Love - Stories of Fidelity" is free through Saturday. 92 Amazon reviews and 4.5 rating.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Love-Stories-Fidelity-Adults-ebook/dp/B00B3NUDHS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1459425598&sr=1-1&keywords=dogs+and+love

    Trying to hang in for one more week with "Making Arrangements!" Whew! Nerve wracking! So glad for this forum - I don't post much but scroll through constantly. So helpful, and love reading encouraging words and tips and success stories! Thanks!

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4362 on: March 31, 2016, 05:34:54 am »
    I forgot to post my stats after The Second Sphere was denied.

    205 hours in H&T and 1,079 page views.

    My feeling about H&T right now is that it is only a first step in getting them to read your book thoroughly. But then again, I'm only speculating. Hope everyone had a nice holiday.

    Pete

    p.s. I'm planning a Monday launch for The Second Sphere and will have it available for free for a few days as a promo.

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    « Reply #4363 on: March 31, 2016, 05:41:53 am »
    Sorry abt that peter

    remind us again when it is out , I will get a copy

    I am hoping second time around is the winner for us

    Just One Kiss is doing well ( I think ) and 7 days to go.  I just hope it does not fall short here on the end stretch

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    « Reply #4364 on: March 31, 2016, 03:36:52 pm »
    KindleScout Week 3 Wrap Up! http://monkeypantz.net/kindle-scout-week-3-wrap/

    The finish line is in sight!

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    « Reply #4365 on: March 31, 2016, 07:07:05 pm »
    Dog Stories for Adults

    but it says for grades 5-12...

    just seemed weird

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    « Reply #4366 on: April 01, 2016, 03:35:29 am »
    My notes are going to be rather terse over the next month. I have signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo and have pledged to write 50,000 words this month.

    I reached the end of March at the 20,000 word mark of a novel that I am writing in hopes of selling to my local Nova Scotia publisher - so the first part of April will involve my writing 30,000 words to finish the 50,000 that the publisher has said they would like to see. Then I am finishing out the second half of the month with a 20,000 word novella that I already have partially roughed out.

    Throw in the re-edit of KELPIE DREAMS and April is going to be pretty hectic. I am due to receive the blue penciled copy of KELPIE DREAMS sometime next week.

    So 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

    2 days left The Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies
    6 days left Suicide Station by Jack Wallen
    6 days left Just One Kiss by Amelia Whitmore
    6 days left Odd Adventures With Your Other Father by Norman Prentiss
    7 days left Making Arrangements by Ferris Robinson
    7 days left Bridge Daughter by Jim Nelson
    9 days left The Deimos Virus: Target Earth by Leonard D. Hilley II
    14 days left Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward
    15 days left Facade by Alice Sabo
    15 days left Purple Kitty - A Serena McKay Novel by Chariss K. Walker
    21 days left Concealed by RJ Crayton
    21 days left A Friend Like Filby by Mark Wakely
    24 days left Love's Tender Heart by Mary J. Hicks


    I put this list up every morning and strive to keep it up-to-date so that this thread needn't dissolve into a flurry of "NOMINATE MY BOOK, NOMINATE MY BOOK" posts.

    This way folks can readily check out the kboarder members who have a book in the running and can make up their own mind.
     
    If I have missed anyone please let me know.

    Happy scouting to you all!


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4367 on: April 01, 2016, 07:44:21 am »
    I forgot to post my stats after The Second Sphere was denied.

    205 hours in H&T and 1,079 page views.

    My feeling about H&T right now is that it is only a first step in getting them to read your book thoroughly. But then again, I'm only speculating. Hope everyone had a nice holiday.

    Pete

    p.s. I'm planning a Monday launch for The Second Sphere and will have it available for free for a few days as a promo.

    Wow.  I'm on track so far to duplicate your stats, although I haven't been in H&T (at least, not yet, anyway. There's always hope.)  I have no idea if 1k+ is enough, not nearly enough, better than average or what for them to consider a book for publication.  Maybe we should all stop obsessing over our stats (I know; hard to do) promote our campaigns to the best of our abilities, and just leave it at that.  And oh, start writing our next books.  At least that will help take our minds off this surprisingly nerve-wracking process, which I had no idea it would be.

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4368 on: April 01, 2016, 12:09:57 pm »
    Maybe we should all stop obsessing over our stats (I know; hard to do) promote our campaigns to the best of our abilities, and just leave it at that.  And oh, start writing our next books.  At least that will help take our minds off this surprisingly nerve-wracking process, which I had no idea it would be.

    Sound advice that I've been coming around to the past few days.  Went to a baseball game with a friend last night only to realize it was the first evening in three weeks that I've not spent fretting over my campaign.
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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4369 on: April 01, 2016, 01:46:39 pm »
    I forgot to post my stats after The Second Sphere was denied.

    205 hours in H&T and 1,079 page views.

    My feeling about H&T right now is that it is only a first step in getting them to read your book thoroughly. But then again, I'm only speculating. Hope everyone had a nice holiday.

    Pete

    p.s. I'm planning a Monday launch for The Second Sphere and will have it available for free for a few days as a promo.

    Yeah, there seems to be no way to know what makes them select a book. I'm going to try not to think about it too much as my campaign rolls on.

    Good luck with your launch of Second Sphere. I'll be sure to check it out.


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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4370 on: April 01, 2016, 07:19:35 pm »
    Kindle Scout Update: Day 23. A few bits of a personal nature.

    http://monkeypantz.net/kindle-scout-update-day-23/

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    « Reply #4371 on: April 02, 2016, 03:20:03 am »
    All right - so I banged out about 4000 words yesterday in the first day of my Camp NaNoWriMo marathon. Today is going to be tougher because I have run past my notes and I'm into the "wonder-what-comes-next" stage of things.

    So 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 Sublime Freedom by A.D. Davies
    5 days left Suicide Station by Jack Wallen
    5 days left Just One Kiss by Amelia Whitmore
    5 days left Odd Adventures With Your Other Father by Norman Prentiss
    6 days left Making Arrangements by Ferris Robinson
    6 days left Bridge Daughter by Jim Nelson
    8 days left The Deimos Virus: Target Earth by Leonard D. Hilley II
    13 days left Random Acts of Unkindness by Jacqueline Ward
    14 days left Facade by Alice Sabo
    14 days left Purple Kitty - A Serena McKay Novel by Chariss K. Walker
    20 days left Concealed by RJ Crayton
    20 days left A Friend Like Filby by Mark Wakely
    23 days left Love's Tender Heart by Mary J. Hicks

    I put this list up every morning and strive to keep it up-to-date so that this thread needn't dissolve into a flurry of "NOMINATE MY BOOK, NOMINATE MY BOOK" posts.

    This way folks can readily check out the kboarder members who have a book in the running and can make up their own mind.
     
    If I have missed anyone please let me know.

    Happy scouting to you all!

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    Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
    « Reply #4372 on: April 02, 2016, 07:17:18 am »

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    « Reply #4373 on: April 02, 2016, 07:25:32 am »
    Here's a guest post I did for The Reading Ape about why every author should be submitting to Kindle Scout.

    http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/04/02/reserved-for-jack-wallen/

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    « Reply #4374 on: April 02, 2016, 07:34:27 am »
    Here's a guest post I did for The Reading Ape about why every author should be submitting to Kindle Scout.

    http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2016/04/02/reserved-for-jack-wallen/

    Great article, especially the part where you name-drop me like it's hot (and trending)

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