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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: February 15, 2016, 10:07:29 am »
Hello Guys,

Wow, running a second, let alone a third Kindle Scout campaign is proving immensely difficult. I mean, I feel like I've exhausted my potential nominees from my first campaign. After the first four days in Hot & Trending, my sequel to The One-Eyed King, Out of Darkness hasn't notched a single hour in Hot & Trending and the daily views aren't flattering. As the days go by, your book gets pushed to the third or fourth pages, so if it's not on H&T, its chances of being seen by Kindle Scouts are greatly reduced. Some quandary :(

I just don't think I can bother many more of my FB friends, all of whom I was relentless with during my first campaign. Well, I hope at least some of you will check out my book's page and nominate it if you like what you read. Here's the link to my campaign page: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/J6EKQEMGBD70

Thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Kenny

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: February 15, 2016, 10:02:51 am »
Updated List

3 days left Son of Justice by Steven L. Hawk
10 days left The Digital Graffiti by Rose Carter
11 days left The Sleepwalkers by B.B. Griffith
17 days left Kelpie Dreams by Steve Vernon
17 days left Love Rocks by LB Clark
18 days left Forrest Wollinsky: Vampire Hunter
24 days left Bulletproof Hearts by Brianna Cane
25 days left Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy

If I have missed anyone let me know.

Happy scouting to you all!
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Hello Steve,

Would you kindly add my book, Out of Darkness (17 days left) to your list?

Thank you,

Kenny

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: February 03, 2016, 10:32:50 am »
Kenny, you're a paragon of tenacity! I look forward to taking a look.

Aww, thank you, Cindy! Much appreciated :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: February 03, 2016, 09:31:09 am »
Hello everyone,

I hope you've all been doing well. I truly appreciate the positivity and camaraderie in this forum. Unfortunately, I haven't been around much since I've been writing my butt off. Some of you may remember me. I'm the author of The One-Eyed King, my first rodeo on Kindle Scout, which had amazing stats and yet wasn't selected. To be fair, it wasn't fully copyedited. That's on me. My second attempt on KS was The Elementals, a co-authored title with a relatively established indie author. It wasn't selected either. No surprise. We didn't promote, nor did we announce it. It was my placebo. Great cover, well-written, fully copyedited. Like I said, placebo. KS needs to see activity, which we didn't have, resulting in low final numbers.

Now, here's hoping the third time's the charm. I'm back with a full-blown new campaign for Book 2 in The One-Eyed King Trilogy, 'Out of Darkness'. This title is fully copyedited by a phenomenal and seasoned editor and pretty much ready for KDP. It went live last night, and for an hour, I promoted on FB, where I have a pretty good presence/following across a number of pages I run, including my personal profile. As of this morning, with no stats having updated yet, it's already hot and trending. So, that's a good start. Maybe it's the romantic flair to the cover and storyline of the sequel, who knows? At any rate, I'm curious to see how this fares compared to Book 1. I'm hesitant to blitz my Fb folk again like I did last time, but I'm going for broke this time, albeit expecting the worst. It is what it is. I kindly invite you guys to view Out of Darkness on Kindle Scout and consider nominating it if you like what you see. Here's the link: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/J6EKQEMGBD70

Thank you,
Kenny

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 22, 2015, 06:04:40 pm »
Wow. Thanks for all the awesome support. Looks like it's plan B for Jack.
Xoxo  :( :

Trust me, I had a sinking feeling when they rejected The One-Eyed King even after I poured my heart and soul into a strong campaign :(

But you've got the right attitude. We've got your back. I nominated your book, all but certain it'd be picked. The tagline alone had me hooked.
Clearly, no one understands what KS Review is looking for. I really do question how "reader-powered" they really are, honestly.

At any rate, once you publish, I'll be sure to buy. Godspeed along plan B.

Cheers! :)

Kenny

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 22, 2015, 06:01:35 pm »
It's Tuesday and I'm getting set to do some work on a novel I've been working on and I thought I would swing by and tack today's list up on the kboards Kindle Scout barroom bulletin board for all of you folks to peruse.



Remember, folks - the Kboard folk on the short end (LAST DAY LEFT, 1 day left, 2 days left, 3 days left) need our support the most.

And be sure to let me know if I have missed anyone.

Updated List


I think I've got everyone.

THREE MORE SLEEPS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!
:) :) :)

Hello Steve, thank you for sharing these lists so diligently as you always do. I have a new title on KS entitled 'The Elementals: Rock of Ages.' I hope you might add me to the list.

Thank you!

Kenny S. Rich

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 22, 2015, 05:59:36 pm »
Finally got my edits back from the Kindle Scout team and even though it was a total of 7 items (making a sentence stronger or minor plot suggestions) they did it by telling me why and how Kindle wants it, which was very cool. Still waiting for them to OK the new book cover so i can share it and hoping next step is a release date and pre-sale page up soon.

Everyone have a great holiday!

Armand

Thanks for the inside look, Armand. I'm trying KS again with a new, co-authored book, 'The Elementals: Rock of Ages'

Hope to get on your level.

Cheers!

Kenny

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 21, 2015, 01:07:28 pm »
Well, I'm in the dreaded post-campaign wait. I can't lie; this has been kinda distracting. This weekend I tried to stay away from the PC as much as possible. Either way, I have a plan in place for what I will do next, so I am eager to move on no matter what the outcome. Fingers crossed for a speedy resolution. (Waving to Pamela, we're post-campaign buddies!)

I posted my stats to my blog here: Click HERE to read The Waiting Game (Kindle Scout campaign, final stats)...and of course, I gave a shout out to those KBoards members still campaigning (with links to your books) at the end of the blog post.  8)

I nominated your book and am expecting you to win. Your tag line, cover and concept all were fantastic. Cheers!

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Hello Everyone,

I'm relatively new to KBoards, have spent most of my time in the Kindle Scout forum so far. I came across this thread and have read all the raving posts about the book profile page, but I still don't know where to go to build one of my own. Please advise.

Cheers,

Kenny

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 19, 2015, 11:43:59 pm »
That sounds awesome Kenny! I know I should nominate the ones with least days to go, but I have two more spots for those. Nominated! and good luck :)

On behalf on April and myself, THANK YOU, Jenny! :)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 19, 2015, 11:43:20 pm »
It's early here in the UK. 7:40am at time of posting, but I've been awake for a good couple of hours already.

Received this before:



GET IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you to everyone for their support! Very excited now!

Major congratulations!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 19, 2015, 09:47:05 pm »
Hello Fellow KS Authors,

If at first you don't succeed, dust yourself up and try again, right? Well, I'm back and pleased to announce my second go at this since 'The One-Eyed King,' in spite of a solid campaign wasn't selected by Kindle Review. At any rate, this second title has avoided the first mistakes I made, i.e. it is FULLY professionally copyedited and ready to be self-published; but of course, I'm giving KS another shot first.

Also, this time, I brought some backup (so to speak) as this is a co-authored title. Honestly, it may be the first co-authored title to be approved for a campaign by KS. If you have questions about how to go about it as per their advice, I'll be happy to share in my next post. Here's the link to "The Elementals: Rock of Ages" by April M. Reign (indie author with a track record of decent success including a couple of bestselling series) and Kenny S. Rich (moi) :) https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/24X5GLZYHQRTY

I hope you guys will like our concept for book 1 of this new exciting series and nominate us.

Thank you in advance.

Kenny

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 07, 2015, 09:02:08 am »
The advance snuck into my checking account over the weekend, which was a nice surprise. Wasn't expecting it until closer to Christmas. Still waiting for contact about any edits, etc. Kindle Scout is thinking about and getting antsy again. A few of the books around the same time I got accepted are in production and the authors tell me they are setting dates for release. Hope this week I get the spotlight and we can begin the process.

In the meantime, I have picked up another contract and it looks like the Audible deal is finalized for another series. Someone mentioned having multiple books and series out to get better exposure, and it has worked wonders for me. Plus, ever since I got accepted into Kindle Scout readers have noticed my other books getting star treatment in suggestions on Amazon, so it looks like they are pushing my books in prep for "Dirty Deeds" being released, which is helpful.

Armand

Major congratulations!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 05, 2015, 01:45:27 pm »
bknights on fiverr. while i normally would not advise getting anything off of fiverr ever... bknights is the only exception. he's great, very professional, and he puts your book on his website for a day and you get residual sales some time later. unless i'm overlooking something else that happened in the last few days, i think it might be him or readcheaply.com that's responsible for the sales.

Edit: one moment, i forgot this was today https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,225495.150.html

This might explain some of the sales.

Thank you, Blanche. I'll check out some of these. Got Fussy Librarian and a few other similar promo lists lined up. Wish me luck ;)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: December 05, 2015, 01:19:08 pm »
so... the secret to selling books is apparently BKnights. Woke up this morning to 43 sales.

Wow, what's that?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 11, 2015, 11:39:13 am »
Hello Guys,

Hope everyone's campaigns and publishing efforts are coming along well! I just wanted to announce that my Sci-Fi & Fantasy novel, THE ONE-EYED KING is finally live on Amazon! If you nominated it and would like to get it now, here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017TVODQ4

I appreciate you guys' support. I believe in this book and its chances now that it's out. So I'm pulling out all the stops!

Thanks everyone, and Godspeed in your own endeavors!

Cheers!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 06, 2015, 02:24:56 pm »
I'm looking forward to it that was one of my top picks.

Also Soul Stealer was a kindle scout book not sure if he was on kboards at all but his book has been hanging around the top fifty or so in sword and sorcery and I think is in the top 20 in fantasy.

I remember think when he put his book up that the cover was so good, that he would be my biggest competition. Seems like we both lost but have been doing pretty well.

I can't wait to see the one Eyed King jump in with all of us. I'm looking forward to seeing it on some charts.

I'm thinking I might do kindle scout again but under my pen name with a romance book. Maybe not, it will depend how the serial I am launch next week does. If it does really well I'll just keep self-publishing. If it needs a little push when the next full sized one is ready I'll kindle scout it.

Wow, much welcome news, honestly. In spite of my high hopes, there's always that anxiety, you know? So I'm just trying to have a strong launch day and week to get TOEK off to a fast start and hopefully keep the momentum going with some marketing tools I have in place. Looking forward to joining you and Soul Stealer as KS reject success stories. We need to make it to encourage many others.

As for KS, my plan is to make TOEK a success as best I can, and try the sequel again. I can't imagine having a better campaign than my first go round where I had 99% H&T and over 2,000 nominations. So honestly, the next time, it'll be my placebo experiment. I won't promote. I'll just place it there and see if the outcome might be different. Either way, I know self-publishing is my future route for the most part, and I don't mind. Just have to keep building my audience. Cheers!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 06, 2015, 12:10:52 pm »
I'm adding a few books from the lst today.

I still hope all of you win.

Remember there is hope after you lose, My book which was not selected seems to have found its own little niche. So far with Zero advertising I have been hanging out in the top 100 of Swords and Sorcery for the last three weeks. My best day I was #18 right now I am #29 It's been going well after a slow start I've been selling about 20 books a day and getting about 10k page reads.

I guess that could all change tomorrow, but It's done better than I would have thought, and it's generating some interest in my other two books as well. Right now I'm on schedule to break my sales from October by mid-month.

So keep your heads up my fellow Scouters and keep writing. There is life after Scout.

I've been consistently impressed with the quality of people posting in this thread and the camaraderie it has generated. A little longer than a month after my rejection and I find myself coming back here just to see how people are doing.

Thanks for sharing! It's very encouraging! My book, The One-Eyed King goes live next Thursday, so I'm hopeful! Keep succeeding out there!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 05, 2015, 04:37:13 pm »
Good luck to you both, Ken and Dale!

Congrats, Ken! I nominated your book and I look forward to my early copy!

Dale, you got this, man! Self-publish and give your book the best chance you can! We're here to support!

Godspeed, gentlemen.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 04, 2015, 04:27:37 pm »
Kenny, I found out about this thread via Martin's two part post on Indies Unlimited, wasn't around during your campaign (started reading the thread from pg 1 recently) but wanted to say (besides that I'm from Houston too :-) ) I was really impressed by your stats, your post here on KB, and wish you all the best.

I hope you post follow ups here to let us know how it goes for you. Take care :-)

Thank you, Adan! Much appreciated! Nice to connect! I sure will. My book comes out on November 12th. Looking forward to your posts and news about your works. Cheers! :-)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 04, 2015, 09:05:54 am »
They want full copyediting finished. The book's gotta be polished, and KS stresses that. That level of quality matters if the program wants to be taken seriously, and KS clearly does. I would recommend any authors going forward make sure you get a couple pairs of eyeballs on your book so it's as clean as possible.

I know. I suppose I should clarify. My manuscript was copyedited, but by fully copyedited I mean it was going through a final round while my campaign was underway, which is why I can't help but wonder whether I might have left something on the table with regard to my chances. But I guess you're right, maybe that was a factor in their decision against my work, although I'll never know. I would most definitely recommend the same, and if I were to do KS again, I'd surely wait until I was ready to upload it on KDP before submitting it to KS.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 04, 2015, 08:27:40 am »
Did anyone else complete the Kindle Scout survey?

Well, I just completed mine. I rated my satisfaction level a 5, but ironically, a 9 to how likely I'd be to recommend it to a fellow author. In the additional feedback section, well, here's what I said:

"No one seems to quite understand the Kindle Scout Review team's selection criteria. My manuscript for THE ONE-EYED KING may not have been fully copyedited, but that was underway as the campaign ran its course. I all but expected to be selected based on the successful campaign I ran (over 2,000 page views, H&T for 99%), hoping that the production process would see Kindle Press work with me to have the book ready for print at its optimum quality. I was sorely disappointed by the result. Many others like me don't understand what on earth it would take to be selected after running successful campaigns. It's sorely disappointing and makes us wonder whether notoriety or already being an established author with a huge following factors in unfairly in the KS Review team's decision toward selection or whether certain genres have biases against them, like Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Just honest thoughts. What's the point of that lengthy 30 day effort of immense anxiety, doing everything in your power for your campaign to be successful, just to not be selected with no concrete reason? Writing is subjective, we understand that. We indie authors hoped that KS would truly be a "reader-powered" program, but like the rejection letters we've received from literary agents, the verdict for most of us felt all too familiar."

Thoughts?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 01, 2015, 09:06:00 am »
Guys,
 
I know some of you have already done Thunderclap campaigns or are doing so to boost your H&T for KS, and that's great. But honestly, if I had a choice between doing it for KS or for my book launch date (for sales), I'd choose the latter. Because there are many ways to generate page views and H&T, but asking your friends' support against your launch date will have your book and your name trending across social media and consequently (hopefully) on Amazon too, generating book sales, which is what we're ultimately after.

If you didn't get a KP contract, then Thunderclap will be tremendous for you if you self-publish. Just make sure you align your launch date with the Thunderclap campaign end date. It's just 100 people, which as we know can by trying to secure lol but over a 30 day period, we should all be able to reach this supporter goal. I find it to be more effective for a book launch campaign versus KS because once you hit your goal, your message WILL go out, whereas for KS, well, they still have to choose you, you know? If you can do a campaign for both, then great, but most of us have concerns about bombarding our friends. It's exhausting smh.

Update on my campaign: In 3 days, I hit 100 (not all friends either, Twitter was huge)! I'm now at 110/100 with a social reach of 274,235 and 28 days left to launch. Mind you, I only have a personal social reach of almost 6,000. So it's just leverage. And I don't mind bombarding Twitter. Heck, that's what's Twitter is for lol.

Finally, all of you who've dropped your Thunderclap links for either KS or your book launch, I've supported you. All who drop your links going forward, I will support you!

Godspeed.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 01, 2015, 08:55:15 am »
I was going to originally going to submit my next novel to Kindle Scout(with second thoughts) and now I think I'm just going to do a thunderclap when I get my final cover back. Thanks!

A Thunderclap campaign can definitely be useful for book sales, so I definitely recommend it! Godspeed on your campaign!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Kindle Scout experiences, anyone?
« on: November 01, 2015, 08:53:57 am »
Kenny, I definitely see the appeal for the Thunderclap.  I'll definitely consider it.  I put my release date about a month out so that I could work on the publicity of it and that would help.  I have joined both Daisy's and your Thunderclaps.  And, if I go that route, I'll share on here as well.

Blanche, if I do strike gold, I'll totally let you all know.  As well as what works for me.

Bob, good luck!  I hope your limbo experience is shorter and happier than mine was.

Thank you Steve, Lisa, Courtney & Grendel  :)

I seriously wish I had an in with a publishing house, and not just for me.  I would totally swoop up all the my fellow Scouters which had amazing books that Amazon just couldn't see.

Skyla, sounds good! If you do, please drop your link. Thank you for supporting my campaign! Cheers :-)

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