I am finally down to my last 5 days of my Kindle Scout campaign, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those people who nominated my book. Out of 720 total hours of Hot and Trending, my book managed to stay on the list for 176 hours. The best stats ever was during the Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, my campaign took a dive and fell off the list after that while other books remained on Hot and Trending the entire time.

My daily posting to book groups on Facebook and LinkedIn pleading to nominate my book did not help at all and twitter was useless to my book campaign. It was very frustrating. I was tempted to try those paid advertising, but since I was close to the end of my campaign, I decided not to and just let it ride.

I’ve read in a lot of blog posts that there appears to be some sort of secret algorithm that Kindle Scout uses in the selection process, and the authors have no way of knowing what the Kindle Scout team is actually looking for in making their decision. If Amazon’s algorithm to select a winner(s) is based on numbers of nomination, or hours on Hot and Trending, then my book has no chance of winning. How could I compete with books that had 600-700 hours in Hot and Trending while mine is just a small fraction of the votes?  We don’t know for sure how they select the winners, so all I could do is pray and fingers crossed.

Whatever happens, win or lose, I gained a lot of knowledge on how to promote and market my book. I found a lot of friends from KBoards who are very supportive of one another.  I will definitely use the knowledge I learned from this campaign the next time I enter my next novel to Kindle Scout. Yes, I will definitely enter again. It was a great challenge and experience, especially for an aspiring author like me.

If you haven’t voted yet and would like to support my campaign, there is still time. Please visit: Thank you.


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