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MY KINDLE SCOUT EXPERIENCE – NO PROMO. NO ADS. JUST PLAIN OLD-FASHIONED IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY—PART FOUR (FINAL)

CONCLUSION (12/15/2016)

By now, most of you know that my book, My Runaway Bride, did not get a publishing contract. I was pretty disappointed, of course, especially when I received the rejection letter one day after my campaign ended.

That being said, I learned a lot from this experience. Never run a Kindle Scout campaign around mid-November or around the holidays. So many books were selected right at the beginning of the month. There were at least twelve or thirteen books accepted late November and early part of December. I read in the KBoards forum that the maximum amount of books selected in any given month in the past was 13. If we base it on that fact, then all the books that ended their campaign mid-December had no chance because Kindle Scout already met their quota. I heard of one author who spent a fortune with paid advertising and stayed on H&T (712 hours out of 720) and he still didn’t get pick. It only proves that the stats don’t exert a large influence over the outcome. Don’t stress over your book being on Hot and Trending because it doesn’t mean squat. So, if you are planning to enter your book in Kindle Scout, just keep that in mind.

All in all, it was a stressful but enjoyable 30-day campaign. Every author should experience it—the rejection. But, life goes on. There is life after Kindle Scout. On the positive note: one of the best things about running a campaign is meeting other authors and forming friendships on KBoards during your 30-day campaign. So don’t forget to join. You’ll get a lot of support from them.

And last, if you had nominated my book, thank you so much. My book is now available on Amazon. Click here to purchase.

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DECEMBER 10, 2016

It’s finally over! My campaign has officially ended. It was an exhausting effort.  It was stressful but enjoyable 30-day campaign. Regardless if my book is selected or not, one thing is for sure. I’m already a winner. If I didn’t enter my book on Kindle Scout, I would have never connected with a lot of my social media friends, especially the wonderful people on KBoards.

Here’s my final stats:

November 11 thru December 10, 2016: 271 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING, 6,000 PAGE VIEWS. 34% Traffic from Kindle Scout, 66% Traffic from external links

And now I wait…

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MY KINDLE SCOUT EXPERIENCE – NO PROMO. NO ADS. JUST PLAIN OLD-FASHIONED IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY—PART THREE (December 05-December 09, 2016)

Running a Kindle Scout campaign is nerve-wracking process. At this point, we already established that the goals are to get a lot of nominations to be on Hot and Trending. Unfortunately, you will never have the opportunity to know how many nominations you received. You’ll know you got a lot of votes when you see your book finally on H&T. I am sure that those books that stayed on H&T for almost 30 days of their campaign had paid for advertising to get more exposure and therefore, more nominations. Believe me, I know. It was very hard to be on H&T for an hour, let alone 30 days? They probably paid a fortune. If I’m wrong, then I really want to know their secret because it works.

Oh, and don’t forget to join KBoards. These group are totally supportive in sharing their Kindle Scout experiences. Steve Gannon post a daily list of books who are in the run. So KBoarders will nominate from the list that is near their campaign end.

Okay, back to my kindle scout experience. The first half of my campaign was a success. I garnered a total of 176 hours on Hot and Trending; 82 of those hours was during the Thanksgiving weekend. Best stats ever!

Unfortunately, the second half of my campaign didn’t do so well. After my successful first half, I fell off the list. And for the next several days, I fell off the list completely. Even my page views suffer.

November 27-December 04: 0 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING.

As I previously mentioned, my daily posting to book groups on Facebook, LinkedIn, and twitter, pleading to nominate my book did not do anything for me. It was very frustrating. At this point, I’ve pretty much given up hope that my book would go back to H&T list again.

December 05-December 09:  71 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING

Wait a minute! How did that happen? KBoards to the rescue, that’s why.

As I previously mentioned, Steve Gannon post a daily list of books who are in the run. So KBoarders will nominate from the list that is near their campaign end.

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And that’s the reason my book is back on H&T again. If you haven’t join KBoards yet, what are you waiting for? Click here to join:

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MY KINDLE SCOUT EXPERIENCE – NO PROMO. NO ADS. JUST PLAIN OLD-FASHIONED IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY—PART TWO (November 27-December 05, 2016)

 

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: http://amzn.to/2fDQZN4 Thank you.

MY KINDLE SCOUT EXPERIENCE – NO PROMO. NO ADS. JUST PLAIN OLD-FASHIONED IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY—PART ONE (November 11-26, 2016)

After months of combing through my manuscript (right after I received it back from the editor) making it as clean and error-free as possible, My Runaway Bride, the second book in the Spoiled Brats series was finally finished and ready to self-publish. Then I read about Kindle Scout; a remarkable opportunity for both established and aspiring authors. Intrigued, I decided to check it out.

According to their website, “Kindle Scout is a reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. Selected books will be published by Kindle Press and receive 5-year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and featured Amazon marketing.”

I thought ‘wow.’ This is a great exposure for my new novel and other books I published through Amazon. If my book get chosen for publication, it will be a Christmas bonus.

Here’s how it works:

(Important: You must have an amazon account to enter. If you don’t have one, signing up is free and easy).

Submit your new, never-before-published, English-language book of 50,000 words or more to Kindle Scout and be considered for a publishing contract with Kindle Press in 45 days or less in the following categories: Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult, and general Literature & Fiction.

REQUIREMENTS:

• Complete, copyedited, never-before-published manuscript
• Great title & book cover image
• Book one-liner of 45 characters or less
• Book description of 500 characters or less
• Your bio & photo
• Thank you note of 500 characters or less

You can find out more by visiting https://kindlescout.amazon.com/submit

Once your book is submitted and approved for the campaign, it stays on Kindle Scout’s website for 30 days. During this 30-day nomination period, the goal is to get as many people to nominate your book as possible to push it into Hot and Trending list.

I believe I rushed into clicking the submit button without doing further research. I didn’t have a lot of twitter followers (I don’t even know how to hashtag) and social media presence, so it was tough to garner a lot of votes. I was getting frustrated when I read an article about someone’s Kindle Scout experience that even if we generate a gazillion page views and stay in the Hot and Trending category for the entire thirty days of campaign, there is still no guarantee of being offered a contract. I thought I had a fair chance. It’s not popularity contest after all.

My goal for this campaign is to hit at least 100 hours in Hot and Trending before my campaign ends. Since I had no idea how Kindle Scout works, I was quick to learn to tweet and post. I rustled up as many nominations as I could; announcing, posting and tweeting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and my web page. There were times I was tempted to ask others who stayed HOT and Trending since day one of their campaign on what their secret was, but I didn’t. I want to see if I could do it myself and where it would take me, but, honestly, I am excited to see the result of my hard work. It’s a great challenge.

If you decide to promote your book yourself like I did, fair warning: Here comes the most difficult part of the campaign. Be ready to work really hard as you will be up against stiff competition. Remember to stay calm as you interact with your friends, family, social media friends and strangers because you will quickly learn to beg; pleading with them continuously to nominate your book. Do whatever it takes.

I didn’t announce my campaign until the day before. I guess I wanted to surprise my family and friends that I had enter a book contest. I printed some flyers and handed them out to my co-workers. At night, I tweeted and posted on FB to my book groups being live the next day.

Early morning, I tweeted and posted on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook (personal and author page). I posted on every book groups I had on Facebook. Throughout the day, my tweeting and posting produced more friends request than I could handle. I repeated my campaign from day one. All day, I sent out a follow-up messages regarding my book campaign. I also ran a free book on KDP for two days only for My Amnesia Girl, the first book in the Spoiled Brats series.

During my posting, tweeting, and messaging, a message popped up with an explicit video from one of my FB friends. I immediately blocked him. I lost my concentration. I was disturbed by the video and left me shaking and unnerved. Why would anyone do that? I didn’t do any campaigning that day.

One morning, I received a message from a fellow author from FB letting me know that he just nominated my book. My book was NOT on Hot and Trending at that time, but an hour later, I was back on Hot and Trending. I wonder if one vote means one hour of Hot and Trending?

Thanksgiving weekend was the best of the best stats ever! My friends and family shared my posting, and somehow, it garnered a lot of votes. I stayed in hot and trending for 82 hours.

All in all, I was on Hot and Trending for 176 hours (Nov 11-26), 5,200 page views. Not too shabby considering there’s no paid advertising and/or promotional service. My goal was to reach 100 hours on H&T before my campaign ends, so this is actually amazing because I did it all on my own.

The next fifteen days is another story. I pretty much ran out of friends and family to connect. And I hate to keep pestering my book groups, friends, family, and co-workers, posting about my book; nominate me, nominate me, please. Oh well, we’ll see what happens. At least I challenged myself that I could do it and I did. I exceeded my goal expectation.

Here’s my stats:

DAY ONE: November 11 Friday: Veteran’s day. (YOUR HARDWORK IS NOT VISIBLE HERE UNTIL THE NEXT DAY).

DAY TWO: November 12 Saturday: 0 HOURS ON HOT AND TRENDING.
DAY THREE: November 13 Sunday: 2 HOURS ON H&T.
DAY FOUR: November 14 Monday: 12 HOURS ON H&T.
DAY FIVE: November 15 Tuesday: 22 HOURS ON H&T.
DAY SIX: November 16 Wednesday: 4 HOURS ON H&T.
DAY SEVEN: November 17 Thursday: 19 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING.
DAY EIGHT: November 18 Friday: 8 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING.
DAY NINE: November 19 Saturday: 2 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING
DAY TEN: November 20 Sunday: 22 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING
DAY ELEVEN: November 21 Monday: 3 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING
DAY TWELVE: November 22 Tuesday: 24 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING
DAY THIRTEEN: November 23 Wednesday: 24 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING
DAY FOURTEEN: November 24 Thursday: 2 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING
DAY FIFTEEN: November 25 Friday: 16 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING
DAY SIXTEEN: November 26 Saturday: 16 HOURS IN HOT AND TRENDING

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What did I learn halfway through my campaign? It’s a lot of work. While having a good number of page views, and managed to be on Hot and Trending list, I realized one thing: Page views do not equal Hot and Trending—number of nominations matters. I still have a lot to learn.

The best part of this campaign? I met many new friends, especially on KBoards who are very supportive of one another.

If you would like to nominate My Runaway Bride, A Spoiled Brats Romance Novel, there is still time. Please visit: http://amzn.to/2fDQZN4

VOTING IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN:

MY RUNAWAY BRIDE-When twenty-two-year-old Beverly Hills socialite, Samantha Isabella St. James, received the news that her father intended to force her to marry the son of a wealthy industrialist, she was devastated and ran away. But when her wallet was stolen and left her penniless, she took refuge at the home of a stranger and reluctantly worked as a nanny for an eccentric wealthy bachelor named Benjamin McClain. Her attraction to him was instant and intense. Could her life get any more complicated?

HOW TO NOMINATE MY BOOK?

 If you have an AMAZON ACCOUNT, you can nominate my book. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Voting is limited to one vote per book per user.

To nominate My Runaway Bride, A Spoiled Brats Romance Novel, Book 2:

Login to your Amazon account.

Go to: http://amzn.to/2fDQZN4

You will get an exclusive preview of the first or two chapters of the book.

Select “NOMINATE ME”

WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE AN AMAZON ACCOUNT?

You can still view my page to get an exclusive preview of the first or two chapters of the book. Happy reading!

Thank you for your votes. If you ever need my support in your future projects, I’m only a message away.

 

KINDLE SCOUT CAMPAIGN

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I am so excited to announce that my new book, MY RUNAWAY BRIDE, the second book in the Spoiled Brats Romance Novel book series, has been approved for a 30-day campaign for a possible publication contract by Kindle Press.

MY NOMINATION PERIOD BEGINS TOMORROW AND ENDS DECEMBER 11, 2016.

WHAT IS IT?

Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-published books. It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published. My Runaway Bride, the second book in the Spoiled Brats Romance Novel book series, has been submitted for a possible publication contract by Kindle Press. Of course, putting my book in the HOT and TRENDING does not guarantee a contract, but it gives it a little extra attention from the judging team.

There will be a 30-day scouting period campaign during which readers nominate books to be published. The more nominations a book receives, the more likely it gets discovered by the Kindle Scout team.

HOW TO NOMINATE MY BOOK?

(NOTE: LINK TO MY CAMPAIGN PAGE WILL BE AVAILABLE 11/10/2016)

If you have an AMAZON ACCOUNT, you can nominate my book. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Voting is limited to one vote per book per user.

To nominate My Runaway Bride, A Spoiled Brats Romance Novel, Book 2:

1) Login to your Amazon account.
2) Please go to: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/HX3G4W58LHCQ
3) You will get an exclusive preview of the first or two chapters of the book.
4) Select “NOMINATE ME”

Page views are also taken into consideration. Please visit my page again anytime during the campaign period.

Thank you for your support.