My Kindle Scout Campaign – Day 3

Steady As She Goes

Steady as she goes.

That is the way to keep ahead in your campaign to stay on the Hot & Trending list in your Kindle Scout campaign.

Why?

Well, because every hour of every day the Kindle Scout algorithm mechanism continues to measure your rate of progress – so if you get a mind-blowing INSERT-BIG-NUMBER-HERE of nominations on your first day of your campaign, but are only getting a few nominations a day on your seventeenth day of your campaign you begin to slip. You fall off of the Hot & Trending list. Your book suddenly stops showing up on the front page of the Kindle Scout page and THAT is exactly what you DON’T want to happen.

So – for all of you folks out there who are planning on submitting a manuscript to Kindle Scout try and space your campaign out. Ideally you want a strong steady flow of nominations.

So far I have had good luck with my campaign.

By the end of yesterday I have spent 24 hours on the Hot & Trending list, with 230 page views.

My campaign STARTED on October 11th and it ENDS on November 10th.

That leaves me with 26 days to go, as of this morning.

So far I have mostly been relying on my Facebook, Twitter, a whole lot of personal friends, and the good folks over at kboards.

Every morning I rise up early and I spend about twenty minutes or so posting on various Facebook pages – telling folks about my Kindle Scout Campaign and asking if they would please help me out by giving me a nomination.

I have got a long list of Facebook pages and I usually try to hit about a dozen of them so that I don’t overwhelm folks. I do this again in the middle of the day and in the evening.

I know.

It is as random as an Elmer Fudd shotgun blast.

Elmer Season

Like Ringo, I get by with a little help from friends.

Over on Facebook I have had about a dozen of my friends sharing my Kindle Scout Campaign page. I feel a little bad about those folks who follow my Facebook page who AREN’T interested in Kindle or Kindle Scout – because in the last two or three days there has been a Share of my Kindle Scout Campaign every two or three posts or so.

I feel bad – like I said – but at the same time I do a little Snoopy dance of joy – getting all Sally Fields for a moment or two – they like me, they like me, they really really like me!

Ooh yeah.

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I have got other resources that I am holding off on using until a little later in the campaign. I intend to put a post on my little-used Goodreads blog and on a few of the Goodreads groups that I happen to be a member of. I intend to pass the word around to my Google+ friends and on a half a dozen Linked In groups that I am a member of.

I am shilling. I am beating the bushes and waving my hands in the air and trying to call up a crowd and I have taken to wearing a sandwich board when I walk down the street.

Sandwich Board

Quite a few of the folks I know who have actually made their Kindle Scout Campaign a success have advised me to look into taking out a Facebook ad – and I am looking into that and will tell you how that works for me as the days go by.

If you want to read how somebody else did it – check out Martin Crosbie’s blog!

So – as of yesterday I had 27 days to go, 24 hours in Hot & Trending, and 230 page views.

As of this morning I have 26 days to go with 48 hours in Hot & Trending and 287 page views.

If you want to break it down – I had 3 hours on Day 1, 21 hours on Day 2, and 24 hours on Day 3.

HOWEVER – I had 124 views on Day 1, 106 views on Day 2 and 57 views yesterday.

That is a distinctive downward trend.

Hopefully, I can remedy this – but for now it is uphill on greasy-fast roller skates.

So for now it is slow and steady as she goes.

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yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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4 responses to “My Kindle Scout Campaign – Day 3

  1. Sandra Hutchison

    Congratulations! I nominated. But I have to tell you, this slog is part of the reason I don’t expect to try Kindle Scout any time soon. It requires a writer to risk social ignominy every day for a month. It’s like going to a new high school in the middle of the year and not even getting weekends off to get over the trauma.

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    • Thank you for the nomination, Sandra.

      I hear you about the slog – but the way I see it you don’t really NEED to try for Kindle Scout. You’ve got a couple of really solid books that sell like the devil. Me, I’ve got a lot of books that sell sporadically. Right now the advance and the power of the Kindle Publicity machine and the shot at the sale of foreign rights sound AWFULLY good to me.

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  2. I wondered if you would be able to answer what i am not sure about. If people just view the page but not nominate, then it doesn’t count right?
    Unfortunately they don’t tell us how many nominations, only page view. I get about 85 page views a day but it doesn’t put my back up in the hot list. Thanks,
    Caroline
    https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/20VIS12QOI1AP

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    • Hi Caroline. Sorry I did not get back to you sooner but it has been a busy week.

      I am not entirely certain WHY Amazon does NOT tell us how many nominations we earn but I have a pretty good guess. I believe they want to keep that to themselves so that if my book with 313 nominations gets passed over to publish somebody else’s book with 311 nominations (both numbers picked right out of thin hypothetical air πŸ™‚ ) that I don’t go crying to them “BUT MY BOOK HAD MORE NOMINATIONS!”

      At the end of the day it is going to come down to whether or not Amazon figures they can sell your book. The nominations are nice. The Hot & Trending is nice – but if they think your book – or my book – will not sell then we are out on our butts.

      You have to think of your submission as being a kind of a birthday gift to Kindle Scout. You put it together and you wrap it up and you put it on the gift table. Maybe all of your friends come around and recognize that pretty green polka-dotted alligator-skin wrapping paper that you always love to use and they say to you – “Now that looks like a damn fine present.” But then Amazon unwraps your present/manuscript and takes a look at it and says “Man, that gift looks like it came out of a Crackerjack box.” then for you the party is over.

      Myself, I always get my manuscripts out of Kinder-eggs – much classier than Crackerjacks these days.
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      Still – no matter what happens – you will still have reached a lot of people who DID nominate you. Even if the Kindle Scout gods do not see fit to select yours or my manuscript for publication you still can put it on your own and you are guaranteed to be able to announce to those folks who did see fit to nominate your e-book that it is now available in e-print.

      At the end of the day Amazon prefers to keep its inner workings secret – and rightly so. If they are totally transparent about the way that their algorithms and gears mesh then somebody out there would figure out a way to game the system and futz the whole thing up.

      Hope that helps some. Best of luck with your campaign.

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