It is an absolutely beautiful morning here in Nova Scotia.

I’m going out in an hour or so for an emergency run to Walmart for an ink cartridge. I’m going to jog over, yodeling, in my sweat suit – it is that warm out there.

In between then an now I am going to have to figure out how to yodel. Anybody know of any good how-to sites?


While I was over at kboards this morning somebody asked a very interesting question about Kindle Scout.

“Can anyone figure out the hot and trending list on Kindle Scout?  I had a day of 360 nominations the next of 160 and neither of them had an hour of hot and trending.  I’m totally confused on how it works. – Signed Anonymous”

Now that is a VERY good question.

And no – he did NOT really sign it “Anonymous” – I’m just signing it that way for the purpose of the blog.

Here’s my answer.

Hey Anonymous –  I think you mean that you had 360 views – (the second chart on your campaign page).

Let me see if I can explain it to you.

I follow a link and come over and have a look at your campaign equals ONE VIEW.

I hit the nomination button equals ONE NOMINATION.

Think of it this way.

Let’s say you have decided to build a fund-raising campaign to raise money to save the rare blue-spotted-moose from extinction.

I come and stick my head into the arena where you are staging the fund-raiser and take a look in the door and think to myself – “Wow, I didn’t know the blue-spotted-moose was in danger of extinction” and then walking down the street to get a blue-spotted-mooseburger at the local Macdonalds.

That’s a view.

I walk right on inside to your campaign table and plunk down a five dollar bill and shout “HALLELUJAH AND SAVE THE BLUE-SPOTTED MOOSE!” – well that’s a nomination, and that’s worse MORE than a view.

Kindle Scout does NOT show us nominations. They keep those hidden behind the curtain. So maybe right now 520 people have taken a look at your book but HAVEN’T nominated it. In which case you DON’T show up on Hot & Trending.

In either case I am STILL going to Macdonalds right now and demanding a MacMooseBurger!!!


So here is a shot of the orange bars.

February 29 2016

That’s 476 hours on the HOT & TRENDING list.

And here is a shot of that blue chart below – that I haven’t shown before.

multiview February 29 2016

Those blue lines track all of the page views on my campaign. Every time that somebody takes a peek over there that blue line goes up a little. Now I am pretty certain that the Gods of Kindle Scout are smart enough to have some sort of a fail-safe mechanism built in so that it does not count the way-too-many times I peek over there, as well as having some sort of fail-safe mechanism to guard against me paying somebody to sit at home and view my campaign over and over and over.

Just the same – those blue bars show how often my page has been viewed.

That low point matches exactly with the one day that I had absolutely ZERO hours on the Hot & Trending list – HOWEVER – that great big spike of page views (which actually represents the results of my HeadTalker campaign ONLY resulted in a measly THREE hours on Hot & Trending.

Which means that out of ALL of those many folks who clicked on my HeadTalker that day only a few of them actually NOMINATED Kelpie Dreams.

I guess that the rest of them were way too busy eating moose-burgers.



PLEASE HELP ME win a Kindle Scout publishing contract by nominating my book and you can earn a FREE Kindle copy of my newest novel KELPIE DREAMS if the book is selected.

Yours in Storytelling,

Steve Vernon


2 responses to “THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 26

  1. Hi Steve,

    I see you’ve been through the process of Kindle Scout. I’m in research mode and considering this as an option for the next book in my RavenCroft Series. Can you tell me some of the things you did, or had to do, in order to get the word out about your book being on kindle. I would imagine it isn’t just a matter of uploading your info and sitting back and waiting. I am anticipating there will be a lot of work involved, right? Can you advise?


    • Hi Vortigern (?),

      Well – the big thing I would tell you is to the write the very best book that you can come up with. Get a solid eye-catching cover and hone your pitch-line and descriptive paragraph to a razor’s edge. Make sure that the first chapter is a doozie – make it something that just reaches right through the screen and grabs the reader by his collar and shakes him just a little, in a friendly get-to-you-know kind of fashion.

      Take an hour or two and work your way through my blog. I have written an entry for every day of my thirty campaign and through out those thirty days you are going to find some useful information. I have been pretty darned frank and open in my disclosure of all the tips and the tricks that I employed to help get the word out there.

      You also want to sign up to be a member of kboards and to take an hour or even three hours to work your way through the Kindle Scout thread where all of the members of kboards who ever tried to run a campaign share their journey through the Kindle Scout thirty day trail of tears, torment and torture.

      Here is a link to that kboards thread.,213112.0.html

      The important thing to remember is that the hours Hot & Trending can be useful in that they attract a lot of future readers to your campaign – but at the end of the game it is your book and your past sales history that is going to weigh the heaviest in the decision that the Gods of Kindle Scout will make regarding your acceptance or rejection. Don’t throw a lot of money or too much time into the campaign. You would be better off working on improving the sales figures of the rest of your RavenCroft series. THAT is really what Kindle Scout judges are going to be looking at.

      At the end of the day I do not know if I am going to be victorious in this attempt or not. I sure hope that I will be. I believe that I have an awful lot to offer the folks at Kindle Scout – but we’ll see.

      I don’t know if this helped you or not – but I really can’t think of any other way of answering your question beyond pointing you in the proper direction to research.

      Still, if you think of any other questions that my blog or the kboards thread does NOT answer, I’ll be happy to do my best to help you out.


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