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DOES KINDLE SCOUT SUCK???

It is Sunday and I’ve got the day off and I intend to do some writing.

But first, let’s talk about Kindle Scout. A lot of people ask me – IS KINDLE SCOUT WORTH IT?

Well, mileage can vary, like they say in the commercials.

My book, KELPIE DREAMS, (available in audiobook later this month), won Kindle Scout back in May 2016. I got a big fat $1500 US advance, which translated to about $2000.00 up here in Canada. That’s a lot of money for this old boy. I paid some bills and even a few frills for my wife. As a direct result my local publisher matched that Kindle Scout advance on my latest regional book.

So that’s definitely worth it.

The only problem is I haven’t managed to sell off that advance yet. I have sold about a 1000 copies of KELPIE DREAMS and am still about $275.00 worth of sales away from turning this into a paying proposition.

So – Kindle Scout sucks, right?

Wrong.

I suck. Not in an oh-heck-I-might-as-well-jump-off-an-asteroid sort of suck. No, no I am talking about a whole different level of suckitude. I have had a rough couple of years losing family and dealing with other personal crisis and my fighting instincts have been dulled down a bit. So I suck. Some of you folk will want to tell me not be so hard on myself, but I don’t blame myself for this level of suckitude that I have unexpectedly acquired. I own it, I accept it and I am taking steps to rise above it. Sitting around and grumbling about the ineptitude of the folks at Kindle Scout would not serve me one little bit – so I will take on that suckitude and conquer it.

Kindle Scout works for some folks.

Let’s take Tom Swyers for example. His book, THE KILDEER CONNECTION, was released in August of 2017 and has sold over 5000 freaking copies.

Is KILDEER a BETTER book than KELPIE? Heck no, but what is true is that Tom Swyers has promoted his release in a heck of a lot more ways than I had ever thought of. Better than that, his KILDEER is #2 in a series, so a significant portion of those 5000 readers who bought a copy of KILDEER have read it and enjoyed it and have gone on to buy a copy of Tom’s first book, SAVING BABE RUTH.

Tom Swyers took what Kindle Scout gave him and made it work.

So – is Kindle Scout worth it?

You bet your sweet patootie it is worth it – but you ought to give some serious thought about what comes next. Be ready for that next move. Have your paperback version ready to hit print in a week or two after the e-book release. Have your promotional material all ready to roll. Have your guest blogs pre-written. Have your Twitter feed all HootSuited up – (or whatever freaking gadget/app/thing-a-ma-bob that you use). Get busy thinking about the next book and your next campaign.

Be ready to work at it.

As for me, I know what I need to do. I am working on that new local book for my traditional publisher. I aim to have it submitted in the next couple of weeks. I have a deadline and I am cooking.

Then I need to get busy working on my next book. I need to get back on my writing machine and start boogying. Enough of wallowing in my own personal funk.

I am NEVER going to blame the folks at Kindle Scout for my own personal suckitude. The fact is, I have worked with at least TWO of the suckiest small press publishers on the planet, over my forty years of pounding keyboards into money and BOTH of those sucky small press so-called-publishers have gone the way of the do-do, meaning that they are done-done!

So I am NOT even going to mention their names, because they are dead and gone – but the point is – I HAVE SEEN THE BEAST OF SUCKITUDE – and Kindle Scout (or Kindle Press) does NOT look a ding-dong-thing like either of them.

So YES – Kindle Scout can work, just so long as you are ready to work too. Be prepared to promote your release and be prepared to follow up your new release with a brand-freaking-new release and don’t just sit there in the funk of your office chair moaning and wondering when Kindle Scout is going to send you some brand new money.

Speaking of money – I still owe about $275.00 on my KELPIE DREAMS advance.

The good news is that KELPIE DREAMS is currently on sale from this Sunday to next Sunday (February 4 to February 11) for 99 cents.

SO – if I can only manage to sell 300 copies of KELPIE DREAMS over the next week I will burn that last bit of advance down to the ground and my book will become a paying proposition!

So please, if you can find the time, pick up a copy of my book for 99 measly cents. If you already have bought a copy, thank you very much, and could you PLEASE shout it out somewhere. On Facebook, on Twitter, even write it on the walls of your washroom at work.

As for me, I’m going to keep on writing.

I am getting down off of the soapbox now.

End of sermon.

 

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

 

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“Quirky, strange, weird, bizarre and filled with humor” – BookDragon Nin

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One Day Freebie Special on Amazon!

 

Hey folks – I’ve got a one-day freebie special for my ghost story CAT CALL today. Grab a copy on me.

It’s a short and enjoyable (I hope) read.
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074DPT769
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B074DPT769
Canada – https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B074DPT769

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AND, I also ought to mention that my Kindle Scout winning novel KELPIE DREAMS is available throughout the month of September for the bargain price of 99 cents.

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LASTLY, why don’t you do me a favor and give a listen to my brand new chain gang audiobook, The Forever Long Road of Olan Walker and let me know what you think of the narrator.

Just swing on over to the listing and hit the button that says PLAY AUDIO SAMPLE. There’s only a minute to listen to but I think you might like what you hear.

If you want to buy the audiobook, it is only $3.95 for the whole audiobook or you can grab it for FREE when you sign for a 30 day free trial membership to Audible!

https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Forever-Long-Road-of-Olan-Walker-Audiobook/B075DG5VZN/ref=a_search_c4_1_9_srTtl?qid=1504813054&sr=1-9

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Hey, it’s Saturday – get out there and have some fun!

Yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

Exploring Audiobooks with ACX/Audible – Part 1

I’ve been exploring the world of audiobooks through ACX/Audible, with my indie books. I plan to start blogging about this process in a short while.

For now, I would like to share this interview with you folks and ask two questions.

How many of you author-types out there have your own audiobooks?

How many of you reader-types out there listen to audiobooks?

 

While you are chewing over those questions why don’t you give this interview a read? You might also want to follow Anne R. Allen’s blog. She puts out some great material for readers AND writers alike!

https://annerallen.com/2017/07/how-to-record-your-audiobooks/

 

Yours in Storytelling,

Steve Vernon