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THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 19

Tarzan Yell

Tarzan: “Kowabunga dudes! Steve is going to pester us all about that damned Kindle Scout Campaign of his. Run for cover!

All right – so another big day yesterday adding 24 more hours to my HOT & TRENDING list. That brings me to 328 hours HOT & TRENDING with 1,182 page views. I’ve got ten more days left of campaigning and I am REALLY not doing a whole lot right now except sputtering, spitting and spinning my wheels.

February 22 2016

Ah, look at all of those beautiful orange bars.

So – what HAVE I been doing?

These last few days rather than shotgunning all of those NOMINATE-MY-BOOK updates madly across Facebook  I have been concentrating on and drilling down into a couple of Facebook private groups that I am a member of.

For example – I am a member of a certain e-book promo group that has just staged a big freebie and 99 cent promotion this weekend. Well, the promotion is over with and we were having the digital equivalent of what con-goers would call a Dead Dog Party. We were all hanging out in front of the digital punch bowl, scraping the dregs of the digital bourbon from the digitally-spiked punch bowl and digitally congratulating ourselves over all of our digital sales

(How many times can one blogger riff off off digits? Why don’t you try counting them up on YOUR digits? We could make a drinking game out of it. How about every time that I type the word “digital” you take a swig of your digital-gin?)

And then I held up a sign.

A sign that read something along the lines of – HEY, SEEINGS THAT WE ARE ALL FRIENDS AND ALL AND FRIENDS HELP EACH OTHER OUT AND ALL WHY DON’T YOU TAKE A CHANCE AND NOMINATE MY KINDLE SCOUT BOOK?

I know.

I have no shame.

But think about that union member who goes around the staff party selling 50-50 tickets to help raise funds. The very best time to ask folks for a favor is when they are gathered together to celebrate.

SO – take a look around your Facebook groups and find yourself that group that is more of a get-together, rather than a long endlessly unscrolling stretch of BUY-MY-BOOK postings.

Are you a member of a Facebook knitting group? Are you a member of a Facebook stamp collecting group? Find yourself a group that you have been hanging out with for a while – for a reason that does not have a DARNED thing to do with e-books.

Then, drill down.

If you have already made yourself a bit of a regular upon the threads it will be easy. The best thing is that the members of your group will WANT to help you out. ESPECIALLY when it does not cost them a single thin dime.

Just don’t let yourself become that goomer who shows up on the Facebook page once a week with a BUY-MY-BOOK sign. So long as you just ask once – explain what Kindle Scout is all about and how it can help you and how it can help nominators actually receive a FREE copy of your e-book if it is given the nod by the Gods of Kindle Scout. Odds are a lot of your friends in that Facebook Group will be interested.

You don’t believe me?

Try it and see.

I tried it on another Facebook group – a private group set-up to help mutually support each other’s Thunderclap and HeadTalker campaigns – so they were USED to people showing up with signs saying HELP-SUPPORT-MY-CAMPAIGN – and a lot of them were happy to help my Kindle Scout campaign along. Even better, a lot of them hadn’t even heard of Kindle Scout so I was able to fill them in and get them thinking about how THEY could take part in Kindle Scout. Some of them were readers, looking for a chance of some free e-books. Some of them were writers, interested in finding a new way to help move their e-books.

All of them wanted to find out.

So be selective when you get to Facebooking your Kindle Scout Campaign.

Put down that shotgun and pick up your sniper rifle.

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Steve is all – “Kowabunga this, Tarzan.”

Get ready.

Take aim.

Digital.

(slurp)

🙂


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.

AND

If you want to read out a bit more about Kindle Scout check out this interview!

Yours in Storytelling,

Steve Vernon

 

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 18

All right – so there is ELEVEN DAYS LEFT in my Kindle Scout campaign.

What more can I tell you folks?

Now THAT is a question that an author has to face time and time again.

Some folks call it a dry spell. Others call it writer’s block.

Sooner or later every writer on the planet hits that wall where they ask that question – “What more can I tell you?”

Well – let me tell you that as of today KELPIE DREAMS has been on the HOT & TRENDING list for 304 hours and it has been viewed 1,136 times. That is an awful lot of people who have taken a look and even nominated my book.

It kind of brings up a lump in my throat.

I am so intensely grateful right now.

February 21 2016

There is is.

All of those big shiny orange bars lined up like so many birthday candles on a cake.

Unfortunately, the folks at Kindle Scout don’t show me how many folks have ACTUALLY nominated Kelpie Dreams – all that they show are the views – which is how many people clicked over and LOOKED at my book. Somehow there vast mechanical system throws all of those figures together – the views plus the nominations plus how many people bothered to read the whole excerpt – and they come up with Hot & Trending.

I have noticed one thing.

On days when I get a LOT of views I get a LOT of hours on the Hot & Trending list.

So views DO count.

I feel a little like one of those horse track experts looking at the direction of the wind and the condition of the race track and the shape of the horse’s butt and how many pimples the jockey is sporting on that particular morning and weighing all of these vague and intangible considerations before placing a bet.

I feel like a math student, heading for Las Vegas, sure in my heart of hearts that I have worked out the perfect system and am going to come home with a trunk load of money.

The funny thing is that I have felt this way my entire life.

Sometimes that is all the faith that a fellow really needs.

In the meantime, if you want to know a little bit more about how to set up a winning Kindle Scout campaign, why don’t you take a look at what indie author The Behrg has to say about it.

You ought to pay attention to that fellow. A while back he actually ran a successful campaign for his dark suspense novel, HOUSEBROKEN, and he has obviously been pleased enough with the Kindle Scout system to take another shot at launching his second Kindle Scout campaign.

I wish him good luck and meanwhile I am going to keep on trucking.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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.

 

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 17

Okay – so it is Saturday morning and I have a day full of chores around the house ahead of me. That is the problem with day jobs. All of the household chores save themselves for the weekend. I know, I know – this morning’s update is about as breathlessly exciting as last night’s Bellator MMA Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 fight.

 

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UFC President Dana White is all “Really Steve? Is that the best freaking opening metaphor that you could come up with?”

For those folks who did not watch the fight it has been described as “two drunk uncles having it out at the family reunion barbecue”.

Somebody else said that the fight was living proof that the movie GRUDGE MATCH was the real deal.

There is always that point that a fellow has to be careful that he does NOT stay too long at the gig.

In marathon running they call it “hitting the wall” – an actual physical condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, bringing about sudden massive fatigue and a complete loss of energy.

hitting the wall

Well, in a way I am kind of feeling that this morning.

It is Day 17 and I have got THIRTEEN more freaking days to go.

Thirteen days to jump up and down and wave my sign that says NOMINATE THIS BOOK and try to appear fresh and invigorated.

And brother – it gets old.

But there you go.

Some days you are thinking to yourself – “Damn it, I am invincible. I am NEVER going to be over the hill!”

Other days your thoughts run somewhere more along the lines of – “Damn it. I am NEVER going to be over the hill because I am TOO DAMN TIRED to climb it!”

But there’s that hill.

And we’ve all got to climb it.

So – when you set out to launch your very own Kindle Scout campaign keep this in mind. You are going to hid that midway freaking wall and you need to be ready for it.

Today I am trying to come up with a guest blog for somebody who asked me and I am pumping sand out of a dried-up waterhole.

I truly wish that I had me a few more pre-written guest blogs that I could turn to. If I had it all to do over again I would have pushed just a little bit a little bit earlier while I was still all a tingle with excitement and maybe written two or three guest blog entries that I could turn to when the going got tough.

That is all the advice that I have for you today.

Thirty days doesn’t seem like a long time but when you are talking about a thirty day stretch of daily blog entries talking about the same darned thing – KINDLE SCOUT – well, you need to be ready for that. Even if you aren’t planning on blogging it daily like I am doing -and this REALLY is a sort of voluntary self-inflicted punishment on my part – you are going to hit this wall and either say to yourself “Well to heck with it, let the chips fall where they may” or else you are going to dig a little deeper and come up with something that will keep your campaign fresh for the next two weeks.

Wish me luck.

Here is today’s tally.

I’ve got 24 more hours on the HOT & TRENDING list, as well as 82 views. That brings me to 280 hours in the HOT & TRENDING and 1084 views.

February 20 2016

And yup – I already noticed that Kindle Scout cannot count beyond 1K.

If anybody is looking for me I’ll be down here on my knees trying to dig myself a tunnel from today until Day 30!

🙂

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

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 16

Thank God it is Friday.

I am back on the HOT & TRENDING list thanks to some rhino-style tactics and the help of all of you good folks who have nominated my book.

This morning I have got thirteen days left and have accumulated a total of 256 hours on the HOT & TRENDING list as well as a total of 1000 views.

Kindle Scout February 19

That’s more like it.

I don’t know about you – but there is something uber-cool and geekishly wonderful about cracking that 1K viewpoint. It probably doesn’t mean diddly-squat – but there is still this ten year old inside of me who is jumping up and down shaking a pair of pink, plum and pimentio colored pom-poms to the tune of WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

So how have I done this?

Well, the HeadTalker must have done something – although I still am only guessing because, as I mentioned before, HeadTalker statistics do not show up SPECIFICALLY upon the Kindle Scout tally board.

Still, I have had my second-busiest viewing days yesterday – and so far the majority of my traffic comes from Facebook.

I have two more blog appearances coming up and hopefully they will kick a little bit more life into the campaign over this second half. At this point I am ready to see this over and done with. Still, a friend of mine over at Twitter remarked that I must be looking wistfully back at the days when I only had to deal with agents and such.

I do NOT miss that.

The fact was an agent could keep me waiting just as long and a publisher can keep you waiting even longer for a simple yes or no decision. There’s nothing wrong with that – and in fact I am working on a submission for my traditional publisher – but I still am very pleased that with Kindle Scout I only need to wait the thirty days and then about a week after that before they tell me “Yes, we love you Steve and we want to publish your book.” or “My golly, is that my feet or your writing that stinks so bad?”

I figure that I will know by early March.

If Kindle Scout does NOT love me – well, then I will fall back upon Plan B and release it independently and move on.

Talk to you tomorrow.


 

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

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 15

There are days when a fellow just has to put his head down and charge straight on ahead.

I call that rhino-thinking.

Rhino 1

This is a rhino.

There is a time for careful thinking and planning and measuring things out and then there is a time when you just have to put the full-tilt-boogie pedal down to the floorboards and move straight on ahead.

Rhino 4

THIS is a rhino.

There are days when a fellow needs a to-do list with ONE single item on the top of the list that reads “Go like crazy”.

Rhino thinking.

Rhino 3

This is a cute rhino.

There is nothing wrong with careful and thoughtful planning – but there are days when you give in to too much thought you fall into a big old pit full of procrastination.

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(can I hear an amen?)

So today I do not have any time for careful thinking or planning – in spite of the fact that I probably burned up about fifteen minutes hunting for rhino photographs.

Rhino 5

I’m sorry but this is NOT a freaking rhino!

So I do not have any carefully thought words of wisdom for you blog followers today – all three of you, including my cat.

Rhino 2

Insert Mission Impossible music here!

All that I can tell you is no matter whether you are trying to launch a blog entry, a Kindle Scout campaign, bake a pizza, or just mount a rhino – (and don’t you wonder if the above photograph isn’t the REAL reason why rhinos are damn near extinct? – sometimes the very best way to approach a situation is one foot after the other and repeat.

Rhino thinking.

Somedays, I recommend it highly.

blog entry

Yesterday I was 0 for 0. Absolutely zero hours on the Hot & Trending list. I knew that it was coming and I also KNOW that it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the world. I’ve got enough H&T mojo to make sure that isn’t a factor in my acceptance and or rejection by the gods of Kindle Scout.

Still, my male ego keeps reminding me that if I had only tried just a little harder maybe I could have squeezed one single hour out of yesterday – but there you go now, don’t you?

All that I know is this.

Yesterday – REALLY humped the rhino.

My HeadTalker goes live in a couple of hours.

Let’s see what happens next.

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


 

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 14

All right – so yesterday I promised you folks that I was going to tell you all about HeadTalker – which is basically a friendlier and easier-to-use version of Thunderclap. Both systems are designed to create a great big old communal push of social media power.

How’s that for a WTF moment?

Let’s say I set up a HeadTalker program to publicize a freebie promotion of BOOK X.

I’m going to call it BOOK X because I don’t want to have to rely on an example that might change over time. I want this blog entry to be as relevant as possible for as a long a time as possible, so I am not going to insert ANY of my own book titles in that BOOK X.

So I set up my HeadTalker to go live in two weeks time and I start looking around for folks to sign on to that campaign. So you see that campaign and you think to yourself “Well, that Steve Vernon is a pretty good dude in that he hasn’t asked me for money in the last few weeks – so I think I’ll help him out” and you sign up for that campaign, hooking your Twitter or your Facebook feed to it.

Which means that in two weeks time a tweet is going to show up on your Twitter page that says something like –

Steve Vernon hasn’t asked me for money in the last two weeks. Grab his free kindle e-book, BOOK X. #amreading

Now, if I had REALLY been thinking I would have had me an e-book out there entitled BOOK X and that would have been really cool and slick and ironic and such.

The idea is to have that tweet – whatever you choose to write it up as in the first place – to show up on about twenty-five or thirty-five or one hundred and five different Twitter feeds and hopefully get a whole lot of people stampeding over to Kindle to download their free Kindle copy of BOOK X.

(anybody out there wants to get a book called BOOK X out there, just let me know)

Which is WHY I have set up my own HeadTalker asking people to Nominate Kelpie Dreams for Kindle Scout.

The HeadTalker is set to go live first thing tomorrow – so if you are one of the three people who read this blog, counting my cat, then you still have time to jump on and see how HeadTalker works by joining up for free and clicking onto my campaign to support me.

Or not.

 


 

Lastly – I finally figured out (again) how to use screenshot. I figured it out once before, maybe six or eight months ago, and then I forgot completely how to do it and I had to go and look it up again this morning after reminding myself about sixteen or eighty-three times over the last week or three to go and look it up.

Don’t get old.

The memory is the first thing to…what the heck was I saying?

🙂

Anyway – here is how my Kindle Scout campaign looks today. That is hard to read but those first orange bars represent 1 hour and 2 hours and 2 hours on the HOT & TRENDING list over the first three days. Then that stretch of nine long orange bars are the 24 hour stretches. Those last two bars are 15 and 16 hours, respectively.

So my mojo is starting to fail me, but I have got at least three more ticking promotional devices set to go off over the next 15 days or so which should hopefully boost me back up into the 24 hour all day long Hot & Trending super orange category.

Or not.

Kindle Scout February 17

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

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 13

The last couple of days were some of our coldest of the winter and I think it might have slipped into my Kindle Scout campaign. The morning update hasn’t gone live yet but I feel like I slipped out of the H&T list briefly. My campaign is wearing that HOT sign this morning – but I’m pretty sure I saw it at least once yesterday without the HOT sign.

WINTER IS STAYING!
I got up this morning to warm temperatures and a soft snow-melting rain. It is supposed to chill up again by Thursday – but the respite is much appreciate. So, is there a correlation between the temperature outside of my window and the Kindle Scout H&T rating? Or am I finally cracking beneath the Kindle Scout strain?

Only time will tell.

It turns out that I had 14 hours on the HOT & TRENDING list yesterday – bringing me to a total of 235 hours on the HOT & TRENDING along with a total of 833 campaign views.

As I keep telling you folks – the hours spent on the HOT & TRENDING list really don’t contribute a WHOLE lot towards the success or failure of your Kindle Scout campaign – but right now this is the only concrete change I can make in my Kindle Scout campaign, so I will make with every inch of my being.

What I am most excited about is that I actually noticed when my Kindle Scout campaign fell off of the HOT & TRENDING list – and with a few well-chosen Facebook and G+ and Twitter entries I managed to tip the scales back up into the HOT & TRENDING zone – which leads me to believe that there isn’t a whole lot that any Kindle Scout campaigner needs to do.

The one thing to watch out for is going back to the same source of nominations one too many times. For example, if I posted everyday on the same Facebook page the folks who follow that page would begin to overlook my posts – or worse yet get peeved off at them. You DON’T want to abuse the hospitality of any given social media site. The fact is you might want to go back there in a month or so and post something about a new book and the reaction that you do NOT want to see is – “Oh shoot, it’s that Vernon fellow again.”

🙂

A fellow can run of roadway if he isn’t too careful.

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So – as a result – I am exploring new avenues. This morning I was messing with my Google+ page and trying out a few tricks and techniques. I’ve also been in touch with a couple of other fantasy/horror bloggers regarding possible promotions or guest blog appearances and the like.

You have to cast your net wide.

The Hand-Line Cod Fishery

Whether or not I actually make this magic happen for myself – whether or not my book actually GETS selected for Kindle Scout publishing, I have learned a heck of a lot about utilizing the social networks out there.

Mind you, there is a whole lot more to social networking than I will EVER learn about. The fact is it keeps changing every day – and I cannot possibly keep up with it. I am old – older than the dirt that grows upon dirt – and I am not hip to all of the new gadgetry and mechanisms out there.

Hell, I am old enough to use the word “hip” with authenticity.

And that ain’t necessarily a good thing.

I don’t even own a cell phone.

In spite of that, I give at least an hour a day to social networking and figuring the angles and figuring the best ways to help raise my profile. An indie writer these days has got to be prepared to give over a certain of their time to learn some new techniques.

Come tomorrow I will talk about HeadTalker and how I have made it work for me.

In the meantime, let me just sit here in my writing cave, staring out the window and dreaming about warmer weather.

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

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 12

All right – so I am sitting here this morning having a cup of coffee before I catch the bus to go to my day job and I am picturing myself standing at the side of a deep ocean, flinging fistfuls of tiny pebbles out into the waves and watching them splash.

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Dear Kindle Scout…

And as each pebble splashes down amongst the tossing waves the ripples echo and merge together and do that weird and wonderful water-dance that stone and wave and wind have done for a thousand thousand years.

In moments like this I like to imagine that somewhere off the shore of Africa a small child is going to stand with his feet in the water and his toes in the wet glorious sticky old mud and he is going to bend down and pick up a tiny sea shell and hold it to his ear and he is going my voice and he is going to say something deep and touching and poetic like – what the fuck was that???

🙂

And yet – at moments like these I remind myself that I am NOT alone on this shore as each of you folks who have gone ahead and nominated KELPIE DREAMS for Kindle Scout have each – in your very own way – thrown a stone for me and watched it splash.

Either that or you were throwing it at me and just missed.

🙂

Writers – whether or not you are going to try out for Kindle Scout or just try and find yourself a few more readers – all need to learn how to throw a stone.

You want to find yourself a good flat stone, something that sort of looks like a cross between your ear and a mussel shell. It wants to have just enough heft to it for a good hard fling, but not so weighty that it sinks. Think about something along the weight of your dog’s favorite tennis ball. Hold it like you mean to keep it, with your thumb on top and your pointing finger hooked along the edge of the stone. Stand sort of sideways like you were trying to keep your eye on the shore and the sea at the very same time. Draw your arm back with loose authority, as if you were getting set to throw a perfect sidearm pitch. Think about James Dean and Gandalf and willow wands, leaning with the morning breeze. Just sort of ease that stone out over the water, cocking your wrist and flicking it forward as you let it go. Throw out and down at the very same time – like the stone wanted to go just as far as it could go while still playing it cautiously safe. Envision that stone entering the water at a perfect twenty degree angle and make you sure you count how many times that stone skips – before it eventually strikes the forehead of that small African boy standing on the other side of the ocean WTF’ing into the warm tropical breeze.

Or something like that…

Today I was too busy writing this fine poetic blog entry – which is one part beauty and nine parts ballyhoo – but I have thoughtfully planned ahead and set up an interview over at GENRE READER so that while I am futzing around and spinning my wheels and dreaming about skipping stones by the seashore SOMEBODY else is flinging stones for me.

That’s how you want to do it.

Get yourself a back-up crew.

SO – that would be the point of this whole meandering blog entry. Before you launch your Kindle Scout program make certain that you have lined up a few interviews and guest blog appearances that will go live DURING your Kindle Scout Campaign – THEN make certain that a good link to your Kindle Scout Campaign page is attached to that interview.

You have any questions I’ll be down by the sea shore, flinging lonely stones.

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

(Whoops – almost forgot to throw around some bragging numbers. As of this moment I have spent 221 hours upon the Kindle Scout HOT AND TRENDING list and have enjoyed 786 page views)

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 11

HEY GANG – Happy Valentine’s Day.

But enough about all of you folks – LET’S TALK ABOUT ME! I just hit my twelfth campaign day with eight straight days of Hot and Trending – that’s 197 hours of H&T and 745 campaign views and I am beginning to get a little bit nervous.

Which is stupid – but also human – so there you go.

A couple of days ago I mentioned the problem that some folks seemed to be having with HeadTalker. Some folks had been reporting that the views from HeadTalker were NOT showing up on Kindle Scout.

Well, at first I thought that made a lot of sense – but then I looked into it a little bit deeper. I contacted Nolan Thompson – one of the founders of HeadTalker and did a little bit of investigative reporting.

The way he explained it to me was this – Once a person’s HeadTalker campaign has ended and the message is shared, your clicks wouldn’t come from HeadTalker. They would come from the social networks that your message is shared on. Therefore, if someone clicks your short link on Facebook, they are considered Facebook traffic.

Which makes perfect sense to me. I just hadn’t thought of it that way in the first place. All I knew was that I was looking at my Kindle Scout Campaign page and it was listing all kinds of Facebook and WordPress and kboards views – but NO HeadTalker views.

My goof, totally.

Anyway, now that I have straightened all that out I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you wonderful folks who have shared and tweeted out this blog and who have nominated KELPIE DREAMS. Without all of your help I would be nothing more than some dude with way-too-much beard rattling out bad jokes upon an unread blog page.

Uncle Bob Author Shots 006_sharp

 


 

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

 

 

THIRTY DAYS OF KINDLE SCOUT – DAY 10

A while ago, Kindle Scout winning author Armand Rosamilia admitted over at kboards that his Kindle Scout editor had told him point-blank that hitting high numbers on your Hot & Trending accounts for maybe about FIVE percent of your chances for acceptance in the Kindle Scout program.

Five percent.

That is a pretty punky number.

So why even bother trying?

The way I see it what the folks at Kindle Scout are looking for is a book that will sell – so by the time that a would-be Kindle Scout author even gets to the whole HOT & TRENDING part of the experience – their book has ALREADY been written. It is ALREADY out there sitting upon the great digital desk of the Eternal Gods of Kindle Scout.

Still, the way that I see it is like this.

Just yesterday at work we had the afternoon off for a once-a-year event that the company calls Employee Appreciation Day. We get four hours to eat pizza and cake and sing Karaoke and wander around the office and just let some steam off.

Did you ever see a movie called THE PURGE? Well, Employee Appreciation Day is kind of like THE PURGE for cubicle working drone dust bunnies like me to blow off a little steam and relax.

(and that IS what it says in my job description – cubicle working drone dust bunny)

Every year the management puts together a big trivia competition. The winning team gets fifty bucks. I am are VERY competitive at it but I still try and have some fun as well.

Well, this year my team of four came first by ONE SINGLE FREAKING QUESTION!

Thank god – that one single freaking question – What do you have to do to a martini to make it into a DIRTY martini – was something that I knew.

Thank god that my wife is a martini snob and has told me time and time again just exactly how she likes her martinis.

Dirty martini
I knew the answer and we won the fifty bucks and I figure out of ten pages worth of questions that ONE STINKING RIGHT ANSWER was what it took to build a win at our yearly trivia competition.

Which earned me ten whole bucks and a bit of floating jingle.

(hey, I told you I was competitive)

So – when I beat my head against the digital wall trying to keep myself floating in the Hot & Trending zone of things all that I am REALLY trying to do is to build myself a  proper dirty martini!


You know, while I was putting together today’s blog entry I noticed that even though it says DAY 10 up there, it is REALLY my ELEVENTH day on Kindle Scout – on account of I am writing about yesterday.

Holy freaking time warp, Batman – welcome to the digital world.

All right – now that I have got that dirty martini gag out of my system – I have gone and checked my Kindle Scout Campaign and I am STILL on the Hot & Trending list.

Man, doesn’t that sound a lot like a title for a soap opera?

Welcome to THE HOT AND TRENDING (cue organ music).

I’m on my eleventh campaign day with seven straight days of Hot and Trending. I haven’t figured out how to take a screen shot – but I’ve had 173 hours of H&T and about 705 total page views. It’s interesting – but today was yesterday was one of my lowest days for page views – and I believe that was because I spent the least amount of time and energy goosing up the action with Facebook posts and Tweets and the like. That tells me I need to get a bit more pro-active over the weekend if I want to hang onto my H&T rating.

And I think that I do want to hang onto it.

Maybe it DOESN’T have a thing to do at all with whether or not I make this happen with Kindle Scout – but the fact is I want to make this thing happen in a very big way. For about a half a dozen reasons that I am NOT going into I am really seriously invested in this competition.

So – while I sit here and seriously consider shaving my head into a perfect Lex Luthor haircut and working on my soon-I-will-rule-this-world villain-cackle – how about I give you a FREE Kindle Valentine’s Day e-book – just for having the tenacious energy to read all the way down to the bottom of the page.

my bad bald self


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