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Winning at Kindle Scout

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message 1: by Jason (new)

Jason Luthor (jasonluthor) | 34 comments I've noticed there are a lot of questions about how the Amazon Scout system works. I've previously written about my experiences in a four parter for my blog, which I'll post here:

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This includes what the process, hot list, and post experience was like.

Oh, and when you're done reading it, buy my book, FLOOR 21:
http://www.amazon.com/FLOOR-21-Jason-...


message 2: by Pamela (new)

Pamela Keyes | 16 comments Jason wrote: "I've noticed there are a lot of questions about how the Amazon Scout system works. I've previously written about my experiences in a four parter for my blog, which I'll post here:

http://houstonat..."


Jason,
Great blog about the Kindle Scout process! Thank you. I do have a lot of experience with agents and editors, but it's my first time trying to maintain a popularity contest thing. My last book was published through Penguin/Putnam, but despite great reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, I got almost no marketing from them. It was eventually remaindered, and I doubt I will ever get the publishing rights back. Personally, I think Kindle Scout is an awesome new venue for experienced authors as well as novices.

However, I already see a mistake in my approach to this -- i.e., my initial email to my fan base should not have hit everyone the first day. My initial views and nominations were through the roof. Then it all dropped drastically after about a week. I should have sent out a mass email to some of them, then done the same thing a bit later, and so on. I'm still getting a lot of views - primarily from within Kindle Scout, but the numbers are way down from where they started.

I've also done the Facebook Ad thing, and it's generating a decent amount of interest and "likes", but I think that many people don't realize "liking" me or simply viewing my campaign page isn't the same as nominating me. Did you have specific hook to make sure that people knew to nominate you once they got to the site? My campaign runs until December 20th, so I still have time to reconfigure my ad.

Anyway, thanks for the insights. This KS group has been great to follow. I wish I had spent some time thinking about my approach before launching my campaign. I'm going to spend the next several days working up a new ad pitch, and send out another round of emails to my fans to encourage them to introduce their friends to my book. Any other tips?

Thanks again, Pam


message 3: by Jason (new)

Jason Luthor (jasonluthor) | 34 comments Best tip I can give is be close to other writers, typically in a group, and tell them you'd like their support.

Although, nothing replaces having a good pitch and interesting idea.


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