About a month ago, I wrote an article about KindleScout and how to know if your book is ready for their program. Since then, my book, Finding Charlie was selected for a publishing contract through their imprint. I can’t pretend to have completely figured out how the system works, but I’ll give you my sense of it.
My book spent 248 hours in “hot & trending”. What this amounted to was the entire first week and a few days in the last week. It seemed to take 25 page views a day to hit it. If my nominations had been spread out more evenly, I’d have made it into the chart every day- but besides saving me from pouting on the days I didn’t make it, I’m not sure it makes a huge difference.
There are books that spend the majority of their campaign in “hot & trending”, but are not selected. I think it really needs to be stressed that the crowd sourcing element of this program is only one factor. You need to show the editors that your book can get readers’ attention. But then it will come down to the quality of your submission.
When the 30 day campaign ended, I received an email telling me my book was under review. During this time, I came to realize that my campaign had been successful. I got an editor to read the book and the rest was out of my hands the same way it is when you query an agent. It comes down to whether they like it and think it’s marketable, whether they think you have a platform, whether it’s a genre they know they can sell. It can feel very arbitrary.
After three days in review, they sent my acceptance email at the exact same time as they sent an email to notify everyone who had nominated the book. My boyfriend knew before me. He said: “Honey, have you checked your email lately?” and before I could call my mom, the phone was ringing.
I’m really excited. This will be my third published book and it’s different each time. They will be sending me the suggested edits November 26th and I’m hoping it will be out in time for Christmas! For more updates on the KindleScout process, you can follow me on facebook.