What I learned from my KindleScout campaign

will_be_publishedAbout 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.


10 thoughts on “What I learned from my KindleScout campaign

  1. Interesting–and congrats! I can’t wait to hear how the publishing experience goes.

  2. Great review, thanks. Are you able to say anything about the contract? It may well be on the Amazon site… but it would be interesting to know how it compares to trad publishing. Will

    • it is on the site. it’s the same for all the ‘winners’ and you have to agree to terms before entering. no negotiation. there is an advance and royalties. it’s more than many self-pubbed authors make but not the best deal. in my previous article, i mentioned that i don’t know if i’d recommend it to writers with their first book. i have two others out and another half-done, so i see this as part of the larger package.

  3. Congratulations, Katie! So happy for you!

  4. Thanks, Katie, for information I didn’t know about. Book publishing has become very multidimensional, this is an aspect I’m unfamiliar with. Wishing you continued success.

  5. Thanks for the insight. Like you say, it’s down to the editors and your offering at the end of the day. My offering is live now until near the end of August. I’ve always been shy at marketing, but on day 7 and with only 1 hr in hot and trending, I decided to be pro active and it seems to have worked so far. 3700 page views in 8 days and at last it’s constantly in H &T.

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