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My Kindle Scout Experience

I might as well get right to it. Most of you already know that my novel was not selected for Kindle Press.

But, before you read further, the novel has been published now, HERE IS THE LINK.

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This is the part I dreaded the most . . . telling everyone who nominated me and helped with this campaign, that my novel didn’t make it. Everyone was so helpful and supportive. My biggest concern was letting down all of you.

I’m not going to say I’m not disappointed, but I’m grateful for this experience and the exposure I received from the campaign.

Here is what I learned.

1) People in this world are not as cruel or divided as we are led to believe. I received an abundance of help with this campaign from friends, family, other authors and many people I don’t even know. This shows me that we all do care about one another’s well-being. I was moved to tears that so many people cared enough to support my endeavor.

2) I learned to reach out of my comfort zone and sell my product. I don’t like pushy sales people, and I always feared becoming one of them. It was difficult and a bit nerve wracking, but this process took me past my fear, and I did it tactfully . . . I think.

3) My book has gotten more exposure through Kindle Scout than I would have if I immediately self-published and even if I were published by a small press. Kindle Press will also let the Scouters who nominated me know when my novel is available for purchase if or when I self-publish.

4) Money can buy you votes just like in a political election. This was the only part of the Kindle Scout campaign that troubled me. I learned that people could pay marketers to get more reach for their campaign, and therefore, more nominations. The more nominations received, the more likely Kindle Scout will consider that novel for publication. Amazon won’t even allow relatives or friends to write reviews for books because they say it’s bias. Yet, their company, Kindle Press, has no qualms with people paying to promote their Scout campaign. As for me, I entered Scout because I could not afford to pay for marketing, and I’m uncomfortable with blowing my own horn. Kindle Press will do a lot of the promoting if they select your novel. Which made me wonder why those who pay for marketing a Kindle Scout campaign don’t just self-publish and pay to market their book.

All in all though, it was a good experience. Kindle Scout may not have chosen my book even if I received 5,000 nominations. They still have the last word, no matter how many votes you get. It’s just that you won’t even get considered if you don’t have enough nominations.

I’d be happy to answer questions anyone might have about the process. You can put them in the comments below, or contact me at gnl61@aim.com. I actually added more information I learned since, at this link, HERE.

In the mean time, please do stay posted about my novel. If all goes well, I hope to self-publish . . . hopefully within the next 4 to 6 weeks. Which would’ve been the time schedule of Kindle Press had I been selected.

Blessings to everyone who supported me with your nominations, shares and words of encouragement. Learning that the world is still full of kind and giving people was worth the entire campaign.

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25 thoughts on “My Kindle Scout Experience”

  1. 5000 votes is awesome, Lori! You did a terrific job stepping outside your comfort zone! This is great exposure for your book. I’m sorry you didn’t get chosen, but you are right–you got so much out of this experience! 🙂 Hugs!

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    1. Hi Kourtney. Thanks for your support with Scout. I actually didn’t get 5,ooo votes. Kindle doesn’t tell us how many votes we get. I was just using that as an example. Hugs back. 🙂

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  2. Thank you for sharing your Kindle experience. I’ve been considering it and appreciate your feedback. I enjoyed reading about your book and hoped it would make it. Self-publishing should definitely be your next move….thanks again for sharing!

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    1. Hi Eve. Thank you for such a kind comment. As long as authors go into Kindle Scout with their eyes open, it can be a great for exposure for your novel. If someone goes in it for that reason, then if they get chosen for publication, it’s an added bonus. 🙂 Thanks again for reading and for the nice comment.

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  3. Thanks for this post. My novel was just posted on Kindle Scout — and I’m doing it purely for the free advertising. From the research I’ve been doing, they seem to be selecting established authors — not taking a gamble. Again, I really appreciate the blog posts!

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    1. Hi Joynell. I’m learning much more about Kindle Scout since I posted this on my blog. When I uploaded to them, I was under the impression that it worked on nominations, sort of like American Idol. It’s a misleading, since they have their own system for choosing novels. However, I do think it is great for advertising, like you are doing. I got a lot of good exposure. Who knows, maybe you will be one they will choose to publish. Good luck with your campaign and thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

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  4. Hi Lori, great post! My novel didn’t make it either, despite a ton of nominations – and I concluded that KS is for mainstream authors with a massive fan base. I had many issues with how they conducted the program and wrote to them about it. 1) they expect way too much and give too little, without laying out their side with clarity; 2) why should anyone nominate a book they have not read? only reason: if they already love the author’s work, based on past reading. 3) one book that stayed on the Hot and Trending list was terrible – apart from the cover, which was vivid and unique, even the page KS showed was so badly written – the author could not write a clear sentence, I’m not kidding, and yet she stayed hot – which points to the fact that no one on the KS side is even bothering to vet the work that comes in. In this case, the woman was from a small non-English speaking country and her book was a best seller in her language – i wonder if she got that entire small country to nominate her????? Anyway, it was good for me to go through the experience because it taught me a lot. Thanks for a great post!

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    1. Hi Mira. Thanks for sharing your experience. I’ve been discussing this in a Kindle Scout forum. From that discussion, I’ve gathered that Scout is not presented the way it really works. Some who have gotten way less traffic still get selected for publication. I was under the impression that this was like an American Idol type of voting. What I learned was that it seems (emphasis on ‘seems’) that they really don’t choose by nominations and traffic to any particular novel. They have their own system that is not disclosed to the public. I just prefer them being upfront with how it works. When they mislead, I can’t trust. However, I must say that this campaign has given my novel and this blog much more exposure than I had before. If anything, it’s very good for exposure, and I might consider it again for that reason … now that my eyes are open. Thanks for reading and sharing. Good luck with your endeavor.

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      1. Wonder why they won’t share their system for selection – sounds weird to me and yes, leads one to mistrust and a feeling of being, well, sort of deceived. Oh well, it was a good experience in some ways for both of us. All the best to you too!

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  5. Lori, I’m so very sorry your book wasn’t chosen but this blog post is terrific–it should be required reading for anyone considering a Kindle Scout campaign. And of all the points you make, I think #4 is key: I think authors are made to think they HAVE to spend money to promote themselves in this thing and that’s just wrong! I’m on Day 18 of my campaign and have never been on Hot and Trending–and I don’t care. My book has to stand on whatever merits it has. Do consider publishing it yourself–I think it would do well, considering the subject matter. Boomer Lit rules!
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy, this is such a nice comment. I guess I thought that I was going to be on equal footing with others in KS, and with people paying marketers, it doesn’t seem that way. I’m starting to wonder if the whole nomination thing is just a ruse for Kindle Press to find novels without having to go through the query and slush pile process. Good luck to you, Miss K.

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  6. Congratulations, Lori! You overcame some self-imposed obstacles, went outside your comfort zone, learned that people are willing to help and that there are loopholes in most systems. Yaayyy! 😉 xoxoM

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