Kindle Scout Guide: Part 2 (Resources)

During the campaign, you try to generate interest in your book. You get to see page views, hours spent in hot and trending, and where your outside views stack up against the views coming from kindle scout, as well as where your views are coming from (facebook, twitter, etc.)

On kindle scout, people just browse, so there isn't a lot you can do. Off it, however, you want to get eyes/nominations, so here are a couple of options:

  • Facebook begging (messages/groups)
  • Twitter posting (you should schedule tweets in advance)
  • Paid advertising facebook/twitter/google/goodreads (only if you really want to)
  • Thunderclap (need 100 supporters)
  • HeadTalker (need 25 supporters)
  • Print out cards (you get your link a few days in advance...Rush ship and give to EVERYONE)
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Enemies
  • GoodReads
  • KBOARDS (highly recommended)
  • Author Ad network (Not recommended at all)
  • BooksButterfly (modestly recommended and a pretty good company anyway. You need to contact them directly as it is only a service you can get by special request)

And then just do anything else you can think of, or do none of it. You don't need to advertise or post or troll to get support, and if your book is just that good it might get picked anyway. Some books have been picked with no real promo efforts, but on average you should at least do something.

Also! Remember it is a 30 day campaign. That's a month, 720 hours, and a HECK of a lot of time. You'll need to pace yourself, and don't stack a ton of nominations all in one day. Ask a few people every day and try not to get burnt out!

I analyze all of this in much greater depth in my kindle scout guide!