There is officially one day left to cast a vote in the direction of Amongst Friends on Kindle Scout, and I am now very eager to see how it’s fared. I’ve been able to keep an eye on stats every day, which has been quite interesting, to get an idea of what marketing (if any) has helped.
The first few days were very much powered by friends, family and existing readers. I had around 200 page views on days one and two and then there was a steady drop in interest. Over the following weeks I employed a Facebook targeted ad and also a Fiverr ‘gig’ which promised and delivered a blog post dedicated to my campaign, as well as regular tweets to a pretty good following.
In addition this I’ve had some contact with other Scoutees on Goodreads and KBoards, and have posted the odd reminder post on Facebook – although not too many, I hope, to irritate the hell out of people, and have tweeted here and there.
There is much in the way of mutual support on KBoards and Goodreads helpful and there were some really helpful individuals who happily offered advice in exchange for nothing, but in honesty I’m not sure about the ‘I’ll vote for yours if you’ll vote for mine’ thing. I found I preferred the idea of sharing other Scoutees’ tweets about their campaigns.
This week I have gone back into the Hot & Trending list, which has got to be partially attributable to some support from an amazing Facebook writers group I have joined – one of the most mutually supportive I have seen. Page views per day are back up to around 100. I’m feeling good 🙂
In between all of this I have been working on a new book by a new Heddon Publishing author, and a marketing campaign for another publisher, on top of formatting the print version of Amongst Friends (I hope to receive the first proof of this tomorrow).
There is no denying I would love to be selected by the Kindle Scout committee. On top of the advance and the marketing prowess of Amazon, I think it’s always a boost to have a vote of confidence thrown your way. I am very proud of Amongst Friends and it would be good to know that this pride is not misplaced… But along with a contract comes the knowledge that the book is no longer entirely in my hands, which goes against the grain to a degree.