Well, I have yet again been rubbish at keeping up the blogging. I was meant to write a post about not being selected by Kindle Press following my Kindle Scout campaign. Life got in the way and now it is weeks later and the official launch day for my new book!
To revisit Kindle Scout briefly, my campaign ended on 14th October. It was ‘in review’ until the following Tuesday (18th October), which kept my hopes raised… but then I received an email saying, in a nutshell, no. However, over the 30 day period I had over 1300 page views, and 201 hours in the Hot & Trending category. I took the disappointment on the chin and moved on.
I had been planning to give myself a long lead time, put the book on pre-order and try and build up some interest during that period. Instead I decided to try and make the most of the exposure the book had received during the Kindle Scout campaign and get it straight out there, exclusively on Kindle. Amongst Friends went live on Kindle on 20th October.
One of the best things about Kindle Scout is that you have the option to notify them when your book is published and they in turn notify the people who nominated it. Something I think is missing from the programme is the opportunity to find out why your book wasn’t selected. It would be good to know. But it’s rare to get real feedback on a manuscript submitted to agents/traditional publishers and I guess this follows that pattern. I did, however, suggest it in the survey I filled out for them. If other writers do the same, maybe they’ll consider it.
In the ‘exclusive to Kindle period’, I sent out some review copies and Amongst Friends has already received five 5* reviews! I am delighted. I know it can be a bit of a drag writing reviews, and I am just as guilty as anyone of thinking ‘I’ll do it later’ when it comes to eBay purchases, for example, but I like to review books, music, etc. because I am aware of the amount of effort, time and emotion invested by the writer or artist.
It’s really quite hard putting your work in the hands of others; quite a vulnerable feeling. But from my editing work I know that criticism doesn’t have to be negative and, realistically, not everybody is going to enjoy what you write. That wouldn’t make sense. I can take a bad review, and even expect some; it’s part and parcel of releasing your work into the world, but a good review is immensely rewarding.
Press and other media, an Advance Information sheet is available here: ai_amongst_friends