Magic is Still Hot #kindlescout

I’m trying not to nag/spam everyone, but I’m Hot in Kindle Scout and I’d love to stay that way, so if you haven’t voted for magic yet, please consider doing so.

Kindle Scout Magic Link

The Sound of Waiting #kindlescout #Mondayblogs

What’s it like for a writer in waiting?

When I submitted work to big publishers, I generally received a note that they had received the manuscript and then I heard nothing. Crickets. Nothing but crickets, as we writers say. Sometimes I would get a rejection letter (usually months after the date they said they would get back to me), but at least half the time I would get nothing. Nothing and crickets.

When I self-publish there is no waiting. It’s a slick process and your work slides up on the market as quickly or slowly as you wish. The only sound I hear is me singing Hallelujah in the shower, when I finish formatting my story.

Now I’m trying Kindle Scout. My submission is up for the world to see for 30 days. Everyone can review my cover, tagline, blurb and excerpt.  They choose to nominate me or not. If I win a contract those who nominate me get a free copy. And so I wait, knowing many people are looking at my words. The sound I hear is my heartbeat.

I can read my stats, which so far are extraordinarily good, far beyond my expectations, but I know that they alone, don’t predict the book’s future. So the sound of my heart lodged in my throat is loud.

And I am overwhelmingly grateful for all the readers who have taken the time to look at my submission.


To celebrate the launch of my first anthology: Cheating Death: The Gambling Ghosts Anthology, I’ve set up a gigantic giveaway for my readers.

Prizes include:

  • $50. Amazon.com gift card
  • $25.00 Amazon.com gift card
  • 21 e-books

Rafflecopter link

 

 

I’m in the Kindle Scout Program (How #KindleScout Works)

I Need Your Vote, Please

I’m asking for a favor. If you have an Amazon login, please head over to Kindle Scout and nominate my novel, Midnight Magic ? Voting ends October 22nd and you only get one vote. (Thank you in advance.)

Link

What’s in it for You?

When you vote for my book on Kindle Scout you support my chance of being published by Amazon (i.e., the Kindle Press Imprint) and if I do get published by them, they give you a free copy.

What is Kindle Scout?

“Kindle Scout has been called American Idol for authors or a Slush Pile Popularity Contest. Amazon defines it as “reader-powered publishing.”” (Debbie Burke on Kill Zone)

How does being published through the KS program differ from being self-published on Amazon (KDP)?

Here’s my chart:

Kindle Scout

KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing)

$1500 advance No advance
50% royalties 70% royalties on books > $2.99
Amazon marketing Do it yourself marketing
Rights exclusive to Amazon (except print) Right all yours
5 year renewable contract

(you can opt out at 5 years if your book doesn’t earn $25,000.

No limits

 

What are My Chances?

~3%~

That’s how many of the books listed on Kindle Scout are chosen by Amazon for publishing. 3% So, yeah, my chances are extremely low.

However, having my book on KS gives it more attention, more eyes on the cover, the blurb and the excerpt.

Will the Most Popular Book Get Published?

No.

But the votes help. Amazon, like any other publisher, chooses the books that it thinks will sell well in the current market. They take into account the votes the book receives, but it’s only one factor.

What was it Like Entering KS?

Interesting. You need to have a polished, professionally edited manuscript (easy) a good cover (easy – I love my cover from Authors on a Dime) a short tagline and a blurb.

The hardest part for me was reducing my blurb to their required 500 characters. I had to take my whole paragraph on the hero and reduce it to: “… a Viking ghost with existential issues.” But I love the line, so in the end I think Amazon is right about keeping it short.

I’m Thrilled

to be selected for the program and I’ll let you know ho my adventure unfolds.

 


Interesting Posts on Kindle Scout (also my references)

I Need Your Vote (and How to Advertize Kindle Scout)

Kindle Scout a Two Year Performance Review

Winning the Kindle Scout Program

Book – Lincoln Cole, Kindle Scout Guide: How to Run a Hot & Trending Campaign …

5 Things I Like About Humpday

  1. It’s not Monday.
  2. That time-ahead and time-behind feeling of being on an adventure.
  3. No one expects much of me on a Wednesday.
  4. I’m half way there and the fact that I’m up and out of bed means I’m more than half way.
  5. I have time left to finish.

How about you? Any thoughts on Wednesdays?


Feeling lucky?

To celebrate the launch of my first anthology: Cheating Death: The Gambling Ghosts Anthology, I’ve set up a gigantic giveaway for my readers.

Prizes include:

  • $50. Amazon.com gift card
  • $25.00 Amazon.com gift card
  • 21 e-books

Rafflecopter link

A Gigantic Launch #Giveaway for Cheating Death #Mondayblogs

To celebrate the launch of my first anthology: Cheating Death: The Gambling Ghosts Anthology, I’ve set up a gigantic giveaway for my readers.

Prizes include:

  • $50. Amazon.com gift card
  • $25.00 Amazon.com gift card
  • 21 e-books

Rafflecopter link

 

 

#Free Book and More News

Amazon.com link

Amazon.ca link

I put the Pirate up free to celebrate it having come first in the I Heart Indie Contest (Paranormal Category).

You can read more of my latest news in my September newsletter.

 

A Tomato Chorizo Salad to Die For

This is a Friday #fingerfood post (sort of).

Okay, I know salad technically isn’t a finger food unless you are a cave man. I’m adding it to my finger food collection, however, because it goes so well with a table laden with an assortment of appetizers.

The key to this recipe is the combination of the spicy chorizo and sherry vinegar, an idea I picked up from Jamie Oliver.

My Recipe (made for two)

Ingredients

3 chorizo sausages

enough tomatoes (your choice of type) for two – I used 3 field tomatoes

2 green onions

1 small handful of small basil leaves

1-2 garlic cloves

a salad dressing made of 2 tblsp. olive oil and 3 tblsp sherry vinegar (or to taste)

salt and pepper

Method:

  1. slice and fry the chorizo in oil until nicely browned and crispy
  2. slice and fry the garlic in the left-over oil until fragrant
  3. cut the tomatoes bite-size, add basil and green onion
  4. add the dressing, salt and pepper to taste
  5. add the chorizo and garlic and mix.

The salad turned out better than I expected. It was amazing. I’m hooked on sherry vinegar.

Enjoy your weekend.