Kindle Scout Update: Day 2

Would that be Kupdate? Nah, that sounds too much like a date with a cupcake…which, in the end, sounds like one heck of a good time.

I’ve had many a date with a cupcake.

But this post isn’t about cupcakes (would that it were), it’s about Kindle Scout. Or, rather, day two of my Suicide Station Kindle Scout campaign.

Let’s chat, shall we?

Podcast interviews

The second day of my campaign was all about the podcast. I had set up two interviews, one with the great one, Armando Rosamilia (and his always outstanding Arm Cast Podcast) and the other with a wonderful sci-fi podcast, Tin Foil Hat with Heather. Armand has been hosting quite a number of Kindle Scout winners on his show. I believe I was the first author who’s campaign had yet to complete that he’d interviewed.

I’d be remiss without tipping my hat to Mr. Rosamilia. He’s been such a great help to me on this adventure. He’s one of the best. And Heather was such a wonderful and gracious host on her podcast.

The numbers

Most of the authors that have been blogging about this long and arduous Kindle Scout journey have been posting their numbers. If I don’t follow suit, I’ll look like a rebel…or a jerk (depending on your perspective). To avoid such folly, I give unto thee, my numbers:


I’ve been in the Hot & Trending for 40 hours and have had 770 page views.  Let me explain that a bit. This is a very, very long campaign. In the end, an author could wind up with a bajillion hours in Hot & Trending and a godzillian page views and still not get selected. Conversely, an author could have one hour in H&T and one hundred page views and get selected. How? If said author has written a stellar book–one that Amazon knows it can market and sell–it’ll get selected (so long as Amazon sees that the Author gets it and knows how to promote their brand and work). On the other hand, should a book not be marketable (or even ready for public consumption), it doesn’t matter how many hours and views it gets…it won’t get selected. That’s no different than working with a traditional publisher.

Now we’re starting to see how this works. Yessssss.

I’m hoping Suicide Station falls in the former category and is a book that Amazon knows it can market and sell.

Don’t we all?

Of course we do; otherwise, why are we here?

To the moon and back again

suicide_station_cover_rough_heart_2Here’s hoping I can keep up the momentum. With your help, this campaign will be a success. For that, I cannot thank you enough. Understand this: As my sanity continues to seep out of my hair follicles, these updates may get a bit strange.

Oh wait, that’s par for this course.

You know me so well.

Keep spreading the Suicide Station word, my loverlies. And if you haven’t nominated Suicide Station, what are you waiting for? Hop on over to the campaign page, read the sample, and (if you feel it worthy) click the Nominate Me button. While you’re there, check out some of the other wonderful books and nominate them (you get three nominations at a time).