Bear with me, Facebook friends and family members: This post is really for fellow writers who are following my progress on Kindle Scout. So, I’m five days into this thing, and feeling a little blue, because not only is my baby girl leaving town, my campaign stats page was down for a full five days, so I had no idea whatsoever how I was doing. I thought it was just me, but finally I went onto the mega writers’ forum Kindleboards and posted plaintively, only to learn a whole slew of other Kindle nominees were in the same boat. One, who lives in England, had her stats go down the same exact minute of the day as mine! It was all good, because I made friends with a few more writers, and got onto the forum’s list of nominees to select. And then the stats finally came up this morning, and they’re okay, but I don’t know if I really trust them or not. The Hot and Trending List remains my impossible dream.
But about that…Someone tried to “comment” here at The Persistent Writer, offering to help “promote” my nomination at Kindle Scout. For just a small fee, no doubt…I swear, someone can always find some way to squeeze a little more money out of struggling writers… I trashed the comment, but then had an ah-HA moment. That now explains that whole weird and random Hot and Trending list to me! Every once and a while a pretty good book does turns up there…and I nominate it, wanting to reward excellence and effort. But I’ve been puzzled at some of the more poorly written stuff that come up, or ones with bad covers (yes! Worse than mine! But I’m working on a new one). They either have a LOT of friends and family or…they’re paying for promotion. Hmmmmm… But surely the Kindle Scout editors are wise to all that, which explains why so many Hot and Trendies don’t get picked for publication. So does it really matter all that much? Probably not…So I’m not going to worry about it anymore. My book’s getting published no matter what, even if I have to do it myself.
However, fellow writers, this has not all been in vain: There is one very good perk for the losers. If or when you publish your novel after being rejected, KS will send an email to everyone who nominated your book, letting them know it’s on sale. So that’s a pretty good promotional push, and well worth the 30 days of angst you have to go through to get to it.
But don’t think this is my whole life right now. Still helping Daughter with her big move; and my new language students in Edison and Jersey City have no idea that I’m even a writer, only that I’m this odd lady with a strange enthusiasm for the English language. Fall foliage is hitting its peak here in Northern NJ and I’m just drinking it all in. And I’ve begun work on the next, NON-FICTION, book, and I’m loving it, loving the return to my journalistic roots. Can’t tell you about it yet, but I will eventually. For now you’ll just have to suffer through the promotional travails of Wives of the Saints with me, and we’ll see where that ends up next.