My Kindle Scout Experience: Stage 3 – Winning Kindle Scout (And After)

Welcome back to my ongoing series about my experience with Kindle Scout. Today’s post is all about the results and the aftermath.

So, after the 30 day campaign phase, there is a waiting period. During which you wait to hear back (hopefully good news) from Kindle Press. This waiting period is probably the most excruciating phase of all and it can stretch from 2 days to 15 days. So far, no one has been able to find a correlation between the length of the wait and the final result. In other words, if they’re making you wait long, it doesn’t mean the chance of your winning is rising or anything. Yeah, they like to be cryptic like that.

For me, the wait felt even worse because my waiting period stretched into the 2016 Holiday Season. My campaign ended on the 18th of December and I realized my biggest blunder right after. An average wait of 7 days would put me smack dab on the 25th. And even though I had braced for a rejection (the acceptance rate is somewhere between 3-4% at KS), it would be annoying to be handed a rejection right in the middle of funnest season of the year.

But, it was all said and done, and now there was nothing left to do but wait. All I hoped for was to get a note well before the 25th or, otherwise, after the 1st of Jan. Knowing Kindle Press was shutting down for the Holidays made me hope. But, nevertheless, I checked my email first thing in the morning.

The 25th came and went. No emails from Kindle Scout. Phew!

I thought, perhaps, I could make it past 2016 and take on the dreaded email in the new year.Things were looking all set for that.

Then on the 28th, right after noon, I got an email –

Your book “The Eternity Prophecy” has been selected!

For a few seconds, I didn’t dare believe. Then I refreshed the Scout home page a few times. There it was, among the other winners, The Eternity Prophecy.

Yippie! Yes, the rest of my 2017 was going to be happy no matter what else went wrong with the world. Yeah, my New Year’s celebrations went quite okay.

The usual administrative stuff came right after, including the editing, the advance payment etc. I’ll list the dates here for reference:

12/18/16: End of campaign

12/28/16: Note of acceptance

12/29/16: Congratulatory note

12/29/16: Payment set up

12/30/16: Editorial work begins (Expected completion date: 01/19/17)

01/19/17: Edited manuscript arrives

02/01/17: Advance received

02/11/17: Revised manuscript uploaded

02/27/17: Launch date announced and preorder starts

03/14/17: Launch day

A few notes about the post-selection phase-

  1. The communication from KP (all emails) was minimal but succinct. I did not find myself needing information beyond what was emailed to me.
  2. My editorial work was extremely detailed, although the changes requested were minimum. It seemed to me a Kirkus editor worked on my project. I was not provided a direct line of communication with the editor.
  3. I had some issues with the formatting that I needed to clarify and I used the “Contact” button on the KS campaign page to resolve the queries.
  4. There was no deadline for uploading the revised manuscript. Instead I was urged to “take all the time you need to complete this stage.”

Anything I want to do better next?

Yes, absolutely. Note to self: NO submitting in November, please. I do not need extra stress during the Holidays.

How has my experience been so far?

Good. I wish the process had a bit more of a human touch, but as long as its rolling along fine, I’m okay.

I also wish I got some advance notice on when my book will be put on preorder, which I didn’t. It would’ve helped me plan my other launches better.

So, anyway, my book launched last Tuesday. Here it is, complete with links, in case you’re interested in checking it out on Amazon.

Buy on Amazon

The Eternity Prophecy has been doing alright. Not awesome, but quite okay if you consider I haven’t done any promos for it. I can’t really do anything other than FB ads because I don’t have control on the price and it’s almost impossible to find good advertisement for a full priced book. But I’m looking forward to a big anniversary sale coming up next week.

That’s it for today. I’ll see you again next week, will be back with some post-publishing experience.

Other parts of this series listed below:

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 0 – The Why

My  Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 1 – The Preparation

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (Planning)

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (The First 10 Days)

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (The 10 Days in the Middle)

My Kindle Scout Experience : Stage 2 – The Campaign (The Final 10 Days)

Stay tuned for more of my experience with Kindle Scout. Next up – The post-publishing experience

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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