A Cloud with a Silver Lining

blood match front cover

I’m sure that many of you that supported my Kindle Scout campaign have received notification that my book, Blood Match, was not selected.

This message awaited me in my inbox yesterday:


Sure, I was disappointed. Anyone who has ever received a rejection letter from an agent or publisher feels that chipping away at your self-esteem.

When I looked at the statistics behind the campaign, however, I was encouraged.

The Kindle Scout program has this thing called the Hot List. The book started out on the list and ended very strongly on it.


stat1The graph shows that the book was on the hot list 11 out of 30 days and, more importantly, was on it consistently the last 6 days of the campaign (209 out of 720 total hours). Also, the campaign was viewed by over 4,000 people.

These statistics are much better than I expected with a first effort in the program. I had read a number of articles and a book on successfully conducting a Kindle Scout campaign and these numbers exceeded the predicted outcome from those sources.

So, I didn’t get a contract. That’s okay. I know that, when I do publish Blood Match, in the next month or so, the people that voted in the campaign will be told it is out and that’s a good jump-start.

As I looked at the top 50 referral spots to my campaign, many of you that have blogs were mentioned. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. I value this community and the support I have received.

This won’t be the last Kindle Scout campaign that I try. I’m encouraged to try it again in the future. I’ll make some adjustments and hope for the best.

Thank you to all of you for your support. The destination wasn’t the desired one, but the journey was rewarding.

8 thoughts on “A Cloud with a Silver Lining

  1. I read an article that said that using Kindle Scout was a great way to launch a book. It sounds like that is true. I’m sorry you didn’t win, but hopefully it spread the word and you’ll have a solid launch. 🙂

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