Kindle Scout

Since 10th February 2016, I have been nominating books on Kindle Scout, but what is ‘Kindle Scout’?

Kindle Scout is a place where readers vote on whether a book should be published or not. Those books chosen by readers are then published by Kindle Press and the author receives receive 5 year renewable terms, a $1,500 advance, 50% eBook royalty rate, easy rights reversions and is also featured in Amazon marketing. Every book has 30 days in which to gather as many nominations as possible and readers can nominate up to 3 books at a time. It is worth checking back every day as campaigns start and end every day. If readers nominate a winning book, they will receive an early, free copy of the book. This is a great idea for people who love championing new books.

In a world where it’s harder and harder to get your book selected, it is great to see another avenue for authors to take, rather than simply approaching agents and publishers and hoping that their book doesn’t get stuck in someone’s slushpile.

I have been lucky enough to nominate some books that have been selected to be published, and once I receive a copy of the books, I will be reviewing them on this site.

I will list the Kindle Scout winning books, whether waiting to be reviewed or having been reviewed, here.

I think it’s a great idea!

If you’re waiting for something to happen in publishing…

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

timeIf you’re waiting on beta readers…

Throw yourself into critiquing others; attend a writer’s conference, webinar, or workshop; outline your next book; set up your author website.

If you’re waiting for an agent…

Start working on (or finishing) your next book; avoid reading too much into agents’ social media posts; tidy up your author blog or website or revamp for a new look; decide on a blog or social media schedule that you can keep up with.

If you’re waiting for an editor…

Strategize with your agent about next steps; ask your agent questions so you’re up to speed when you talk with editors; avoid reading too much into editors’ social media posts; keep social media contact with editors to zero or a bare minimum; polish up your next project.

If you’re waiting for your book to come out…

Plan your personal publicity and marketing roll out; schedule a call…

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Article: 10 Surprising New Twitter Stats To Help You Reach More Followers

I have been using Twitter since June 2012 but I still have so much to learn. I found the below article and I just had to share it. If you’re trying to attract more followers and grow your ‘brand’, then I recommend to take a look.

https://blog.bufferapp.com/10-new-twitter-stats-twitter-statistics-to-help-you-reach-your-followers

The point I found most useful was number 7: “Twitter users who mostly use a mobile device are 181% more likely to be on Twitter during their commute”. Now I know that this probably seems really obvious, but as I don’t have a smartphone, I tend to use Twitter once I’m home from work. If I had a smartphone, then I would definitely use it on the way to and from the office. Already from this article, I have learned that I’m at a disadvantage when trying to tweet about our books as the day is pretty much over by the time I get online. I guess one of my 2015 resolutions is to get a smartphone! Also, the time that I am tweeting the most in the week (around 6pm – 8pm) is not a great time to tweet as most people are having dinner around this time.

Take a look and let me know if any of the article was helpful for you 🙂

Good Samaritan app could make life-saving connections

I have just read this article on CBS News’ website which relates to the UK:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/good-samaritan-app-could-make-life-saving-connections/

Basically it talks about a new app which was designed by Mark White, a doctor with London’s Air Ambulance service who realised that people in medical difficulties could be nearby to someone who could help them, but that those people who could help would never know about the emergency unfolding nearby.

Please let anyone you know who is a doctor, nurse, firefighter or any other healthcare professional about this app, as many more lives could be saved 🙂

My favourite motivational quotes

Sometimes it can be so easy to let the negative things in life simply swallow you up and let yourself become a shell of a person, or let them totally take over your life to the point that you don’t know who you are anymore. I’ve found that motivational quotes that other people have featured on their blog posts have really helped me to gain some clarity on where I should be going, or simply made me think about things in a totally different way.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.
Mark Twain

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!”
Audrey Hepburn

It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Dalai Lama

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
Anne Frank

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Steve Jobs

I hope that these motivational quotes can help someone else, like they’ve helped me 🙂

Top 18 Book Launch Tips

Savvy Writers & e-Books online

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A great reason to celebrate the launch of your new book, which might have taken months or years to write, is a book launch party, actual or maybe even virtual. You will want to thank everyone who helped with the creation of your book and introduce your latest work to your adoring readers. With today’s digital printing techniques it is possible to have a couple of print books to sign at your event – even if your book is officially offered only as an e-book.

Plan Your Event at Least Two Months Ahead
The date can be well after the book hit the shelves or the Amazon sales pages. Important is that you invite as much people as possible (they won’t all come! Don’t worry) and that you get as much buzz as possible from book bloggers, from your Social Media followers, local book clubs and hopefully the…

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