I’ve finally received notification that The Poison People was not selected by Kindle Scout, which was hardly a surprise as my statistics were way below the average (and as KS point-out, it is “reader-powered”). This was to be expected given my standing start as an unknown author with no back catalogue, readership or mailing list. What did surprise me, however, was that none of the experienced authors (some of whom had been picked up by KS in the early days), in fact, no one at all, who I had been following on the bulletin boards, or nominated, this past month, most of whom had twice as many views etc as me, was picked up.
I always understood that KS was principally a marketing exercise by Amazon, but given the wealth of the organisation, the quality (and certainly marketability) of at least some of the submissions, it felt almost as if someone from above – a Californian Scrooge, perhaps, this being the season of good cheer, had said to all the Millenial Bob Scratchits in the KS dungeons: ‘Bah, humbug, that’s it for this year.’
In any case, I have to say that from the perspective of a fledgling author, Kindle Scout provides a great opportunity to begin learning the ropes – it is thanks to KS I was motivated to develop a social media presence (indispensable for the indi author), explore various promotional strategies, raise the profile of my novel (garnering 5000 views!) and farm, I hope, hundreds of nominees who will receive an email from Amazon when I publish – the kind of direct marketing that professional companies pay big dollar for.
Over the holiday I have to devise the second part of my marketing strategy, which I am looking forward to. I really have a sense that this “straight to readers” platform is the future. We will see. In the meantime, I plan to publish on Amazon in early-mid January while The Poison People is still fresh in readers minds. As you may have read, I will also have a brand new novella, Canaries, coming soon after. It will keep you posted!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year!