I’m very excited that Mind Game will be published in eBook and print editions by Millikan Press and is now available for pre-order in Kindle format on Amazon (Click here to view). The June 23rd release date shown on the Amazon page is merely a place-holder; Mind Game will be available much sooner. If you pre-order now, your copy of Mind Game will be auto-delivered to your Kindle or Kindle app on its release date. That makes it a lot more convenient than needing to check back with Amazon to find out when you can buy it. Just pre-order it now and it magically arrives on the date its released!
The cover is completely different from the one used when Mind Game was competing on Kindle Scout, and I think the designer did a brilliant job in creating a dynamic look that fits the action-packed plot. People like to say that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but I think that in this case you definitely can.
Mind Game started strong on its third week on Kindle Scout by being on “Hot & Trending” for most of the first day, a nice improvement over the last couple of days of the first week. It tapered off during the week and then exploded up to multiple back-to-back, twenty-four-hour days of “Hot & Trending” during its final week. By the conclusion of its time competing on Kindle Scout, Mind Game’s page had been viewed by nearly 2,200 unique visitors, with the majority of them being visitors who discovered Mind Game by visiting the main Kindle Scout page, seeing the information about Mind Game, and then becoming interested enough to read more about my book. It was "Hot & Trending" for well over half of the time that it was on Kindle Scout.
Amazon will contact me within the next several business days to let me know if they’ve chosen Mind Game for their Kindle Press imprint. It they do, I’ll receive my advance, their editors and I will do a final edit, any changes to the cover art will be made, and Mind Game will be released. If they don’t, which is the case with 98% of all competitors, I'll make other arrangements to publish Mind Game.
As you can imagine, I’m anxiously awaiting the results!
From a “Hot & Trending” standpoint, Mind Game did great on its first week, and it continued strong going into its second week. It was on the hourly Hot & Trending list for 90% of the first four days of the second week. Then, as I approached the middle of the four-week campaign, the results began tailing off. I’d been told by authors who had competed on Kindle Scout that that’s a typical pattern, but Mind Game had been doing so well that I’d almost convinced myself that I’d be able to avoid that fate.
I was wrong. Day twelve’s results dropped to half of day eleven’s, and day thirteen dropped even more. I didn’t panic though, because I’d been tracking my daily results against another author’s successful Kindle Scout entry from a few months earlier. He’d generously shared his daily results, and his entry had dropped sooner and deeper than mine, and was still selected for publication. It’s important to note that his results picked up again toward the end of his campaign, and I’m hoping that mine do too.
Yesterday I learned of an author who that very day had been informed that his Kindle Scout entry had been selected. Congratulation to him! What’s interesting is that during his entire 30-day campaign, his entry was only on the Hot & Trending list for 36 hours. Mind Game had already exceeded that total on only its third day, and by the end of its second week, had been Hot & Trending for more than 250 hours. It just goes to show how mysterious the selection process is. My guess is that my fellow author’s work was so appealing to the editors that they didn’t care that it hadn’t done particularly well in the competition. Because I’d nominated his entry, I’ll be receiving a free advance copy of his work and I can judge for myself what may have attracted the editors.
Which reminds me, if you nominate Mind Game and its selected, you’ll receive a free advance copy of it. You can nominate Mind Game at https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2BEUBP1JI2MM1
It's a good thing that I'm a writer instead of a singer or dancer, because unlike American Idol that's on television, Kindle Scout is strictly words on a website. Believe me, I (and, I'm rather certain, you) wouldn't want to see me performing on the screen!
I became aware of Kindle Scout a few months ago when a writer who had been successful with his Kindle Scout entry, spoke to my local mystery writers' group. I was very intrigued because it's become increasingly difficult for authors to attract the attention of publishers, and this looked like a good potential avenue to being published by a major publisher. After the meeting, I studied everything I could find about Kindle Scout, and decided to try this decidedly unconventional approach with my recently completed manuscript for Mind Game.
I knew that the competition would be fierce and that the odds against getting a contract were overwhelming. No one other than the staff at Kindle Scout knows the percentage of submitted manuscripts that are accepted for the competition, and Kindle Press, the publishing imprint of Amazon, publishes fewer than two percent of the entries that appear on the Kindle Scout competition website. Not knowing the criteria for "winners" added to my wondering how Mind Game would do. All that is known about the selection process is that it isn't strictly a popularity contest with a simple the book that gets the most nominations wins formula. That suited me fine, because with my highly limited (some would say nonexistent) social-media savvy, my ability to drive voters to Mind Game's Kindle Scout page was severely limited. Maybe, just maybe, there would be enough "scouters" who would find Mind Game on their own and nominate it for publication.
I uploaded Mind Game to the Kindle Scout website, along with the other information they required, and then waited until I learned if it had made the cut. A couple of days later I received the good news, and Mind Game went "live" on Kindle Scout.
I was shocked that on the very first afternoon, Mind Game had joined the "Hot & Trending" list. Not only that, but it stayed "Hot & Trending" through all the hourly updates for the entire day. The next day it was "Hot & Trending" for all twenty-four hours. In fact, once on the list, Mind Game remained there for every hour of its first week on Kindle Scout, the only competitor to do so. Those results were staggering to me. Maybe I have a chance after all!
I know that the second week is going to be challenging, as will the third and the fourth. Much of Mind Game's momentum has likely come from it being new on the site, and I wonder what will happen when newer entries show up. I'm anticipating that it'll drop off of "Hot & Trending".
Stay tuned, and wish me luck!
You can visit Mind Game on Kindle Scout here: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2BEUBP1JI2MM1
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