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
© JP David 2020