So, here I am trying to figure out what makes a Kindle Scout nominee a winner. I'm pleased to say that my novel, Bitter Envy, has spent most of its time in hot & trending, which is the top 20 books by either page views, nominations, or some combination. That doesn't seem to make as much difference as I originally thought. Case in point, the latest book to receive a contract-- the poor author was sure that he wouldn't win a contract since his book wasn't in hot & trending after 24 days. However, if you actually look at his first chapter, you'll find that it's well-written and the subject matter is timely. Perhaps that's why the Kindle editors chose it even though it didn't experience the popularity of some other titles.
All in all, I feel that I've done everything I could to promote my book without turning into that marketing monster we all hate. I'm down to the last week. My stats are great. My cover is gorgeous. And I think it's a great story (if I do say so myself). I wish I knew how the Kindle editors felt about series, since Bitter Envy is a book one. But in the end, I suppose it doesn't matter because I gave it my all-- even after experiencing a devastating personal issue.
Bitter Envy is ready to publish, so if the Kindle Scout editors turn it down, it should hit Amazon within a couple weeks or so.
Thank you to everyone who supported me and my campaign. I am truly overwhelmed by the amount of support that has been pouring in over the last few weeks. And, of course, if you haven't had a chance to nominate Bitter Envy, please head over and take a look!