The Kindle Scout Experiment

June 6, 2017

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On Saturday, May 27th, my first novel, The Lazarus Door, started its 30-day Kindle Scout campaign.

So, while it’s not wearing the “hot” tag (and hasn’t since the beginning of the campaign), I’ve been sharing images and links to the KindleScout page, asking people to check it out and nominate if they like it at least a little bit and have room in their nominations queue.

I’m still fairly new at book marketing and have been experimenting (and reading book marketing books and articles as quickly as I can).

But I had to at least try Kindle Scout.

If it doesn’t work out, I may try Story Cartel, which will take another three weeks but will hopefully line up some reviewers for when the book goes live on Amazon. And hopefully, those reviewers will actually like the novel well enough to leave positive reviews.

I also have the prologue and first chapter of my second novel — Dream Killer — posted on Wattpad (another experiment). I’ve yet to outline the book, so when it’s reading time, I’m torn between the two books I have on outlining novels and the books I have on book marketing — and the novel I’m currently reading (which is D. S. Murphy’s The Scarlet Thread).

Here’s the (temporary) cover for Dream Killer:

No time for Netflix (not even now that Sherlock’s fourth season has FINALLY been uploaded) when there are so many good books to read and not enough time each day to read them.

I did get to see Dr. Strange the other day with my husband, though, now that it’s on Netflix, too. We enjoyed it.

Back to writing, though.

I’m nearly done with Writer Overwhelmed! — my fourth nonfiction book — which I hope to publish by the end of this month and launch in July. We’ll see.

Here’s the cover, so far:

I still don’t know why images look so blurry on this blog when they look fine on social media and on Amazon. If you know why or have any ideas, please share.

I have a question for you, though: What have you tried for your books that has helped you get more eyes on it and get more reviews when your book was published?

Or, if you’re still working on your first book, how’s it going? And is there anything I can help with?

Let me know in the comments below, and if you’d like to get an email when the next blog post is published, sign up using the widget underneath my bio on the right-hand side.

Gotta get my kids to bed (six-year-old is doing his new superhero dance — wearing his Spiderman PJs, in spite of the heat).

Have a great rest of your week! 🙂

By Sarah Lentz

Writing and designing book covers are two of Sarah Lentz's favorite things. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, their four kids, and two messy but adorable guinea pigs.

2 Comments

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    Elisabeth Townsend

    I actually really like the Writer Overwhelmed cover. The Lazarus Door is good too. Dream killer needs an image of some sort but I’m not sure what.
    I commend you for not only following your writing dreams but also helping others on their way.
    I am yet to write much of anything mostly because I have so many ideas and can’t come up with anything cohesive to write about in length. Also I would love to actually do a fiction novel but don’t know where to begin so I guess I’m just waiting for inspiration to hit.
    Thank you for helping others. I will ask if I ever figure out a road to travel.

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      Sarah Lentz

      Thank you so much, Elisabeth! Before I wrote and published the first book, I had years of jumping from one idea to another. I think doing NaNoWriMo in 2015 helped me to realize I could actually write something as long as a novel, and when I finally finished it (though the story has changed dramatically from what it was for NaNoWriMo), I thought, “Well, if I can write a whole novel — even if it’s just a first draft — I could probably write a nonfiction book, too. It was just a matter of tackling one project and then another, though it took me a lot longer than I like to admit. We’re not alone in that, though. A lot of writers get started in their thirties, forties, and beyond. Just writing anything down every day is a good way to help your brain sort out the ideas it really wants to play with. I’d love it if you’d come back and let me know if you start working on a book or novel project and share something about it! Until then, thank you so much for writing, and I hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

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