Kindle Scout Disappointment

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The Kindle Scout campaign for White Swans a Regency World ended and as anticipated after dropping from the hot list, Amazon will not publish the novel.

It’s time to move on and self-publish the first book of White Swans.

The interesting experience has taught me that Kindle Scout might not have anything to do with how well an author writes the book, but on how popular the author is. If the author has a large following chances are it will get published. Where does that leave the new author who has started building a following?

I’m out to experiment. I will let you know what I do and if it is successful.

In the mean time to market Incantation Paradox and get better known, gathering a following, I ran a Goodreads giveaway. Roughly 300 people signed up for the giveaway and I’m hoping that some who didn’t win will actually buy the book and read it. On Monday I’ll be shipping three copies of the paperback to Australia and two in the US. I do hope that they will leave a review. Reviews are so important to Indie authors who are just starting out.

Since White Swans was not picked up I’m trying to decide if I should go ahead and self-publish or try a small press. Although, even with a small press most of the marketing will fall on me and I’d be right back where I am now–low to no marketing funds.

In the romance side, The Impossible Ownership is coming along slowly since I’m also editing Dragons in the Resistance. As I continue working on the novel and I fix all the grammar and punctuation errors, I think I’ll start posting chapters on Wattpad to see how it fares. The six chapters of White Swans have done less than descent, since I don’t have a large following. If you are curious about the story check it out on Wattpad.

That’s it for now. I need to go back to my edits for Dragon and write a few more pages for the romance. I also need to find a book cover for the romance novella.

If I don’t give any more updates before Christmas, I do wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Be safe and enjoy.

About annamaria

Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish. Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
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