Kindle Scout Christian Romance – If Only (Final Results)


Kindle Scout Final Results


My campaign for “If Only” has officially ended. During the campaign I read through blogs, comments and others experiences as I waited for the 30 days to tick by. My experience wasn’t as painful as others since I had a mailing list full of readers who have been reading and supporting my author platform over the last year and a half.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Emailed the list (you can see exactly when I did that (one the first day and then again half way through the campaign – see image).
  2. HeadTalker – Heard about this website from and decided to give it a try. Spent $22 on a gig to boost the reach up to 3.7 million… The results? Only 100 total views that day. I don’t recommend it unless you have a wide reach on social and you suspect it’ll be worth it on your own platform.
  3. Facebook Groups – Lightly promoted first couple days to a few facebook groups. All I did was search for Kindle Scout in the groups area on Facebook. I believe I got a few nominations this way. I also went to genre specific Facebook groups (Christian books, etc…) and posted there. Not sure how effective it was, but Facebook was #2 on my link activity (next to direct links from the email).
  4. Facebook Ad – Boosted a post for $20 in the US, ended up paying about $0.65 a click and I didn’t care for it. Not sure how much it helped.

That’s it!

I’ve read a lot of different experiences on Kindle Scout and lots of authors wasted tons of money and energy attempting to stay in the coveted “Hot & Trending,” but from the research I came across the list doesn’t matter as much as people think it does. Also, I dipped as low as 12 views in a day and still stayed there (outside of that lame hour I dropped off randomly in the middle of the campaign).

If I have one piece of advice in regards to H&T, it’d be have a mailing list and a platform to help you. In the end, Kindle Scout picks what they believe will work. Don’t have a mailing list? Build one.

I will come back to this blog post and update it when I hear from Kindle Scout. There’s been a grip of experiences out there in which they were in H&T for 98% of the time and still not selected, so there’s a chance. To anyone who came across this post as they ride the Kindle Scout wave–breathe and relax.

To my readers who have supported me–Thank you! I appreciate it greatly. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be able to write full-time. I love you all and pray for you often.





Update: 2/11/2017 – If Only was selected for publication. Follow the full story here

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About the author: T.K. Chapin

T.K. CHAPIN writes Inspirational Christian Fiction books designed to inspire and tug on your heart strings. He believes that telling authenticate stories of faith, love and family helps build the faith of believers while inviting non-believers into the reality of God. Each story highlights how God can work in the lives of those who follow Him.

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