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Ryan Shepard

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Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 10:29 AM
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I sent up a free promotion to begin on 1/15.
Today I realized I needed to add a new keyword which I did.
Now, while my book is in still in LIVE status, it also reads Updates publishing.

Will that status update impact my Free Promotion if it continues to have that status?
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 10:36 AM   in response to: Ryan Shepard in response to: Ryan Shepard
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1. Probably not.
2. Keyword update will probably roll though in 4-6 hours, max.
Ryan Shepard

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 10:57 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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OK. I was concerned since it's Sunday. Wasnt sure if there were any eyes o this stuff today. I hope there's no issue since I have publicized it a lot. Thanks
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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 11:25 AM   in response to: Ryan Shepard in response to: Ryan Shepard
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Ryan Shepard wrote:
I sent up a free promotion to begin on 1/15.
Today I realized I needed to add a new keyword which I did.
Now, while my book is in still in LIVE status, it also reads Updates publishing.

Will that status update impact my Free Promotion if it continues to have that status?


You need to check your promotions tab to ensure the giveaway is still scheduled. Tomorrow, make sure it has not been canceled because of republishing...remember, all times are based on the Prime Meridian, which now, of course, passes through Seattle, not Greenwich.
Ryan Shepard

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 11:34 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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I no longer see anything related to KDP Select since editing the keyword. When I click on the KDSelect button at the top of the page, it takes me to a page asking me to enroll as if I never did.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 11:46 AM   in response to: Ryan Shepard in response to: Ryan Shepard
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Ryan Shepard wrote:
I no longer see anything related to KDP Select since editing the keyword. When I click on the KDSelect button at the top of the page, it takes me to a page asking me to enroll as if I never did.

That's what everyone sees when clicking the top tab. Your Promotions tab is on the Reports page. People don't enroll in Select, but books are, so you'll need go to to your Book and click on Promote & Advertise, where you can see your current Select status. It should be unchanged, if only because unpublishing/republishing neither releases you from your contract nor alters the enrollment period.
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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 12:04 PM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Promote and Advertise does not show up next to my book as it did on Friday when I scheduled the Free Promotion.

Nothing shows up regarding the promo in reports either.

Edited by: Ryan Shepard on Jan 14, 2018 12:13 PM
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 12:18 PM   in response to: Ryan Shepard in response to: Ryan Shepard
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Ryan Shepard wrote:
Promote and Advertise does no show up next to my book as it did on Friday when I scheduled the Free Promotion.

Nothing shows up regarding the promo in reports either.


Wait until tomorrow then, after 0800 Pacific Time, or until after your book is Live. If you're running a promotion, even a freebie (the value of which is usually dubious), it's best not to monkey around with the book. You could always use the Contact Us button at the bottom of the page to ask KDP directly, but, considering the time factor, I don't know that you would get timely action.
Ryan Shepard

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 4:10 PM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Just changed. Status is now LIVE and the promo for tomorrow is now visible. Hoping that all goes well. First time author, first time everything KDP. Thanks for your input. Much appreciated!
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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 5:05 PM   in response to: Ryan Shepard in response to: Ryan Shepard
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I was stressed with my first Kindle Countdown, especially when I realized setting the US one didn't automatically set the UK one. Whoops!
Ryan Shepard

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 3:05 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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The promo is going well. however, several people have informed me that their reviews were rejected as being "biased." These people are not family, but associates who have been waiting to read my book. Does Amazon only accept reviews from strangers?
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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 3:18 PM   in response to: Ryan Shepard in response to: Ryan Shepard
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Yep, only from strangers. Unless someone you know leaves you a bad review. Those tend to linger.
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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 4:08 PM   in response to: Ryan Shepard in response to: Ryan Shepard
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Ryan Shepard wrote:
The promo is going well. however, several people have informed me that their reviews were rejected as being "biased." These people are not family, but associates who have been waiting to read my book. Does Amazon only accept reviews from strangers?

Amazon's bots look for significant online connections between you and reviewers, so it's not really a matter of friend or family status, specifically. Dear Aunt Madeline who has no computer and possesses only an iphone can likely post a review, but not Hector Snapes whom you've never met but who liked your personal Facebook page after sharing tips with you on the Dungeon Quest and Fantasy Needlepoint pages. Another reason Amazon declines reviews -- reviewers must at some time have spent $50 on anything.

Reviews come in time, but keep in mind that less than 1% of purchasers leave reviews. That percentage drops drastically when a book is a freebie. While reviews are handy in qualifying for certain promotions, their role in actually selling books is a subject of constant debate. Also subject to debate is the value of a freebie promotion. If you have other books or a series, satisfied readers have someplace else to go, but if it's your one and only book, the only option for the reader is to move on to another author.
Ryan Shepard

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 7:05 PM   in response to: Adam Carter in response to: Adam Carter
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Thanks!
Ryan Shepard

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Re: Will My Free Promotion Be Halted
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 7:06 PM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Thank you!
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