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Will Tinkham has published six novels: THE CARY GRANT SANATORIUM AND PLAYHOUSE, THE GREAT AMERICAN SCRAPBOOK, THE ADVENTURES OF HANK FENN, BONUS MAN, NO HAPPIER STATE, and ALICE AND HER GRAND BELL. He lives and writes in Minneapolis, MN. His short fiction has been published on three continents and he long ago attended Bread Loaf on a scholarship. An actor of little renown, his credits do include the Guthrie Theater and Theatre in the Round. @WillTinkhamfictionist on Facebook

Monday, December 7, 2015

On Numbers & 'Reach'

The Adventures of Hank Fenn spent 14 of its 720 hour campaign “Hot & Trending”—the last 14 hours. After 24 views on the first day, it rarely exceeded 10 views—often zero—until 53 people stopped by to take a peek on the last day.

Three people shared my final Facebook post on the matter which helped greatly. Many thanks there. I have a “Will Tinkham – Fictionist” FB page as well as my Will Tinkham goof-off page. Long ago I discovered the increased “reach” of my posts when I shared them from Fictionist to goof-off. Through the Scout experience I realized just how valuable other peoples' shares can be, along with the increased “reach” simply from attracting new people to the pages. If I only knew what “reach” actually refers to in the FB world...

I also made a few new connections through the process, which can never hurt.

Kindle Scout sent me an email saying that my submission is in review. I'm sure books that were Hot through the entire process will get a longer look than one that sneaked in at the end. We'll see...

Will probably try Scout again with my next book. Should get myself on Twitter, too, I suppose. Or write a book phenomenal enough to breeze through all these hoops...


  1. Thanks for blogging on your experience. My cover is in its final polishing stages and I hope to finish my submission to Scout in the next day or so! :-)

    Cindy Marsch