Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Publishing Primary Results: I beat Newt and Rush
The Amazon.com website shows the "Amazon Best Sellers Rank" for every item sold, including books, bicycles and bread slicers. Calculations are updated hourly to reflect recent and historical sales in various major categories such as clothing and books, and sub-categories such as men's cargo shorts and political science. Ranks range from numero uno down to 8,000,000 or even lower.
Some authors and publishers devote significant time and effort in analyzing the rankings. Long-term rankings, including competitive rankings, may be useful.
One-time rankings are not very meaningful -- but they sure can be fun.
Yesterday was Super Tuesday, and strangely the paperback edition of my Stories I'd Tell My Children (but maybe not until they're adults) beat books written by Gingrich, Paul, Cain, Trump, and even Limbaugh.
Yup. Not kidding. I was thrilled (and amazed) to be victorious.
My "Stories" book ranked ahead of books by Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston and Rush Limbaugh. It was also way ahead of books by Donnie Trump and Rick Santorum, and just slightly behind Rick Perry's book.
Sadly, Mittens was way ahead of me. There's no accounting for taste.
Amazon works in mysterious ways. Prices go up and down for no apparent reason and can change at any moment. My book normally sells for $15.95, but Amazon recently cut the price to a mere $8.61. That's nearly half off the regular price and not much more than the price of an ebook. (Fortunately, I make just as much money at the sale price as at the full price.) So, if you'd like to save some money while reading or giving a fabulous and mostly funny book -- and possibly help me to whup Mitt Romney's ass -- please buy the book. Thanks.