Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I'm not as popular as sex or God, but I beat the Tweet

Amazon ranks the sales of all of its products -- books as well as computers and Tootsie Rolls. The competitive ranking can be terrible for an author's ego -- or good.

At around 4 AM today, my ego was pleasantly and surprisingly stroked, and I am definitely stoked. (I like that sentence.)

Amazon’s sales ranking is cryptic, confusing, convoluted, confounding, complicated and not particularly useful. Amazon says, “The calculation is based on sales and is updated each hour to reflect recent and historical sales of every item sold.”  The lower the number, the better the book was selling at a particular moment

It can feel really good to crack the top one hundred.

I am using today's blog post to exercise my bragging rights (temporary as they may be).

[below] A book about writing dirty books was ranked #22 in the authorship category.

[below] A book about writing 'Christian novels' was ranked #51 in the authorship category.

[below] My brand-new book about tax deductions and other business issues for writers was ranked  #72 in the authorship category. It's been on sale for just two days. I have not done any significant promotion, so this ranking makes me feel really good. I still have to make a few tiny corrections, but I won't be embarrassed if you read it now. As we enter the season for doing tax returns, this $2.99 book might save you hundreds or thousands of dollars.

[below] A book about author tweeting' was ranked #84 in the authorship category. I beat the Tweet. Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah.


  1. I personally think "it" (your stellar rankings, that is) has to do with the fact I've just begun following you...Ergo (or "erotico"), the herd effect....In any case, I salute you and I do like the comic book covers...