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Amazon Best Seller? Yes, No, Maybe!

J Logo smThere seems to be quite a bit of confusion and misinformation floating around in Cyberspace about what constitutes a Amazon Best Seller. I made the list, for a few weeks in August and September of 2013, but my #46 was in just one section of the entire market–not the overall list. I managed to capture a screen shot of my debut novel on the Time Travel Romance list. Yea, me! As proud as I am about reaching that marker, the purpose of this post isn’t about me or my book’s ranking. It’s about not diluting the pool of authenticity on these lists.

Think of it like this. In 2010, an earlier version of my book made the finals in a very prestigious contest, but it didn’t win first place. The acquiring editor ranked it in first place, but another industry professional ranked it lower. I suppose I could tweak my promotion efforts and say that I’m an ‘Award Winning Author’ because of the editor’s ranking, but that wouldn’t be the full truth. And, to say that my book won, when it actually didn’t, would take away from the book that did take home first place. Authors that claim they’re Amazon Best Seller’s, when they’re not, works the same way. What are the specifics of making that list?

It’s quite simple, really. If your number is 100 or less in any one category, you’re an Amazon Best Seller in THAT CATEGORY, only. If your number is 100 or less in OVERALL BOOKS, then you’re an Amazon Best Seller, period. And, to be sure, books that are downloaded at FREE do not count as SOLD books–even though the ranking looks good–they are not included as a best-SELLER. Get it?

Anyone can check the status of a book on Amazon. They tell you how it’s selling if you scroll down the page. Look for the current rank. If it’s on a specific genre’s Best Seller’s List, you’ll see something like this:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

So, this particular book ranks as an Amazon Best Seller in Regency for both Books and Kindle eBooks, but it’s not an Amazon Best Seller because the overall rank at #4,688 which is greater than 100. Next, we have an example of a true Amazon Best Seller. Notice that the OVERALL and PAID ranking is #5 and Amazon tells you that, right up front. This particular book is also ranked #1 in three categories. This author has true bragging rights, and I’m sure we all strive for such grand stats.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

As proud as I am of my debut novel, THE 25th HOUR, I cannot claim it’s an Overall Best Seller. But, I’m thrilled to have made the list in my genre. Here’s a link to the screen shot of my #46 (folks, that’s less than 100 by 54 points. WooHoo!) and I’d love to make that with all my books.

#46 Amazon Best Sellers in Time Travel Romance 08-28-13

Thanks for your support!

Jaye

MAJOR Announcement, coming soon!

J Logo 75I’m sitting on my hands (well, I’m avoiding the Send button on emails and all the writer’s loops) because it’s a bit too soon to share, but trust me. I’m VERY excited.

What I can share, is that 2013 will be a very busy year for me. I’ve accepted the 2nd Vice President position for my local RWA chapter, Northwest Houston. My duties for the year are managing the 2013 Lone Star Writing Competition. This will be my first year as contest chair. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but knew I’d need several years of experience doing the basics before I took on chairmanship. I’ve taken judge’s training workshops and have been category chair for both Single Title and Romantic Suspense categories—two years each category, respectively. So far, I’ve got my calendar marked with all the pertinent deadlines and I’m really looking forward to working with the entrants and judges.

I’ve also entered two manuscripts in RWA’s annual Golden Heart contest for unpublished authors. Fingers crossed and hoping to get that longed-for email on March 26th, but I know the competition is very strong. In any event, it’s another step forward for my writing. The first manuscript has been entered in the Paranormal category. The 25th Hour is a Time Travel Romance with the bulk of the story taking place in the late 19th century in Sheridan, Wyoming. The second manuscript is a straight Historical Romance, but a few characters from the first book decided their story needed to be told. So…The Golden Bridge is Book II, but it’s a stand-alone single title and is also set in Sheridan. Can you tell? I love that location.

Signing off, for now, but watch for my upcoming announcement. It’s good!

Jaye

Forward Motion…

Okay, enough with the website updates and back to writing reality. I’m moving FORWARD. Things are looking interesting. I’ve got quite a few submissions out for my Time Travel Romance and have received some serious nibbles. [[tiny yea!]] Not screeching just yet. Will save that for when I sign a contract. In the mean time, I’m still considering entering the 2013 Golden Heart competition. I’m eligible until I sell, so there you go. It’s all about moving FORWARD and every little bit of progress is worth celebrating. Big YEA!