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It’s a PAPERBACK!

My debut novel, THE 25th HOUR, in paperback!

My debut novel, THE 25th HOUR, in paperback!

 

It’s here! It’s finally in PRINT! See what the UPS man just delivered? I’m tap-dancing with joy. Okay, some people have waited a long time for my debut novel to be available in paperback. Well, HERE it is!

Quick note: It may take a day or two before the Amazon Geeks upload the photo of the paperback, but the book is there. That’s why I’ve used the link, above, which opens to my eBook on Amazon. Just click on ‘Paperback’ and you’re there.

Here’s a short blurb about the story.

Chased through time by her father’s murderer, a lady architect lands in the arms of a 19th century Wyoming rancher. The time-crossed lovers must find the killer before another life is taken—and the window of time separates them, forever.

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

The Golden Heart Awards – the Junior Prom of RWA

Entering a manuscript into the RWA Golden Heart contest is like getting a date to the Junior prom. Junior, as in you’ve not yet qualified for the Senior prom which would be the annual contest for published authors, i.e.: the RWA Rita Awards.

So, I’ve entered this year’s GH. Twice. Once with my Time Travel Romance, and once with my Historical Romance. That’s two separate books, each in a different category. To use a high school analogy, does that up my chances of making the finals? (That elusive date to the prom?) I’m no mathematician, and I’m certain this isn’t an Einstein-esk issue, but to me it’s the arithmetic challenge of the year. You can’t go to the dance if you don’t buy a ticket. I just bought two, so let’s see if I get invited to the Junior Prom.

But first, we have the opportunity, this year, to spit-polish-shine our entries until January 2nd at 5 pm, Central. If our revised product is not uploaded by then, well, they’re judging what’s currently in their system. Kinda puts the pressure on, especially if you know your work could still be improved. You want your very best work in the final upload.

That will be me, editing/revising/polishing, right up to the deadline. If I’m not around here very much in the next five weeks, you know what I’m doing. I’ll check back, for sure, once the deadline for entries has officially closed. Happy polishing, y’all!