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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bestsellers: Obsession and your Amazon Author Rank



It's easy to become obsessed with data that have no meaning at all, if you are a newly self-published author (and a member of the Gutenberg II Revolution).

Take Amazon's recent introduction of a ranking system for all authors. This is how Amazon defines its Author Rank:


Amazon Author Rank is based on sales of all your books relative to the sales of other authors. Amazon Author Rank shows how an author's books sell relative to other authors. Like the Billboard charts, lower numbers are better. An author with the Amazon Author Rank of #1 in Mystery & Thrillers is the bestselling author in Mystery & Thrillers on Amazon. Amazon author rank is updated hourly.


Your ranking is meaningless unless you are actually selling your Amazon / Createspace print on demand books or your Kindle eBooks.  Remember that the average author listed on Amazon only sells 4 copies a month!

Now, for a laugh, my latest results (my ranking for thrillers):


And another result, me compared to all books:



Ouch!

My 8 books are not pushing me up in Amazon's author rankings.

Yet.



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