So I’m gonna let y’all in on a little secret shared by every book author I know: We are all addicted to Amazon.com’s ranking system.
It’s literary crack. I’m not 100 percent certain how it’s compiled, or whether it’s even accurate or now. But in the, oh, six weeks after a book is released, most authors visit their books on Amazon, oh, 10 days per day.
Truthfully, there’s something to it. One of the highlights of my first book, “The Bad Guys Won!” came when I clicked on the Amazon page and found myself sitting pretty at No. 35. It ended up being a best-seller. Yet on the opposite side, I would check the Bonds book, “Love Me, Hate Me,” and always be disappointed by high digits. In the end, that book sort of bombed.
Here’s the other funny thing: I’ve been told that Amazon sales do not count the same as bookstore sales when it comes to determining a best sellerâ€”that books bought over the internet have less weight. I’m not sure whether that still holds true, but it adds to the Amazon mystique.