Monday, January 07, 2008

Numbers Game

Every author with a book on Amazon avidly watches sales ranks. I was pleased when "Tales of a Texas Boy - Large Print" had a sterling month in December. I won't give the numbers since they're pitiful in comparison to every book published by one of the Big Publishers.

Another thing authors do when whiling away their time is use the Search function to winnow down to the seach lists in which their book might appear. Since the LP edition of Tales did so well, I thought I'd try a keyword or two. My search: 'large print books texas' in the Literature and Fiction list. Sort by Bestsellers and Tales is NUMBER ONE! Wow, a search that's not so narrow as to include my name or the actual title of the book ends up at the top of the Best Sellers? I'll take it.

Funny how one can manipulate the numbers.

So, keep Tales at Numero Uno and go buy a copy from Amazon. Or, drop by my website ( and I'll give you a great deal on an autographed copy.


  1. Every author with a book on Amazon avidly watches sales ranks.

    I must be one of the only people who doesn't!



  2. Congratulations! I'm not surprised about your book sales in December. It was a wonderful read!

  3. That's great Marva. Will you still speak to me when you're famous? ;-)

  4. Congrats on that number one! And remember, every bestsellers list is manipulated in some way.

    Here's a challenge: Find a search that places you title in a list of big-playing books. Maybe try to get your book to come up with The Kite Runner or Eat, Pray, Love.

  5. Congratulations on the success of your book. This is my first visit to your site, and I enjoyed it very much.