How “rank” am I?

Amazon has recently added an interesting feature so that authors can keep track of their books’ performance as related to sales. It is called “Author’s Rank.” I just looked up mine and it was fascinating. Let me give a little disclaimer. I’m not selling enough books to raise my income tax rate. But almost everything should be judge by comparison.

So what’s the deal? In the terms of sales my books as compared to all others is at about the 150,000 mark. As far as the “Action and Adventure” category my books are rated at the 21,000 mark. Do I wish my books sold more, and had higher ratings? Sure, who wouldn’t desire that? After all, writing good fiction is hard work and takes a lot of time. It would be nice to be in the “Top 100” sales category, but my books are not pornographic or simplistic enough for those with a fifth grade reading level to comprehend, which is about what public education “government schools” have been graduating over the last several decades.

So how do my books stack up? (A little play on words – books – stack up – get it?) When you consider that Amazon has a library of over 100 MILLION TITLES my fiction works ain’t doing too badly.

What that also means is that perhaps ninety million of those books are not selling anything. You have to know that eBook publishing has made it easy for “wannabes” to put anything, no matter how badly written, online. You could pick out that 1,000 word essay you did in the eleventh grade on “How Artichoke Dip Changed My Life Forever” and Amazon will put it in their stable of books. And you can claim to be a ‘published author.”

But ebook publishing has enabled good writers to put their work before the book buying public. I’m not ashamed of my ranking, and I do appreciate everyone who has plunked down $4.99 for one or more of my novels. It gives me great satisfaction to know that something I have written has given someone enjoyment and pleasure. We live in troubled times. That I can give brief relief, a short escape from reality to anyone is truthfully worth more to me than $4.99. What really pleases me is when some reader of my novels likes them enough to recommend them to someone else, or takes time to give a review of them on Amazon. Thank you for that, and I sincerely hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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