Saturday, October 2, 2010

Wow, I Guess I'm a Bestselling Author!

A few months ago I started posting shorts on my website. I figured why not put them up on Smashwords and Amazon for free with links back to my webpage. I thought it might be a good way to build a platform.
Only problem Amazon made me put a 99 cent minimum price. Over two months I sold almost 50 on Amazon, but I'm approaching the 2,000 download mark between all the sites I posted it. Not bad.

Yesterday (Saturday) Amazon picked some titles to offer for free. Luckily, mine was one of them. Of course my sales skyrocketed. Blogs and forums picked it up and the next thing I knew I was on Amazon's list of 100 free ebook bestsellers. Today, I broke the top 50 peeking at #48. I'm outselling War and Peace. Wow, I couldn't be happier. And while these aren't technically sales, since the book is free (though I should get paid commission on them), it's a great opportunity to get my name out there.

So while I don't know how long it will last, I can officially say, I'm an Amazon Top 50 BestSelling Kindle Author!

Now if I can just find an agent, sign with a publisher, and get my book in hand, I'll feel like one!


  1. Major congratulations are due--this really shows how market-savvy you are, something that's going to be so important when you do get published!

  2. Great way to get your name out there!

    Tell you what, I'm going to download it right now. :)

  3. Thanks Jess and PV. I just found out last night that I'm getting paid commission on each download. I couldn't be happier!

  4. OMG Congrats, do you ever tell your secrets for marketing in a blog post?

  5. The only real secret was a good story and a lot of luck (at being selected by Amazon).

    Still, I might be able to put a post together on how to use shorts to build a platform; though I'm still no expert.

  6. Congratulations! YOu must be chuffed to bits Thanks for following my blog :O)