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Making or Breaking Ranks

Posted by April W Gardner on November 9, 2011

Today is a special, yet odd, day. Warring Spirits, the long awaited sequel to my debut novel, Wounded Spirits, is now available on Amazon. Yay!

That’s the special part.

The odd part is that it’s already #35 in the category Inspirational Historical Fiction. How many copies had to sell to get that number? Well, I bought a copy. LOL. Besides that, I have no idea.

What does that tell us about ranking? It tells us that labeling can make or break a Best Seller status.

Yesterday, within a few minutes of stumbling across my book on Amazon (it wasn’t due to release for another 3 weeks), I had Author Central on the phone. Three minutes later, they were well on their way to setting up the labels according to my specifications, which were exactly how they listed for Wounded Spirits. I simply said, “Please copy the labels from my first book.”

Today, the adjustment was complete and appeared on Warring Spirits’ main page as this:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 Responses to “Making or Breaking Ranks”

  1. Thank you for the reminder about Amazon categories, April! And congrats on your super numbers already. Amazon has very friendly folk to help you with your categories, but honestly? Sometimes their categories are not exactly what you might request. All you can do is work a bit with them to get it narrowed down as much as possible, but they are apparently in the process of changing some of their categories. We’ll see if they got things changed the way I requested in a couple of days!

  2. April has a way of simplifying things so we can all understand. I am looking forward to helping her with her book launch on Amazon in a few weeks.

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