Sometimes, you just need a good bitch session. There’s no two ways about it, sometimes you just have to get things off your chest. My rant: Amazon Bestseller slapped on the covers of books.
How does one decide that they are an Amazon bestseller? Is there a number you have to hit? Does it have to be in a specific time frame? Do you just have to grace the Top 100 in the Kindle Store (overall, not genre)?
One could say that I am an Amazon bestseller and several people have mentioned I should start slapping Amazon Bestselling Series on the Dreams covers. In four years and a few months, I have sold over 200,000 books on Amazon. (Wait, has it been four years? August 2012 to January 2016… Nope, 3 years, 4 months, 17 days)
I’ve had books in the elusive Top 100 before, some for multiple days. I am almost always ranked in the top 100 for specific genres (specifically in crime fiction/serial killers). Often, I have multiple books in this category.
I can live off my royalty checks. Does that count?
So, does that make me an Amazon bestseller? I don’t feel like one. I pretty much feel the same way whether my book is in that exclusive club of 100 or not. I get a little more excited and take pictures (mostly for comparisons later), but I still don’t feel like a bestseller.
Mostly, I feel like a writer. However, I know several authors are now slapping Amazon Bestseller on their book covers. Authors that I know have not made the Top 100 in the GIANT Kindle store, but have in genres. Or authors that reached #99 the day their book was free and they ran multiple adverts to boost it’s ranking. But it didn’t stay there all day, just a couple of hours.
Are they really bestsellers? From a marketing standpoint, I get it. Slapping Bestseller theoretically boosts sales (I have no real evidence that it does this). But isn’t it misleading? I mean, does that really make you a bestseller? Does it make the author a bestseller? Does it even make the book a bestseller?
So, how does one decide to slap that achievement on their books? And is it fair to real bestsellers or readers? I’m open to thoughts on this…