Let’s Rant


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…

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  1. I really have no idea what would be used – and to be honest i feel the same way about the “USA Today” and “NY Times” best sellers lists because the stats used for those books are not well explained either –

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