Friday, October 18, 2013

Lyon's Legacy--A Bestseller!

As I've mentioned before on this blog, Lyon's Legacy is on sale on Amazon for $0.99 this month. If you're going to have a sale, you need to promote it. I therefore bought a couple of ads in BookGorilla, Kindle Books and Tips, and Kindle Nation Daily. The ads aren't cheap, but as my dad pointed out, I can write them off on my taxes as business expenses. This isn't my first time running ads for my books, and while they do move books, so far I haven't made a profit from them. So I wasn't sure what to expect today. When I checked my sales at noon, I'd sold a few books, but my sales rank hadn't changed. However, later on, this is what I saw on Amazon:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#79 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

#79 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel

As it was my first time in a paid best seller list, I was excited. "Letters to Psyche" did rank higher in its category (I think it had something to do with Myths and Legends), but that was when it was free through KDP Select.

Of course, since then I've been constantly checking my stats. Although Lyon's Legacy fell off the overall Science Fiction list, it continued to rise on the Time Travel list, climbing to #44. Here's what I saw around 10:00 last night:

Here's a close-up:

This morning, I'm up to #10 in time travel. Who knows what will happen today with the Kindle Nation Daily ad? 

Admittedly, it doesn't always take a lot of sales to make it to a best seller list, especially in a subcategory. I'm sure Lyon's Legacy will fall off the charts again when the promotions are over. But it's still exciting, and hopefully some of these readers will go on to read Twinned Universes and my other stories too. 

Of course, this celebration calls for a Beatles video:

 Enjoy your weekend, everyone, and see you Monday!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Feels good to hit the best seller list, doesn't it?

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Alex! I still can't believe it.

Maria Zannini said...

That's fantastic!!

Well done.

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Maria!

Pat Dilloway said...

All those little subcategories on Amazon are fun. Chance of a Lifetime has been in the top 10 for free paranormal suspense books for months. Using the standards of my one publisher that means it's a bestseller! A little deceptive but really it's not much different than all those "New York Times Bestsellers" that probably came in 200th for like a week before dropping off.

Sandra Almazan said...

Pat, I downloaded Chance of a Lifetime today; thanks for the reminder!

Andrew Leon said...

So what actually qualifies something as "best seller"? Just being on one of the top 100 lists? Is it some subjective thing or is there an actual, quantifiable definition?

Because I've had stuff on top 100 paid lists, but it feels like cheating to say I'm a best seller.

Andrew Leon said...

and subscribing

J.L. Campbell said...

Well done, Sandra. I hope the exposure helps to keep your book trending upward.

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