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Sales Rank, Author Rank, Reviews, and a Free Book

Sales Rank, Author Rank, Reviews, and a Free Book

Now, I’m not going to pretend to know much about all this ranking and review business on Amazon for authors because…really… I’m still in the dark. So if you are reading this to learn all the in’s and out’s of Amazon Ranking, you are at the wrong party. Turn around and back out now before you’re so deep into this article you can’t turn back! Or stay…there’s a surprise at the end!

I’ve read numerous articles about each subject, researched through Createspace and Amazon, and have questioned Google to death. But I’m no more in the loop on my rankings going up and down like a roller coaster  or when, where, or why that even happens. Still, I’m not at the head of the class but I think I’m ahead of the game!

Up-Down, Up-Down

Up-Down, Up-Down

I need people talk, not technical phrases that are beyond my comprehension – phrases I can’t even write down because they scooted by fast and have left the building. Charts help such as the ones you can find on your Amazon Author Central page if you are an author. Your published books, sales info charts for sales rank and author rank, and a list of whether your sales are up or down, as charted with red or green arrows and a number figure, are all a click away.  Don’t dwell on it though, because it will consume your day…and night.

I know...It doesn't make sense does it?

I know…It doesn’t make sense does it?

If you are only a reader, you can visit my Author Central page and follow to keep up with me, though I’m not sure what following actually entails as alerts or notifications go. You will find all my published books listed, a short personal biography, and a list of where you can find me on social media. For some reason, Coffee-Drunk Or Blind’s Kindle and paperback volumes have not linked yet. I’m thinking it’s because my subtitle is not listed on the Kindle version so it shows up as a different book. I’m going to fix that – as soon as I figure out how.

I need to work on this!

I need to work on this!

The subject of reviews is very diversified. Some sites say NO! Reviews do not count in your sales or author ranks. Others say YES! Reviews can help your sales rank greatly. I’ve read often that if you have fifty reviews on a book, your book is placed more favorably in Amazon searches. Now, I doubt there is no magic number that will place Coffee-Drunk Or Blind in top searches on Amazon. Hard work, a well-written book, excessive marketing and promoting, with the help of sharing details on social media from others , and excellent sales will probable do the deed far better than fifty reviews.

But…(me in a whiny voice) “I love reviews. They lift my spirits and make me want to write more…more…more…and better…better…better! Reviews make me happy!”

5 stars across the board!

5 stars across the board!

I’m not one to preach leave a review. I have posted “Don’t forget to leave a review” a few times on social media and coerced a few readers to please leave a review. I’ll admit I’m one of the worse book reviewers. I always have it on my mind to leave a review for the last book I read, especially if it’s a great one. I’ve often posted a link for my best reads on my author Facebook page. But I don’t always make it to Amazon to leave a review. “Sorry. I’m going to try to do better.”

Leaving reviews on Amazon don’t have to take a lot of your time. You don’t have to write a dissertation when leaving a review. Reviews can be only a few little words, such as, I LIKE IT! Or, I DON’T LIKE IT! Lets hope the latter is not the norm.

I did find out this little tidbit of news I never knew about. On your Author Central Page there is a tab for all your reviews received and you can actually comment and connect with the reviewer! Never knew that. Some days it actually pays to research. I’m going to take advantage of this, so if you have read and you leave me a review I might just comment back.

So you’ve found out what all I don’t know and a little of what I do know in this article. Now let’s make it fun because, like it or not, I do like those reviews whether they help my sales rank or not and I’m anxious to see some reviews from real people. Family and friends, or friends of friends, are great reviewers, but they maybe aren’t 100% honest all the time. “I hope they were.” After all, CDB is a non-fiction book I knew would appeal to my family because it included them. Strangers may not want to delve into other people’s private letters and journals. “Give me a break – I know I would! Who wouldn’t?”

I’m offering 5 free Kindle copies of Coffee-Drunk or Blind 

in exchange for your honest review on Amazon.

Yes, sorry, there is a catch, but just a little one. If you haven’t gotten your copy of Coffee-Drunk Or Blind yet, and you want one, here’s your chance to score a free copy. The first 5 people to comment below, “I want one!”,  will be on my list.

EDIT : Sorry for the mix up, but if you don’t have a WordPress account and comment on this, you may not see my comment back to you if you won a free book. Please go to my Elle Knowles Facebook page and comment on this post on FB. And while you are there LIKE the page! You might as well, you are already there! 😉

Please share on your social media sites. If there is a deluge of responses I may give away another 5 copies!

Have a wonderful New Year!

~Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

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  1. I think I’m #6, beyond the limits of the initial offer. And that’s okay, I currently have three books in progress as it is. Alaska by James Michener is the current tome/tomb(?). Scored it for free on a GoodReads offer. Enough folks snagged it for free that it re-opened on the WSJ weekly book report at #2. FMI – read more about it over on the MaineForestCafe.com (self promotion alert).

    So thats my pitch and avoidance of getting other stuff done. Time to go to work. Good Luck with your reading & writing in 2017

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    • Actually you are #4 in the que do if you want a copy please email me your kindle email address to knowles.elle@gmail.com and also authorize my address in your personal settings of your kindle account so I can send the document. On another note – I really need to get my GoodReads account together. It’s Greek to me for some reason! I’ll look up Alaska by JM. ~Elle

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  2. Writing and learning is a life long journey. How boring it may become once you’ve learned all the tricks of this technical trade!
    Congratulations on your 5 star review, I can only imagine how awesome it must feel!!

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  3. I want one!

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    • Hey Amy! Congrats! One has your name on it! Please send me an email from your personal email to knowles.elle@gmail.com and include your kindle email address so I can send your copy to that. I’ll enclose directions on how to retrieve your copy when I reply. So hope you enjoy this story! ~Elle

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  4. I would like one, I”m not going to say “I want”, because granny used to say “I want’s don’t get” Yet, pretty please, maybe? Tp learn all about that time homesteading in Alaska. Cheers Jamie

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    • You are on my list Jamie! I need you to email me from your personal email to knowles.elle@gmail.com with this info – Your kindle email address. You can find it under settings>personal document settings.
      I’ll explain how to get your book when I answer your email. Thanks! Hope you enjoy! ~Elle

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