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Monday, October 11, 2010

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First Time in the Rodeo

So my book got listed on Amazon some time last week, and that was pretty exciting:


When I went back to look at it on Friday night, I scrolled down and saw that it was ranked #66 in Parenting Humor books. Ahead of books that were already published, by famous people, with actual cover designs, and everything. Crazy, I know.

I checked several hours later, and it had gone up to #55. At this rate, I would be in the top 20 by Saturday morning. I woke up, and raced to the computer, eager to accept my new status as "beloved family humorist." Roll over, Erma Bombeck.

(Who probably did, God rest her soul.)

I scrolled down to the Product Details, and alas, it was all over. A rating in the hundreds of thousands for popularity overall, and not even ranked in Parenting Humor titles. I clicked backwards through the listings, wondering how far into obscurity I had fallen. Far enough to soon get tired of clicking past my betters. Dang.

I had flown too close to the sun.

Then this morning, it was back up, to #55 in its category, and was in the top 60,000 of all books on Amazon. By lunch, it was down again, out of the top 100,000 and ranked #79 for Parenting Humor.


What I've decided is that the Amazon rankings are twitchier than a polygraph and nowhere near as truthy. And however high or low the numbers on the bottom of the page may get, what's most thrilling to me are three little words up top.




Blogger Newfie_girl said...

3 very important words indeed! Congratulations! I can't wait to read it.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Kelli said...

Congrats! I'm a wannabe author myself. I can't imagine the joy and utter amazement of seeing my name listed on amazon.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Alex said...


5:25 PM  
Blogger Kate The Great said...

It's added to my wishlist. Even though those stats prove to be unreliable, I want to read it. I could for several of those Important People, right? Because I'm your faithful reader?

I wish I could do doe eyes better.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Cid said...

Went straight to Amazon and was bitterly disappointed that it's not actually out until the spring and not even listed on the Canadian site yet. But congrats all the same.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

love this! can't wait to read it but wait we must!

10:16 PM  

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