My book isn't even out yet and already I'm checking my sales rank on Amazon. From what I understand authors obsessively check the stats when their books come out, so I'm probably due for a miserable fall.
I have no idea how they work or what they mean. But I was surprised to find that I was ranked 297,305th, right between the unabridged audiobook of The Courtship by Catherine Coulter and the Microsoft Reader download of Collared & Leashed, A Novel of Female Domination by Chris Bellows.
Which would seem pretty dismal, except the last time I checked a week or so ago I was languishing somwhere in the 750,000th place range. So I've suddenly jumped about a half million places.
What could this mean? Did a relative of mine stealthily order a bunch of copies? Or does the sale of one or two books catapult one astronomically up the ranks?
The good news:
I am now the undisputed leader of the Joe Millers.