Somehow, I keep ending up in conversations about Amazon rankings. I know my recent breaking into the teens opened me up to this. I was #16 on the Sword & Sorcery list for an hour. Then #18 again for another hour. I’m back in the #30s only 2 days later and the book is still selling at the same rate. Shows how fickle things are at least with the Fantasy Genre, which is what brings me to the real point of this post:
If you spend more time trying to crack the Amazon Ranking algorithm than writing your next book or promoting your current book then you have a problem.
I see it everywhere and I’m tired of the conversation because I’ve accepted that I have no idea how it works. Honestly, I’ve gotten more joy and success as an author by writing my stories than analyzing the data. All I know is that I did something right to get up there and I’ve seen other people do the same with different tactics. There’s no magic behind it and you hurt yourself by obsessing over the details. Seriously, you would benefit more by promoting and writing than investigating the inner works of Amazon. I’m sure many will disagree with me, but if it was possible to find a foolproof way to #1 in any genre then somebody would have figured it out by now.
Call me an idiot if you want, but I’m an idiot who is done stressing over the rankings. I’ll be openly excited if I come close to a high rank and give reports to show I’m succeeding. I still feel like sharing my good fortune with everyone who supports me. Yet, I’ve seen my writing suffer a bit this week while I was watching Family of the Tri-Rune bounce around the lists. Maybe it’s time for me to grow up in that respect and say that it’s just a number and I’ll do my best to excel. Just not at the cost of my future books.