The DEAD MECH Kindle Rush round-up!

Howdy, folks!
I’m sure some of you will be disappointed to hear that there’s no Friday Night Drabble Party tonight. Sorry. My brain is fried after this week and I needed to put all creative energies into re-writes on my YA novel so my wonderful agent can get to shopping it!

So, instead of The Party, I’m going to give you a round-up of the results of my DEAD MECH Kindle chart rush on March 1st. This may bore those that aren’t into industry info. If you are bored by this then click HERE.

For the rest of you, here is just a quick recap and some of my thoughts on the process.

First, let me say THANK YOU to all the friends, colleagues and family that helped spread the word! I am eternally grateful, and if you know me at all, you know I’m loyal to a fault and I’ll make sure I pay you back in kind someday! You guys rock!

So, the highest point I hit in the US Amazon charts was:

US Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,260 Paid in Kindle Store, #44 in Kindle StoreKindle eBooksFictionHorror, #46 in BooksLiterature & FictionGenre FictionHorror

That #46 in Horror means ALL books that day, print and ebook. That’s pretty cool. I ended up ahead of a few Stephen King books for the day, which is nice!

The highest point for the UK Amazon charts was:

UK Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #855 Paid in Kindle Store, #6 in BooksScience FictionMilitary, #21 in BooksHorror, #43 in Kindle StoreKindle eBooksScience Fiction

That’s pretty freakin’ cool! Top 10 in Military SciFi! Top 25 in Horror! Once again, that’s for all books! Gotta love it.

I know some of you are wondering what those numbers mean in terms of sales. Well, in the US I sold 63 copies of DEAD MECH and 10 copies in the UK. Those aren’t huge numbers in the Kindle sales world, but for a one day rush total they’re pretty good. Got me up the charts, right?

The best part of getting up the charts is it gives my books visibility. I also ended up selling 7 copies of Bethany And The Zombie Jesus, my short story collection. I have since sold at least one DEAD Mech and one Bethany each day. That’s pretty nice.

What else does climbing the charts do? It shows foreign publishers that my work can sell, especially with hard numbers for the UK. This helps my agent shop these titles, and other titles.

You see what’s going on here? It’s about way more than just selling some books, it’s about building the proverbial platform. And, yes, I think by now there’s a proverb out there about the writer’s platform. It probably involves a monkey flinging poo.

Other than all that, there really isn’t more to say. It’s a pretty straight forward process selling ebooks. There’s a ton of promotion, there’s making sure the content is ready and then there’s the all day pimping and updates. The trick is making sure the content you do provide is professional quality: cover, editing, presentation, etc.

Will I do  a chart rush again? Hell yes! It was a lot of fun and, as I’ve said on Twitter, watching the charts is more fun than playing poker! I highly advise you try it if you have a novel to sell in the Kindle store.

Okay, that’s enough of my ramblin’ today. I’ll make sure to post two drabbles next week to make up for the missing one this week. Only fair, right?

Hope some of this info helped. If not at least I provided a link to the Sheen Family Circus! That’s worth something! If you have any questions about the whole experience, please let me know. I’m more than glad to talk about me!😉

Cheers Y’all!

Oh, and if you didn’t get your copy of DEAD MECH, or Bethany And The Zombie Jesus, yet then click the BUY THE FICTION page at the top and get to it!

Posted on March 4, 2011, in What's Up.... and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m not sure what was more fun: participating, or watching you spazz out over the results!🙂

    Nicely done, sir.


  2. Nice to see UK Wastelanders doin their bit! It was a fun day 🙂

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