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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!

The Mother Load!

I have some exciting news zombie and horror fans!


James Melzer, author of the forthcoming Escape: The Zombie Chronicles Book 1, has one sweeeeeet promotion going on!

What is said promotion?

Well here’s the skinny:

1. The Mother Load is an eBook collection of never-before published stories from six great authors including Mur LaffertyS.G. BrowneDavid MoodyWayne SimmonsMatt Wallace, and Jeremy C. Shipp.
2. The only way folks can get their hands on this eBook collection is by preordering Escape at any of the following online retailers: Amazon (Print Edition)Amazon (Kindle Edition)Amazon UKAmazon, and Indigo Canada.
3. People must forward their purchase receipt to They in turn will receive a .zip file that contains The Mother Load anthology in .mobi, .epub and PDF formats for their eReaders within 24 hours.
4. The anthology also contains an excerpt of Escape so folks know what they have to look forward to.
5. Folks can learn more about Escape by visiting the link on Mr. Melzer’s website.

That’s it folks! Quite exciting!

I have read some of these stories and this is quite an amazing deal! James is a good friend of mine, and quite the talented writer, so I will personally vouch for Escape as well as The Mother Load.


So, the only question left is, why are you reading this stupid post instead of pre-ordering Escape?


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