The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon

I found this nifty blog post over at Sound Bites With Tycobbsteeth. It’s very informative and has lots of helpful hints if you’re new to blogging or even if you’re not! I fixed up a few things on my blog and learnt how to pre-schedule posts. Pretty cool!

Disjointed Jottings by Robert Smith (A.K.A. TyCobbsTeeth)

1. Your Amazon ranking has nothing to do with sales. Although many authors are obsessed with it and like to send out mass e-mails to friends and family when the number drops, unfortunately, all your ranking means is that people are looking at your page. While it might be argued that sales will inevitably rise due to more page views, the direct connection between ranking and actual sales is zero. It’s not that your ranking is meaningless; it just doesn’t mean your book is on its way to bestseller status.

2. Amazon employs scarcity tactics to get readers to buy books, and the impact on authors is that they think their books are constantly out of stock when they’re not! If you see something on Amazon that reads–“Only 3 left in stock – order soon”–fear not. It’s not true. It’s possible, of…

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