Tuesday, September 11, 2012

When are you Considered a Best-Selling Author?

It's a legitimate question. I have been published since May 2011. I was lucky my first release TIMELESS HEART (Evernight Pub) did fairly well, even cracked the top 100 in a category at Amazon.com.

Have I done it since? Nope.

So with one release under my belt, I didn't feel I had the gravitas to go around and brag I was a best-selling author. To me at that time, best-selling meant making those big boy lists, like the New York Times and USA Today.

Besides, I cracked the top 100 on Amazon for little more than 36 hours, if that. Didn't seem like a long enough time to brag. So I didn't.

A few releases later, I visited a fellow author's blog and I saw she had all her books listed and the achievements listed directly under it. So I did the same. Check HERE under MY BOOKS. (I made the publisher best seller graphics myself!)

Once I started listing them, I realized every single one of my releases reached some sort of best-selling list. Whether it was at the publisher's website or third party site, or category lists within those sites, I really did have best sellers.

Now, does this mean I sold a ton of ebooks? Nope. Some of these lists you really don't have to sell a lot to get on. Especially if your book falls under a lesser known sub-genre. Getting a silver star at ARe (All Romance) is easier to get in Romantic Suspense than in the huge, honking Contemporary category.  Does that lessen the thrill of getting one of these stars slapped on your forehead? Hell no! Brag!

I know I got silver stars on two of my paranormals (Blackthorne Clan, Evernight Pub) at ARe because they were in the Suspense category. I am kind of proud of the Timeless Heart one. It took a year to get and I had to sell a lot more to get it.

My latest release, My Vampire Cover Model, (Decadent Pub) hit the top 30 for MF at Bookstrand. First time I ever did that. It was on the list for over three weeks and reached #12.

It has taken me 16 months to get to that place in my head where I feel comfortable enough to call myself 'a best-selling author'. Some never feel comfortable, others embrace it after one book hitting any best-selling list. Everyone is different. Were you on a list? Even if it was a few hours or a few days or weeks, blow your own horn! Display it at your site!

Hey, Ma! I'm a best-selling author! ;D


  1. Great idea! I've been wondering about that question myself. And the reality is that you wrote a book and people enjoyed it. Regardless of how many other books are in that genre yours was still one of the best so yes, it matters and be proud of it :).

    1. Exactly Caitlin! Doesn't matter how many books sold or how long on the list, the fact is—you have a best-seller! It ALL matters, cheers for stopping by!

  2. You are all ready a Best Selling Author to us girl!! Don[r ever under estimate yourself!!!

  3. Yes, now embrace it and change that banner ;)

    1. LOL! Chacelyn, wish I knew how. I changed it on facebook though! :) Cheers for stopping by!

  4. Great Post! I'm new to this whole game, and I've wondered about this as well. Embrace your best-selling status :)

    1. Exactly Laurel! Embrace it! No matter where it comes from. Thanks so much for re-tweeting and stopping by!


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