When you are a self-published author you wear many hats. I’m editor-in-chief so I decide what gets published. I’m the author so I write the content. I’m the advertising vice president so I decide how marketing gets done. I’m the PR director so I get the word out about what’s happening.
With all that in mind, I’m going to toot my own horn a little today since I’m the only one who can. I’ve recently had some good sales for The Bow of Destiny as I continue to work on An Arrow Against the Wind. I’ve had some nice days where I’ve found my ranks on Amazon were very good – like this one on 10/29:
or these rankings on 11/21:
That’s quite nice to see. But I got a little concerned about not showing up in the epic fantasy category anymore. However, this is actually because I’m higher ranked in another category at the moment – one of the two for Sword & Sorcery in the second screen shot. I did a little research and found that I was actually on the Top 100 for Epic Fantasy too, for a total of 4 lists.
But one thing that suddenly hit me was that I was hanging around with some major authors on that list – George R. R. Martin, R. A. Salvatore and Brandon Sanderson to name a several. In fact, I was outselling them in a few cases. Surprised, I took a look at the Sword and Sorcery categories and found the same thing (note that the screen shot of ranks is from earlier in the day while the screen shots from the top 100 are later in the day so things have changed a little bit).
Needless to say I was stunned to realize that my one little novel – my tiny little fish – was swimming upstream all on it’s own with the big fish. I don’t know how long these sales for The Bow of Destiny will last but it’s very encouraging while I continue to labor along with An Arrow Against the Wind. It’s all rather exciting and gives me a little hope that the release of the second book will see some sales out of the chute, maybe some solid pre-release sales too.
Here’s the Top 100 pages for Epic Fantasy as well as Sword and Sorcery for both e-books and all books:
In that last one, Sword of Storms from GOT was actually behind The Bow of Destiny. It’s good to understand where you are and with whom you are competing. However, it’s just little ole me, no publisher, no PR, no real advertising budget and certainly not a strong list of other books to support my sales in any way. It’s just one book from a first-time, unknown author, just hanging around with the big fish. That’s all for tooting my own horn. Anyone that needs to toot their own horn, please do so in the comments, I’d love to hear about your successes!
P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.