News of earth-shaking import to indie authors – Amazon has introduced the Amazon Author Ranking. I just googled “Amazon Author Ranking” and only got 46 results. So I thought I’d get a move-on and write a post about it now, even although I’m woefully under-informed on the subject, before it gets buried by a gazillion other authors’ posts (ooh, look at me, gaming the system!!).
But first, a few other online opinions –
I’m not going to speculate on how Amazon formulates the rankings. Well, I already have in my head, but I won’t go there in this blog; Amazon’s algorithms are esoteric and constantly shifting creations, deliberately designed that way to drive publishers and indie authors insane. And I will be watching with amusement as gazillions of authors try to figure out how best to work the system.
I’m not going to opine sniffily on how it’s all just a bunch of *insert your choice of disparaging profanity here* and we shouldn’t give the rankings a second thought. I am not going to tell you what my ranking is (if you’re not in the top 100, you can check on Amazon Author Central), nor am I going to give hourly updates on Facebook and Twitter on how my ranking is progressing, nor am I going to beg and plead on the afore-mentioned social networking sites for people to please buy my book, lest my ranking drop so low that I am tempted to commit suicide.
I am instead going to take a closer look at the Top 100 Most Popular Authors in Kindle eBook Horror as of this moment.
For these are My People. There are writers on this list who I know personally. Making it onto the top 100 of any Amazon list is a Big Thing, regardless of what the Amazon detractors might say, and I’m pleased to give them a virtual pat on the back and say, “Well done, you!” Although, if they’re on this list, they probably don’t need my encouragement…
Here’s a sampler.
I correspond with Scott at least four times a year when I email him the royalty statement for “Monster’s Ink”, his collection of short stories published by Dark Continents (only available in paperback – treebook devotees, take note).
#8. Jack Ketchum
I don’t really know Jack Ketchum. But we do share a ToC in Horror for Good, so I can at least claim two degrees of separation.
#25. T.W. Brown
I’m cheating a little here too. I’ve never corresponded with T.W. Brown either, but we do at least hang out together at all the same online parties.
#79. Michaelbrent Collings.
I “met” Michaelbrent through the Horror Writers’ Association. I strongly recommend his novel “Apparition”.
#87. John Prescott.
I’m not one of the cool kids. But at least when I’m working down the hallway, I can call out, “Hey, John!” and have one of the cool kids give me a vague wave back whilst wearing one of those should-I-know-you? expressions. I’m happy enough with that for now, until I can earn myself a spot at the cool kids’ table.