I’m adopting my Riga persona to write this…
Alchemy #7 and Shaman’s Drum #10 in Pagan Dark Fantasy on Amazon.com
Shaman’s Drum #4 and Alchemy #12 on Amazon.uk
Both in Top 30 in Canada
Why is this important? Change the question. IS it important?
I ask because I had a very unfortunate debate with a dear friend about the subject which ended up in her blocking me. She said that the ratings were all smoke and mirrors and I can see her point. If one invents a category so exclusive that your own book is bound to be Number One then it’s a fairly pointless exercise. Sadly, we didn’t get around to having the following discussion before her huff arrived.
When there are enough books listed in the category as to make it viable, then it IS a worthwhile exercise. Some readers like particular genres. They have their tastes and they like to stay within their comfort zone.
Just suppose a few readers like my kind of stuff and notice that both of mine are high up in the rankings…they might just go and look. Who knows? They might even buy them!
No, I don’t condone becoming the FB or Twitter bore, endlessly banging on with the self-publicity because if you blow your own trumpet enough you deafen people to your message. And YES I do get a personal kick out of thinking that the work I laboured over for long, hard hours and for which my editor spent time and effort helping me polish, is appreciated.
Now that Amazon have relaxed their regulations on how many genres in which a book can appear, this is gold! My own defy pigeon-holing because they cover such diverse subjects as ecology, terrorism, religion, paganism and huge dollops of adventure and romance. Yes, we did have a hard time fitting them in somewhere before.
Please do forgive me if I have a quick tootle. I feel that both Crooked Cat and I have earned it.