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Sales Ranking Chart

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Visible_promotion_postHere’s an interesting chart I ran across in David Gaughran’s book, “Let’s Get Visible.” If you haven’t read his book, I highly recommend it.  The chart serves as a guideline for estimating how many sales are required for an eBook to make it on the Best Seller List in the Amazon US store.


Rank to Sales Estimator

#1 to #5 = 3,500+ books a day (sometimes a lot more)

#5 to #10 = 2,000 to 3,500 per day

#10 to #20 = 1,100 to 2,000

#20 to #65 = 850-1,100

#80 = 850

#90 = 750

#275 = 325

#500 = 200

#1000 = 100

#2000 = 50-55

#3000 = 40-45

#4000 = 30

#5000 = 20-25

#7500 = 16

#12000 = 10

#25000 = 5

#32000 = 3

#42500 = 2

#70000 to #100,0000 = 1

#1000,000+ = less than 1 per day

Amazon Help: Author Page

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choral_promotion_postAre you letting Amazon help you sell more of your books? The Author Page is a great way for your readers to find out more about you, including pictures, bibliography, videos, book signings, and more. Read more

Sell more eBooks on Amazon

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Sell more eBooks on Amazon.

Do you need promotion and marketing help?

You’ve spent hours creating your story, now it’s time to make sure the millions of people who visit Amazon every day can find it. I’ll help you with the complicated and frustrating process of increasing your online visibility. Read more

Byteful Travel Blog Carnival #20

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Byteful Travel Blog Carnival #20 – 2013 September

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Hello and welcome to the Byteful Travel Blog Carnival. I’d like to thank Andrew at Byteful Travel for allowing me to host another edition of the carnival. I’ve been a big fan and have always enjoyed participating in them. If you’re new to blog carnivals, they’re a smart way to discover new writers that you wouldn’t normally come across.

If one of your articles is in this month’s edition, be sure to share it with your social media. Tweeting, Stumbling, or Liking this will help spread the word and multiplies the reach of this blog carnival, which in turn helps more people discover your article and site.

So, let’s get started, here’s the 20th edition of the carnival!

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Invasion of Privacy

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Invasion of Privacy

and Other Short Stories

Now available on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and SmashWords

Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories by Jim Liston

Invasion of Privacy and Other Short Stories is a collection of ten stories by Jim Liston.

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Eight Tips for Better Writing

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  1. Write Often
    Something that has really helped me with my writing is a tip by Stephen King in his book “On Writing,” which I highly recommend. He suggests setting a goal to write 1,000 words every day. Sometimes it isn’t possible for me to make it to 1,000 words and sometimes I go over the mark, but I think it’s made a huge difference in my writing. Read more

Invasion Of Privacy

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I haven’t posted a story in quite a while. I’ve been working on a short story I’ll be publishing on Amazon in June. It’s called “Invasion Of Privacy.”

Here’s an excerpt from it. I hope you like it. Read more

White Swans Blog Tour

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Today I’d like you to meet Annamaria Bazzi.  She’s written a new story called:

White Swans

Left an orphan, Kendíka cries herself to sleep and startles awake in a Regency castle. Terror consumes her, and she attempts to escape only to discover the new world is her prison. Having no choice, she attends a ball given by her guardian, Lord Deverow, to introduce her into society. He admonishes her to follow the rules and promises to protect her from the wrath of the strange, hazy set of eyes spying on everything. But when she ignores his warning, Kendíka learns firsthand what it means to be disobedient.
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Book Review of “Over The Rim” by Ripley Patton

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Book review of Over the Rim by Ripley Patton
    Over the Rim by Ripley Patton is a YA Fantasy Novella first published in 2009 in Andromedia Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue #42.  Nominated and short-listed for the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novelette/Novella 2010.  Read more

The Doctor’s Flea Circus

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The Doctor's Flea Circus

“Mrs. Gaylon, I’m afraid that I have some bad news for you.”

Doesn’t he know that there’s a fly on his glasses?  It’s just sitting there, even when he moves his head around. Read more