On Becoming an Amazon Bestseller

Debbie Young

screenshot showing orange bestseller flag on Best Murder in ShowThere are worse ways for a writer to start the week than discovering that overnight one of your books has been awarded the coveted orange “bestseller” flag on the Amazon store serving your home turf (UK in my case).

I admit I’m chuffed, even though I know the flag will disappear as soon as another book knocks it off the top spot. And that’s just as it should be. If every Amazon bestseller flag remained in place for ever, the system would lose its value – and authors would become complacent and vain.

What This Means

To be clear, the bestseller flag doesn’t mean it’s top of the whole Amazon UK ebook chart, but top of a particular category. In this case, Best Murder in Showis currently #1 in the “cozy culinary mystery” list. Over the weekend, it also hit #2 in the “cozy crafts…

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