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Wall Street Journal article, which features our very own Rick Frishman

Wall Street Journal article featuring Rick Frishman

Here's an article from today's Wall Street Journal on the creating bestsellers at using some "promotional tricks." John also talks about this in his book, in Chapter 12 (right?).

Just this week, I've gotten emails of this nature from one specific publishing house for three of their authors. All of them offer gifts with purchase--"gifts" of email newsletter opt-ins, and other tools that if I wanted to dig a little, I'd find free anyway. And they are, for the most part, the same gifts. This is just my opinion, but before long, consumers are going to be annoyed.

So, at what point does the bestseller program cease to be effective now that a number of authors/publishers are doing it--and some at the same time?

In my experience, authors embrace and assign a lot of value to their sales ranking, not fully understanding the algorithm and how volatile it can be--just five sales a day can drive your ranking way up, and like the article says, a day without a sale can drive you down to 50,000. Or lower.

Repeat after me: you are not your Amazon sales ranking.

The article does mention two other tools used to monitor sales rankings--I use it as a measure of the effectiveness of my publicity efforts, and often see corollaries between major placements and sales of a specific title.

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Comment by Ariadne Green on March 23, 2007 at 10:23am
I often wondered what it says about your book if you have to give away 5 or more free gifts from other authors to sell one of your books. Frankly, after reading a few of those promotional emails, I was annoyed.

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