My publisher explained the rating system.

Recently my publisher explained the book rating system to me. She pointed out my first book has climbed from way down in the 3 million rank in December up to the 16,000th rank position in paranormal romance by January and is steady climbing. I didn’t realize that was an astonishing accomplishment until she explained how the system worked. She explained that rarely does a book start out as a best seller. A book must climb the rating system which isn’t totally dictated by sales. Although,sales help make a best seller but they aren’t the only elements taken in consideration. Many books make the best seller in their genre without ever having been declared one in a broad literary spectrum.

She said it was stellar and quite unusually for a relatively unknown author to make it out of the bottom pile so quickly and begin to pull rank with those who has been publishing for years and have made the best seller’s list. Frankly, I didn’t know that.

She explained that the book clubs visits and signing was perhaps what pushed it so quickly. Meeting the fans face to face. That a successful book is not solely determined by dollar signs as the Nielsen rating determined it. It’s stamina or staying power is determined mainly by how long people talks about it and are interested in it. Whether readers remember your story years from now.

So those of you who are not seeing many sales right now, please do not let that determine if  your book is successful or not. When someone stop you on the streets or in a store and ask what will your character(s) do next? You have reached the success you sought when you first put the pen to the paper.

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About unholypursuit

A. White is a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly who has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga," which should be finished this year. She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book came from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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One Response to My publisher explained the rating system.

  1. Lesile Hines says:

    That’s true. A book can climb to the best seller’s list in a particular genre without ever becoming a best seller in a traditional sense. Most books do.18.03.2017, 06:35, “The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Trail” <comment-reply@wordpress.com>:

    unholypursuit posted: “Recently my publisher explained the book rating system to me. She pointed out my first book has climbed from way down in the 3 million rank in December up to the 16,000th rank position in paranormal romance by January and is steady climbing. I didn’t real”

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