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.