Today, I got the following letter from Amazon’s AuthorCentral service. It’s a great service that allows you to view data on all your books in a central location, including sales (as reported by BookScan, an important caveat). You can check for updated reviews, see if your visit to Kansas City last week resulted in a bump in sales there, and correct anything on the book’s listing that needs correction.
And now this:
Dear Author Central Member,
Today we have added a new feature, Amazon Author Rank,
the definitive list of best-selling authors on Amazon.com. This list makes it easy for readers to discover the best-selling authors on Amazon.com overall and within a selection of major genres.
Your Amazon Author Rank:
12953 in Teens
Amazon Author Rank is your rank based on the sales of all of your books on Amazon.com. Just like Amazon Best Sellers, it is updated hourly. The top 100 authors overall and the top 100 in selected genres will be displayed on Amazon.com. You can see your Amazon Author Rank trended over time in Author Central.
You can find your Amazon Author Rank in Author Central under the Rank tab. Historical rank data is available from September 28, 2012.
We’re always interested in feedback, so please let us know what you think.
The Author Central Team
P.S. You may have friends who are authors; feel free to pass this email along to them.
Amazon Author Rank is a feature available to all authors registered in Author Central.
First, let me point out that this is only an AMAZON author rank and only speaks to how well you sell ON AMAZON.
I tried to find this displayed somewhere and I’m not sure where it is. I think that when you search by category, there’s now an Author tab in the lefthand column, so you’ll show up on that list for whatever category you are searching. See the screenshot. I couldn’t get this to show up when I searched Children’s Books in any category.
I’m not sure I like this one. I know my books are ranked by how well each one sells, and that seems reasonable. And on some levels, maybe ranking an author’s overall performance isn’t all bad.
But, as authors, we know exactly where we stand in the pecking order. Try signing books at a national conference, where your line is, well, one person and next to you is Kate DiCamillo, who’s line is out the door and down the street. Oh, yes. Authors know exactly where we stand. Well, if we didn’t before–we sure will NOW!
As you see above, I am ranked 12953 in Teens. Curious, that I am in the Teens category, when most of my recent books are picture books. Who put me in that category? How can I change categories? Are children’s book authors ranked? I’ll look into that, for sure.
Of course, it’s all about selling books. It’s another category for people to search and get a recommendation (read these books by this author who is the Number 4 Author in teens!). And it might actually give back list from a Top 10 author a boost.
But there could be downsides:
Editor: What’s your Amazon Author Rank? We aren’t allowed to sign anyone ranked lower than 500.
Librarian: Oh, she’s just a 1200 Rank Author, so I don’t think kids will be interested in reading her books.
Will this be yet another way to kill the Mid-List Author?
Will you fight to climb the Author Rank ladder?
Will you evaluate all publicity on how it affects your Author Rank?
What do you think about being Ranked?
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