Want to be an Amazon bestseller? Of course you do–every author does. And we’re talking about the top five of all categories, not just some little niche like Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Animal Care & Pets > Dogs. (One of mine, so proud. Also currently Amazon #1 ranking for Sports > Extreme Sports.)
According to a recent study by Publishers Weekly, you need to sell approximately 300 print books on Amazon in a single day to crack the top 5 bestsellers (fun fact–Amazon guards their secret algorithm with the same staff that protects Google and the recipe for Coca Cola–jk).
How would this correspond to ebooks? Hmm, good question. Since Amazon sells roughly 20% more ebooks than print, my guess is you would need to sell about 360 Kindle books per day to crack the top 5 bestsellers. (Reminder, not talking about niche categories here, where the top 5 can be achieved with just a few to a few dozen sales per day.)
Of course, these are rough estimates based on cross-referencing other sites that use, er… rough estimates, but still a nice ballpark number to shoot for.
Next question–how on Earth does one sell 360 ebooks in a single day and maintain that? If I had the answer, this post would not have been written. Blogging, activity in social media and writing a book that readers recommend like crazy is a good place to start. How about that for an answer.
Here’s to your 15 minutes of fame, may it stretch waaaay beyond its expiration date.
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