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On Becoming an Amazon Bestseller

screenshot showing orange bestseller flag on Best Murder in ShowThere are worse ways for a writer to start the week than discovering that overnight one of your books has been awarded the coveted orange “bestseller” flag on the Amazon store serving your home turf (UK in my case).

I admit I’m chuffed, even though I know the flag will disappear as soon as another book knocks it off the top spot. And that’s just as it should be. If every Amazon bestseller flag remained in place for ever, the system would lose its value – and authors would become complacent and vain.

What This Means

To be clear, the bestseller flag doesn’t mean it’s top of the whole Amazon UK ebook chart, but top of a particular category. In this case, Best Murder in Show is currently #1 in the “cozy culinary mystery” list. Over the weekend, it also hit #2 in the “cozy crafts and hobbies mystery” class.

Both of these are sub-genres of the larger “cozy mystery” chart. All four Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries usually float about somewhere in the top 100 of that list in the UK Amazon store.

If the Category Fits…

With the Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries series featuring plenty of food and drink (a large part of the book is set in a tea room or the pub, with Hector’s hooch a popular feature) and hobbies (amateur dramatics, writing, dressmaking, gardening, etc), it’s a good fit for these two sub-genres.

illustration of bookshop and tea room
Hector’s House, the village bookshop and tea room where Sophie Sayers works (Illustration by Thomas Shepherd of http://www.shepline.com)

That’s a relief, as Amazon’s classifications can be a bit hit and miss, confusing readers and frustrating writers. A recent bestseller in “non-fiction dog-care” was a detective novel in which the heroine’s sidekick is canine. I hope she is an exemplary dog-owner.

What’s Next for Sophie Sayers?

But for now I must set aside such distractions and press on with this week’s writing priority: preparing for my proofreader the manuscript of Sophie’s fifth adventure, Springtime for Murder.

More news of Springtime for Murder will follow shortly, when I unveil its new cover and set it up for pre-order in the run up to its October launch.

You can buy Best Murder in Show in paperback or ebook online here

or order the paperback from your local bookshop quoting ISBN 978-1911223139.

6 thoughts on “On Becoming an Amazon Bestseller

  1. Hi Debbie, Congratulations on your well-deserved Amazon success. I have just started  your latest Sophie Sayers and am enjoying it very much. Are you interested in reviewing my newly released Fiji Islands Mysteries 2 (Death by Tradition)? If you are and have time, let me know if you would prefer e-book or paperback and I’ll organise it for you. all the best, Bernadette

    Author website: www.bmallsopp.com Bernadette Williamson 17 Moonbie St, Summer Hill, NSW 2130 (61-2) 9716 8824

    1. Hi Bernadette, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. So glad you are enjoying Sophie’s latest adventure! And yes please, I’d love to read “Death by Tradition” – I really enjoyed your first in series and have been looking forward to this second! Best wishes, Debbie

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