I watched with a mixture of amusement and pathos as a Christian author
conducted an Amazon blitz. Don’t know what an Amazon blitz is? It’s one
of those games people play to simulate, and hopefully stimulate,
The rules of the Amazon blitz
game are thus: Conduct a synchronized book launch on multiple
Websites/blogs, perhaps offer some prizes for people who register, and
then monitor the Amazon rankings throughout the day and record the
highest rankings. If the author sells a dozen or so books that day, he
or she will hit the top twenty-five for his or her particular
genre—something like #10 in the category: Christian/Christian
Fiction/Young Adult/Fantasy/Allegories/Plots with Protagonist Named
Ebeneezer —the author can then somewhat truthfully add the phrase Best
Selling Author to his or her email signature, biographies,
and anywhere else the public’s attention can be grabbed. The very next
day the rankings will slide quickly, and within a week, the author can
be ranked at the half-million spot if no additional copies are sold.
You see the success was just a smoke and mirrors thing with no real
substance. Just what the world thrives on.
This is Amazon’s fault. Their
ranking system is short-termed and shortsighted. This allows authors to
play a trick on their own minds to convince themselves that selling a
dozen books in one day confers upon them the status of best-selling
author. Mark Twain made a hilarious comment in A Connecticut
Yankee in King Arthur’s Courtthat it was impossible to throw
a rock without hitting someone of royalty. It appears that we now have
that issue with so-called best-selling authors. Be careful not to hurl
any stones. Anyway, perhaps Amazon was “dumb like a fox.” The book
blitzes might convince people to buy books as a favor for friends or
family—books that they might not have purchased otherwise.
I can understand a secular
author playing this game, but I don’t understand why a Christian would
do it. I’ve repeated this concept ad nauseum: Our
goal should not be to win the praises of men but rather the praises of
God. This type of activity can only earn further scorn from those who
look down their noses at self-published authors. My advice to you is
quit playing the games of the world and look to God as your source and
your goal. Believe me, His ratings are much more important than
Do you like historical fiction?
I was a history major in college and grew up reading history books like
they were Hardy Boy Mysteries. My career change and subsequent
lifestyle as a workaholic took me away from that scene, but I’m moving
back in that direction. Our featured self-published author for this
month is Elaine Cooper. Her book, The Road to Deer Run,
appears to be right up my alley (cliché meaning something that I could
really dig, something that would float my boat, something I’d consider
groovy . . .).
in 1777, it is the story of a wounded British soldier and a colonial
farm woman whose destinies intertwine in the midst of the American
Revolution. Sick and dying, Lt. Daniel Lowe has given up on life and is
ready to die. But Mary Thomsen finds this
soldier, and her
Christian beliefs will not allow her to abandon him. They face numerous
obstacles of fear, illness, bitterness, and unforgiveness. But
spiritual transformation occurs in the various characters’ lives as the
truth of God’s touch not only brings healing to their bodies but their
souls as well.
captivating tale of love, honor, redemption, and patriotism . . .
Cooper breathes life into her characters and their world in an
entertaining way with generous details and facts learned through her
research of this historically important period.” —Wanda Ventling,
Editor in Chief, Life: Beautiful magazine
“With subplots as appealing
as the main story, the book is well researched, well written, and well
worth the purchase price. Ready for the sequel.” —Kirkus Discoveries
The Road to Deer Run
Book Trailer can be viewed at Elaine’s Website at http://DeerRunBooks.com.
You can also order the book there or at major Internet outlets such as
Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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intervals, perhaps Virtual University is for you. Check out their list
of online courses, which include many on writing fiction and movie
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