Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quick mid-blitz Stats and Links

Hello friends!

Since we're mid-way through the blitz, I thought I'd give an honest share where The Magi is in terms of sales and reviews.

Reviews:  The reviews I've been getting have been GREAT!  The three places to look are Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble for the reviews.  Click on the icons below to see the reviews page of The Magi.  (B&N is not included below because while there are 3 ratings...all 5-star...there are no reviews yet) 


At Amazon, The Magi is averaging 4.93 stars out of 5.  On Goodreads, it's averaging 4.86 stars out of 5.  Woohoo!  It may literally be one 5-star review away on Amazon to get on their "highest-rated" list.  (Those lists update daily, so whenever it updates, it may be up...check Amazon tomorrow).  I've been seeing books with less reviews and less star averages that are on the list, so either The Magi will be up tomorrow, or their algorithm is odd.      

SALES:  If you're a nerd like me, it's fascinating how the "Bestseller" list works. 

Right now, the Magi is sitting around a #15,000 rank, which is a little down from earlier today, but up from yesterday.  Each copy sold sees a significant spike in the rankings (especially in the morning). 

The first Bestseller list I'm trying to get on is the Children's Fantasy/Magic list.  Currently at #100 (the last place) is a book that is sitting at rank #3,500 or so.  That may literally be 5 copies of The Magi away from making the list.  Then again, in order to maintain position in striking distance of the TOP 100, The Magi has to sell enough sporatic copies throughout the day (no spike necessary).  Fascinating!  So, if you're wondering what you can do, it seems that just buying the book at your convenience is best.  If it spikes, it spikes.  If not, you're helping the base sales keep in striking distance of the TOP 100 so if there is a spike, The Magi will crack in.  And if it cracks in, the publicity is HUGE!  Wow, that was confusing. 

So a big thank you to all who have helped mid week.  Remember to keep plugging away if you feel so inclined.  I've been so grateful for such wonderful friends and family that have worked to make The Magi successful.  I love you all!


Update:  As of the morning of November 17, The Magi has hit two bestseller's lists. has The Magi sitting at #99 in the Children's Action Adventure category.  Smashwords has The Magi currently at #94 in the bestseller's rankings.  Thank you all!


  1. Here's fingers crossed for tomorrow! Not that you need them:)

  2. We love you too. Keep writing.

  3. I was discussing your book with a friend and she wanted to know if it was OK for her granddaughter. Since I haven't finished reading it yet, I thought I'd ask you - is the book OK for a 10 year old?

  4. Oh yeah! Regarding appropriateness, I am having it reviewed by The Literate Mom, which is a blog that reviews books for child/family appropriateness. Check back for their assessment, but for mine, there are no swear words, no sexual content, and mild fantasy violence.

    Before it came out, I had a 10-year-old read it (he was my first reviewer and I am waiting on his written review to share), and he loved it and said it was easy to understand. I hope that answers your question Blue Bird.