Sunday, October 9, 2011

#ROW80 Checkin & the Amazon Sisters

Okay, I am on vacation with my children for the long holiday weekend. We're up in the Adirondack region of NY with my very awesome friend Kari from SC. Her family moved to NY last year, and my family moved to Connecticut last month. Between our two families, there are 6 children, aging 14, 11, 11, 6, 4, 2. Last night's highlight? The 2 year-old (mine) and the 4 year old, had tackled my 11-year-old to the floor. He asked the other 11-year-old for help (that's my friend's son who is my son's best friend) who deadpanned: "No. But I'll get the camera to take a picture." LOL

 So the kids are running amok, and I love watching them. We're going to church this morning and then taking the kids to pick apples and run around a corn maze. So this is my super positive thing about writing as a career. I can take my children on vacation, netbook in tow, and have 0 problems taking a break. :) If I was working outside of the home for my Mommy sanity, I would have to check with a boss for time off. Yuck.

I am getting clearer about my outline for PAST DUE. And I think there might even be a fourth book in the collection...APPROVED. LOL. But I need to get through PAST DUE first. Or, maybe SERVED is going to become PAST DUE. ;) But one bridge at a time. Sales, I have not been good and only checked at the end of the night. But that brings me to: THE AMAZON SISTER sites.

Amazon is actually four sites now.,, (German), and the brand new (french). When you go into the Kindle Direct Publishing interface, your sales are segregated by sister site. I know! I just discovered 2 sales this week on that I didn't even know about! When you click the link for month-to-date, prior six weeks' royalties, and prior months' royalties, there is a drop down box just above the results that you can change to see the results for the sister sites.

 Now, there's another aspect of the Amazon Sister Sites. This week, I received my FIRST UK review. It does not cross populate between and, or the other two. So, if you go to my listing, you can see I have one 4-star review from a very active reviewer who usually only like thrillers and crime novels. I am 100% over the moon that my book was enjoyed by someone who doesn't normally read romances! That is a great success in my book. On my listing, I have 12 Likes, 5 reviews, and multiple tags.

It is important to note, rankings, likes, tags, and reviews are individual to each country sister site. So, if you're wondering why you aren't selling in the UK, ask yourself, have you pursued any UK reviews? Are you sending people to tag and like BOTH listings?

I am also going to take a look at other books in my genre for those sites. There's a lot of room in that Product Description, perhaps I can emphasize that my story is about modern relationships in Washington, DC, the American capital city....

A robotics engineer asks his business partner to marry him, but a previous one-night stand is having his baby. CANCELLED is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords WIP: PAST DUE A nurse, crippled by debt, takes a part-time job in medical investigation only to find the man she's dating is a fraud!  (status: outlining)



  1. Interesting info, thanks for sharing!(I'm not published but would be glad to know about this if I was!)

  2. Outlining takes time, specially when you have idea for other sequence books ...

    Also, I heard Amazon will soon open in Brazil too. Expect a popping up in the near future ;)

    Keep it up!

  3. So awesome about your review! Congrats! I have a short book out on kindle that has no reviews yet. I'm just waiting for that bandage to be ripped off.

    Good job on outlining!

  4. Congrats on the review and enjoy the rest of your trip.

  5. My outlines start out so organized . . . and then go SPLAT and become a gawdsawful mess. Sounds as though you're much better at it than I am.

    Good luck this week!

  6. that was very interesting about amazon -must check it out - thanks for info. enjoy your hols. that is one of the + of Indie is that when other important things arise one can go with the flow
    all the best for this week

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