How Does Sales Rank Work?



Amazon assigns a sales rank to every product that has sold at least one time.

The lower the number, the better the product is selling.

For example, a sales rank of 2500 is better than a sales rank of 375,000.

The product that sells the best in its category has a sales rank of 1.


Amazon has different ranks for different types of products.

Books are ranked independently from sports equipment and video games, for example.

For a given type of product, there are also category ranks.

For example, a few Books categories include Romance, Children’s, and Science.

A great overall rank is more impressive than a category rank.

For example, a book has to sell quite frequently to rank 500 overall in Books, but can sell much less frequently and still rank 500 in Romance.

A good rank in a broad category is more…

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The Women of World War I in Photographs

In honor of Women’s History Month…

The Unwritten Record

The role of women in World War II has been immortalized through iconic images like Rosie the Riveter proclaiming “Yes We Can!” and WASPs earning their wings. Stories of women flooding the workforce in the absence of men dominate history books and films. But they were not the first, nor the last, to challenge their traditional roles in answering the call of Uncle Sam. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at the role of women in World War I and their impact on the Women’s Rights Movement of the early 20th century.

600-A1 Suffragettes enrolling their willingness to aid their country when hostilities broke out between Germany and U.S. 165-WW-600-A1

At the outset of World War I in 1914 women were not allowed to serve in the military. They were not even allowed to vote nationwide. Prior to the U.S. entering the war, most women were relegated to…

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The HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen Escapes

I think this story would make an excellent book!

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The HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen was a Dutch minelayer, and found herself in the unenviable position as the last Allied ship in the Java Sea. She was supposed to accompany the Exeter for antiaircraft protection but once the boiler was fixed, the Crijnssen was left behind because she could only muster 15 knots at top speed. Her captain pulled her into a cove among some small off shore Javen islands. He knew that the Japanese planes would all be searching for the ships near the Sunda Strait for the rest of the day, but after that they would search for small craft attempting to flee, just like his. The Crijnssen’s slow speed meant she was sure to be spotted and promptly sank.

The captain called the 54 men of the crew together to discuss options. Surrender was out of the question; no rising sun ensign would fly from a Dutch ship…

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8 Qualities That Are More Important than Talent for Writing Success…

Educational and humorous – enjoy! #amwriting

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by Anne R. Allen

Even if you have the writing talent of Lord Byron, you need these things.

I understand why new writers want to be reassured they have writing talent. They don’t want to embark on the long road to a writing career if they don’t have the chops. So I have sympathy with the writers who ask me to read their fledgling work in hopes I’ll pronounce them “talented.”

But I always decline.

A wise author never goes there. Even if we had the time to offer freebie critiques, we don’t want open ourselves up to lawsuits for “stealing ideas.”

But biggest reason is: I have no way of telling if people have “writing talent.”

I can only tell if they have writing skills.

And if they don’t have skills—which they probably don’t if they’re newbies—their job is to acquire some, not rely on some stranger’s opinion…

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Grammar Rules for Freelancers Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You

Great advice from Carol Tice!

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by Carol Tice  on Make a Living Writing site:

If you think you’ve mastered all the grammar rules you need to know in English class to be a freelance writer, I’ve got news for you.

Rules were meant to be broken.

Not all the grammar rules you learned in school will help you catch an editor’s attention, write smart marketing copy, or move up and earn more as a freelancer.

And that was hard for me to accept.

I’ve been an English teacher for more than a decade. But to land freelance writing assignments, I had to ignore some of the very grammar rules I taught in school.

Wondering how to improve your writing and send Boring and Stuffy to detention?

I really started to take notice when I was grading formal research papers and thinking about a blog assignment for a client at the same time.

Two totally different…

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That First Sentence: It Matters!

Some thoughts for NaWrNoMo friends…and others!

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

imagesYou want to write a novel, and you have a great idea, but you’re not sure how to start. Everybody knows that first line, that first sentence, is extremely important. It has to be right.

If you’re stuck because of the pressure of crafting the perfect opening line, you’re not alone. And neither is your angst misplaced.

I was reading the blog of one of my favorite authors, Jerry Jenkins, this morning when I ran across this post. I have read it before, but sometimes I think we all just need a refresher. If you’re like me, you have so much information being thrown at you, you can’t possibly retain it all.

Most great opening lines fall into one of four categories.

  • Surprising

Fiction: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”-                George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four

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History and Highlights from the Military Writer’s Conference 2017

Jeanette Vaughan is a multi-award winning member of the Military Writers Society of America – congratulations to her on her latest win!


Recently, the Military Writer’s Society had their annual Book Conference and Awards Banquet in San Antonio, Texas. What is it about a conference that brings you back motivated, energized and ready to write?  Networking!IMG_2475

The MWSA is chocker-block full of fantastic talent.  A group made up of active and retired military, military buffs, historians, writers, poets, and educators. The group spans several generations.  The youngest author?  A lovely, young, military dependent all of age 12, Grace Remey! There were representatives from World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.  Navy, Army, and Air Force.  What a collection of talent in one room.

The program’s theme was World War I this time, but there were presentations not only relating to history, but panel discussions and “how-to”s.  I was lucky enough to serve on a panel discussing Social Media and its impact on book marketing and networking.  Members included…

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